Dirt Buffet Cabaret #33
Hosted and Curated by Mustafa Rafiq (مصطفى رفيق)
May 24 @ 8 PM
$10 (obo) at the door
Mustafa Rafiq will be curating and hosting the final Dirt Buffet Cabaret of Mile Zero's «Swerve» 2017/18 season.
Entering the performance laboratory is:
Sarah C Louise
Sarah C Louise is an Edmonton-based artist and educator. She primarily works as a visual artist, and primarily creates work with narrative. Often, Sarah’s creations involve combinations of artistic mediums in order to explore stories from multiple angles. “The Preservation Society” is a story about a fictitious company with the ability to preserve short memories, attaching them to the graves of the deceased for the living to bare witnes...s. The film, written by Andy Garland, was originally inspired by David Bowie’s Blackstar, and invites viewers to consider which moments have value in their own lives.
Kelly Ruth is a Textile/New Media artist from Winnipeg, currently living in Edmonton. Most recently 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. In performance she uses contact microphones and effects pedals on her weaving loom and other fibre related tools. She performs solo and with an improvisational trio named Civvie. In the past two years she has performed solo at the Vancouver New Music Festival, Handmade Assembly, Forthwith Festival and has exhibited a textile/sound installation as part of Send + Receive. Working with Civvie she has recently performed at Sounds Like Festival, and has opened for an improvisational collaboration between Venetian Snares and Daniel Lanois.
Amiskwaciwâskahikan aka Edmonton (Treaty 6)-born poet and spoken word artist Shima Robinson embodies, with every poem, the ancient meaning of her chosen pen name. Dwennimmen is the name of an ancient African Adinkra symbol, which means strength, humility, learning and wisdom. It is no surprise, then, that this veteran of the Alberta poetry community uses a searing intellect and dynamic precision-of-language to create poetry which ushers her readers and listeners toward greater understanding and poignant reflection. For Dwennimmen, poetry has long been a compass, a salve, an anchor and guiding light. She uses the potential and force of poetry to uncover the full range of her cerebral, linguistic and spiritual fortitude. This is why her every poem and performance testifies to an emerging power and wisdom, an authentic, deeply human potency which she hopes to pass on to listeners and poetry-lovers around the world.
Tab C.A. + Tension Collectors
Tension Collectors is the solo moniker of local percussionist and electronic musician Sean MacIntosh. Tab C.A. is a poet and performance artist whose current focus is experimental collaboration as a means of shared catharsis.
Farhad Khosravi is a santurist, composer and arranger based in Edmonton, Alberta. Originally from Isfahan, Iran, Farhad will be presenting a set of Persian Classical music with drum accompaniment
Parker Thiessen is a filmmaker, sound artist/musician and designer, with an interest in collaboration, experimentation and DIY. Through his work, Thiessen has explored and propelled the growth of the experimental music scene in Edmonton, initiating the Ramshackle Day Parade noise collective and label, co-founding Pseudo Laboratories cassette label, and performing in Zebra Pulse, Private Investigators, Soft Ions and solo as Bong Sample and more recently as Kaunsel. His film work includes experimental shorts, stop motion, live projections, music videos and video feedback/glitch experimentation.
Joshua Tokarsky / Abdullah Amir-Sheikh
Joshua Tokarsky (Fox, Arkansas) and Abdullah Amir-Sheikh (bobbitopickles) bring their unique solo styles together to form a collaboration which encompasses their respective elements of down-tempo electronica and beatmaking but fits into neither category. With both favoring a lofi sound quality which relies heavily on sampling, they create music which is a re-imagination of a past which never happened.
about the curator:
Mustafa Rafiq (مصطفى رفي) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Treaty 6 land in Edmonton, Alberta. Their primary focus in the last few years has been in exploring experimental art form through sound. Their work is also informed by being one of the main promoters in the Edmonton community, putting on almost 100 shows since 2015 under Sweaty Palms.
Mustafa is a main curator for Nextfest and Found Fest while maintaining the goal to continuously foster the emerging artist community. Mustafa's recent work has focused on creating safe and transformative spaces for artists of colour and queer communities. In his free time, Mustafa also performs as a member of Pyramid//Indigo and as a solo artist under the moniker of Family Injera. 2018 sees performances at Big Fun (Winnipeg), Sled Island (Calgary) and Pretty Good Not Bad (Victoria).
Mustafa's work has been informed by storytelling and understanding his own identity as a queer person of colour. His community involvement focuses on creating collaboration in communities that wouldn’t normally connect.
Photo by: Levi Manchak