Part of Fall 2008 - A Lower World
Portland-based Hooliganship (Peter Burr and Christopher Doulgeris, born 1980) are in Toronto on Nuit Blanche to present Cartune Xprez: a roadshow of animated videos and multimedia performances. Cartune Xprez is a 70-minute program of shorts that celebrate the wilderness of the imagination through motion pictures, featuring such artists as Bruce Bickford (Inversion Layer – excerpt), Shana Moulton (The Mountain Where Everything Is Upside Down), Takeshi Murata (EscapeSpiritVideoSlime) and more. Alongside this cartoon theater Hooliganship will be performing their most recent piece entitled Realer in which audiences strap on a pair of 3D glasses to bear witness to a televised parade gone awry. In Realer live music, cartoons and video game worlds cross paths in a surreal adventure through three dimensions. We watch the two high-energy hoodie-clad boys with their guitars and synths musically and physically interact with the cartoon images on the screen behind them (including their own crudely animated doubles). Pure absurd rainbow bliss, Realer is a wacky journey into media oversaturation inspired by the promise of visual pleasure offered by the “magic” 3D glasses that put viewers into the show: “These glasses make everything feel pretty real, but I have something to show you that’s even realer” one character promises. Hooliganship was formed in 2002 to create performances, videos, music and installations that revel in a hypnotic abundance of digital information.