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TEDxConcordiaUPortland - Goodnight Billygoat - Passage of Time

There's an air of modesty to David Klein's description of what his performance art group Goodnight Billygoat does: "Think of the old silent films where someone's playing a piano and there's a film above showing a narrative. But there's a little more equipment, and there's color." Audiences often encounter much more. Think of being transported into an old silent movie theater like Klein mentions and quickly realizing that you're actually in a dream; what you see on the stage is mesmerizing and mysterious and beautiful, and you find yourself contemplating the cosmos as you listen to a live band shape their music to the scenes. Klein began Billygoat as a solo project in 2006, combining stop-motion animation and ambient music. Nick Wooley joined soon after to help with production and the soundtrack, and they've been developing new films and live shows ever since. In creating his stop-motion animation pieces, Klein thinks about Johanes Kepler's belief that geometry existed before and served as a model for the creation of the universe. He's fascinated by space (he's planning a trip to Joshua Tree in April to see Saturn's opposition), as well as the fundamental principles of math and science. Though he admits he struggled with geometry growing up, "it's vital for planning and timing the work I do." Expect Goodnight Billygoat's performance at TEDxConcordiaUPortland to be a fantastically cerebral experience, though expect it to also be incredibly entertaining. Their art is something to get lost in, to enjoy, and to feel good about. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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