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Friday, August 10, 2007

The Sights & Sounds of Rhapsody

Art Gallery of Mississauga Video Programme II
Karoke Rhapsody
Tuesday August 21, 20079:00– 10:30 pm FREE!
Main Stage, grounds of the Mississauga Central Library,
301 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W.

Curated by Suzanne Carte-Blanchenot
The works presented in the video programme Karaoke Rhapsody utilize karaoke as a vehicle. Stylistically mimicking its form and function, the artists rely on the repertoire of karaoke's highlighted text, current songs, and moving symbols. Guiding the viewer through a narrative, they emphasize or dismiss the lyrics and (re)contextualize them in a separate and distinct way, soliciting a response that was not the original intent of the song.

Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay
Subtitled, 2005 2 min
Utilizing the lyrics of the pop-dance
song recorded by Australian singer-songwriter Kylie Minogue Can't Get You out of My Head for her eighth studio album Fever (2001), artist Nemerofsky Ramsay fantasizes in bed.

Daniel Cockburn
Rocket Man, 2000 5 min
Rocket Man is a karaoke video which takes the lyrics and sentiment of the Elton John classic written by Bernie Taupin for the 1972
album Honkey Chateau.

Jubal Brown
Children of the Grave, 2000 3 min
A Karaoke video created for the classic Black Sabbath song Children of the Grave from their 1971
album Master of Reality. A group of youths out for a night of fun, drinking and driving in the country in the parents mini van, play fighting, and running through graveyards.

Emelie Chhangur
Singing over Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Three Little Birds from their 1977 album Exodus
Chhangur responds to being a first generation Canadian, who passes for black in her home country, finds herself passing for white in Brazil.

Stefan St-Laurent / Minnie St-Laurent
I Want You to Need Me / J'veux qu' tu m'veux, 2001 4 min
Part of St-Laurent’s ongoing series of autobiographical performance videos named Overmelodramas, the artist explores our relationship to violence and culture. Written by Diane Warren, I Want You to Need Me is the fourth and last single from Celine Dion's All the Way...A Decade of Song
album, released in 2000.

Clark Nikolai
An der Nordseeküste, 2003 3:40 min
A German language homo-romantic karaoke video set to the classic drinking Irish folk song Black Velvet Band.

Bohemian Rhapsody, 5:55 sec
Recommended as one of the top four performed Karaoke songs by Peter Styles of the famous Gladstone Hotel Karaoke nights every Thursday to Sunday in the Melody Bar, Toronto, Bohemian Rhapsody is a song written by Freddie Mercury and originally recorded by the band Queen for the 1975 album A Night At The Opera. The video was supplied by Karaoke Canada, serving Canada and other countries with high quality Karaoke products.

With support of the Pendle Fund at the Community Foundation of Mississauga

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