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Forum Lounge: Cartune Xprez, CASTL CRNRS
Performance: THUR. MAR. 4, 7 PM
Location: Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Paseo Nuevo Mall Upper Arts Terrace
Join us at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum on March 4, 2010 at 7 PM for Forum Lounge: Cartune Xprez, CASTL CRNRS.
Let your imagination run wild at Cartune Xprez’s CASTL CRNRS socialized performance! CASTL CRNRS combines animated videos and performance to unfold a three-part, mythical tale of a violent forest tamed and replaced with geometric systems.
Portland-based artists Peter Burr and Christopher Doulgeris are Cartune Xprez, a multimedia dance duo that use videos, music, and installations that capitalize on the abundance of digital information. By combining mediums, Cartune Xprez’s performances become social events, which are exaggerated by living animation energy. With youthful cartoon spirit, Cartune Xprez chooses material that leaves space for viewers’ imaginations and fuses many styles together. Hand-drawn, digital, structuralist, comedic, and the dark are served up with a heavy dose of mystery!
About the Forum Lounge Series: The Forum Lounge is a series of free, performance-based events that reflect CAF’s mission to sustain and encourage the artistic process by presenting art in the form of exceptional music, dance, video, and other multi-media to our community. The series encourages experiences with unique performance pieces ranging from the theatrical to the avant-garde that are normally found
only in large metropolitan venues.
Funding and support for the ‘09-‘10 Forum Lounge season generously provided by: Endevermusic Productions, the Franciscan Inn, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Official media sponsors: KCSB and the Santa Barbara Independent. Forum Lounge is presented in association with the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization’s 1st Thursday.
I am excited and honored to welcome March's Forum Lounge featuring artist Peter Burr, one half of the collaborative multimedia musical art duo, Hooliganship. Their work first came to my attention when they performed as part of Machine Project's Field Guide to LACMA for an all-day, performance art spectacular in November 2008. Formed with partner Christopher Doulgeris in 2005, Hooliganship is one part art collective and one part experimental band. For this month's Forum Lounge, Burr will present a performance of Cartun Xprez, a traveling roadshow of animated videos featuring live video performance in an “electro-luminescent stage show.” Inspired by Saturday morning cartoons and USA Network’s animation shows, Burr and Doulgeris remix animated imagery using the work of established artists like Martha Colburn and Alison Schulnik and add their unique brand of collaborative performance with an emphasis on social interaction. In the blurring of genres and their boundaries, Cartune Xprez is an excellent example of a trend in contemporary art practices in which artists take advantage of accessible tools (i.e. animation software) and a willingness to share artistic efforts to create new work that defies traditional categorization. CAF is actually just one stop on Peter's Cartune Xprez presentation; in addition to his performance in Santa Barbara, he is also presenting this roadshow in cities across the US including Minneapolis, LA, Reno, Oakland and Chicago.
--Heather Jeno Silva