Lief Hall: Mythology, Gender and Cybervirtual Identity in Pop Music

LOMAA is excited to present Mythology, Gender and Cybervirtual Identity in Pop Music, a performance lecture by Lief Hall. This will be a continuation of the LondonFuse Choose Your Own Adventure series.

Lief Hall’s lecture performance will interweave storytelling, video collage, liveperformance and the artists own musical compositions to explore how mythology, science fiction and virtual embodiment affect the creation of gender identity within popular culture.

Pulling from Judith Butler’s notion of ‘gender performativity’ and Donna Haraway’s ‘Cyborg Manifesto’, the lecture will explore how performative space is re­shaped through technology, and the integration of cyber­virtual identities.

Looking at the work of contemporary female pop stars such as Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Hatsune Miku and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Lief Hall explores how the narratives created in pop music play an important role in the creation of contemporary mythology.

Lief Hall is a composer, singer-songwriter, director/choreographer and creator of opera, musical theatre, video and installation. Hall’s interdisciplinary installation and performance works explore themes of nature, technology and the body as they relate to mythology, feminism and the production of cultural ideology. Since her graduation from the Emily Carr University in 2005, Hall works have been presented by such galleries as the Western Front, Vancouver Art Gallery, Or Gallery and Surrey Art Gallery.

Lief Hall was previously the vocalist for Vancouver no wave punk band ‘Mutators’ (2007) and was the vocalist for improvisational trio ‘Glaciers’ (2009). Hall was also one half of Canadian ‘femme noir’ pop duo MYTHS (2012) who toured with Grimes and created their own electronic opera, ‘The Golden Dawn’.

Lief Hall’s solo music has developed out of her practice in audio-visual performance art and extended voice. Hall’s ‘Voices’ album (2014) featured her work as an experimental vocalist, use looping and layering to evoke dreamlike sonic landscapes which explore harmony, dissonance, texture, tone and rhythm.

Hall’s most recent EP ‘Transform’ (2015) marks a new direction in her solo musical work, creating dark electronic pop which merges the experimental dance music sensibility of MYTHS with layered vocal harmonies, exploring themes of love, identity, and fear in a post-human world. Hall has performed her solo music alongside artists such as Bear in Heaven and Inga Coupland and was named on NME’s list of ’50 Brand New Artists Set to Storm in 2015′.

This September (2015) Lief Hall will be touring in support of the ‘Transform’ EP release by Denmark label ‘Phinery’. The EP will be released as a cassette tape, science fiction story/ art book and DVD.

The ‘Transform Tour’ will include both music shows and lecture performances which expand upon the themes and research surrounding the release.

Don’t miss Lief Hall’s performance on the previous night!!

Sunday Sept 20th – Starts at 5pm
At LondonFuse HQ
402.5 Richmond St., London, Ontario
$5 or Pay What You Can

This event is part of the CYOA (Choose Your Own Adventure) art and music crawl, which is taking place Thursday September 17th until Saturday September 19th in downtown London, Ontario. Coordinated by LondonFuse, this 3 day event is your guide to culture in London.

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