Head & Hands workshops

YPP & J2K Publication


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With support from articule, musician Rae Spoon and multidisciplinary artist Jessica MacCormack have been facilitating a series of workshops for youth using experimental animation and sound/music to explore ideas surrounding institutions and gender identities at the Head and Hands J2K youth drop in and Young Parents Program for three months. The participants worked with Jess and Rae in a collaborative process to create animated videos and sound works, encouraging an exploration of how participants’ personal lives intersect with gender identity(s) and social control.  A presentation of the works created through this process was presented as part of Articule’s animation event in June 2009 as well as an artist talk at Cagibi on April 6 at 6pm.


During the sound portion of the workshops techniques multi-track recording, the use of loops and samples, as well as recording real instruments were workshoped. The youth made music with computer programs, mini-recorders and musical instruments to create pieces to accompany the finished animations.  Also, the process of composing and recording spoken poems to accompany music as a narrative was explored. Various techniques were used to introduce stop-motion; drawing, moving 3D objects, cut-outs and performing in front of the camera. Discussions of various thematics, in combination with inspiring props and materials helped inform the content of the works.

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