The Techno Dream and Nightmare Project


is a participatory Global Community Art intervention about networked technology hosted by the Black Bag Media Collective in St. John’s Newfoundland and initiated by artist in residence Tina Pearson. It began as an open call for participation, through July 19, 2012, from any location. Questions were posed, responses received. The Techno Dream and Nightmare Choir St. John’s edition culminated in a performance July 20, 2012 at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s with guest performers and text contributions from locations in North America and Europe.


Send us your Dreams (Send us your Fears)

“Techno Dream and Nightmare Choir” is a way to voice beliefs and thoughts about networked technology and its impact on … well, everything.

In ancient times, communities regularly gathered together to make collective songs to ward off fears, entice beneficial outcomes and to generally make sense of life and its changes through ritual and creative play. Inspired by the international Complaints Choir movement, the “Techno Dream and Nightmare Choir” invites everyone to participate from anywhere to renew that practice in these a-changing networked times.

Tell us your fears and dreams, what makes you happy or sad, about today’s networked technology and how it is embedded in your life.

We are all connected. You can join the project by sending us messages; by coming to live sessions at the Black Bag Media Collective Studio in St John’s Newfoundland; and/or by participating by phone or online via Second Life, Skype, email, Facebook, Twitter and Ustream.

For discussion points, please see the Project Statement and Questions.

We will use your contributions to create a set of hybrid Songs rooted St John’s, inspired by input from far and wide. We will perform them, with whomever wants to participate, in a suitably hybrid and networked community form.

Black Bag Media Collective’s artist in residence, Tina Pearson, along with BBMC founders Liz Solo, Mike Kean and Marcel Levandier are the hosts and facilitators of this investigation. True to the theme of the project, the Techno Dream and Nightmare song cycle will be made using a mix of readily available audio technologies – from human voices, rocks, sticks and acoustic instruments, to electronic instruments, digital instruments, iPhones, and virtual instruments. Participants and performers will be connected through readily available networked technologies – telephone, email, Skype, Second Life and streaming. Participation is open to anyone wanting to participate in St John’s or online. The performance will be co-ordinated at the Black Bag Media Collective studio in St John’s, Newfoundland and will culminate in a live event at the LSPU Hall Second Space on Friday July 20th at 8 PM.

In your communications, please let us know if you are interested in performing in person or online on July 20 at 8 PM local time in St John’s Newfoundland

Post a message on our Facebook Wall:

JOIN US IN THE BBMC STUDIO in person or online
Join us for Daily workshops/interactions – all are welcome at the BBMC Studio
Anytime between 3 – 7 PM Local Time (1:30 – 5:30 PM EDT; 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM Pacific Daylight, 7:30 – 11:30 PM in Europe)
July 16 – 19
177 Water Street, 2nd Floor
St John’s, Newfoundland

Online connections TBA
8 pm Friday July 20
LSPU Hall Second Space
3 Victoria Street,
St. John’s Newfoundland
PWYC at the door.

This project made possible thanks to the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Media Arts Section.