Multimedia Installation | Touring
Transmissions is a three-part, 6000-square-foot immersive installation that extends Lisa’s investigation into the connections between land, language, and people, most recently with her virtual reality work Biidaaban: First Light.
Projections, sculpture, audio and film combine to create urban and natural landscapes that are eerie and beautiful and open up the complexity of thought systems embedded in Indigenous languages. Transmissions invites us to untether from our day-to-day world and imagine a possible future.
Premiered Vancouver, in September 2019 at the Milton Wong Theatre.
Part II previewed at imagineNATIVE 2017, where Unearthed was filmed in front of a live audience with improvised soundscape by Laura Ortman and Raven Chacon.
Artist Lisa Jackson
Producers Lori Lozinski, Clayton Baraniuk
Creative Director Alan Storey
Part 3 Landscapes Kelly Richardson
Cinematography Bob Aschmann, Lindsay George
Music Laura Ortman, Raven Chacon, Tosca Teran
Sound Design Shawn Cole
Editing / VFX Chroma Post
Feature Performer Jeneen Frei Njootli
Created with the support of Electric Company Theatre, Simon Fraser University, Violator Films, Moving Images Distribution and Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter Grant.
“Jackson wants to unsettle us with her immersive imagery and soundscapes. The beauty of Biidaaban and now its ‘sister project’ Transmissions is that they can be interpreted in so many ways. As a sheer sensory experience, they are beautiful, haunting works.”
– The Georgia Straight
“Transmissions gets inside of you, as much as you are inside of it… her work is imbued with a febrile brand of hope.”
– The Tyee
“Transmissions weaves together an incredible number of themes and disciplines to look more closely at issues relating to climate change, Indigenous languages and linguistics, forest biology, urban development, Indigenous theory, and environmentalism. Transmissions activates curiosity and invites the viewer to look further and more deeply at the multitude of meanings that exist between us.”
– BC Studies