Audiological Visualization: Together the duo weave an aural and visual tapestry to dazzle the senses.
The Paper, Albuquerque, NM

With ACVilla’s work, “there’s a continuous sense that things aren’t quite right but are still beautiful and intriguing. It’s a similar quality that I’m after with my approach. We’re both interested in recontextualising sounds and images and therefore challenging our preconceptions about life and our relationship with the world.” 
Thollem in
The Wire

Obstacle Illusion Live pairs ACVilla’s visuals with an electronic soundtrack by Thollem. Stemming from the name of Thollem’s solo album on Astral Spirits Records, the music is an exploration and a celebration of sound, influenced and inspired by infinite sonic approaches and sources. ACVilla takes us on a visual journey utilizing unique techniques and approaches she has developed over the last decade. Through multiple overlaying of live sonic and visual stimuli, Obstacle Illusion Live reveals subconscious thoughts and hidden memories. The experience is simultaneously pleasurable, challenging and intellectually stimulating. Eternity filtered through two artists at the center of a world on the edge. 

ACVilla “invites viewers to see an artistic bridge between human’s urban developments and the natural world,” while “Thollem’s talent pushed the boundaries of melody, inviting the audience to observe and think deeply throughout the uncanny and unique auditory artwork they were experiencing.”
Lola Watts, Santa Barbara Independent

While ACVilla incorporates her approach, contextualizations, into many of her works, she tours Obstacle Illusion internationally with her partner and musician, Thollem.

Multimedia Performance Invites a Shift in Perspective
Santa Barbara Independent

Obstacle Illusion RESIDENCIES
Poschiavo CH @ The Uncool Residency
Amsterdam NL @ The Atelier to create a short piece honoring the studio space, the musicians who gather there and the artist who has brought them all together. The studio will be demolished in 2024 along with the others in the area.
St. Erme FR @ Performing Arts Forum (PAF)
Porto PT @ Sonoscopia
Brooklyn, NY @ Pioneer Works – where ACVilla witnessed Nico riding a bike for the first time. She debuted her contextualizations during the live performance by the Radical Empathy Trio: Thollem/Michael Wimberly/Nels Cline.
Gary, IN @ Calumet Artist Residency – where ACVilla’s vision of contextualizations came into being.