Yoshtoyoshto Performance 2017 Trailer

A live divination with Moving Image, Music and Story.
PETER METTLER - FRANZ TREICHLER (THE YOUNG GODS) - JEREMY NARBY (THE COSMIC SERPENT)
A filmmaker, a musician and an anthropologist fuse their arts in a live alchemical improvisation, feeding off one another in real time, drawing from our shared human existence, saturated with knowledge, sound and image.

This 3-way fusion mixes hypnotic technologies with oral tradition. It transforms and re-contextualizes self-made and collected materials. It engages in a kind of divination of the mediated world’s ‘unconscious’.

Amazonian Yaminahua people say all living beings are animated by yoshi, which are invisible, multi-faceted beings. To communicate with yoshi, they sing in an indirect and metaphoric language called “tsai yoshto yoshto,” “language twisting twisting”, or twisted language. Yaminahua people use twisted language to address the multi-faceted yoshi beings, because “normal words would crash into them”, whereas twisted words allow you to go in close, but not too close, to circle around them, and see them clearly. Here metaphor is not improper naming but the only naming possible.


Confluence: inner pierces outer spaces — Image Mix with John Oswald at Cinesphere Imax Theatre 2016

An improv show with Peter Mettler and John Oswald as part of IN/FUTURE festival 2016. In the first ever imax theatre situated in a geodesic dome at Ontario Place Toronto with 7.1 surround sound!

John Oswald and Peter Mettler meet for the first time as improvising musician and live image-mixing performers at the confluence and scale of innerspace and outerspace.

Moving into the future we see ever more deeply into cosmic reaches unimaginably far from our ground, but also into new and unfamiliar dimensions of perception, knowledge and awareness. Our image-making media lie at the crux of inner and outer exploration in that they have the potential to both document objective reality and subjective inner space, suggesting and discovering altered ways of being and seeing.

In this live performance, these two artists draw spontaneously from a large database of collected and self-produced movie and sound clips, mixing, editing, layering, and effecting them, much as two musicians might in performing an instrumental duet; effecting a dialogue between two mediums and two senses. There is no fixed plan, script or score, rather each reacts to the other, building a one-of-a-kind live audio visual experience.

They will use as their base archival images drawn from some of Nasa’s cosmic recordings, highlighting machine mediated vision, autonomous spacecrafts, landing ports, and telescopes that travel back through time. This is paralleled by the media arts and entertainment industries’ huge variety of fanciful renderings of what might be found in the beyond. All together, with the artists reactions to and manipulations of this raw unpredictable material, the whole may coalesce into a reflection of our earthly yearning and imagination.


FROM THE VORTEX PERSPECTIVE, 2016

From the Vortex Perspective (2016) 1 min excerpt
Images by Peter Mettler, sound composed by Paul Frehner

Commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for the 2016 New Creations Festival.

From the Vortex Perspective is a commissioned piece for live cinema and orchestra derived through a cyclical exchange of musical and visual propositions between composer Paul Frehner and filmmaker Peter Mettler. The notion of rotation around an axis is at the heart of the work, both in reference to the process of its creation as well as in its thematic and musical content. Notions of humanity’s relationship to cycles, orbits and tides are implied through a variety of contexts, from experiential and environmental, to scientific and mystic.

As the conductor and orchestra interpret the music from Frehner’s score, so does Mettler perform the edits, mixes and combinations of cinematic sound and imagery, live to the music, projecting onto three different screens. Every rendering of the piece reveals a different combination and chemistry of image and orchestral performance.

World Premiere: March 9th, Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Canada


YOSHTOYOSHTO, 2015

Yoshtoyoshto, 9 min 46 sec trailer

PETER METTLER - FRANZ TREICHLER - JEREMY NARBY

A live divination with Moving Image, Music and Story.

A filmmaker, a musician and an anthropologist fuse their arts in a live alchemical improvisation, feeding off one another in real time, drawing from our shared human existence, saturated with knowledge, sound and image.

This 3-way fusion mixes hypnotic technologies with oral tradition. It transforms and re-contextualizes self-made and collected materials. In so doing, it engages in a kind of divination of the mediated world’s ‘unconscious’.

World Premiere at videoEx - May 30, 2015