Skip to content

A new chapter of Lisa Anita Wegner's storytelling.

Filmmaker Performance Artist www.mightybraveproductions.com

Category Archives: Uncategorized

Toronto based Performance Artist Lisa Anita Wegner responded to New York Artist Lana Newstrom’s recent success with collectors, selling her invisible art.

Lisa immediately was inspired by this bold manoeuvre and teamed up with curators Fritz Snitz and Candy Warhol who started started charging art collectors to think about Wegner.

In the first week alone, collectors in New York, Berlin and Saltzburg have paid out 3 Million to be the first to own the thought of Lisa Anita Wegner.

Lisa is represented by Haus of Dada in Toronto, although if you want to be in the ranks of these collectors you had better hurry. After a mere week there is already talk of limiting the purchases. An anonymous German collector is thrilled that he holds the first gallery sanctified thought, purchased at $300,000 CDN. He owns the thought of Lisa Anita Wegner shown below. “Many others are allowed to think it, but I own it- I paid for it” the collector boasts.

“We don’t want Lisa saturating people’s minds, we want them wanting more. So we will stop the sales next week and then “Memories of LAW” ownership certificates can only be viewed be during upcoming March 9th performance at the Museum of Modern Art or next season as a guest performance at the Art Gallery of Ontatrio” says her manager who goes by his street name Wheels.

Lisa Anita Wegner will not let us forget her.

10484925_10154646615130521_7406620484583067895_o

 

COLLECTORS information: http://www.mightybraveproductions.com/collectors

Article: The Dada Times, Toronto by Mama Dada

Tags: , ,

Thank you Cathy for covering my event. To many more.

life with more cowbell

july29_lawegnerI dropped by The Black Cat Gallery (2186 Dundas Street West) last night for the Transformation at Lisa Anita Wegner’s opening of STARDUST: Life on Jupiter?, on until August 6 (no worries about what it says on the poster – I confirmed the date with Wegner).

Described as a Transformation/ Projection/Live Art Making/Live Collaboration project, here’s what the Haus of Dada Laboratory had to say about this exhibit:

A one-of-a-kind event, Stardust: Life On Jupiter? incorporates the focus on re-birth, redemption, transformation, and search for truth through the adoption of personae that has been a key part of Lisa Anita Wegner’s art practice in her journey to reclaim her life from the personal darkness into which she was plunged six years ago.

Friends, family and Ziggy fans alike hung out together in an intimate, casual atmosphere, sharing a drink and chatting as Wegner’s transformation happened in the middle of…

View original post 249 more words

 

windowboxselfie

To embrace the high angle and tall shape of The Window Box I found myself looking up into the empty Gallery 1313 Window Box space while contemplating what I wanted to fill it with. While I was contemplating someone took a picture of me. I have been fascinated by the fact that so many Smart Phone users now choose to interact with the world through the lens of their phones, constantly taking photos and video of everything that they experience and interact with. Even more fascinating is their desire, at events such as concerts, to take pictures of themselves with the action in the background, with this seemingly as important a part of the event as witnessing it firsthand. As an installation and performance artist, I have been struck by how a good 80% of the audience opt to look at my work through their phones.

 

The installation #windowboxselfie that will be in Gallery 1313’s Window Box during July of 2014, is designed to play on this compulsion, creating an invitation to its viewers to create a self-portrait while they take a picture of an art installation. The round mirror angled toward the viewer shows their face while jewel-tone film gels create a halo around their face. Mirror film with RoscoFlex S lighting gel creates a surreal reflective surface, giving the viewer a playful saint-like self-portrait created from their own reflection, in a celebration of the self made possible through new technology.

10325151_10154321277245521_707228422089103409_n

 

The title #windowboxselfie is printed in on the glass front of the Window Box so that it will be captured in each photo taken; and this will result in the Window Box exhibition space itself proliferating in self-portraits posted on social media.

 

Through the artist’s and Gallery 1313’s online social media, there will also be opportunities for viewers to see the best of submitted selfies, and vote for those they like best in various categories, continuing the interactive nature of the installation.

 

#windowboxselfie was created by Lisa Anita Wegner, and continues the trends of her recent art practice in its use of found objects, and the theme of reflection. This installation in particular focuses on using film expendables for the majority of its construction, creating extra layers of meaning in using film supplies to create a ‘set’ that then encourages people to make their own ‘filmic’ records.

10509717_10154321521300521_1098606158747353373_n

1623553_10154321527215521_8925705849971184859_n

Construction and design expertise was provided by Nikolai Berda of Longbranch Design, a company which specializes in providing design solutions for professionals in various creative fields. This is the third collaboration between Lisa Anita Wegner and Longbranch Design, with their design and fabrication skills having previously brought her installations for ScotiaBank Nuit Blanche 2013 and ARTrageous Art In Motion 2014 to life.

 

Materials for the installation have been supplied by The Haus of Dada, Lisa Anita Wegner’s film and art collective, with additional funding provided by Partners In Art.  Process video by Lisa Anita Wegner

 

We encourage taking and tagging of #WINDOWBOXSELFIE selfies. We will choose from the most interesting ones and prizes will be awarded and at the end of the month. So come to Gallery1313 at 1313 Queen Street West, take a look into the mirrors and take a picture of yourself.

 

The only thing missing is you.

 

Here is a short video of how we made it

 

 

Taking a Selfie Has More to Do With Self Worth Than You Realize: Read what Molly Fosco at Huffington Post has to say

 

#WINDOWBOXSELFIE

instagram @gallery1313 @lisa_anita_wegner @longbranchdesign

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I am thrilled to bring one facet of  the TRIANGLE ascension experience to the opening of DIGITIZE, a show running at Moniker Gallery March 6-12. Come March 6th 7pm -11pm see all the art and ascend with me in my multi projector experience.

Here is a taste of the inaugural blastoff that was Feb 1st at Belljar.


TRIANGLE is a three location ascension experience with blastoff being October2014. The triangle is an ancient symbol used to meditate on ascension, as a conduit for higher energies, and as a cosmic aerial to receive the frequency of a higher realm. A triangle opens your third eye. Come be a part of 3 distinct sound and projection environments with timed performances by the artist who will be your Guide, ensuring your comfort during your intergalactic travel. The TRIANGLE will be located between 2186 Dundas -an art hub- The Belljar Bar and Cafe -a social hub- and Lisa Anita Wegner’s studio -an imagination hub- which closes the triangle.

Come and experience TRIANGLE, where everything mundane will be transformed into the marvelous. As all space and time exist in one moment, travel in and out is accessible to those who use the vehicle of the triangle.

Born from my Dada dream lab experiments, TRIANGLE began with the notion that with imagination, the mundane can transformed into marvellous. The various video images start with mundane footage, a flower, my feet walking, a few seconds of an octopus shooting ink. Through layering and playing with timeline I create what I call video studies. They are an everyday part of my art practise, a visual diary.

My art practice has a focus on re-birth, redemption, transformation, and process work, using a multi-media approach that fearlessly probes for the truth, richness and hard-won lessons from my personal journey over the past half-decade that has confonted me with extraordinary difficulties. Emerging from my personal darkness, I have come to love rhythm and repetition both on and off beats; as well as the beauty and possibilities of found objects – even with technology.  I work with a pastiche of donated equipment, and have embraced both the imperfections and new creative possibilities that result.

While spending time at three venues, I noticed that my studio, The Belljar Cafe, and 2186 Dundas gallery were located in a triangle. When I started researching the three-angled shape, TRIANGLE was born.

I am experimenting with a performing persona who lives outside the space/ time continuum. For TRIANGLE she will be the Guide, walking earthlings from one venue to another while performing in each projection once every hour. She wears a dress made from da-lite project screens and all her exposed skin is covered with white makeup.

the law of ziggy

My current body of work includes Dada Lab Experiments in which a multimedia “history” is created through spontaneous exploration for both myself and Haus of Dada, my studio. A silent black and white film titled Sunbathing on Mars 1916 is the backbone of this multi-year project. This for me is the ultimate creative freedom. As a trauma survivor, there is something cathartic in the ability to recreate myself and revise my history; and now TRIANGLE will be the first stage in inventing my future.

02_LisaAnitaWeger_TRIANGLE.SpaceGuide

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

i am currently watching through my programming for the haus of dada new year’s day happening, removing a few short pieces that weren’t up to snuff. i have decided to go with the large 60 inch projection being a one hour collection of my favourite video studies and I think the 30 inch projection will be a short program of drawing vids. I have decided to make this happening at the haus only- i was originally thinking of running the same program at the andrew williamson’s art gallery at 2186 dundas.  i am not advertising this happening- although a handful of people have requested to watch. the same program with sound will be playing inside the main room and anyone interested is welcome to join. i am most interested in the walk by traffic and how they respond to an unexpected light show.
i was going to write about my razor blade experiment on new years day, when it would have been 365 days but i had an impulse to write this today. this idea was sparked in high school when kate meier had bought a cool man and woman shaped toothbrush and disposable razor set. i thought it was cool looking razor an thought it was a shame it didn’t have changeable blades- at that time i bought into the idea that a disposable blade only worked for a few shaves. kate had this razor for months and months and way back then i started questioning all that throwing out of razors so quickly was necessary.
now i must say here i don’t shave every day and i don’t have a lot of unwanted hair. but…. i started a disposable razor last new years day. i have used it every few days since then. i rinse it thoroughly and at the end take an old toothbrush and clean all the soap residue off it. it has stayed not only usable but effective. i just shaved my legs this morning with it- no discomfort and perfectly smooth skin. i have two more disposable razors in the pack, and i thought i would start a new one this new years day. now i don’t see why- i’ll keep using the same one until there is a reason to throw it out.
i am taking this festive week before new years eve to do some hardcore chillaxing with my people and to dream up things i want to do next.
love and other indoor sports
be good to each other
lisa

fascinator

Tags:

Two experiences brought this idea together:
On Hallowe’en I put up some Roscoe Tough White Diffusion in the front Window of the Haus of Dada. It makes a terrific crisp rear projection both inside and out. I played clips of black and white monster movies and the scariest scenes from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Even before the sun set it was nicely visible from the street and I was surprised that even on such a rainy night people stopped and watched for longer than I expected. Some came back several times and some sent other family members.
On Nuit Blanche I did a performance projection installation where I was a 25 foot Queen at the corner of Queen Street West and University Ave. It was interesting to have huge walking by audience and again I was surprised how long people stood watched and interacted with me.
So I had an idea for a Happening. I think that is a perfect term for what I have in mind. On New Years Day from 7pm to 11pm I will project a selection of my Moment Study Videos out the large front window of The Haus of Dada.
I made an invite on Facebook, for some folks who have expressed an interested in seeing my video studies projected. But I’m not sending out invitations like a usual event, I am more interested in the experience of the passerby. I will set up a GoPro camera to catch the silhouettes of viewers.
I am keen to see what happens.
 Image

Tags: , , , , ,

Mighty Brave Productions

the dufferson herman arts umbrella

haus of dada presents: TH3 MOM3NT FAKTORY

Three Queens Productions

lisa anita wegner

***

a delightful slate of digital art, fine art, video, documentary, post production photography, performance art and film projects

if you are inclined to collaborate creatively please be in touch with the haus

pensive

After 24 days of not having my laptop, today was the first day i had no meetings or plans but to catch up on all the emails in my inbox. Aand deliver some art that was sold months ago. I wanted to start shaping and planning my two new projects and say hello to out of touch patrons, friends and work folks.  Instead I’m intending to mail the art. And I am going to think about what I’m going to say to everyone because this computer is not thrilling me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

today i have a list of tasks to do for my films and for my upcoming art installation. this morning i realized my brain was not in place to do this. after a long work week last week and judging an art competition on the weekend i could feel my cognition slip and no matter how many times it happens, it is still scary. i know i have to not fight it, relax, do what i can and let it come back. in a fews hours of slipping cognition my body starts shooting adrenaline from the fear and badda boom i’m slipping in and out of crippling panic. sometimes i can’t breathe and get a cold sweat. once that happens i have to go back to basics and breathe. then the extreme fatigue sets in. then i have to talk myself through a few rituals; making coffee; brushing my teeth; showering, walking my dogs; making art. i have realized it’s impossible to think myself out of the hole, but i can focus on other things that grab me. i have found documentaries on brain, communication and consciousness and art can grab me.

because i am now working with a deadline i have to make my day work and then preparing my brain to do my tasks then becomes my work. the stress of not having the cognitive abilities to do simple things, while there is a deadline… can be… well deadly.

first of all the other day i decided to bring on an experienced production manager named sarah. this on the whole was a nice big step toward productivity because once i have downloaded the project into her brain (her expression) then i have another knowledgable problem solver with me. in the past weeks i have tried to set up a volunteer to help me but it ended up being too stressful for my current situation.

so today i have a short list of tasks (financing and creative) and at the moment they are written down on a list and as i’ve been working my way out of my brain hole, some solutions have already come to mind. right now they are fuzzy but i trust they are there. this manoeuver is basically an act of faith. it helps for me to picture the event im working toward, visualize the films looking gorgeous and sounding sharp. and the event going silky smooth and inspiring people.

then i made a picture of how i feel right now. this morning’s picture is called signal interrupted for obvious reasons. and then i decided to write this blog. i feel like i am both parent and toddler. i need to be entertained and distracted and then be ready and focused when my brain is prepped.

i need to stay in the moment and not look at the time. i need to know that i can do this and the pathway i have found through art making and now blogging is the safest way through.

the good thing is that once i can rig jig my brain to be able to do my tasks, i am so focussed that i go through them quickly and deliberately simply. and once i get through the list the relief feels like christmas morning.

i’m going to make some more art to figure out where i am at now. and then i can sneak the work in. i have been at this process figuring out a systematic approach for years now and this is the first larger scale project that i have taken on since getting sick in 2008.

i feel this is the path i will take to get back into full time film production, while it can be a tiring amount of work it actually steam lines things for me. i do think i need a full time volunteer assistant until i can bring someone onboard full time.

yay the ever changing brain,

lisa anita wegner

Tags: , , , , ,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

preparation for nuit blanche, september 29th 2012:

ever since i was a child i’ve had projects: art projects; film projects; theatre projects. many needed a team from 15 to 50+ people. filmmaking acting and being a and creative producer became my living and now i think of my story telling as my life’s work.

and because of health circumstances, i  have been largely working on project by myself since 2008. my video art projects sometimes include other people but no real co-ordinating. it happens on the spot and then i usually finish them in one or two days. and my art  making is always just me.

i have made several short films with more layers to put together and it would take me an inordinate amount of time to do tasks like getting funding, price quotes and scheduling because numbers  letters on occasion don’t hold meaning for me. i was able to complete one animated/ art music video for Jane Sibbery and handle a few documentary shoot days but otherwise had to pass larger projects onto colleagues.

working alone on creative projects is enlightening, surprisingly fulfilling and has honed my creative skills. i have slowly been ramping up my projects preparing to get back to a more traditional indie filmmaking. i’ve had some terrific help and creative conspirators.

so now i’m ramping up my work load preparing for my film and art installation at the revue cinema. i thought i could do with volunteer interns, but i realize i need to pull a little from the budget and get me a pro pm/line producer. it was interesting typing up the job application i was thinking “i’d hire me” and it’s a surreal experience because my cognition won’t allow that. and in fact i am terrible  -at the moment- at the nuts and bolts of producing because it’s so familiar and i know what to do but if it try to hold on to details, especially dealing with numbers and coordinating they just won’t stick. just hours ago brought someone on and i feel a big relief that i will have another brain on the project who will have the big picture in mind.

now that i have my first meeting with my new PM/line producer early next week, i can relax back into my creative work days knowing the larger project  will be taken care of.

also:

i love using this online photo and digital art application called MURO from deviantART. so even without my computer,  i can make and save stuff. and it automatically saves the process which i love watching. i ❤ digital.

lisa anita wegner

 

%d bloggers like this: