In November 2019, River Revery will be published by Insomniac Press with Penn Kemp’s poems, photographs by Mary McDonald, and q.r. codes by Mary and Dennis Siren.
River Revery is a collaboration between poet Penn Kemp and Mary McDonald. River Revery received the generous support of the London Arts Council’s City of London’s 2019 Community Arts Investment Program, through Pendas Productions. Mary McDonald’s Animations and Augmented Reality Art for River Revery were exhibited at Wordsfest and Penn’s poems read on Nov 3, 2018 as part of River of Words, the Poet Laureate presents series. The AR (Augmented Reality) art exhibit was on display at Museum London throughout the Festival weekend. See https://marymcdonald.ca/storyteller/. On https://riverrevery.ca/, you can see and hear “Believe”, “Silicon Valley” and “Wishing Well”. Here’s the River Revery playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkrrcdIFk53WsG-LMalVzzW6tgCyoupQ7
In November 2019, River Revery will be published by Insomniac Press with Penn’s poems, photographs by Mary, and q.r. codes by Mary and Dennis Siren.
Mary McDonald’s multimedia collaborations with Penn Kemp include multimedia promotional information for Penn’s work on Teresa Harris, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=On0eQzLsreA, interviews, and collaborations exploring the intersections of art and the mobile culture; see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coKJgXsaHx0.
Here’s the Eldon House Animations playlist:
“The Wanderer Returns Home”, AR by Mary MacDonald, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fnJZ9shkHs&feature=youtu.be. This video by Mary McDonald (marymcdonald.ca) is the first in the Augmented Reality Art series, River Revery. It was shown at the launch of Penn’s book, Local Heroes (Insomniac Press), Museum London, 2018. The River Revery transmedia and AR art exhibit project also formed part of the Augmented Reality presentation at Eldon House in 2018, when Mary created a montage of sound and visual animation by juxtaposing audio clips from the performance, the text and music, with text from Penn’s poems from Local Heroes, intermingled with photography and stop motion animation. This recording features Mary Ashton’s original compositions, music played by Mary Ashton and Panayiotis Giannarapis, and was recorded during their performance of Penn’s play, The Dream Life of Teresa Harris at Masonville Public Library, London, Ontario, March 4, 2017. https://vimeo.com/280812786.
These animations can be seen as an entire playlist on Mary’s channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHv0yQTSRl8sgp9-BS_j81A/featured?view_as=public.
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Since our first production of a play by Penn Kemp in 1977, Pendas Productions has been developing multimedia works, often in collaboration with other artists and art forms. Our micro publishing company in London ON has produced plays, CDs, DVDs of sound opera, as well as hand-made artbooks of poetry, art and drama, often in combination with CDs.