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Toronto - The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) presents the inaugural performance of DSM5, an original multimedia installation created by internationally- recognized Digital Video Jockey (DVJ) Charles Kriel. On Saturday, September 29 at 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm DVJ Kriel will mix DSM5 live with a concert-quality sound system and dramatic images projected onto the Bloor Street façade of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. Shows are approximately 45 minutes in length, and will be taped and replayed continuously for the remainder of the night. At 11:00 pm, the ROM’s Bloor Street Plaza transforms into Toronto’s largest outdoor club as Kriel mixes an electrifying DVJ music and visual set until 1:00 am. The performances are part of the second annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, a free city-wide overnight event showcasing contemporary art.
“The ROM is pleased to participate again in Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, an event that celebrates creative expression in Toronto,” said William Thorsell, Director and CEO of the ROM. “The fusion of DVJ Kriel’s innovative performances and the bold architecture of the Lee-Chin Crystal will offer a truly unforgettable experience.”
DVJ Kriel’s first piece in this series, Ground Loop Alibi, explored differences – geographic, cultural, and personal. The new DSM5 installment involves combining and separating visual and sonic elements to delve into North American pharmacological culture, specifically psychopharmacology, the study of the psychological effects of drugs. The title, DSM5, refers to the upcoming fifth installment of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a handbook originally listing 100 categories of mental disorder. That number has now tripled. This new work was inspired by the panoply of drugs that are used today to treat these new “disorders”.
Kriel has designed DSM5 specifically for the ROM venue. Visuals will be projected onto the Lee-Chin Crystal using a palette of four panels. The images themselves are very diverse and range from archival to original, from representational to abstract. The music is equally varied. Kriel experiments with such instruments as synthesizers and samplers, to steel guitars and banjos, to more esoteric Asian instruments to create the desired effect. One of DSM5’s more notable moments was constructed by isolating several samples of a seminal Glenn Gould performance of Bach, and then reconstructing those fragments to create an entirely new jazzy sound.
Born to an American circus family, Charles Kriel is an artist, producer and DVJ based in London, UK. This month, he was named one of the world’s top 10 DVJ’s by Mixmag, the world’s best-selling dance music magazine, and was recently billed “the world’s first superstar VJ” by The Times. Kriel has performed at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Venice Biennale and Tate Britain, as well as every major club in Ibiza. He is also Senior Lecturer in Digital Media, DASS, and is currently the UN World Summit Awards National Expert in New Media (UK). He received his MFA from Chelsea College of Art and Design and his PhD from Central St. Martins College of Design, both in London. For more information about Charles Kriel, visit http://www.kriel.tv/