Location: 152 King Street West, Kitchener, 8:30 - 11 PM

Lisa Birke's Bombshell for CAFKA.16 played with the cinematic cliché of the hero passively walking away from a deadly explosion transpiring in the background. Usually a stoic and emotionless male, our hero has been replaced in “BOMBSHELL” by a sequence of female stereotypes: the fairy, the bitch, the house wife, the milk maid, who all seem to materialize out of a relentless sequence of explosions. Bombshell was performed, filmed and edited by Lisa Birke.

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Kitchener-based artist Lisa Birke received an MFA with distinction from the University of Waterloo (2013), where she held the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Master’s Scholarship and the University of Waterloo President’s Graduate Scholarship.  Recently, she was a keynote artist at the Sounds Like Audio Art Festival in Saskatoon, she performed at CAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area, 2014) and her work will be presented at the National Art Centre’s “Ontario Scene Festival”, at SAW Video Media Art Centre in Ottawa (Canada) in the spring of 2015. “Red carpet” was awarded the “Lakehead Juror's Prize” and the “Audience Choice Award” at the Orillia Museum of Art & History in Orillia (Canada) in 2014.

Bombshell at CAFKA 16 from Lisa Birke on Vimeo.


Lisa Birke's participation in CAFKA.16 has been made possible with the support of:

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Lisa Birke would like to extend special thanks to Christie and CAFKA for supporting this project as well as Jean Stevenson for allowing Lisa to spill her (fake) blood on her farm.
Licenced Video Clips:
Used as background in the “truck/laundry/super hero” sequence:
  • Getty Images: “MS tanker truck falling on road and exploding”, #: 9001-47: Warner Bros. Entertainment. 00:01:35:14. Licensed under Rights-ready.
Used as background element in the “business” sequence
  • Shutterstock: 1868527 – “Building implosion wide shot”: Francois Arseneault. 0:27. Licensed under a Shutterstock Footage Use License
Special effect elements:
Composited special effects/explosion elements by “Action Essentials”.  Action Essentials 2 is a collection of stock footage elements for compositing by © 2005 - 2016 Video Copilot and Final Image Inc.
Sound Effects:
The following sound effects purchased from under a royalty-free synchronization rights license:
  • 100543- International SFX Library: “ANIMAL, COW, HAND MILKING, START, EMPTY PAIL”; A vintage recording selection. 5.77
  • 304088- Digiffects: “COW - MILKING - MANUAL - INTERNAL - MAMMAL - VERSION 2”; COW_MILKING_MANU_D1307101. 5.60
  • 309868- SoundStorm _SS _SDC: “Animals - Farm Animals - Ext - Various POVs - Medium POV Turkey, Ducks & Goats, Close-Up Turkey, Off-Stage Goats & Chicken, Single Rooster Crows 4x, Close-Up & MCU with Occasional Small Chicken Peeps”; Animals_Farm_Ani_31489001. 5.07
  • 782508- Michael McDonough: “Animals, Farm - Animals Cow Moo Inside Barn Good”; Animals_Farm_AnimalsCowMooIns. 4.48
  • 1212125- SoundRangers: “Animals: Pig - Pig, Farmyard, Swine, Animal, Snort, Squeal, Grunt, Trough, Piglet”; Pigs_Grunting_Screaming_04. 6.26
  • 523247- NoiseFuel: “Explosion with Massive Metal Debris 2”; Explosion_Debris-EA_149. 5.06
  • 523263- NoiseFuel: “Explosion with Massive Debris and Fire 2”; Explosion_Debris-EA_165. 7.24
Angelic “bread song” remixed from: Capella Ducis, Quercus quartet, recorded by klankbeeld. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution License.
Other sound effects are public domain, accessed from and  licensed under the Creative Commons 0 License.
All other footage and sound by the artist.
Lisa Birke ©2016.

Other works in CAFKA.16