Portland is full of creative energy; there’s no shortage of people taking risks and exploring new concepts. To be honest, there’s little we’re surprised by. But Alexis Gideon, a current Portland resident, has managed to push the envelope further than we could possibly imagine with his new 38-minute stop-motion video opera, Video Musics III: Floating Oceans. The piece is “based on the works of the early 20th century Irish writer Lord Dunsany, and inspired by the time and dream experiments of the Irish physicist John William Dunne”, but we left feeling that it was relevant and applicable to our lives today.
If you’re scratching your head at what exactly a stop-motion video opera entails, don’t worry, so were we. We had the opportunity to attend the press screening, and we have to tell you, we were completely blown away. With live music to accompany the film (the lyrics match up perfectly with the characters’ mouths), Floating Oceans is a captivating auditory and visual experience. Regardless of whether you think this is your thing or not, we can’t speak more highly of this unique multimedia performance.The world premiere is being held here in Portland at the Hollywood Theater on October 11th. Intrigued? Want to see Video Musics III: Floating Oceans for yourself? We’re giving away tickets to two lucky readers! Just click HERE.E+E: How many years have you been an animator, video artist, composer and performer?Alexis Gideon: I created and started touring my first video opera, Video Musics I, in 2008. I had been a touring composer/performer since 2004. I had wanted to create a narrative video piece for a while and finally had the time to in 2008.E+E: Obviously, one could interpret the 38-minute video in many different ways, but is there a common theme or idea that you are trying to get at?AG: Video Musics III: Floating Oceans is about the magical universe that is often right in front of us. It contrasts this theme with a critique of the shortsightedness of the capitalist industrial grind.E+E: Why did you choose Portland to premiere Floating Oceans before you start your big global tour?AG: I currently live in Portland and wanted to kick off the tour at home.E+E: Tell us the craziest/best thing that someone has told you about your work.AG: “It is like watching dreams from a childhood I didn’t have.”E+E: What inspires you to keep going? Any big future plans after the Floating Oceans tour?AG: I love both working on these pieces and touring them. It is so great to see friends all across the United States and Europe.Video Musics III: Floating Oceans World PremiereHollywood Theatre4122 NE Sandy Blvd.Portland, OR 97212October 11th, 2012, 7:30pmWritten by: Lauren Kodiak