Flyer for "Obstacle Illusion: A Multimedia Performance" on Feb 8, 2023 from 6:30-7:30PM in Hatlen Theater

Obstacle Illusion: A Multimedia Performance by ACVilla and Thollem on Feb 8, at 6:30 pm at Hatlen Theatre, UCSB

Obstacle Illusion is a multimedia performance incorporating ACVilla’s digital films in tandem with Thollem’s solo electric performance. The result engages our personal and collective consciousness through visual and sonic allegories, riddles and recontextualizations. “Together the duo weave an aural and visual tapestry to dazzle the senses.” (The Paper, Albuquerque)

Thollem is a perpetually traveling pianist, keyboardist and composer. He’s spent most of his life living on the road throughout North America and Europe. His work is ever-changing, evolving and responding to the times and his experiences, both as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of artists across idioms and disciplines. “Thollem displays a chameleonic ability to adapt to suit whatever musical context presents itself…there is more than one way to access the infinite.” (Daniel Spicer, The Wire)

Since 2008, ACVilla has lived as a peripatetic photographer, videographer and visual artist. She focuses her camera on the nuances that define the character of the fleeting yet eternal present moment as well as the dynamics of the world at large. Her work is shown throughout the US and Europe in DIY spaces, museums, galleries, schools and universities. ACVilla is “the kind of fiercely independent artist the world needs more of.” (LiveEyeTV)