Alvis Parsley
Since 2008

Alvis Choi (aka Alvis Parsley) is an artist, performer, writer, and researcher based in Toronto. Alvis’ work was presented at the SummerWorks Festival, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Rhubarb Festival, Jane’s Walk, Radical Queer Semaine (Montreal), Meow Mix (Montreal), Pervers/Cité (Montreal), and Qouleur (Montreal) among others.

Alvis serves on the Programming Committee of Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival and the Working Collective of Whippersnapper Gallery. They were selected as a finalist of Toronto Arts Foundation's Newcomer Artist Award and have received grants and mentorship from Diaspora Dialogues, Neighbourhood Arts Network, Vtape, Jumblies Theatre, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin) and the British Council.

Alvis' curatorial work was presented at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, Chapter Arts Centre (Cardiff), Seoul International New Media Festival, Estonian Academy of Arts, Arad Art Museum, National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Saint Petersburg), the Australasian Cooperative Research Centre for Interaction Design (Brisbane), Osage Gallery (Hong Kong), and Videotage (Hong Kong) where they served as Assistant Manager from 2009 to 2011.

In 2014, Alvis is doing a residency at lemonTree Creations. They also have projects and performances at the Art of the Danforth, Mayworks Festival, the Heels on Wheels Roadshow, and Encuentro 2014.
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QueerSource Anthem: Call for Submissions

Thu Apr 03, 2014 23:59

from queers all over the world.

Sing a Queer Word with your Queer Voice and we will weave a Queer Anthem!


QueerSource Anthem is a crowdsourcing collaboration that can only happen with your contribution. Toronto-based artist Alvis Parsley and Berlin-based sound artist Aubrey Heichemer ask queer-identified people from all over the world to submit a word of their choice to be part of a new song that will be exhibited at Queer Prophesies as part of the National Queer Arts Festival 2014.

We create this project in response to a queer prophesy: We are physically unrecognizable to each other but we still find each other through song, letting our voices be our connection."

You are invited to record a short audio clip in which you sing/say/mumble a word that you believe should be included in this crowdsourced queer anthem – just one word – for when we don’t recognize each other in the future.

We will collect these audio clips and weave them together to create an anthem.

Step 1: Choose a word. Which word represents your queer future? Which word represents you in this future? We encourage you to sing the word in your own language to represent the diversity of the queer world.

Step 2: Sing/say/mumble the word and record it. You don't need to be a "singer" to do this! How would you deliver this word if your voice is the only way you will be recognized in the future? Would you sing it alone or with others? Maybe your roommate or friends would sing it with you?
How to record: Use your smartphone (e.g. Voice Memos on iPhone), laptop or camera. You can also record directly on Soundcloud from your laptop without downloading any software if you click here and sign up for a soundcloud account:

Step 3:
- Upload the clip to Soundcloud on this specific page: (, or
- Email it to

*Quiet background.
*Only start singing after it begins recording so you are recording the entire sound. Check before you send it!
*Sing or whisper clearly to the mic.
*Ask people to sing with you if you like.
*Play with your voice! Be creative!
*Invite others to submit their own :)

All submissions will be accepted. The QueerSource Anthem will be shown at Queer Prophesies on 19 June 2014 in the Bay Area as part of the 2014 National Queer Arts Festival. Be part of the queervolution!


Debuting at the 2014 National Queer Arts Festival, Queer Prophesies is a multidisciplinary event featuring performances and an art exhibition that will explore queer visions of the future, queer futurity and queer utopia(s). Mainstream gay and lesbian ideas of "progress" have always dominated the discussion of what a queer future looks like - total assimilation into heteronormativity. Queer Prophesies provides a space to resist this narrative and use the collective imagination of the queer community to envision and create alternative queer futures in collaboration with exceptional queer artists.


Queers Can't Wait @ The 12th Seoul International New Media Festival

Fri Jul 27, 2012 18:00 - Wed Aug 01, 2012

Seoul, Republic of Korea

Queers Can’t Wait
A Program of Short Videos by Queer Artists from Montréal and Toronto
Curated by Alvis Choi
For 12th Seoul International New Media Festival

Participating Artists:
Coral Short
Elisha Lim
Coco Riot
Jamie Ross
Jenny Lin
Johnny Forever
Morgan M Page

Screening Dates: July 27 Fri (18:00) & Aug 1 Wed (15:00), 2012
Venue: Media Theater iGong, Seoul
Address: 2F 330-8 Seogyo-dong Mapo-gu Seoul Korea (121-836)

Queers Can't Wait brought together visual voices of eight artists from Montréal and Toronto in celebration of new queers’ urgency to claim their space of identity ambiguity and gender fluidity in the heteronormative-patriarchal world. Featuring various approaches of (re)enactment, stop motion, documentary convention, media poetry, hand drawn animation, video diary, voice-over narration and music video, this work covers a large spectrum of previously undisclosed queer realm, articulating physical space, ideological position as well as psychological and spiritual territory. Despite the richness of free association, fantasy and scripting in some of the narratives, these works that speak of personal history and self-discovery, queer love, trauma, mourning, social culture, gender politics and alternative ways of living are far from pure fiction – the faeries are real; the furries are real. They present an abundance of sentiments towards personal issues that are intrinsically political with such genuineness, creating empathy while initiating open space to be filled with new imaginaries informed by individual experiences and cultural diversity.

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Chirps (v2)

Tue Jan 26, 2010 00:00 - Fri Jan 08, 2010

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China

Presented by Videotage

Chirps (v.2) by João Vasco Paiva
// An exhibition under fuse:: Residency Program 2010 ///


Entering the year of 2010, Videotage is proud to present Hong Kong-based Portuguese artist João Vasco Paiva as the first selected artist-in-residence of fuse:: residency program 2010. The objective of fuse:: residency program has always been encouraging individuals interested in the field of new media art, be it art & technology, art & science or art & anything, to create new works. With the support from Videotage, João Vasco Paiva will bring the audience a new sculptural sound installation Chirps, through which he creates a score by determining rules.

The prototype of the work (v1) was presented in the Microwave International New Media Art Festival 2009 in which a set of toy birds performed a sequence of calls and movement interfered by the passers-by at the lobby of Langham Hotel, while this time, Vasco has made the toy birds migrate to the raw space of Videotage where they would react to the motion and sound of a new player - a real mynah bird.

This autonomous species, with its amazing imitative abilities, will respond to the sounds and motion of the 120 plastic birds while the electronic songbirds inherit their own kind of copying ability and react to the environment accordingly. The duo combination is a blown-up orchestra inviting visitors to observe both the psychology and intelligence of the natural-born and the computational singers. Together they become a feedback loop system, a true cybernetic nature.

“Every toy bird is built with an audio sample and movements that resemble the real birds, a cheap attempt to emulate the real ones. The mechanical bird is therefore the perfect object to create an artificial output based on the natural conditions of the environment. The sound and motion of the mynah bird will be used as the value that calibrates the amount of voltage sent to control the movement of the bird toys and the playback of the samples. With amazing imitative abilities, the mynah bird will respond to the sounds and motion of the plastic birds. This process will create a feedback loop, the circuit direction will be from the reading of the mynah bird’s behavior to the interference of the work itself with the environment. The orchestra will be divided into several groups and each group will have its own interpretation of the given data. The overall musicality from the bird toys together with the myna bird will be the final product of the piece.”
-- João Vasco Paiva

About the Talk
The artist will share his creative process and the concepts, his doubts and the further developments of ‘Chirps’. He will talk about mapping, generative art and automata merge together with his own experience in Hong Kong. Can we define a determinate culture through the visual and sonic elements that constitute its basis? The artist relates his experience towards a new culture became a core part of the creative process in his artwork. He will look into art history about representation and the study of patterns, and address a new daily life experience in Hong Kong, an ethnographical approach outside the social and cultural connotations that it holds. It is not only aiming to encourage the appreciation of everyday experience in Hong Kong, but also to initiate a discussion on data manipulation in digital and analog media.

About the Artist
João Vasco Paiva ( is a Portuguese artist currently living in Hong Kong. His work is based on the exploration of sound and visuals produced through the isolation of physical patterns. He uses digital and analog systems to depict scores in everyday life situations and rearrange them as sound and visual compositions. He presents his work as live performances, single channel videos and audio visual installations.
He graduated from a Fine Arts Degree in Porto Art School. (E.S.A.P.) In 2006 he was awarded with a 2 years scholarship from Fundaçao Oriente, a Portuguese Foundation that supports young artists in Asia. He obtained a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Media in the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, where he currently teaches.
His work has been showed in festivals such as ‘FILE Hypersonica International Festival of Electronic Language’, ‘London Exploratory Music Festival’, ‘Athens Video Art Festival’, ‘CityTransit’, ‘2pi Festival’, ‘Hong Kong and Shenzen Architecture and Urbanism Biennial’ and other venues and locations in Beijing Hong Kong, London, Porto, Hangzhou, Sao Paulo and Vienna.

You are now cordially invited to the opening reception of the exhibition on January 9, 2010 (Sat) to experience the (un)conscious composition produced together by the beautiful mynah bird and 120 toy birds. On the opening night, the artist will share his creative process and concepts that became the pillars of Chirps. He will also talk about how the ideas of mapping, generative art and automata merge together with his own experience of Hong Kong and lead to his work.

Opening Reception
Date & Time: Jan 9, 2010 (Sat), 5:30pm
Artist Talk: 6:15pm - 6:45pm (During the opening)
Exhibition Date: Jan 10 - 26, 2010
Time: 12:00pm - 7:00pm (Daily except Mondays)
Venue: Videotage (HK)
Address: Unit 13, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong