Dark Lifers

Who’s side will you be on: the vampires, witches or humans?

Dark Lifers was originally designed as an internet series but was restructured into a motion graphic novel concept. This motion book comes to life through limited animation, sound fx, music and dialogue. Currently, the first two episodes are available for viewing at www.darklifers.com.

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Here’s the story as told by the Dark Lifers website:

“n the very near future, two ambitious societies are vying for the political and economical control of a major US city. One group is comprised of wealthy, privileged conservatives. The other is known for its natural, holistic, liberal ways. Both are ruthless, cunning and will manipulate the system beyond any legal boundaries to gain ultimate control. Both are of supernatural origin. They are called Dark Lifers.

The Vampire clan maintains vast financial resources and has made substantial moves into the city’s political arena. Venoa, the head of the Clan, is running a relentless and successful campaign for Governor. An ageless coven of Witches uses its dark magic to permeate human society undetected. The High Priestess of the Coven, Phaedra, believes controlling the common citizen is the key to acquiring true power to the city.

The power play by both Dark Lifer societies is on the brink of exploding into an all out socio-political war. But a trio of Humans, lead by a tormented, vengeful street fighter named Jezabelle, may be humanity’s only hope.

It’s a Dark war against humanity. And humans are mere collateral damage.”

At ORANJE, patrons can buy a reprint of the three Dark Lifers posters and the proceeds will go towards the creation and release of episodes three and four. “There seems to be such diversity in the art forms at ORANJE. I think people have come to expect the unusual, the outside-the-box thinking of the artists at ORANJE,” said Steve Marra of Dark Lifers.

Make sure to stop by the Dark Lifers booth at ORANJE, located on the lower level, and watch some of the current motion graphic novel episodes. Purchase a poster so that we can see what happens next!

Anita Vokill

What sparks your imagination?

You might have seen Anita Vokill at ORANJE in the past. He’s performed twice before as a DJ and in electronic music groups, but never with his solo project. The Anita Vokill project explores the space where Jungle, Reggae, Dubstep, Dancehall, Dub and Drum n Bass meet, putting together a combination of acoustic and electronic elements with a focus on beats, vibes and bass.

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Growing up in a creative household, visual and audio arts were always around. He expressed an interest in music and art at an early age and started playing guitar in middle school, enrolling in classes and playing in a garage band. By college, he was into turntables and samplers and now a laptop with 2 midi controllers.

Every song starts with some sort of inspiration; a sound, song, mood, vibe, day-to-day-life…anything really. Anita Vokill recently dropped a digital EP from Boom One Records called “Come Rude Boy“, which features remixes from El Carnicero featuring Mista Chatman (Seattle) on vocals, another from Dubsmith (Philly) featuring Yasus Afari (Jamaica) and B. Davis (Jersey) on vocals. Along with remixes from Elder and Hydrophonics, it’s an international affair.

While he only performs a few times a year to make these appearances special, his future goals are to keep having fun, keep challenging himself, keep learning and hopefully travel. As for performing at ORANJE, he’s excited about the art and music sensory overload. “I’m looking forward to the aspect that you always something new and different at ORANJE, you never know what you will find around the corner.”

You can find Anita Vokill on September 13 at ORANJE at the Beat Haus, presented by BringingDownTheBand.com. Keep up with him on Twitter and Facebook.

Want a Free Ticket to ORANJE?

This year, ORANJE will be hosting a new lounge for all the music-lovers out there. We can’t give you all the details (we want to surprise you!) but in order for this lounge to work, we need some items to be donated.

For each usable piece of furniture donated, we will reward the donator with a free ticket to ORANJE! And since we like to help out others, all of the gently used furniture will be donated to charity after ORANJE.

Here is what we’re looking for:

  • 18+ banquet tables (6′x2′)
  • 3+ “point of sale counters”
  • 200+ milk crates. These need to have an interior width of 13″, or big enough to hold records. These will be returned after the event, if requested.
  • 11+ couches
  • 8+ large rugs
  • 4+ end tables
  • 3+ coffee tables
  • Lava lamps…lots of them.
  • Tapestries (tie-dyed, nonsensical patterns welcome)
  • Posters (old, obscure band posters preferred)

Please email mike@oranjeindy.com if you can donated any of these items, and we can’t wait to unveil our new lounge on September 13!

 

Steven Schubert

You might have seen his work at local businesses such as Homespun, LUNA, Artifacts, Indy Reads or The Funk Yard. His localized, city-specific works of art go hand in hand with the “shop local” movement that has hit Indy, and with a price point that can fit into anyone’s budget, you have to pick up some of his work if you love your city.

Steven Schubert is a Spanish Instructor at Butler by day with an artistic focus on Midwestern metropolises by night. He is a self-taught photographer with no formal training in art. “I thought that graphic design would be a way to use some of the skills I learned in photography, such as composition and color,  and apply them to my own creations.  Inspiration is the primary requirement, once you have that you’ll go out and learn the tools you need to make that art a reality.”

Steven designs posters, cards and postcards using various styles, drawing upon vintage pop art, political art, nostalgic references and a feeling that is true to our urban spaces. His designs look at aging cities, working class roots, signature architecture and the gritty elegance of our urban legacy.

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Created at home and then digitally printed, some of Steven’s designs range from $2-$20 (unframed). “My experiences in the city inspire me. If I see a praying mantis in my backyard, I use that image. If I see impressive architectural design, I incorporate it into my art. It’s quite random, really. There is always an endless supply of motifs and styles to work with in the fabric of Indianapolis, or any city in fact.”

Steven wants to share his love of Indianapolis to the local residents and beyond. “I have modest goals for my designs.  I want to get them into as many hands as possible, and also to people who are not in Indianapolis so they can form a positive impression of the city.  I think other cities know we are up-and-coming and postcards or cards that look attractive and connect to Indianapolis will help get the word out we’re not Naptown anymore.”

His designs don’t hold to a specific aesthetic. Steven jumps around in different styles to see what works best for Indianapolis, or Cincinnati or even Detroit. In doing this, he makes different styles of images that different people would enjoy. “I want people of all ages and orientations to find something they like.”

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While Steven has attended ORANJE in the past, this will be his first time as a participant. “I have attended Oranje once a few years back. The DJ dance floor was fantastic, and I had a blast seeing Beta Male; they kicked ass. I remember it as a exciting blur mostly, I must admit. I like the idea that Oranje is a night of urban madness, art and music that feels metropolitan and connected with global youth culture. You can’t have something like this in the Hoosier hinterland – you know you’re in the city when you walk through the gates.”

You can find Steven’s work on Etsy or at Indygenous, and make sure to check him out on September 13!

Erin Livingston

Take a pause from your daily digital grind for a few minutes and open your mind. It is then that you can create new understandings or spark a long lost memory. This is what Erin Livingston with Poetry on Demand asks of her audience.

“My job as an artist is to merely facilitate the experience and present you with a tangible work of poetry that is absolutely dependent upon collaboration. Poetry on Demand provides each patron with the opportunity to interact with the artist at the moment of creation in ways that other mediums might not allow. In this way patrons have significant input on the genesis of each piece and make it a true collaboration.”

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Erin went to school to become a music educator, and instead left with a degree in Anthropology. Somewhere along the way, she fell in love with the Beat Generation. Now, she stands with her typewriters and thousands of miles logged on Greyhounds with hundreds of stages under her feet. “I enjoy talking to people, writing and traveling. Poetry has allowed me to do all of these things. In order to do poetry, I have held every job under the sun. My resume for the art I make today is a patchwork quilt of lived experience, and I wouldn’t change a single stitch.”

Poetry on Demand is a way to make poetry accessible in a fun and personal way. Strangers must trust Erin with snapshots of their personal lives while she translates the experience of the exchanges into poems that are unique and meaningful. POD celebrates the art of active listening and returns value to face-to-face conversation between two strangers.

“In a time when we can polish our self-presentation online and communicate in heavily edited text day in and day out, the act of live and unscripted conversations between strangers serves to slow us down, if only for a moment. Producing the final poem via an antique Royal typewriter, a medium void of delete keys and copy/edit shortcuts, makes each work I create an intentional celebration of all our beautiful imperfections.”

PODFlyerErin has an impressive resume with a wide range of gigs. She is a former Slam Master of the Indianapolis Poetry Slam and former curator of the live, theme-based variety show The Encyclopedia Show at The Irving Theater. If you want to find her work online, it is available at the Indiefeed Poetry Podcast. Currently, she is collaborating with Adam Henze on The Power of a Sentence, a series of writing workshops at the Indiana Women’s Prison. You can also catch her in Warsaw on August 15 at Funny HaHa or Funny Strange. If you live in Bloomington, stop by the Fourth Street Art Festival on August 30-21, where Erin is the Assistant Executive Director of the Spoken Word Stage.

This will be Erin’s first year as an ORANJE participant. “What excites me the most about ORANJE is the scale of the event. I’m excited to be sharing space with so many other talented artists that I might not otherwise get to see, which is a great reason for anyone to attend.”

You can find Erin on September 13 on the the lower level of the building.

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars…” -Jack Kerouac

Ewokie Talkie

Evansville-based Ewokie Talkie is bringing his atmospheric, dreamy beat-based music to ORANJE on September 13, and we’re excited to share his passion and talent with you. The man behind Ewokie Talkie, Kyle Stallings, has a sounds as eclectic as his music tastes, including jazz, rock, hip hop and various dance beats.

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Making music since he was 14 years old, Stallings started out his music career playing the guitar in bands. After a few years, he began exploring his interest in hip hop by attempting to make his own beats. “I started acquiring a lot of records (that I sampled from) as well as purchasing my first synthesizer. i got into using a computer for more control and from then on, I haven’t stopped. I’ve been making music and performing as Ewokie Talkie for four years.”

If you live in Indianapolis, you might not be familiar with Ewokie Talkie unless you caught his show at The Mousetrap last year. Or perhaps you were one of the attendees of a house party he played along with David Peck, Digital Dots are more, which Stallings said has been his favorite show in Indy to date. Ewokie Talkie performs at least once a month, whether it’s in St. Louis at The Blank Space, in Chicago for Push Beats Mondays or in Evansville’s local art gallery/venue/restaurant known as PG, where Stallings also helps book and promote events.

“Actually my favorite show was also the one that had the largest attendance. I got to open up for Parisian and Lapalux in St. Louis. Lapalux is one of my favorite artists so I guess I would also say that it was my best performance because I took a lot of time to prepare for it.”

Don’t miss out on your chance to see Ewokie Talkie for his first appearance at ORANJE on September 13. “I plan to perform in the usual way that I play off of my shows. I’ll be playing original music of mine with my laptop and midi controller. I will also be bringing handmade cassettes with new music as well as download codes inside the tape boxes for digital downloads. Events like this bring people together and encourage progression. Aside from that, it will be a lot of fun.”

We asked Stallings about his future plans for Ewokie Talkie. “I make music because I enjoy it and hopefully people will like it. I don’t really have an ultimate goal. I’ve sort of just accepted that I enjoy this too much to ever just stop. Everything that happens along the way is secondary to how I feel when i’m just sitting my space creating.”

You can keep up with Ewokie Talkie on Facebook and Soundcloud. If you want to see him after ORANJE, he’ll be playing a show on September 19th in St. Louis for an event called “Brave New World” that is put on by a collective called Far Fetched, and releasing an EP soon after with the collective.

Veseria

Veseria can describe their sound in only three words: rock and roll.

People used to always ask the group to describe their sound in the beginning, but they didn’t want to limit their songwriting by getting stuck on sub-genres. So they didn’t and simply stuck with rock and roll, which has proven to be a critical part in their creative process.

This is Veseria’s second year as an ORANJE participant (the band played in 2012), and not only have they released their sophomore album, Voyager, but they are also working on some new tunes to showcase. “Going into a second performance at this event is even more exciting than the first because we know just how much fun it is. The energy at ORANJE is undeniable – you have artists, performers and musicians all bringing their A-game and the level of creativity is at it’s highest. It’s truly a special night for Indianapolis every year.”

Veseria came together the way many bands do, by banging on the keys, pounding on the drums and breaking several thousand strings until they discovered how to make music during the destruction. “Songwriting has always been a deeply intimate process for us. Performing is a very different story. It’s a fight with our instruments. You pluck and pull and pound until the right sound comes out of your keyboard, guitar or drum – all the while hollering your most intimate thoughts and ponderings into a microphone.”

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So what is it about living in Indianapolis that the members of Veseria love? “Indy’s music scene is still young compared to other big cities which is thrilling for it’s active participants. The sky’s the limit and we’re still writing our own history – that makes it a really fun place to create.”

Veseria plays around 10 shows in Indianapolis per year with more scattered around the region. Most of their shows in the past year have been in Fountain Square venues like Hi-Fi or Radio Radio. In March, they had their album release at The Irving which has been a notable performance for the group. “Shine Indy and Grizzly Music Company really pulled out all the stops and made us feel really cool for a night. There’s no one in town doing what they’re doing and it’s an honor to get to work with them.”

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Veseria is hoping to release another project that they’ve had in the works by the end of 2015, but until then they’ll be on the road spreading Voyager around the midwest and beyond. The group doesn’t define their success by what others have done, but instead focus on trying to one-up themselves and go a little bit further each year. “We’ll be starting a national campaign in 2015 to really see how far we can take this thing.”

We can’t wait to have Veseria back to play on September 13, and the band joins in our excitement about this year’s event. “There’s simply no other event like it in Indianapolis. It’s huge. It’s fun. And you’ll walk away from it more and more in love with Indianapolis every year you attend. We’re also really excited for everyone to see Brother O’ Brother perform. They are such an incredible band and the city doesn’t even know about them yet.”

You can keep up with Veseria on Facebook and their website. Don’t miss their performance on September 13 at ORANJE 2014! “We’re nice people. Come say hi. We’d love to meet you.”

Darlene Em

If Martha Stewart and the Devil had a love child, it would be Darlene Em.

As a child in California, Darlene was always drawing weird little animals in school. One of her report cards from Catholic school even had a note from her teacher saying that she should spend less time drawing and more time socializing. Darlene decided against that advice and after high school she attended the Art Institute of Dallas for graphic design.

It was there that one of her instructors, David Zarazua, helped her into her first show, the El Corazon exhibit in Dallas. This show focused on the heart and was a huge confidence-booster for Darlene’s art, which incorporates crafts, sculptures and paintings.

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Since then, she has been involved in several shows and groups, including Art Junkies in North Hollywood, Common Unity in Dallas and Arts Goggle in Fort Worth. Her colorful pieces of work that almost look edible have a kitschy, lowbrow, pop-surrealism style. But Darlene doesn’t just draw and paint. “I wanted to venture out of just painting on wood so I started experimenting with faux taxidermy and silly looking sculptures. I sell a lot of Day of the Dead style Matryoshka dolls on Etsy and at festivals.”

So where does Darlene find the inspiration for these colorful and cartoon-like pieces of art? “Dreams, candy, abnormalities like parasitic twins and two-headed animals, ice cream, cats, bunnies, my Persian cats, Nigel and Luna, and my pug, Meatball. A lot of Tokyo advertising and packaging. Everything looks so fun and happy all the time and has faces all over things. Marie Antoinette is a huge inspiration as well.”

This will be Darlene’s first year at ORANJE as both a participant and an attendee, as she recently made the move here from Dallas, Texas. She’s looking forward to meeting new people and connecting with local artists since she’s relatively new to the area. Hoping that her pieces will find a good home, Darlene has some surprises in store for her booth on September 13, including fuzzy costumes and lollipops, to make sure to stop by and check out her work.

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If you would like to keep up with Darlene before and after ORANJE, you can find her on Facebook and Etsy.