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Jaimie Robson
Maya Ersan

Performing arts
Shadow Theatre


Jaimie Robson

JAIMIE ROBSON is a visual artist, performer, and educator specialized in participation and engagement. Her projects span disciplines from public art to performance to ceramics. In her public art projects Jaimie engages with community groups to reimagine underused neighbourhood spaces, while in her performance-based work she designs immersive environments that explore the possibilities for interplay between audience and performer. Jaimie often works in educational and community settings, designing and facilitating collective creation processes. She has been artist in residence in several educational and community contexts including Art Starts in Schools (Vancouver), Tuggeranong Community Arts Centre (Australia), and Jawalakhel Social Welfare Society (Nepal). Jaimie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University (Vancouver) and is an MA Media Studies candidate at Concordia University. She has received grants from the BC Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Mere Phantoms is a Montreal-based collaborative studio that uses a variety of projection techniques to explore how light and motion can be used to create spaces with ambiance, allure, and spectacle. Exploring the ephemeral qualities of time-based media, Mere Phantoms produces innovative workshops and performances that incorporate projection, animation, and shadow puppetry techniques. Combining shadow puppetry and projection with physical theatre and team-building, our workshops are adapted to suit the age level, goals, and interests of the participating group. Workshop length varies—a one hour workshop will focus on very specific goals and outcomes, while a workshop that stretches over several days or weeks can lead to a public performance or installation.

Proposed approach and type of activities

Mere Phantoms' workshops bring artistic expertise in projection, animation, and shadow puppetry into the classroom. We encourage spontaneity and improvisation and offer a library of materials and techniques for participants to draw on. Our workshops use a technically simple yet visually complex interplay between shadow and light to produce a stunning visual and experiential effect.

Workshops employ a range of multimedia elements. Participants explore movement and gesture by creating simple shadow puppets, masks, and body extensions. Multiple light sources (flashlights, overhead projectors, video projectors) are used to layer projected imagery with shadows made by physical puppets or participants’ bodies. With our custom live animation software participants can manipulate images, create backgrounds and scenery, and incorporate video and photo-based imagery.

Combining shadow puppetry and projection with physical theatre and team-building, Mere Phantoms’ workshops can be designed around a specific theme and adapted to suit the goals of the group. Phantom workshops are a great way to cultivate dialogue on a relevant theme or issue and can serve as medium for combining and presenting material developed through an existing project or group process.

Other examples of activities

  1. Shadow Mask/Shadow Play: Participants create shadow-masks they use to transform themselves into silhouetted-characters that interact with a dynamic projected background. Drawing from a database of original imagery, participants assemble an animated background with which to play and interact in shadow. The resulting work weaves together a dynamic narrative that reflects participants’ individual and collective imaginations. This is an experientially enchanting and visually captivating workshop.
  2. Interactive Shadow Installation: In this workshop students create an interactive shadow wall. Paper cutouts are assembled so that large-scale shadows are projected onto the wall or shadow cube. Handheld light sources are used to create cinematic, intuitively animated shadow projections. This workshop incorporates craft, physical theatre, multimedia installation, and narrative elements where suitable.

Special conditions

$25 per day for non-reusable supplies. A room that can be darkened is required for projection-based activities.

For information

Jaimie Robson
Phone : 514 965-9522 
Other phone : 514 717-6253
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