Dave Chokroun & Femke van Delft
Wednesday September 21st, 2011, 9:30pm
A colony of bees built a floor to ceiling hive between two joists of an outside wall in a 1920’s miner’s hut. In the early 1940’s an addition was built that sealed the fate of the colony. When the house was renovated in late 1999 the desiccated remains were given to us. We used them to create this piece, called “War Games”. Playing War Games is an interdisciplinary performance that uses sculpture and music to interpret data from the Vancouver real estate market.
Using extended performance techniques from contemporary music practices, Chokroun transforms van Delft’s sculpture, “War Games”, into an uncanny acoustic instrument.
Dave Chokroun is a composer and improvising musician. He has been a featured performer at Open Space (Victoria), Western Front, Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Calgary, and in the Vancouver Jazz Festival. He holds a B. Mus from the University of Victoria and an MFA from Simon Fraser University. Dave performs with the bands French for Sled Dogs, Robots on Fire, and the Sorrow and the Pity, and co-directs the Institute for the Study of Advanced Musical Research.
Femke van Delft
Femke van Delft is an award-winning visual and performance artist who is based in Vancouver, BC. She has shown her work nationally in galleries in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario and internationally in venues in San Francisco and Ireland. Van Delft has a B.Sc (Gen) from the University of Alberta and a BA (Eng. Lit) from the University of Lethbridge. She also works as a professional photographer.