Announcing the Intermedia Festival: Indianapolis, April 23-25
The Intermedia Festival (http://music.iupui.edu/intermedia/) is a unique series of concerts and events presenting futuristic modes of artistic performance. The Intermedia Festival will highlight new telematic and media arts performed by artists throughout North America and Europe. Telematic art synthesizes live traditional performing arts with computers, media and telecommunications. While more than 100 performers will travel to Indianapolis, others will participate through the Internet interactively with collaborators at the festival. Events for the Festival will be held in the new downtown Indianapolis Public Library and in the Informatics and Computer Technology Complex at IUPUI. Admission is free and open to the public for all events.
“We want the public to be involved in this event and particularly hope that other artists embrace this Festival and come to learn and explore new ways of doing things,” said Scott Deal, a professor at IUPUI’s Department of Music and Arts Technology and the director of the Festival. “As an artist, one is always hoping to present work in a way that gets people thinking. Our hope is that the Festival audience takes away a renewed sense of potential.” For IUPUI’s Department of Music and Arts Technology, this festival is a departmental effort involving faculty and students. The festival will also involve collaborating with a variety of community arts groups such as Dance Kaleidoscope and Butler University Dance Program.
The Festival will present ten media-rich concerts between Friday evening and Sunday afternoon, April 23-25. Live dance, music, visual arts, drama, videography, scientific presentation, commentary and discussion will come together to create a provocative and compelling set of experiences. Noted guest artists featured at the Festival will include San Francisco-based singer Pamela Z, New York composer and computer artist Luke Dubois, singer Bora Yoon, eco-acoustic composer Matthew Burtner, Indianapolis-based electro-acoustic ensemble Big Robot, and Dance Kaleidoscope. The Friday evening opening concert will feature Pamela Z followed by a Dance concert that will feature the Indianapolis-based Dance Kaleidoscope in concert with other dancers and media onstage, and with dancers from Florida State University interacting online and on-screen.
Several groups will be presenting mobile art installations throughout the Festival in the downtown vicinity. The Washington DC-based Floating Lab Collective will present their work titled “Scream At The Economy”, a participatory project that invites people to call a phone number and scream at the economy. The archived screams will be recorded as mp3 files. The musical composition will be played in the “screamer”, a portable speaker system, that will perform in public spaces. The Florida-based Mobile Performance Group is a collective of new media artists who disseminate their works by using automobiles, video projection, cell phones, FM transmission, wireless hotspots, and any other technologies that allow artists to engage the public. The Occupation Forces Project, by New York artists Mark Skwarek, Joseph Hocking, and Serial Krusher, is a piece that simulates of an invasion of earth by an alien occupation force. The project will be a free, downloadable, mobile application or projected augmented reality, which will allow users to view an alien invasion army through their mobile devices at various stations throughout the Indianapolis Library and in the downtown area. Portuguese computer-artist Andre Rangel will present “Graffonic”, a work utilizing video tracking and laser pointers to assist participants in creating a reactive work of art.
Fixed Media Works
The Virtual Reality Theater (VRT) at IUPUI is a 3-D environment in which interactive and immersive art works will be presented, created specifically for this space in the ICTC building at IUPUI. Additionally, screenings of cutting-edge video pieces that combine visual art with music and sound will occur at Library. New York computer artist and composer Luke Dubois and IU Bloomington Professor Margaret Dolinsky will present multi-media works in spaces inside the public library downtown. The Festival will also highlight the work of over a dozen video artists from throughout North America, including notable artists such as Phil Kline, Maggie Payne, and Tom Lopez.
The Intermedia Festival is made possible by an Indiana University New Frontiers grant from the Lilly Foundation. The Festival is being produced in partnership with the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library, the Indiana University Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL), and the Donald Tavel Arts and Technology Research Center, “We want the public to be involved in this event and particularly hope that other artists embrace this Festival and come to learn and explore new ways of doing things,” said Scott Deal, a professor at IUPUI’s Department of Music and Arts Technology and the director of the Festival. “As an artist, one is always hoping to present work in a way that gets people thinking. Our hope is that the Festival audience takes away a renewed sense of potential.” For IUPUI’s Department of Music and Arts Technology, this festival is a departmental effort involving faculty and students. The festival will also involve collaborating with a variety of community arts groups such as Dance Kaleidoscope and Butler University Dance Program. and the Music and Arts Technology Department at IUPUI. Free tickets for the Intermedia Festival will be available in April, or at the door during the festival.
Over 100 performing artists will travel to Indianapolis to present their works. In addition to the featured guest artists, participants will be coming from Vancouver, New York, Lisbon Portugal, Chicago, Washington DC, Yale University, Oberlin College, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, University of Virginia, Florida State University, University of Miami, Duke University, Bowling Green University, Temple University, Emory University and Virginia Tech University, to name a few. Regional participants will include artists from institutions such as IUPUI, Indiana University Bloomington, Ball State University, Butler University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, and University of Cincinnati. Telematic performances between artists over the Internet will occur as a result of new technologies developed in the Telematics Lab at the Donald Tavel Arts Technology Research Center at IUPUI.