Encore (VR Installation)


“In recent years, legendary Canadian singer-songwriter, Neil Young, has made it a personal aim to again “give music a voice” by offering fans and listeners unprecedented fidelity in personal listening via his product, the Pono (a Hawaiian word meaning righteousness, the one, the pureness) Ecosystem™, capable of playing back the master recordings of classic albums and rare performances at highest possible quality. The Pono Ecosystem™ is believed by Young to be “a revolution in music listening,” and “is dedicated to restoring ear-body connection within a new digital system.” Taking Young’s push for maximum fidelity as a call-to-action, Lochhead and Lee (both music-lovers, inventors and video artists) have recently collaborated to unleash ENCORE™, a product that promises a new standard in music reproduction, live performance and in the overall righteousness of song. By harnessing the exciting virtual reality technology of the Oculus Rift, pristine live recordings (such as Neil Young’s initial unveiling of Old Man from Live at Massey Hall, 1971) are lifted from the muddy confines the past, to be given a new, refreshing gravity of the present, the real, the now, the pure… In this demo prototype, you, the listener, are encouraged to enter the vividness of an iconic performance. So sit back and open your ears and eyes. Watch as a state-of-the-art avatar enters the lush world of our simulated venue. Watch him sit before you, sing deep into your eyes, your soul, and possibly, even, your heart.”

Encore (Test) from Neven Lochhead on Vimeo.

The Heterodox Earth Summon (Installation)


This was a one-night pop-up exhibition with Finnish artist Eeva Siivonen at Spark Contemporary Art Space. The Heterodox Earth Summon used a basement community-radio DJ persona as its frame narrative to present 30 minutes of material, spanning several different video works. With a speaker supplanted in the basement of the space, I used the floorboard as a diaphragm for the direct address of the DJ, who attempted to present and explain the material being shown. Every time the submerged DJ would speak, a red ‘on-air’ light illuminated the room above. Works screened as part of the summon were:

Cage in the Woods
Murmuring, Whispering, Praying
Blind Hill
Dead in the Apartment
Minor Success
The Blazed World
Worlds Very Close but Not Touching