LIGHT2DARK by Sharon Stevens
Digital Messaging facilitated by Shiori Saito
Union Cemetery
Saturday, September 22, 2012 @ 6:30 – 9:30PM
A free family event

As part of Equinox in Union Cemetery – A Vigil, Sharon Stevens facilitates a digital memorial-making site, Light2Dark, which includes a “threshold” of video projections that the viewers will pass through on their way up the hill to the Union Cemetery. Participants will also have a chance to send a digital message to be projected on the hillside, facilitated by artist Shiori Saito.

About Equinox in Union Cemetery – A Vigil:

“Artists and community come together to create a sanctuary of remembrance and reflection.”

Equinox in Union Cemetery – A Vigil will introduce Calgarians to ways of remembering their deceased loved ones, becoming a safe haven for people to gather together to pay respects in deep and meaningful ways, through artistic shrines and installations.

A first for Calgary, this project is modeled after Vancouver’s Artist in Residency program at the Mountain View Cemetery, with a focus on “Honouring Old Traditions ~ Creating New Ones”. This will be a non-denominational sacred event and an opportunity for people to share their own customs and experiences, as well as to acknowledge and actualize our personal needs to honour our ancestors and remember our dead.

The Equinox is truly relevant as a balance of light and darkness, with the timing of September recognizing the death of a season and return of the next season. The autumnal Equinox is a time of change, the death of summer, and the beginning of a season for reflection, introspection, and renewal; an appropriate time to remember our dead, and reflect on our own mortality.

This project has been a part of the revival of the role of the urban cemetery, in the life of an increasingly secular and multi-cultural community.

About Sharon Stevens:

“I would like to acknowledge that it was the death of my father that started me on this journey: it is in his honour that I do this work.”

Sharon Stevens, an award-winning video artist and activist, is an instigator who’s made a career of integrating art, activism, feminism, and social justice into a series of projects that enlighten, enliven and entertain.
Since 1989, Sharon has worked as an independent video producer with a firm commitment to production values that include collective process and feminist analysis. She describes her interest in video and visuals as intersecting with audio to create a safe, unified, audio-visual space to “collect” stories.

In addition to her own creative work, Sharon has served on boards for a number of artist-run centres in Calgary, including six years of volunteering for herland feminist film and video festival. During her tenure with the festival, she co-founded herland’s InCamera Film/Video Production Workshop, where she shared skills with emerging artists as one of the program’s facilitator/mentors. She currently sits on the board of the Calgary Folk Music Festival and the Alberta Media Arts Alliance.

Special Thanks:

A couple of the video projection technology you are watching at this performance has been made possible through the Calgary Foundation’s funding of a unique partnership between Ghost River Theatre and the Pumphouse Theatres. These professional-grade projectors, specifically selected to function well within a theatre setting, are being made available not only to this company but also, through the management and support of the Pumphouse Theatres, to small and mid-sized Calgary cultural institutions at an affordable rental rate. This means that this exciting but expensive new tool for theatrical production will be accessible to innovative Calgary artists, regardless of their budgets.

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