JE (Liz) Solo is a writer, multi-disciplinary performance and media artist, and musician, best known for their work in East Coast music, and as a trailblazer in machinima, hybrid-reality, and live and networked performance art. They create artworks that merge traditional practices (theatre, writing) with technology, (virtual/online/game environments). Recently JE has been exploring creation using machine learning, quantum computing, and Artificial Intelligence.
JE Solo is also the author of the novel, Phreak, (House of Zolo, 2020), shortlisted for the Writers Alliance of NL’s Fresh Fish Award, and the Write Project’s 2020 Book of the Year. JE’s collection of ten short stories, Nature, Human, was released this year, also from House of Zolo.
JE Solo is co-founder and member of the Black Bag Media Collective, the current curator/manager of the Odyssey Contemporary Art and Performance Simulators, and a musician and composer. Ensemble acts include The Sauce (2013 – present), TrixXxie (2013 – 2017), Lizband (1993 – 2013 ), The Black Bags (2002 – 2013), and Live Girls (2,000 – 2002). JE is co-founder and current Artistic Director of the media and performance company, Roles 4 Womxn.
Recent live performance and video work has been seen at: 7a*md8 International Festival of Performance Art, Toronto; IOTA Institute, Halifax; Womxn From the Future, Factory Theatre, Toronto; ISEA Istanbul; FILE Electronic Language International Festival, Sao Paolo; The Big Screen Project, Times Square NYC; Inhuman Resources (co-exhibit with Mez Breeze), Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, Kelowna BC. Festival of New Dance, St. John’s.
Image above from “Dance Me”, Festival of New Dance 2013. Photo by Jared Reid.
Image at the top from “Virtually Yours”, Artscape, Toronto, 2016. Photo by Mike Kean.
Image below of JE Solo and Mike Kean at the Rock Can Roll Festival, St. John’s, by Megan Fahey.