Being away from the mountains...

... is like a mystery for me. I dream of being there almost every day.


During my time at The Banff Centre, I was editoral and production Workstudy for the Banff Centre Press. I organized content and the production of the online magazine BOULDERPAVEMENT: Arts & Ideas. With the team, Literary Arts Director Steven Ross Smith, and many other Workstudies, we developed issue 1-13. I was part of issue 4-7 and it was a lot of fun to contact artists, edit and select work. I cooperated on the design with the designer Saki Murakami and designed posters, bookmarks and postcards to advertise the magazine.

We had great success, because our magazine was nominated for the Canadian National Magazine Award (Online) in 2012.

Unfortunately, the original magazine is no longer online. Online content is, and we have to remember this, only another media that is fading away if for whatever reason, something changes. Only, the three music videos that we were able to produce during that time with the Media & Film Department, and those are certainly worth watching.

BOULDERPAVEMENT: Arts & Ideas, is a multidisciplinary, multimedia, on-line quarterly published by the Banff Centre Press. Featuring lively, creative content for the Internet, the journal presents an array of forms including dance, music, video, sound and visual art, critique, poetry, fiction and non-fiction writing, by artists around the world. Stimulating words, sounds, and images provide a rich viewer experience in arts, ideas, nature and culture.

Summer Breeze - a Jazz Music Video, written and performed by May Cheung, vocalist
Accompanied by Jordan Peters, guitar & Alex Boneham, bass
Recorded in the Butterfly Garden by Film & Media, The Banff Centre, June 2011

Hey Velvet - Indie Music Video, written by Stefanie Blondal, is performed by Mise en Scene, the powerful indie rock duo of Stefanie Blondal (singer) and Jodi Dunlop (drummer). The music video was created by Deluxe Design Group of Calgary.

A gyroscope spins, turning to find a direction; fog ascends on mossy ground; morning sunlight shines through branches. Two mysterious fairies are on a journey through a misty forest. They clutch a metal jug that turns water to magical red fire. Where does their journey lead? From the still forest to an explosion of light and sound as we listen and watch the 'fairies' break into the rock song "Hey Velvet."

One morning in 1974, the world-renowned German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen awoke from a dream of three music boxes coming out of the belly of a “ bird-man”. This dream led Stockhausen to the composition of twelve short melodies, which he called ‘Tierkreis – 12 Melodien der Sternzeichen ,’ with each ‘tune’ related corresponding to a sign of the zodiac. He sought to realize the dream fully by rendering these pieces in music boxes.

For Boulderpavement's Summer Issue on Dreams, we filmed German accordionist Olivia Steimel reinterpreting the Aquarius (Wasserman) music box created by Karlheinz Stockhausen.

... coming back to the thought on how much I do miss the mountain. Having heard Canadian journalist Ian Brown giving a talk about what mountain do to us, my understanding is a bit wider. I do understand that mountains change us, they have huge impact in personal meaning, yes, because they confront us with ourselves and connect us more intimately with the people around us. I can say this for my time in Banff. Some people had huge impact and the memories are deep and beautiful.
Here is the audio recording to the talk by Ian Brown and article in the Globe and Mail.