2008 World Telekinesis Competition

Team Profiles

Canadian TeleRangers

The Canadian TeleRangers are dedicated to peer-recognition and support among those with exceptional sensitivities, intuitiveness and creative vision, and to engaging in collective projects that release the latent powers of wishful thinking to socially constructive ends. As visual artists, we are especially tuned in to the great potential for 'reality shifting' through mindfulness and creative visualization. We are critical of those who would subtent wishful thinking to materialist ends and see ourselves as guardians of territories of hope, dreams and visions within the collective consciousness.

The Canadian TeleRangers engage in collaborative projects using telepathic and telekinetic methods. Triangulating from three locations across two time zones, the Canadian TeleRangers generate telekinetic energy through a combination of spiritual grounding, meditation, prayer, yoga postures, mulling and musing. We generally begin with a harmonization or warm up period during which team members focus on each other in their relative locations, tuning in to each other's personal energy but also attending to ambient weather, social circumstances and animal presences. Although generally not needed, team members may, during warm up, talk on the phone, email or Facebook each other to establish a firm initial connection. During competition, team member's first concern is always for the security and strength of the psychic network and then to the deployment of network energy to the project objective. During competition the only communication between team members is telepathic. After completion, team members gently release from the network, unwinding slowly through a combination of breathing exercises and stretching. Once fully released from the network, team members re-connect by normal channels to debrief and evaluate.

Robert Labossière is a visual artist, arts administrator, researcher and advocate. He is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (M.F.A. 1985) and of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University (LL.B. 1989). Labossière was Managing Director of the Association of National Non-Profit Artist-Run Centres (ANNPAC/RACA) from 1991-93. He practiced law from 1993-98 focusing in part on associations and charities law, copyright and arts-related contracts. In 1998 he helped launch a new copyright collective devoted to licensing electronic media uses of original creative work. Labossière was a resident in new media at H@bitat, a programme of the Canadian Film Centre in 2000 and a resident in visual art at The Banff Centre in 2006. Since 2004, he has been the Managing Editor of YYZBOOKS, the publishing programme of the Toronto artist-run centre YYZ.

Laurie Ljubojevic is the dotist, an artist, and mystic. She was born in Victoria and holds a BFA from Queens University, and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies and Theology from Regent College, University of British Columbia. Her work has been shown internationally, including at: The Basel Art Fair (Switzerland), Gallery Koyangi (Tokyo), Imagine Gallery (Beijing), Beijing Art Fair, Dalhousie Art Gallery (Halifax), Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Kingston), and the Hellen Pitt Gallery (Vancouver). In 2005 and 2007 she was artist in residence at, Conference on Art and Art Projects (Kobey, Japan), and in 2006 she was invited to residency at the Banff Centre. After working as a professional artist for several years in both Tokyo and Beijing, she now resides in Victoria.

Carolyn Doucette is a visual artist, writer and filmmaker and holds a B.F.A from the University of Victoria (2004). Her work has been published in The Capilano Review, Pender Island Poetry Anthology, Mouth and PermARTculture, forthcoming in Decentre -- concerning artist run culture | à propos de centres d'artistes (YYZBOOKS) April, 2008. She has also been involved with a number of small press literary/art journals: as art director of, and contributor to Mouth and Poesis Inedulous; and from 1996-01 as co-editor of and contributor to Estrus where she designed the cover art for six issues. Current group exhibitions include, "cute as a..." Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, PE and "RPM: The Lost Art of LP Covers," Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria, B.C.