24K Salacity’ is an installation that depicts abstract imagery of hands attempting to grasp something that is just out of reach. The hands undulate, interact, and entice as they navigate an illuminated golden landscape. These gestures entice the viewer into a dreamlike space, where the experience is both dazzling and sinister. During the day, the installation begins as a large 2-dimensional graphic mural and is brought to life at night through shimmering expressions of light and gesture. The shift from day to night reveals a more sinister side to what initially meets the eye, luring the viewer into imagery seeped in decadent glamour. ‘24K Salacity’ invites the viewer to meditate on our generation’s obsession with excessive luxury, especially on social media platforms like Instagram.
About the Artists Founded by West Coast Canadian artists Taryn Walker and Gina Luke in 2017, the FOMO Artist Collective aims to create new media site-specific work that activates space and curates an environment in which the viewer is invited to engage in a reflective dialogue around contemporary millennial life, as well as what it means to be a digital citizen. FOMO creates installation works using video, drawing, animation, and projection, in a way that results in a visually stimulating and often immersive experience for the viewer.
“IT'S THE ART PIECE YOU LOVE SO MUCH, YOU LOVE IT THRICE! That's right, they are BACK AGAIN for our 3rd year. Shadow Puppet Productions bring you the Amanita Arcade, a giant interactive game, built like a patch of mushrooms. The sculpture of four large mushrooms that stand approximately 7, 8, 10 & 12 ft tall and four smaller mushrooms to play the game Simon Says on. It’s not just pretty to look at, its super fun to play to! 2016 year's top reported score was 16, 2017's top score was reported as 22! Come and try beat your friends or just some random stranger! Or just use it as a meeting place!”
About the Artists Shadow Puppet Productions are a group of artists, musicians, and event producers working in Vancouver's underground electronic music scene and the surrounding festival culture. We strive to create a lasting impression on our audience. We create our parties around a theme, to allow for an immersive dance experience. Our DJs are always on the cutting edge of Electronic Dance Culture. Our artists create large scale installation for festivals and events on the west coast. Pieces have been displayed at Bass Coast, Burning Man, Inshala, Burn in the Forest, Entheos and others.
“Forgotten among the trees a weathered tower sleeps under a blanket of vines and ferns waiting for the right moment. BassCoast 10 brings with it a magic and energy which will awaken The Arcane Axis, a light filled polyhedron crystal spins slowly atop the tower spraying brilliant light in all directions. The old tower will come to life with brilliant colours, geometric shapes and vivid plant life which will wrap themselves around the tower like a double helix. Inside Bass Coast’s participants will find a comfortable and cozy environment filled with magical artifacts, comfortable beds and benches, and alcoves devoted to the many magical arts, all under the ever spinning kinetic ceiling.”
About the Artists Slightly Bonkers Designs is a collaborative effort led by principle artist Caley Bourdon. The group consists of builders, artists, tinkerers, witches, wizards and all other manner of misfits. Various members of this group have previously collaborated to bring you installations and events like the Spectra-Scape, Orca Project, Wailing Cock Launcher and FDK parties. Slightly Bonkers Designs primary goal is to bring a little magic and wonder to every installation and event they are involved in. They are incredibly excited to do so at Bass Coast 10!
“From Light and Cosmic Dust all things are made. Through the prism of your mind explore and transform worlds from alternate realities, where light and water react in unique ways. Seed the landscape you create with life and watch it grow. Will life thrive or perish in floods or droughts that you control? In the hills, valleys, rivers and lakes that you sculpt with your own hands? We invite you to bring your curiosity and imagination and explore these possibilities with AR Sandscapes”.
About the Artist Patrick Fletcher is a computational biologist, studying how our cells work through the lens of mathematical models. Inspired by interactive art featured at Bass Coast and Burning Man, he developed an interest in sharing his perspective on living systems through art. Robert Spring is an organic vegetable farmer in the nearby Upper Nicola Valley and has worked on previous installations for other artists at Bass Coast. Marc Demontigny is a talented visual art designer. His previous works for Bass Coast include last years, “Space Mollusk” and the year before “Heart Burst”.
“Referring to mysterious forces or powers that govern the world and the lives of those who reside within it, but also a range of artistic forms that function in conjunction with these energies. Ayizo is a structure designed to align and visually represent three parts of the linear Human experience, Birth, Life and Death. The center represents what is not linear, the eternal. Like the Bass Coast Prism it divides this eternal force into color and objects so we may relate.”
About the Artist Andrew McAloon is the Alchemy Of Play. He builds things so you may play and interact with them. Drawing your own experience of creativity.
“Our world is burdened by such a huge trash problem. If more artists find ways to make use of scrap metal and other debris this world would be a cleaner and more artistic place to call home. The Bass Lizard is a large steel sculpture, an assemblage, of salvaged scrap metal materials collected from the back alley ways of East Vancouver. This site-specific work challenges the viewers’ perception of their bodies in relation to space and scale, and encourages movement in and around the sculpture. The natural corrosion of the metal materials provides the basis for the artists relationship with the sculpture and nature: as parts corrode and return to the earth new elements made from reused metal will be introduced to the piece, much like a lizard shedding and replacing its own skin.”
“Cam will be creating an improvised mural on site from the emotions and experiences he is feeling in the moment, combined with the theme of the prism.”
About the Artists Cam Novak is a Montreal born visual artist currently living on Salt Spring Island. Through his work explores themes of magic, spirit and the human psyche. His creative process has always been a powerful tool for him to connect with his emotions, subconscious thoughts and questions about who he is and what he is doing with his life. His art helps him understand and feel into the magic that he believes, sees and feels everyday. It's a way for him to purge and in turn transform uncomfortable or inexplicable sensation into something fun and/or beautiful.
Chelsea Leigh Art
“How do we embody the cycles of birth and death every day, and in every moment? By doing so, how can we bring magic to the mundane? This series of questions initially sparked Chelsea's inspiration for her current piece. While viewing the evolution of this painting, she invites you to explore a sense of wonder and curiosity at the paradox that resides in duality. Are endings and beginnings a cycle, or a web? Perhaps they are something else entirely. When we are experiencing an emotional response, is it a temperature, a sensation, a color? Allow the movement of our shifting layers of awareness to open our inner eyes to realms previously unseen in the fabric of our being. Witness the formless in all that is solid and the cohesiveness in all that is chaos, for you are the spell the universe has cast.”
About the Artist Chelsea’s career in the fine arts grew from a classical background that later expanded into contemporary concepts through intensive programs at a variety of art institutions. Her current style of stippling and watercolor emerged while living in Indonesia, inspired by the culture’s detailed craftsmanship. Chelsea carries a profound adoration for the softness of the female form juxtaposed with nature's wildness. Her work explores the concept that through the stripping of all that is material, and stepping into our most rugged roots, the cycles of birth, death, and regrowth can be reclaimed.
“Mushrooms more closely resemble human DNA than plant DNA. In the amazon rainforest, mushrooms cause rain which in turn feed mushrooms. On a very large scale mushrooms break down dead plant matter producing new soil. If not for mushrooms our earth would pile up with debris and life would soon disappear. We are hardwired for mushroom nutrition. Much of what we naturally lack, mushrooms have in an easily digestible form. Over 70 species of mushrooms in the mycena family of fungus produce light by a chemical reaction called bioluminescence. Mushrooms change your mind from within your mind. Changed minds change the world. Cosmic Refraction is a collection of metallic mushroom sculptures accompanied by messages in lightboxes.”
About the Artist Willy-Ben Alfaro has been sculpting metal for over a decade. In his youth, WB discovered that metal could be used as a medium for art by playing with the flow of liquid metal. More recently WB has been working on larger-scale sculptures and is bringing his latest collection of mushroom sculptures to Bass Coast 2018.
Crystal Laser Pendulum
“A Nocturnal Pendulum from the future. A dream of sand brought to reality through the beauty of ultraviolet teleportation. Admire in the light of day, Be fascinated by the mysterious symbols the crystal pendulum creates under the veil of the night. Where you will find yourself in center of the tables glowing spirals of endless luminance.”
About the Artist An artist eternal. Constantly creating.
“Efflorescence built by the Blazin' Lily Gals is an other-worldly space garden with specimens harvested by the Blazin’ Lily Gals on an intergalactic trip to space. Control our two 13 foot tall metal flowers that shoot fire balls high into the sky! See the flower fire fountain as it drips fire down its petals! Draw patterns into the fire bowls and watch them light up! Take a break on our benches and watch others play! The invasive species continue to spread, often leading to surprising mutations of other earthly flora… and fauna.”
About the Artists Blazin' Lily Gals are a group of wine-guzzlin’, cat-snugglin’, man handlin’ cool gals from the wilds of Alberta. Introducing (drum roll) the BLAZIN’ LILY GALLLLLZZZZ! Six rootin’ tootin’ ‘gals’ with various talents, including metal work, fire effects, event organizing and charming the pants off of anyone they meet. They are active in our local community: They have built art, fire art, CORE projects, art cars and organized their own Regional burn.
“We are all expressing the many colours of creation. Within us, there are many polarities that seek expression and in culture they have been represented by the seven deadly sins (Christianity), the five demons or dakinis (Buddhism), the five vices (Sikhism) or the ten commandments (Catholicism). Here, find a modern language approach to tapping these energies that underlie our ability to balance our nature so that our inner light can express it's diversity and beauty. Polarities hold the key to understanding our self and our highest expression of who we are. Recognition of complete opposition holds within it an inherent agreement that balances in unity.Which colour is most relevant to you? Which polarity is most active? In what ways can you bring balance to your nature?”
About the Artist Working in unity, the elemental collective is supported by the contributions of people who express themselves with love.
Fractal Lotus Project
“Fractal Lotus Project is an etheric sculpture designed to provoke thought and to expand ones perception of reality... The hope of the artist is that one will gaze upon the many mirrored petals and ponder the reflection they see therein...The lotus hails as a symbol of rebirth, spirituality, peace and enlightenment... A connection to ones higher self and that of the mind... Coupled with the physical elements of metal, crystal and glass... The artist hopes to evoke a sense of centeredness, self awakening and clear perspective as one traverses through the spectrums of reality....”
About the Artist Dawnix (Alysha Blunden) is a Vancouver based artist and movement performer. She has spent her life persuing various art forms, from music to murals, stained glass and sewing, to pottery, and professional fire-spinning. Growing up surrounded by the west coast music and arts scene, she has been inspired by the works of others in ways that have changed her life forever, one experience at a time. This will be her first large scale sculpting project and she is very excited to have the opportunity to create something and give back...
About the Artist Gil Harps work with Bass Coast does not occur in the physical sense, but more so in the spiritual realm. His purpose since year one is to create a safe and fun environment for all attendees at the festival - from the partiers and DJ's to the staff and volunteers. He spends time on the grounds before most people arrive and performs an opening ceremony, setting an intention for the year's festival. He connects with the land and cleanses from corner to corner, connecting especially with the river that flows through the grounds. He places crystals of various frequencies throughout the property to focus high vibrations and positive energy. Throughout the duration of the festival, he continues to cleanse the space. When the festival is over, he performs a closing ceremony, thanking the land for providing us a sacred and safe space for the magical experience that is Bass Coast.
“The Hexa lighting design is inspired by the honeycomb structure of bees present in nature. It consists of hexagonal elements that combine to make modular structures. The wooden frame parts are hand crafted out of reclaimed cedar beams, enclosing rainbow colour LED lights that are programmable to respond to sound. She flickers to the sounds in her head, changes colour with the rhythm of her heart, and shines from the depths of her soul!”
About the Artist Peter Orcsik is an Industrial Designer during day, and electronic music producer/DJ by night. He is passionate about computer technology and where the world of design and music meet, hence for his interest in making instruments, lights, and other festival related products. His inspirations derive from deep within his ancestral roots that represent his cultural values. His philosophy consists of minimalism and functionality that permeates all his creations. His creative work derives from deep meditation and dreams that he writes down to interpret, and sketches out in order to later manifest.
“Illumiblocks are large LED building blocks that come in different shapes and sizes. All are encouraged to use them to build large towers or any kind of structure imaginable. They're just like the small wooden building blocks for kids – except they’re bigger, made from plastic, and have cool lights. Feel free to move and play with the blocks -- that's the whole point! Groups of people can collaborate to build unique structures. Meant for all ages to enjoy.”
About the Artist Sarah Sammons is based in Victoria, BC. She is a painter, a writer and a dreamer. She has taken her blocks to events such as Otherworld, Brave New Whirled, ReCharge, and other private events. She is also known throughout her community as a fire performer.
Indigo Net Lounge
“The Indigo Net Lounge is a functional aerial art installation focused on bringing people together with nature to create a fun, playful space of social interaction, while keeping a relaxed lounge-like environment. Built from heavy duty safety net, ropes, pulleys, carabiners and surrounding trees, this installation is fully adjustable and ever changing throughout the festival. The Net Lounge is a new exciting design every year, providing another level of creative interaction.”
About the Artists The Indigo Net Crew is made of a mix of riggers and artists. Each person on the team have specific skills that combine to make the most creative installation while ensuring the safety of its patrons. The head rigger and designer is Indigo Matiko. Matiko began his career as a safety net tech, rigging safety nets for worldcup downhill ski races and went on to rig the safety for the winter Olympics in 2010. Combined with his skills as an safety net tech, arborist, circus rigger and rope access tech Matiko has 17 years experience as a rigger.
“Movement; light; colour and dance - the elements of which we gather around to celebrate and enjoy our creativity, are also the main inspiration behind this moving sculpture/installation. Intricate shapes delicately and whimsically playing around a fixture - the movement of air creating new shapes and spaces between the material forms; each object in turn filling the spaces between the space with a vibrant glow of light and colour. To be free despite restriction; the balance of the natural order and the forces which come into play around us.”
About the Artist Kaileah Marin aka hussyBOT, was born and raised in the Kootenay-Boundary region, spending the majority of her time frolicking and exploring the natural wonders of the world or channeling the inspiration of those experiences into any form of creativity that would allow it. Having realized the wealth and abundance of inspiration from the natural world as much as the forged one, she would eventually travel and live all across Canada, leading her to her newest residence in Northern California. From the tech to the trees, her art is a reflection of the life she lives and the world she seeks.
Love Begets Love
“Love Begets Love creates conversation around the diversity of human relationships while beautifully augmenting its surroundings. Prism-faceted, heart-shaped lanterns rain from a canopy of white parasols suspended from a tree. Each heart is unique, just as the particular love you feel for any single person in your life, is also unique. Love is a lens through which we view the world but it can also be a prism that changes the very nature of how we see that world, breaking white light into a full spectrum of colour. Rainbows represent the beautiful diversity in which humans have the capacity to love each other. At night, the unique heart-forms gently glow, pulsing a steady heartbeat, using colour to illustrate various networks of love while casting dancing rainbows of light on participants.”
About the Artists Gabrielle Odowichuk is an artist-engineer working in engineering design for Limbic Media, developing sound-reactive lighting technologies. Gabby collaborates with artists and musicians on installations and performances, creating unique and whimsical experiences. Marie Metaphor Specht is an artist and spoken word poet with 10 years experience as an arts educator. Her visual art and poetry are intertwined, mirroring and informing each other throughout her process.Together Gabrielle and Marie draw inspiration from the complexity of human relationships.
“Experience the magic of the Luminous Forest. Walk within an enchanted bio-luminescent grove where the trees gently glow, evoking a childlike sense of joy and wonder in those who explore it. A unique interactive experience, once immersed you’ll begin to feel the tranquility of the forest and notice the gentle twinkling of lights as the trees move in the wind, becoming ever more tuned into the natural world and the organic rhythm of life. It is a moment of pause, of wonder, and play within a mystical luminous environment.”
About the Artist As a child Joshua Schmidt had visions of a bio-luminescent forest, and over the span of two decades made many attempts to realize his vision were to no avail. He had let go of he dream of a luminous forest for many years until he discovered new laser technology. To his amazement, after twenty years, the Luminous Forest came to life. Art for Joshua has always been a way to connect with himself and the place he is in. The work he does is not meant to show off the lasers, but rather to highlight and bring out the light and beauty within nature itself and connects us to it.
“Meditation Deathmatch is a Burning Man project coming to Bass Coast. Meditation Deathmatch will consist of two mediation pods that are covered with mapped and responsive lighting where two people will battle for who can “relax harder”. The mediation pods will each have responsive lighting, multidimensional waves of color, a speaker and comfortable seating gear to sit and be seen within, while competing. The pods will represent who is winning during the meditation competition by tracking brain waves on EEG headbands and reflecting the mind state through light. The piece will inspire awe, laughter, thoughtfulness and contemplation on what is meditation.”
About the Artists Meditation Deathmatch are Brey Tucker, Kim Glauber, Alyssa Haas and Greg Borreson. We are a collective of tinkerers, designers, architects and tech appreciators and all recent transplants to Vancouver. Collectively we have brought large scale interactive art to many festivals including Burning Man, Astral Harvest, Shambhala and others. They are interested in exploring concepts of emergence through responsive technology that is wrapped in well executed design elements. Meditation Deathmatch encourages interaction and aims to yield awe and surprise.
“The artist's objective is to create a collaborative piece that combines tribal-abstraction with surreal and bizarre representations of natural forms, utilizing a highly vivid color palette which reflects this year's Bass Coast theme of 'Prism'. The artists have collaborated closely as project partners for over a decade, and are constantly challenging each other to produce authentic, original art for ALL to experience. Their most recent mural-projects fuse abstract forms and rich color palettes with peaceful, ethereal nature scapes, intended to celebrate Indigenous styles, and street art culture. For this project, our intention is to utilize these ongoing styles and themes, while infusing the energy of all the interactions that Bass Coast has to offer.”
About the Artist Kris and Ian are prolific visual artists from Victoria. Endlessly inspired by the beauty of Vancouver Island, they tend to work in the medium that inspires them in the moment. Woodworking, sculpting, painting and custom lighting are a few of their preferred mediums while mixing in bizarre combinations of imagery that gives their work their unique flavour.
“WHAT MOVES YOU? Help the artists create a beautifully vibrant, wacky and collaborative mural! Linz n Kinz are creating an interactive mural with the text ‘MOVE ME’ as the painted focal point of the piece, with elements of prism shapes and colors within and throughout. Some fabrics and collage elements will be included and the piece will be lit up at night. It will be an awesome photo opportunity, a meeting place, a place of reflection, and a space to get collaborative and creative. The design will be outlined as a ‘paint by number’, which we hope will encourage YOU to paint and be part of the process. An additional participatory element is a ‘free’ space on each side of the installation where you can answer the question ‘What moves you?’, in a variety of mediums.”
About the Artists Lindsey Adams is a Vancouver-based painter whose work ranges from portraiture, abstract art, sculpture, installation, to public art and large-scale murals. Her passion is to create vibrantly colorful, visually textured and multi-layered works and photorealistic works from archival photographs. www.lindseykyokoadams.com
Kinsey Deakin is a mixed media artist living and creating in Vancouver, BC. She works primarily with collage design and paint to create worlds where characters and their habitats share a juxtaposition of both beauty and strange curiosities. www.kinseydeakin.com
“The Oscilloscope Synthesizer invites you on a journey inside soundwaves visualized with stunningly accurate precision. It's a reimagined Oscilloscope window into a world of playfully animated 3D waveforms made entirely from sound. This brand-new musical instrument is built upon decades-old technology. A synaesthetic mapping of sound to form graces the glowing display of this precision lab tool. It’s a pure joy to play with a wide range of entertaining animations and brilliantly retro blips, however the real magic comes when you discover that this is no hoax - you are indeed seeing what the sounds actually look like with every button press! It’s a mind-boggling journey into the true nature of oscillating wave forms.”
About the Artist Rich DDT is an interactive installation designer, live electronic music producer/performer, and event organizer. His custom work for museums, public spaces, and art events features emerging technologies to create an awe-inspiring, educational and playful environment for human connection. Co-founder of LoveTech and Anticlockwise Arts, Rich DDT curates experiences that encourage collaborative group creativity in digitally augmented spaces. At the core of his multifaceted journey lies a tenacious passion for community, ingenuity, and wondrous new dimensions of expression.
“The Pod Light is constructed from fishing floats salvaged from the central coast of British Columbia. It is a symbol for creativity and resourcefulness in a time of misuse, abuse, and waste of materials. A new form is created from an old one, a new idea emerges, and shines forth from the shell of the past.”
About the Artist Peter Taylor is a multi disciplinary artist and craftsman from Quadra Island BC. His work is an exercise in finding balance, and searching for the magic in all things. He has been exhibiting his work at home in Canada, in the United States, and abroad for over fifteen years.
Pop-Up Ping Pong
“‘Ping-pong, formerly known to the world as 'wiff-waff', has the incredible ability to build connections and bring oneself into the present. Lose yourself in the moment with the hypnotic metronome of the ping-pong ball, the back and forth bounce. Research has been done proving the ability for ping-pong to increase focus, stimulate mind-body awareness, foster social connections, and sharpen the mind. Ping-pong has also recently been used as a form of diplomacy, putting people in dialogue from different countries and cross-pollinating ideas. Caution: has been prone to cause giggling, smiles, epic rallies, and friendship building.”
About the Artist Frida & Frank is made up of a trio of artists and friends, looking to change people's perspective on public space! From pop-up ping-pong to street mosaics, they are always looking for ways to make our cities a little more colourful and fun.
Presenting a Particularly Peculiar Prismatic Portal Parlor
“TryptonMedia integrates their unique analog interactive optical feedback expertise into their projected lounge installation. Still providing a comfortable if not camouflaged place to gather with friends among the art installs, the audience will also provide an opportunity to interact with the installation, co-creating the projections with us. One of the artists will be on site from dusk until dawn, operating a portable version of the interactive light portal. If you have light toys, reflective or glowing costumes, or a fascination with fractals, mandala, optics, and Trippy light things, this installation piece is for you.”
About the Artist Roslin and Grady have been performing as Tryptonmedia for a long time. They frequent festivals and underground dance culture events in BC. They are obsessed with analog video feedback, mandala, fractals, cymatics, waveforms, optics, physics, antiquated projection technology, re-purposing mediums, and their cat, Mr. Cookies. Grady can often be found by his spoon playing, Roslin will be seen avoiding Grady's spoons. By deploying their installations without the use of computers or software they have developed a unique and recognizable style. They are always excited to present their work.
“Our experience as matter on this planet exists where where light & dark intersect. Matter (Materia: timber, substance) originates from mater or mother. The furniture art creates a comfortable space that will reveal a brighter side of suffering from our material’s endurance. Reborn, burnt wood represents the cycle of life. Fire, from the anima: life, breath, means to animate, to give breath to, enliven. SUSTAIN>SUFFER>BEAR>CARRY>RE/BIRTH Many works contain spalted Maple. Spalting forms beautiful artisan traits in the wood that are yielded by environmental stress. Additional works feature an Altar & Eclipse(s). Altar literally means ‘high’, a devotion. Eclipse is abandonment, to leave, forsaking. We welcome you to a space that enlivens conversation about a perspective on suffering.”
About the Artist Rubenovitch Furnishings & Co. produces artistic furniture that emits a state of reverie. We produce works that bring character and dialogue to spaces with consideration and respect to the environment. The works meld beautiful woods and materials that aims to reveal meaning in the matter. The furniture shares stories that relate to our lives. The Co. in Rubenovitch Furnishings and Co. does not stand for company but stands for collaboration, community and connections. Our works aim to serve functional purpose but also present intent.
“Zomes are a class of shape which appear to have an organic curvature despite being made of flat rhombuses. Zomes are commonplace at Burningman but have never been to Bass Coast. The Prizome is a projection installation where the first Zome ever displayed at Bass Coast will be a canvas for real-time generated 3D video content and interactive effects.”
About the Artist The Symmetry Group is a collaboration platform that has exhibited at Basscoast every year since 2012. This year our project Prizome is a team effort between makers Adam Barlev, projection art collective HFour, programmer Yasushi Harada and 3D artist Jimmy Zhang.
Registroid, Telepede, Radiano, Pythagorhythm
“Registroid: Registroid is a mutant vintage cash register that has been modified into a playable, interactive, electro-house looping machine with satisfyingly chunky buttons and blinking lights. Plus, there's a surprise if you manage to hit just the right buttons. Ch-ching!
Telepede: Interactive music-making machine created with an old rotary phone and organ pedals.
Radiano: Interactive music-making machine made from an old car radio, and keyboard
Pythagorhythm: Triangular multi-user illuminated remix machine, featuring music by Longwalkshortdock.”
About the Artists Monkey C Interactive is the interactive work of artists David Parfit and Scott Amos. Whether it’s a strange and whimsical musical instruments like the Bubble Organ, a giant motion-responsive LED cube sculpture, a tech-house-looping mutant cash register, or a 5-story-tall musical stairwell, Monkey C Interactive’s public art installations and interactive sculptures have amused and delighted countless people in their hometown of Victoria, BC, and at numerous festivals in the Pacific Northwest.
“Space can help us find ourselves and find each other. This project is a subtle reminder that a balance between community and privacy is essential to keeping the pulse going in a precarious new world.”
About the Artist Dallyn is a painter and assemblage artist. His inspiration comes mainly from hard sciences, ethics, the lack thereof in politics, and the psychology of swarm behavior. He likes brass balls and blueberries, dislikes salesmen and censorship.
“Step inside the psychedelic booth to answer the call of a mysterious ringing telephone…. While modern technology can leave us isolated, Seek/Find offers us an opportunity to reconnect and play with one another in a way that will surprise and delight.”
About the Artist Aimee Young is a Designer, Illustrator and Multidisciplinary Artist from Melbourne, Australia, currently residing in Vancouver BC. With a BFA in Design and over 10 years working professionally as a Designer, she has worked on a myriad of projects from skateboards and designs for the music industry, to apparel and home-wares. Focusing on the weird, the wonderful and the extraordinary, her work has been featured on "This Isn’t Happiness", published in IDN and SAD Magazines and she has exhibited work internationally. What is Art? And what does it all mean anyway?
“Shine Brite is an interactive installation inspired by the 1980’s ‘Lite Brite’. Shine Brite is a 8’ diameter circle light box made of galvanized steel. The face has a hexagon grid to inspire geometric patterns, similar to those found in music and nature. 432- 500 ml reclaimed plastic water bottles create the ‘pegs’ and pixels to the imagery. These are filled with colored water and inserted into the grid. White light refracts through the colored water illuminating the bottles and ephemeral designs. To add dimension and magic, the RGB LED light strips change color, fade, flash, and are reactive to music.”
About the Artist Rose's passion lies in creating places and experiences that inspire people to love where they are. Through urban design, creative placemaking and community connections, she believes we can create resilient, sustainable cities. Rose is a leader in green building and smart growth advocacy. She is continually energized by the innovation and creativity in our community and is committed to creating spaces that transform, nourish, and reflect the beauty of our place.
“A space of sensory embrace where sunken in softness participants are surrounded by soothing light and the silent vibrations of a sub-sonic ambient score that channels through the structure.”
About the Artists The Shh Collective are seven disgusting kids but nevertheless of interesting personalities are being made of the green mud coming out of garbage can. Once alive their master gives them rules to obey although they think that life is funnier without following stupid regulations like no television or no candy.
Super Lush Ultrasonic Tone Generator
“Touch these keys. Ultrasonic waves create atomized particles. Light-emitting diodes send rays hurdling towards your optics at the speed of light. Sound waves dance through the breeze from atom to atom. Interpreted by the senses. Delivered to the brain. Rendered by YOU.”
About the Artist Paris Urquhart is a Prop Builder and Illustrator who partners with Production Companies and Creative agencies to help their ideas become reality. After spending over 7 years finding solutions for TV and Film, Paris understands what it takes to create a functional and visually comprehensive piece.
“Suspended Disbelief is a spatial installation that explores the concept of perception, and its role in the reality we experience. Seemingly enigmatic structures and layers of light combine and intersect to create illusions for participants to engage with. You may be surprised by what you find, with the right perspective.”
About the Artists Tim, Neil, and Tim are dynamite artists -- real TNT. Individually, they have pushed the boundaries of what is possible with art and technology. Now, collaborating for the first time, their minds combine to explosive effect, creating a truly unique piece of light art. One that would not have been technically possible to make even just a year ago, and is sure to strike a flame of awe and wonder in the hearts of viewers fortunate enough to witness such an eruption of creative coalescence.
“Saving freshwater, growing food at home. Taking ownership of our sustenance and the management of our waste. Living consciously of the planet by choosing natural, biodegradable and plant-based materials. Believing in fresh outlooks and creating solutions to inspire the next wave.”
About the Artist Dylan Perdue is living outside of the paradigm and making the unbelievable the standard.
Live Painting and mini gallery.
About the Artist Adam One’s work derives from a deep understanding of form and function, and an active interest in the questions of human existence through spiritual evolution. His pieces are born from the subconscious and are extremely chaotic amalgamations of archetypal subjects and stories. Meant to be ever changing and revealing, his pieces beckon one’s mind to question the world around, and to look at everything with a new perspective. Philosophically and Spiritually, Adam finds inspiration in the symbols of Theosophy, Cosmogony, Alchemy, Hermeticism and Gnosticism.
“The sounding of a bell is a signal, a message, a presence, a poem, a beginning, an ending. Terra Incognita and its collection of 343 porcelain bells provides a space of sonic contemplation, ritual, and listening. Suspended from the branches of trees, the bells are activated by wind and human interaction with ropes hanging from each clapper. Navigate your way through the landscape and listen to the song you create.”
About the Artist Caro Wilson is an intermedia artist working in ceramics and sculptural installation. She is a collector of eclectic curios, observer of subtle nuance and mapmaker. Her practice examines the ways in which object and place interact and retain memory. This mapping process starts as a story and becomes a feeling. Caro currently resides and makes in Nelson, BC.
The Art of Mari Shibuya
“Mari Shibuya will be creating a live, mixed media painting over the course of the weekend exploring how the patterns of nature intersect with the movement of our bodies.”
About the Artist Mari Shibuya is a visual and social artist based out of Seattle. Shibuya utilizes their artwork as an avenue to explore questions about our capacity for abstraction and how to organize our individual experience within the collective to impact humanity in ways that align with our values and goals. Patterns are central to both of these questions. Shibuya utilizes the allusion of geometry within their work to represent the forces organizing matter from the level of the quantum to cognitive schemas. Nature evolves through patterns, does not it follow that we too are sculpted by these forces?
“Does the art inspire profound conversation?” This statement was the inspiration for this design. Think of the Roman Forum, the city’s main piazza where citizens of every social level met to engage in public affairs and exchange opinions. The moon gate gives a portal experience to entering the space. The stepped marble slabs and columns of growing plants and flowers provide a gentle container, and seating opportunities. The barrel vault is a small refuge from the elements... for a few people at a time ;) and the heart of the thing is space. A simple patch of grass.”
About the Artist The Forum consists of Dan Gibbs, (principal designer), Luc Seguin (carpenter), and Thomas Mann (editor at large), but extends to include many talented friends who lend their magic/skills. Their primary interest is creating spaces to enjoy outdoors. Their work strives to be portable to events, festivals and parties and is generally modular in the sense that it can be configured in more than one way. It invariably involves real live growing plants and strives to repurpose materials, particular those Dan Gibbs encounters in his business as a gardener.
The Galactic Roller Disco
“All Yo Funkanauts out there! Get your skates on tight and step into the spaceship. You are going to orbit the disco sphere at groove speed. This is a time warp and a roller skate rink, so come down to the disco to skate and groove! There will be roller skates and roller skate/dance lessons available for you. Got your own skates or can get a hold of a pair? Do it! Dress code: Disco Glam! Some rules: Our capacity is 120. Please assess your ability to participate. Follow the rules and instructions by rink operators. The skating area is limited and for skaters only. No drinks on skating area. Tired, had enough? Please return your skates so other Funkanauts get a turn, we are open long hours, you can come back. Enjoy.”
About the Artist Upon finding an old crate of roller skates at a gymnasium Guy Segal felt transported to another time and the idea for the Galactic Roller Disco was born. He feverishly set out to figure out all the practical details to realize his vision and on a rainy March evening in 2016 a festive crowd was spanning a block of the entrance a full hour before doors open. Since then the Galactic Roller Disco has been rocking Victoria on a bi-annual basis with around 400 guests skating and dancing. His next big dream was to take the Galactic Roller Disco on the road and he is so exited to make it a part of Bass Coast this year.
The Hexahedron of Perceptive Perspective
“Isn’t it funny, isn’t it a hoot? This aluminium, steel box aims to personify you! Enter the Hexahedron of perceptive perspective, where reflection and intention are true. Take a moment to stare at your memories, and share new creations as a collaborative view! Alex Staple's artistic goal is not to force you to feel, just to engage, inspire, and let you reveal; your intention for viewing - make your soul a deal. Her life's plethora of emotions strung up on the reel. Your creations, they've fed her the most bountiful meal, so gaze at this work thats tied into her red seal. Its here for you Bass Coast, I hope this merits a squeal.”
About the Artist Alex Staple has always been "the realistic dreamer", turning tangible into tertiary then displacing it again. Her inspiration has come from life experiences, and she has been driven to create art that echoes a multitude tones. Her life's goal is to inspire her peers to live their truths, and challenge their own demise. She began welding in 2013, and was drawn into the trade with aims to create functional metal art. She is an avid commissioner, and in past years has found clarity through writing. She strives to expand her views every moment, thanking the universe for providing expansion.
The LavaLab is an interactive art installation, combining glass, fire, and friends. Promoting the art of glass blowing and displaying our firey creations, they will be focusing on education and creation. The Lavalab is a collaboration of some of B.C.’s best known glassblowers. This year we will be featuring Redbeard, Solid Flow, Vagabond, JonK and Grizz Lee. Come hang out and watch them melt!
About the Artists Redbeard Creator of The Great Canadian Glass Gathering and host of the Redbeard show. This Glassblower has been behind the torch for over 20 years. A Showman, a Chucklehead and an amazing glass blower Solid Flow @solidflowglass With over 20 years in the game, Solid Flow has some of the cleanest and technical functional art. from recyclers to realistic eyes. his work is not to be missed.
Vagabond @vagabondglass has been playing with fire since 1998. He is known for his monsters and creatures. Also the inventor of the spinning glass eye.
JonK On the torch since 2001. Clean flowing lines balanced with smooth function. Jon is most well known for his signature crop circle patterns and drop drain recyclers.
Grizz Lee On the torch for only 4 years. Picking up skills from all the Glassblowers that come through the Lavalab. Owner and operator of Hemp City in Kelowna, Home of the Lavalab.
The Phoenix Rainbow
“The Phoenix Rainbow is a giant symbol of love, hope and possibility! It dazzles and delights with its myriad of colours and patterns and inspires awe with its impressive size and girth! Constructed with over 4000lbs of aluminum and steel and more than 500 feet of addressable RGB LED lighting, the Rainbow is a feat of both art and engineering!”
About the Artist the Phoenix Rainbow are a collective of friends, artists, engineers and programmers based in Victoria, BC. The Phoenix Rainbow team was formed from a collaboration on a theatre production of The Wizard of Oz, where the prototype piece was developed. Since its completion last year, they have toured the Rainbow to Otherworld, Burn In the Forest, Pride Vancouver and were placed as the Centre Camp arch at Burning Man 2017. They are very excited to be showcasing the Rainbow at Bass Coast this year!
“A wearable welded polygon deer mask with light diffraction eyes.”
About the Artist Jamie Tilson, a welder and metal fabricator by trade. Through the fusion of metal, his complex works are notable for their finish and subtle minimalist approach. Jamie Tilson currently lives and works in North Vancouver, and is available to collaborate with artists looking to make metal art installations.
“A Time Nomad travels back in time and place to commemorate revelations. Here's what you do:
1. Pick up a blank postcard from the ‘Open Here’ side of the mailbox
2. Capture your elevated and euphoric thoughts in the postcard
3. Include your permanent mailing addresses (I know it's ironic as this is for nomads, so use your family's address if you haven't got one of your own!)
4. ‘Drop it Off’ through the slit of the other side of the mailbox
5. Receive uplifting messages from your best self 6-8 months later In such cheerful moments, it’s important to stop and record the lessons we learn about ourselves, and reflect on them in the future. After all, who could remind you of sun-kissed joy in the dead of winter, better than your past self!”
About the Artist Time Nomads is a natural extension of Wongela Aklilu's previous work, 'Global Nomads', a photo series dedicated to leaving countries better than found. It intends to explore three prominent issues in Canada: cultural identity, harm reduction and mental health. As a Global Nomad, Wongela grew up in multiple countries. One night during a weekly existential crisis of ‘where is home’, Wongela painted her face with all the flags of the countries she lived in. What once started as procrastination quickly turned into a fun project. Now, Global Nomads is used to raise awareness on multiple relevant issues.
“Triangles is a sculpture of steel and electronics. As an experiment in the dissection of the video image, twelve pixels are made tangible. Computer graphics generate a myriad of intersecting patterns within the colour spectrum, and illuminate the geometry in an electric dance. Surrounding the physical structure is the aura of mist and the mysterious nature of projected light, complexifying the perception of numeric representation. Where are we in this typhoon of data? How do we visualize the invisible? Through connected forms and mined materials, this is an attempt at a resolution.”
About the Artist Adrien Fillion has been practicing with light and sound for eons. From the days of threading celluloid film through dusty projectors, to composite video mixing mayhem, to computer graphics and LED technology, Adrien has accented the event space with evolutionary style. Collaborating with Urban Visuals in Vancouver, AL!C in Montreal, and via Frequency Division internationally, many have enjoyed his space-shifting and time-bending works. Adrien is pleased to share Bass Coast and the festival grounds as a visitor to the traditional lands of the NŁEʔKEPMXC people.
“Step into the light bay and let the TV Portation Station transport you! There are over a dozen destinations to travel from the pilot seat, including interactive live streams from three of the Bass Coast stages. Experience temporary time travel as the pyramid pulse with the audio, blasting light all directions. Witness electrons dance on the stacks of hacked Cathode Ray Tubes, converting sound into a visual spectrum of audio frequencies. Glimpse into your future to see what's happening at Radio, turn the channel and fly through space, dive underwater, and then arrive at Slay Bay. Find your destination and groove into the night!
***Warning: Prolonged use may turn you into a potato. Not recommended for people with a history of screen dependence.”
About the Artist These individuals bring together a passion for art, design, light and computers to illuminate juxtaposition and cognitive dissonance in society. The concept Design/Project leads are; Dinah Lafleche and Blu Belsher Construction/Technology Support are; Johnny Rarden, David Grewer, Robert Grewer Exterior Artists:Mani Vetrivel is a Singapore born artist illustrating under the pseudonym ‘The Artist’. His body of works draws inspiration from themes such as entropy, chaos and order. Chris Pouvreau is a French born artist, specializing in calligraphy inspired design.
“Txaïpok is a prismatic expression of the self; reflected and refracted. Both inward and outward, simultaneously manifested, multifariously realized; interdependently unified. Rooted in paradox, blossoming into momentary experience. Born out of nothingness is a spectrum diversified out of the one. Nameless, is the origin of Heaven and Earth; The named is the Mother of all things. Thus, the constant void enables one to observe the true essence. The constant being enables one to see the outward manifestations... - Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu; Chapter One (2nd and 3rd Stanzas)”
About the Artists Txai is a multi-faceted artist, from acrobatic and dance performances, music to acrylic and digital painting and street art. He is currently a student of Chinese Medicine and Qi Gong, weaving ancient and modern medical and scientific wisdom in his art. Apok is a tattoo artist and illustrator specializing in detailed geometry and pointillism. His tattooing is rooted in the Thai hand tap technique, Sak Yant- which he learned in Thailand and practiced in the years prior to transitioning to modern tattoo machines. He draws creative inspiration from nature, spirituality, and consciousness expansion.
Under The Bodhi LED
“Seek ‘enlightenment’ beneath the Bodhi LED. This installation invites Basscoasters to don an EEG headset to control a light installation with there brainwaves.”
About the Artist Chris MacLeay is the principal in the design firm, White Room Creative, based in Whistler BC. He studied new media design at Confederation College and the Banff Centre for the Arts. He is a huge nerd who loves all kinds of interesting shit but mainly his dogs, surfing, snowboarding, random adventures and of course making things. His artwork explores the intersection of art, technology, and the human experience.
“Cymatics: Derived from the Greek word κῦμα (wave). Does there exist a connection between sonic frequencies, the geometry of reality, and our spiritual inner selves? Let's check it out.“
About the Artist Alex Penney is an audio engineer from BC, working out of Monarch Studios in Vancouver. After studying physics and philosophy he pursued sound and music. He is interested in exploring the nature of reality, the reach of human understanding, and the Funk.
“This installation is an extension of the forest that surrounds us. Made with hand-cut paper, these crisp geometric shapes erupt with organic forms creating a powerful stillness amidst the chaotic energy of the festival. Above all it offers the viewer an opportunity to take a moment (or few...) to pause in their journey and recharge under the plant-like formations. The smooth clean lines of the paper is balanced by the varied textures of the daytime forest. By night, the dynamic changes as the shapes come alive with a pulsing glow of rainbow lights; illuminating the surrounding paper taking on an entirely different visual energy. This transformation of light from day to night echoes the behaviour of prisms!”
About the Artist Natalie Scott is an emerging artist from Calgary, Alberta where she achieved her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting. Practicing paper-cutting for almost ten years, her main inspiration comes from natural forms and patterns discovered from hiking in the mountains and west coast forests. Seeking new ways to install her paper works in the wilderness is a never-ending adventure of reintroducing natures’ beauty in a different way that amplifies the uniqueness and intricacy found in the natural world around us.
Wood Vibez Art Lounge
“Art lounge and tincture bar featuring visionary wood art by BC’s own Wood Vibe Tribe. Come chill, be inspired and feel the Vibez!"
About the Artists A collective of wood wizards dedicated to the mission of inspiring others through education, skill sharing, and sharing wood art with the world.