Jackson 2Bears and Tanya Doody have worked together on numerous projects under the auspices of Fort9 since 1998, and devised the artist collective LiminaL projects (with co-creators Susanna Hood, Tom Kuo, and Dan Lavoie) to explore transdisciplinary ideas of collaboration combining movement, live performance, fashion, sculpture, turntablism and digital sound.
Two new performance works—Evanescing This Harrowed Strata, and We Invent Neutral Defense—marks a return to working collaboratively for 2Bears and Doody, here bound together in a creative process that incorporates individual practices while extending beyond the familiar.
With these new artworks we want to talk about stories written on the land, and the conflicted histories layered on the earth in this territory; we endeavour to immerse ourselves in troubled narratives, and we want to explore strange and complicated encounters and perform alternative vocalizations. In these performances we work with video projections and use live and pre-recorded sound; we use a bed of clay ‘strata’ and contact microphones; we use a digitally-enabled hand-drum and ceramic objects with guitar effect pedals. A small tree tied to a ceramic ball and chain is present, as is a ceramic mask, a ceramic shoe, and lots of soil -- all of which are activated with gesture and sound.
Tanya Doody is a multidisciplinary artist working at the intersection of ceramics and performance. Her work revolves around craftivist strategies, performative acts, and poetic gestures as she works within cultural contexts to explore traditional craft media beyond its historical roots. She has exhibited work across the continent in galleries and festivals, most recently at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery and in Calgary as part of the festival WILD: Fabricating a Frontier.