Visual Chorus explores new ways of presenting film and video to the public. We host events that combine short films with soundtracks created live by musicians, DJs and sound artists. We create public installations of embedded video. We explore ways of hearing with our eyes and seeing with our ears.
Visual Chorus emerged as a digital offspring of the Emerald Reels Super-8 Lounge (ERS8) which launched in 1998 with what was described by Michael Fox at iFilm.com "a groundbreaking mix of DJs and films." Choosing nightclubs for venues, 16mm and super-8 films were presented with soundtracks performed live by DJs and musicians. One of the goals was to to create a space & atmosphere where the audience would feel elevated yet comfortable, challenged yet relaxed, and inspired yet unintimidated. ERS8 ran regularly for many years and featured collaborations with DJs such as Kid Hops, DJ eeg, DJ Hebegebe, DJ 00#/ and more - with performances in Seattle, San Francisco, Telluride, Vancouver BC and more.
As with ERS8, Visual Chorus was created by Reed O'Beirne as a platform for collaborating with other filmmakers, musicians and venues.