Demonic Possesion, Exorcism, and the 21st Century Artist
A first person account of one year of work in music and video with composed elements based on music used in my personal research during the year including works inspired by Michael Nyman, Marc Almond, and Jim Thirlwell. Developed as a one time performance for the first Objet Sonore season, the piece was performed on July 28th, 2013 in Montreal.
Outside of the standard hurdles an artist faces in the professional, financial, and social realms, mental illness can often play a strong role in the creative process. Art has ways of exposing vulnerabilities but what happens when the audience isn’t in on it?
Through first-person narrative and prepared sounds, we join the artist for a year of their life. Passages are taken from journals, poetry, notes, essays, memories, artificial soundscapes, fabrications, illusions, and eye witness testimony. We will follow the artist from their lows, up to their not so lows, and (who knows) a high or two, all the while providing insight into what goes on behind their creative process.
Part lecture and part performance, this in no way intends to identify the relationship between creativity and depression but to possibly give insight into one person’s experience with their seemingly fleeting sanity.