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24th October 2005, 12:25 PM
Anyone seen any of the recent Jamie Lidell events during the past few years.
The VJ/performance artist who is on stage with him (Pablo Fiasco), is one hell of a VJ/performer.
Works very well with Jamie Lidell's great performances!
Anyone know much about Pablo Fiasco??
I read somewhere that he is Canadian. Not much more info than that really.
24th October 2005, 02:23 PM
I did the setup for them when they played The Art School in Glasgow last June-
this is what i saw:
The show kicked ass in an "old school" way:
2 camcorders, MX-50, home made light rig, super8 projector and some 2D+film animation from dvd with the screen right behind the musician (visual performer on stage, but sideways)
the basic principle of the show was that Jamie's live set is absolutely outstanding with real-time sampling of beat-boxing and effects to create ALL the music tracks using home-made app. add a tip-top soulfull voice to the crazy break-beat and you get the best electronic performer i've ever seen.
Pablo uses Jamie's manic interaction with the machinery as the base for the image creation - his face and body filmed under strobes and projected over the top of itself to create layers of video feedback-
kind of an old trick but the album is called MULTIPLY and is visually matched by the visuals concept (performer layered and de-composed).
my favorite moment of the show- pablo projects super-8 film on Jamie's face which is then captured and fed-back... brilliant effect.
Pablo was easy to work with and not arsey about our DIY approach to rigging in this tiny venue.
Don't know much about him, the only thing i remember from web-searches was that he use to do graffiti.
anybody else got anymore info?
24th October 2005, 02:43 PM
Thanks for that great info !
I enjoyed your performance at the Pressure Point during Avit 03 in Brighton, we may have even spoken to each other heheh ;-)
I agree, Lidell/Fiasco are probably one of the best ever live performers I have seen in a long time.
Would be interesting to know of any other work Pablo Fiasco has done.
Seems there was also another Pablo Fiasco who was a grafitti artist about 20 yrs ago (also Canadian)
24th October 2005, 07:06 PM
the only guy called pablo fiasco that i've heard of was a filmaker who was involoved in the REQ film which was never released by skint records.. i only know this as we had a rough cut of it on VHS with pablo fiasco stenciled on to the tape.
i assume that he was living on the south coast and doing graf with REQ at that time (err 98 or 99 ish)
24th October 2005, 10:19 PM
some good pictures of the visuals on Lidell's website (http://www.jamielidell.com/photos.php)
looks like Mr Fiasco has done a bit of film-making, does some costume design (media-suits made of video tape, cables+16mm film) and has also designed all the artwork for the album cover
This seems like a proper collaboration and Lidell seem to always credit the visual guy in his interviews etc...
I think this is a great example to follow and maybe outlines something that might be missing in the VJ scene:
Does anybody have any example of high profile acts who have VJs credited on the bill as standard?
Maybe it's not the point after all.
Perhaps, by trying so hard to develop their own graphic identities, VJs might start to develop a "selfish" reputation in a sense that it's unconceivable to "stylistically" adapt to each dj/act one might be playing along with.
As a result artists and promoters might rather hire a (motion)graphic designer who's used to work to an (art) directed brief to pick up some VJ skills rather than take risks by doing the opposite.
"Visuals by" does seem to be more fitting a title for this kind of collaboration than "with VJ ___ " don't you reckon?
25th October 2005, 10:54 AM
yeh, you are probably right.
PF probably works exclusively with JL in a great & unique collaboration.
Thats probably why its such an impressive set.
Totally manic & way out visuals, providing an ultimate a/v set & experience.
15th November 2005, 04:31 PM
I know the guy from Brighton a number of years ago. He was tight with the whole No-Future crew that included Cristian Vogel, Si Begg, Neal Lanstrumm, Mat Consume, Ed and Hamish from Red Design and a host of other electronic musicians artists etc. He used to do the visuals at some of their nights like Defunkt at the (then) Escape club and I think he did stuff at Freekin the Frame at the (then) Beach too. He is a super cool guy, and a multi-talented artist. The cover to the Lidell Album shown above features his artwork. If you live in Brighton some of his graf may even still be there. Mostly oddball stencils, Typewriters, Frankenstein Heads, Objects with Dr Octopus arms etc. His visual shows always used to involve him running around like a maniac with loops of 16mm film strung round his neck, he had a crazy collection of found footage which he projected through muslins etc. I think he used to know someone in San Francisco who made feature length movies out of found or reassembled footage and they'd swap stuff. He has done some cool films like "Invisible Inc" a mixed format film about graf with a soundtrack by req
and some music videos like this one for super_collider
He lives in London now has a studio where he does his painting, editing etc. I'm pretty sure he teaches kids at a community college up here. I'm not sure if he works with many other people but him and Jamie are like old mates so it's a pretty tight arrangement. I'm glad you like his stuff, he is a talented and really nice guy.
15th November 2005, 05:05 PM
Yo Dirty Ho.
good to see more no-future (http://www.no-future.com/) -heads round these parts.
thanks for the links- definitely relevant to the visuals i've during their live set.
Lidell's Supercollider and his trademark off-synced beats are hectic as usual.
Can also confirm Pablo was hectic during the set, wearing a very fetching white overall... things just don't change hey?
15th November 2005, 05:17 PM
In the super_collider video most of the graf featured is Geoff's work, it's stuff he did in Berlin where they shot it and where he lived for a while (Jamie lives there) the super_collider live show was wicked too. Cris the mad professor at the machines and Jamie the robo-funk front man. Good combination! I'll see if can dig out any useful stuff. I actually have a video I shot of a super_collider show a couple of years ago at the Spitz in East London. Icould digitise a bit for folks if they were interested in seeing a bit of that. Do you frequent the no-future board as well vs?
15th November 2005, 05:27 PM
One forum at a time for me- thanks.
the Pointless agent on no-future is Fist...
say hello if you bump into him and he's not in a mood for abuse.
re: supercollider video.
always good to have more work from video-makers for inspiration... if you can be bothered.
15th November 2005, 05:31 PM
Fist, yeah I've seen him, he's there a lot. You are probably right about the one forum thing. I waste enough time in there as it is - have come here procrastinating to be honest. Am meant to be writing my dissertation - aargh! Will dig that tape out at some pont and see what's on it. I was pissed it could be an hour of wobblecam. ;)
15th November 2005, 06:02 PM
Yeah I did setup for the boys a couple of week ago at the sage gateshead. Great guys easy to work with, and it looked good. A good night all round.
3rd January 2006, 10:27 AM
I saw them in Manchster for Futuresonic 05 - pablo wearing a paper bag over his head. Excellent gig and certainly some of the more creative visuals I've seen, including Jamie's head mounted face cam
3rd January 2006, 12:45 PM
Geoff showed some of his crazy cut ups at Exceeda's [4x4] event - one called 'It Came From Outer C*** where babies got sucked up back into their mother's vaginas was particularly memorable...
When I was working for Exceeda Geoff had his studio upstairs on Elmore Street off the Essex Road, Exceeda have since moved so I'm not sure if he's still there.
5th January 2006, 01:05 PM
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