Artist residency presentation alaska B.


Sunday May 24, 2015, 1pm
STUDIO XX – 4001, Berri (corner Duluth) space 201
Suggested donation:: $5, *FREE* for members.
Refreshments will be served

If you missed alaska b.’s presentation, come and experience her interactive animated project on Wednesday May 27th between 4 and 6pm or make an appointement to see it on Tuesday 26th or Wednesday May 27th.

Studio XX is proud to present Sunday May 24, 1pm, an afternoon dedicated to the residency presentation of artist alaska B (Open residency that took place from March 23 to May 8, 2015), “DISCHARGE! KANNON 999”.

DISCHARGE! KANNON 999 (pronounced ‘three nine”) is an interactive animated tableau portraying the long journey of ‘CAS­1 KRAKEN’, a giant robot Bodhisattva fashioned after the Chinese transgender deity Kuan Yin in a 1980s science fiction Anime style. After the ship is discovered derelict and seemingly abandoned in space, the audience must access the ship’s memory logs if they ever hope to solve the mystery of the crew’s disappearance.

Kuan Yin is described in Pure Land Buddhism as the Captain of the ‘Bark of Salvation’, a ship, or fleet of ships, that carry the dead to be reborn in the pure land of Amitabha Buddha. Similarly, the giant robot seen in DISCHARGE! KANNON 999 is carrying the last remnants of humanity through space to a distant Earth-­like planet called Pureland.

The installation is a series of white panels with animations projected onto them. The audience interacts with the installation through an interface of 8×8 light up pads, changing the clips that play, generating an endless anime opening sequence with video and sound.