The No Normal podcast Season Four

Kelly Ruth

May 2024 SoundCloud

THE NO NORMAL PODCAST

What was normal won’t be again, and the only “new normal” is no normal at all.

Welcome to a new year of The No Normal! New Music Edmonton is happy to return with Season Four of our iconic podcast. We have some great interviews with amazing people from Edmonton and around the world lined up for the coming months, and we’re looking forward to sharing their work and their words with you! The podcast will also include feature stories, conversations with friends in other organizations, and much more. Scroll down for details about each episode.

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Episode 4.1 (December 2023). Welcome back to The No Normal. In this episode, we are happy to welcome Canadian interdisciplinary artist Steph Patsula. The projects Steph creates are focused across a variety of processes coalescing in a union of somatic experiencing, experimental sound creation and lens based ephemera. Patsula’s work prioritizes the creation of immersive art installations and live-performance which explore bodies as beacons and receptors in relationship to each other. Her processes embrace the unpredictable dynamics of working with new materials, spaces and bodies by corresponding with them improvisationally. A technique that reflects a personal desire for reciprocity and intimacy through an attentiveness to collaboration and adaptability. New Music Edmonton was delighted to feature Steph in our 2023 festival, where she gave a live performance of her ongoing project, Sympathetic Resonance, and took a bunch of us on a lovely, if somewhat smoky, soundwalk in the river valley.

Episode 4.2 (May 2024). In this episode of The No Normal we are delighted to feature one of the key figures in the experimental arts scene here in amiskwaciy-wâskahikan/ Edmonton, Kelly Ruth. Since moving here from Winnipeg in 2017, Kelly Ruth has given dozens of live performances, mainly featuring amplified weaving looms, collaborated with many local and visiting artists, created gallery installations, and worked within, or alongside, some of the key arts organizations here. Among her many activities, Kelly Ruth has for several years been developing a performance practice that takes place in the virtual world, on Second Life. Through her avatar, Poppy Morris, she has cultivated a unique approach to artistic world-building while developing an entirely new, international audience. To top it off, Kelly Ruth has developed a really amazing practice that hybridizes simultaneous in-person and virtual performances.   

Episode 4.3 (June 2024) – coming soon!

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4.1 - Steph Patsula

4.1 - Steph Patsula

December 2023

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Program

11:01 Flexible Hours Live at The Grand (Steph Patsula and Eric Fraser)

23:33  Flexible  Hours Live in Iceland

53:14 Sympathetic Resonance

58:30 Tailgate,  Live in Chicago

For more Information:

Steph Patsula, i-am-YEG – arts

Steph Patsula Facebook

https://flexiblehours.bandcamp.com/

The Artist

Steph Patsula is a Canadian interdisciplinary artist. The projects she creates are focused across a variety of processes coalescing in a union of somatic experiencing, experimental sound creation and lens based ephemera. Patsula’s work prioritizes the creation of immersive art installations and live-performance which explore bodies as beacons and receptors in relationship to each other. Her processes embrace the unpredictable dynamics of working with new materials, spaces and bodies by corresponding with them improvisationally. A technique that reflects a personal desire for reciprocity and intimacy through an attentiveness to collaboration and adaptability.

Artist photo Stephanie Patsula
Steph Patsula. Credit Steph Patsula.

4.2 Kelly Ruth

4.2 Kelly Ruth

May 2024

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Music included in this episode:

02:27 Simulacra – Real Virtuality (excerpt): Kelly Ruth, from the album Simulacra, Released 2021. Label: Pseudo Laboratories

13:21 Simulacra – Illusory Perceptions (excerpt)

21:00 Simulacra – Sensorial Waters (excerpt)

34:25 Pixelated Oscillations (excerpt 1): Kelly Ruth and Allison Balcetis. Hybrid Live/ Virtual Performance, Harcourt House, Edmonton. April 21, 2023

44:36 Hybrid Live/ Virtual Performance (excerpt 1): New Adventures in Sound Art, South River, Ontario. December 9, 2023

54:20 Hybrid Live/ Virtual Performance (excerpt 2): New Adventures in Sound Art

62:09 Pixelated Oscillations (excerpt 2): Kelly Ruth and Allison Balcetis – Hybrid Live/ Virtual Performance, Harcourt House, Edmonton. April 21, 2023

Artist

Kelly Ruth is an artist currently living in Treaty 6, Edmonton, Canada. She has been activating her textiles and tools through using electronics, sound, and integrating microcontrollers into the foundations of her woven cloth. She has created several bodies of work using fibre, dyeing with plants, and weaving, recognizing these as early technologies, and a relationship that humans have had with the land. Most recently she has been researching and creating in 3D, avatar based virtual worlds. In her work she is primarily concerned with the interplay between class, economics and ecology. In performance she uses contact microphones and effects pedals on her weaving loom and other fibre related tools, both in collaboration with others and solo. She has performed solo at the Vancouver New Music Festival, NUMUS, Handmade Assembly, Forthwith Festival and has exhibited a textile/sound installation as part of Send + Receive Festival, as well as participated in a residency at the Textile Arts Centre in Iceland and performed at KM28 in Berlin. Working in a trio named Civvie she has performed at Sounds Like Festival, Now Hear This Festival in a collaboration with Ethan Bokma and respectfulchild, Jazz Winnipeg Festival, and has opened for an improvisational collaboration between Venetian Snares and Daniel Lanois. Her debut album FORMS was rated