People / Sam Perry

Writer, filmmaker, artist. Sam Perry was born in 1939. As a student at the University of British Columbia in the early 1960s, Perry came into contact with the experimental multimedia work of David Orcutt, who supported Perry’s growing interest in film animation. By the mid-1960s, Perry’s film and image projections would play a key role in the events at the Sound Gallery and the Motion Studio. In addition, Perry spearheaded the Tripps Festial (July 29-31, 1966), a multimedia sensorium of music, film, slides, and moving liquid utilizing over fifty projectors and 25,000 square feet of screen. Performers included Big Brother and the Holding Company (with Janis Joplin), the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, the Daily Flash, and poet Michael McClure. Perry’s interest lay in such an environment’s ability to transform a participant’s consciousness. The addition of light and film projections to musical performance was an attempt to alter the traditional relationship between audience and entertainer, shifting the focus away from the individual performances to the collective production of new realities. Perry took his own life in 1966.

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  1. 01. The Medium is the Message
    Alvin Balkind, Iain Baxter&, Helen Goodwin, Cortland Hultberg, Roy Kiyooka, David Orcutt, Sam Perry, Abraham Rogatnick, Helen Sonthoff, and Takao Tanabe (Ephemera)
  2. 02. Al Neil and Sam Perry at the Sound Gallery
    Jack Dale, Michael de Courcy, Al Neil, and Sam Perry (Photograph)
  3. 03. Judith Schwarz at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale and Judith Schwarz (Photograph)
  4. 04. WECO dancers performing at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  5. 05. Audience member at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  6. 06. Audience member at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  7. 07. Audience member at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  8. 08. A motion study by the WECO dancers at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  9. 09. A motion study by the WECO dancers at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  10. 10. A motion study by the WECO dancers at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  11. 11. Audience member at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  12. 12. Audience members at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  13. 13. Audience member at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  14. 14. Audience members at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  15. 15. Composer Gerry Walker (second from left) at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale and Gerry Walker (Photograph)
  16. 16. The Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  17. 17. Audience member at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  18. 18. Audience members at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  19. 19. Audience member at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  20. 20. WECO dancer Rita Watson performing at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale and Rita Watson (Photograph)
  21. 21. WECO dancers at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  22. 22. WECO dancers at the Motion Studio in 1966
    Jack Dale and Rita Watson (Photograph)
  23. 23. WECO dancers at the Motion Studio, Judith Schwarz at right
    Jack Dale and Judith Schwarz (Photograph)
  24. 24. A motion study by the WECO dancers at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  25. 25. A motion study by the WECO dancers at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  26. 26. A motion study by the WECO dancers at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  27. 27. A motion study by the WECO dancers at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  28. 28. A motion study by the WECO dancers at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  29. 29. A motion study by the WECO dancers at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  30. 30. A motion study by the WECO dancers at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  31. 31. A motion study by the WECO dancers at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  32. 32. A motion study by the WECO dancers at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  33. 33. A WECO dancer performing at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  34. 34. A WECO dancer performing at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  35. 35. A WECO dancer performing at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  36. 36. A WECO dancer performing at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  37. 37. A WECO dancer performing at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  38. 38. WECO dancer Judith Schwarz at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale and Judith Schwarz (Photograph)
  39. 39. A motion study by the WECO dancers at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  40. 40. A motion study by the WECO dancers at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  41. 41. A motion study by the WECO dancers at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  42. 42. A motion study by the WECO dancers at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  43. 43. WECO dancer performing at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  44. 44. WECO dancer performing at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  45. 45. WECO dancer Heather McCallum performing at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale and Heather McCallum (Photograph)
  46. 46. WECO dancer Rita Watson performing at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale and Rita Watson (Photograph)
  47. 47. WECO dancers performing at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  48. 48. WECO dancers performing at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  49. 49. A performance by WECO at the Motion Studio, Judith Schwarz pictured lower right
    Jack Dale and Judith Schwarz (Photograph)
  50. 50. A performance by WECO at the Motion Studio, Heather MaCallum pictured at top
    Jack Dale and Heather McCallum (Photograph)
  51. 51. A performance by WECO at the Motion Studio, Rita Watson pictured at lower left
    Jack Dale and Rita Watson (Photograph)
  52. 52. WECO dancer performing at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  53. 53. WECO dancer performing at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  54. 54. WECO dancer Heather McCallum performing at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale and Heather McCallum (Photograph)
  55. 55. Audience member at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  56. 56. Audience members dancing at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  57. 57. Dancer Heather McCallum performing at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale and Heather McCallum (Photograph)
  58. 58. WECO dancers performing at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  59. 59. WECO dancers performing at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  60. 60. WECO dancers performing at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  61. 61. WECO dancers performing at the Motion Studio, Karen Jamieson pictured at right
    Jack Dale and Karen Jamieson (Photograph)
  62. 62. WECO dancers performing at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  63. 63. Audience members at an event at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  64. 64. Audience members at an event at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  65. 65. Audience members at an event at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  66. 66. Audience member at an event at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  67. 67. Audience members at an event at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  68. 68. Audience members at an event at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  1. 69. WECO dancers performing at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  2. 70. Audience member at an event at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  3. 71. Event at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  4. 72. Audience member at an event at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  5. 73. Audience member at an event at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  6. 74. Audience member at an event at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  7. 75. Audience member at an event at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  8. 76. Audience member at an event at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  9. 77. Audience member at an event at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  10. 78. Audience member at an event at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  11. 79. Audience member at an event at the Motion Studio
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  12. 80. Participant at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  13. 81. Participant at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  14. 82. Participant at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  15. 83. Participant at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  16. 84. Participants at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  17. 85. Participant at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  18. 86. Participants at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  19. 87. Participant dancing in front of the bandstand at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  20. 88. Participant dancing in front of the bandstand at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  21. 89. Participant dancing in front of the bandstand at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  22. 90. Participant dancing in front of the bandstand at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  23. 91. Participant dancing in front of the bandstand at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  24. 92. Participant dancing in front of the bandstand at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  25. 93. Participant dancing in front of the bandstand at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  26. 94. Participant dancing in front of the bandstand at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  27. 95. Participant dancing in front of the bandstand at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  28. 96. Participant dancing in front of the bandstand at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  29. 97. Participant dancing in front of the bandstand at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  30. 98. Participant dancing in front of the bandstand at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  31. 99. Participant at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  32. 100. Participants at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  33. 101. Participant dancing in front of the bandstand at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  34. 102. Participant dancing in front of the bandstand at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  35. 103. Participant dancing in front of the bandstand at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  36. 104. Participant dancing in front of the bandstand at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  37. 105. Participant dancing in front of the bandstand at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  38. 106. Participants at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  39. 107. Band performing at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  40. 108. Band performing at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  41. 109. Band performing at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  42. 110. Band performing at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  43. 111. Participants at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  44. 112. Participant at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  45. 113. Participants at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  46. 114. Participant at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  47. 115. Michael McClure reading at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale and Michael McClure (Photograph)
  48. 116. Michael McClure reading at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale and Michael McClure (Photograph)
  49. 117. Filmmaker David Rimmer, with Elli Gomber, at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale and David Rimmer (Photograph)
  50. 118. Lori Rothstein (centre) and other participants at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  51. 119. Participants at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  52. 120. Participants at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  53. 121. Participants at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  54. 122. Michael McClure reading at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale and Michael McClure (Photograph)
  55. 123. Michael McClure reading at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale and Michael McClure (Photograph)
  56. 124. Michael McClure reading at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale and Michael McClure (Photograph)
  57. 125. Participants at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  58. 126. Elli Gomber at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  59. 127. Participants at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  60. 128. Participants at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  61. 129. Participants at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  62. 130. Participants at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  63. 131. Writer Maxine Gadd at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale and Maxine Gadd (Photograph)
  64. 132. Participant at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  65. 133. Participant at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  66. 134. Participant at the Trips Festival
    Jack Dale (Photograph)
  67. 135. Al Neil and Sam Perry at the Sound Gallery
    Jack Dale, Michael de Courcy, Al Neil, and Sam Perry (Photograph)
  68. 136. Epitaph for Sam Perry
    Claude Breeze (Painting)