VOICE, a performance art web series & movie

As bipolar Psyche Lyssa Echo Smith enters therapy so her estranged husband will come back home, her psychoses begin traveling in outer space.

VOICE is a comedic, science fiction fantasy. Psyche Lyssa Echo Smith has entered therapy to “fix herself” so her estranged husband will come back home. All three characters want the same thing – control of Psyche, who is the Self . The conflict intensifies when Echo, the psychotic voice, discovers her personal star and pursues it into outer space. Each episode of VOICE is approximately 15 to 17 minutes total and includes at the end a 3 or 4 minutes long pre-production rehearsal as a special feature. By award-winning African-American filmmaker Sylvia Toy. Selected for TIME is Love Screening 10 (2017), HearteartH, Berlin (2016), International Video Art Exchange Program, Marrakech (2016) and Chemcraft Exhibit, CM Projects, London (2015

VOICE, a performance art movie is a 02:40 hours long feature film that is available on DVD on Facebook or Etsy.

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VOICE, a performance art web series, Episodes 1-12, each contain extras and are available for streaming on Amazon.

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THE CAPE EXPERIMENTS by Sylvia Toy: The Body The Mind (Color/Stereo, 2’57”, English/No Subtitles, USA, 2016)

I am particularly pleased with this latest piece.

VOICE, Director’s Statement by Sylviatoyindustries (Color/Stereo, 09:57, 2016 USA)

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VOICE, A PERFORMANCE ART MOVIE was 3-year long project. Pre-production began the summer of 2013 after my homeless neighbor George’s middle of the night arguments with his voice named “Robert” woke me up every night for weeks. I cannot get back to sleep in the summer because summer is bipolar season for me and I go manic.

While I wondered as I always do by the beginning of July whether I would ever get any sleep again or instead would feel 125 mph forever, I started listening to what my neighbor and Robert were saying. Robert was angry and aggressive; George would plead with him to leave him alone and often cry, then try to fight back, and finally, as the arguments grew shorter over the passing days, by morning George would be saying over and over, “I love you, I love you, I love you.” George had won. He had coped with demon Robert and won himself back. It was a powerful lesson.

Proposal for live performance of “THE HARPY TRIBUNAL” 

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Returning to occasional live multi-media performance seems to be on my path, though I enjoy all the aspects of making movies not to continue to spend most of my time making movies.

The Math of Collaboration

This is not legal advice. I am not a lawyer. This reflects my personal choices as an artist.

Yesterday, a musician/singer friend I made on Vimeo told me he would like to use some of my work in his videos. I told him I am at an age when collaboration causes me stress and makes me unhappy, but that as an actor, I’d work free for a friend and if he sent me a story idea, we could talk about that. If that happens, the finished project would be his project and as an actor, I donated my work and all I would claim is a credit and a line on my résumé.

That’s what I tell him or anyone else, but that’s not the whole story. It’s the only story I can tell because I am not a lawyer.

I am 65 years old. Longevity is not rampant in my family and I will likely die before I’m 90. In the past ten years, I have created a huge body of video art/movies – about 600, or 60 per year. Most of those were made while I also had a dayjob, was actively exhibiting as a sculptor and was working as a theater artist. Now that I am a full time video artist, I will probably make about 100 videos per year – in 20 years, that would be 2,000. Huge portfolio, lots of intellectual property.

If my portfolio has value when I die, I don’t want my family to have to worry about anybody else’s rights to it; or anybody else to have to worry about my family’s rights to their portfolio.

Like I said, I am not a lawyer. I am just methodical, compartmentalized, mathematical and pragmatic.

VOICE, a performance art web series: Episode 3 (complete), free streaming thru September 2016

 

Voice Part Three 850013436In September 2016, I turn age 65. I have been trying to decide what special thing to do or acquire to celebrate my first old lady birthday. I make art every day – that’s my dayjob. What else could be more special? Because there’s nothing that could make me any happier than being able to make art every day all day long, I will do the giving rather than be given to.

From today through the end of September Episode 3 of VOICE, a performance art web series will be free to watch on this Facebook page. This was the episode when I stopped having panic attacks about continuity every day & started having fun making the movie.

 

Artist’s Statement, August 23, 2016

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I have decided to put my movie project “Killer Jane” on hold. In order to make “Jane,” I would have to raise cash through a campaign and or grantwriting, hire actors and, probably, shoot out of town.

Even though I have been ambitious and pro-hyper-active all my adult life, I think no matter how much fun production was (and it would be if I got to work with two of the actors whom I’ve already talked to), no matter how good it looked, no matter how much recognition it got, it would make me miserable and unhealthy; and it would probably take me at least a year to recover.

I was so bipolar for so long this year (about 10 weeks from May 24th-August 10th) that I had to minimalize my life. I pared down my projects, stayed indoors most days, and even stayed in bed until noon a few times just as I would if I had a cold.

No medication has ever worked for me for very long. However, I have been extremely lucky in having talented therapists who recognized I am able to self-modify, and who worked with me on that. Self-modification and stress management. That usually keeps me from getting way too crazy. I believe that even if you are hard to medicate, if you have a strong constitution to begin with, can self-discipline, are glass-half-full – you’re just going to fare better.

Minimalizing my life seems to have worked; and in spite of waking up crazy every day, I did not have horrible stress like I usually do when I’m sick for almost 3 months. I am so happy right now in spite of being limited. I can’t help but wonder how much misery my ambition has caused me and people around me because I am sometimes sick from February into September. This morning it occurred to me that I should continue this daily vigilance, just like (if medication worked for me) I would keep taking my medication!!!

I will happily and solitarily (except for shoots with my husband) continue to greenscreen mythological performance art, which is my ongoing passion. We will see what happens.