The Donald Tavel
Arts and Technology Research Center


World Premiere, Virtual Reality, Cloud Music and More in April 21 Concert

Joshua Fielder making preparations for the Telematic Collective Concert on April 21

Joshua Fielder making preparations for the Telematic Collective Concert on April 21. Photo by Hang Yu

The Telematic Collective with present its 2011 spring concert on April 21 at the IT Building, room 152 at 7:30 pm at IUPUI. Joining the Collective online will be the Syneme Lab Telearts Ensemble at the University of Calgary (directed by Professor Ken Fields), and the RAT (Radical Arts Technology) Ensemble at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music (directed by Matthew Burtner) and the Hybrid Arts Lab at Indiana University Bloomington (directed by Margaret Dolinsky). The concert will feature Virtual Reality works that will also be able to be viewed simultaneously in the Virtual Reality Theater at IUPUI, also in the IT Building. Additionally, a world premiere of a work conceived 39 years ago for the dynamics of the Internet by renowned American Composer Stuart Sanders Smith.

After the concert, the VR art environments will be on display and can be experienced in the virtual reality theater on the fourth floor. The VR theater is similar to the concept of Star Trek’s holodeck providing visual illusions in 3D that can be navigated. The theater consists of head and hand tracking, stereoscopic displays and real time 3D rendering. As one navigates the environment using a joystick wand, the computer updates the display according to the navigator’s head and hand positions. This allows visitors to dynamically explore the environment from a first person perspective. Read More…



ZeroSpace was a telematic conference and concert presented by the Center for 21st Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Organized by Matthew Burtner, the event included Chris Chafe of Stanford University, the Interactive Media Research Group, the Telematic Collective, Margaret Dolinsky, Christopher Burns, and Scott Deal. Photo: Nick Hartgrove performs Deconstructions #4 (M. Drews, 2011) online from Indiana with the composer and myself onstage in Milwaukee.

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NetTets 2011, Calgary


The Telematic Collective participated in the NetTets 2011 concert on January 29, bringing together artists at sites in Canada (Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal, and Edmonton), and the United States (Indianapolis, IUPUI).   The concert was hosted and produced by Professor Ken Fields and the Syneme Lab at the University of Calgary, which is where the main performing stage and production center was located. Participating online groups included the New Music Ensemble Laptop Orchestra at University of Calgary, Concordia Laptop Orchestra (CLOrk), performers from University of Alberta, and University of British Columbia.  The Telematic Collective performed from the Indiana University Virtual Reality Theater and featured with the group was harpist Erzsébet Gaál. Live 3d graphics were created by artists from Professor Margaret Dolinsky’s 3-D art studio at the HR Hope School of Fine Arts, Indiana University Bloomington. The artists navigated through 3d environments they created for the VRT and set to music by members of the Collective.

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Concert Version of Auksalaq Performed in New York City’s Ear to the Earth Festival


Photo: Members of the IUPUI Telematic Collective performing online with musicians in New York at the Frederick Loewe Theater, with singer Joan LaBarbara.  Photo by Jill Steinberg LLC.

A concert version of the Auksalaq was performed in New York on October 31, 2010 as part of the Electonic Music Foundation’s Ear to the Earth Festival.  Auksalaq is a telematic opera about climate change in the Far North that has been jointly created by Scott Deal and Matthew Burtner, with production work carried out in the Tavel Center and the Interactive Media Research Group at the University of Virginia.  For more info on Auksalaq, click here.  Joan LaBarbara was featured as the singer/narrator, with the NYU New Music Ensemble directed by Esther Lamneck, and the NYU Percussion Ensemble directed by Jonathan Haas. The world premiere of the full opera is scheduled to be performed in late 2011.

Telematic Collective Fall Concert: Bridging Imaginary Boundaries


The Telematic Collective held a concert on December 12 in conjunction with online performers at New York University, Colorado University and Indiana University Bloomington.  Based at NYU’s Frederick Loewe Theater, the concert highlighted dancers, musicians and videographers over high bandwidth Internet in an evening of prepared pieces, improvisations and dances of a variety of styles.  TC members Hang Yu, Dan Porter, Joshua Fielder and Nate Dominy prepared original works that were performed in the concert, assisted by musicians at the other sites.  The IUPUI leg of the concert was held in the Virtual Reality Theater (VRT), a 3D environment housed in the Indiana University Visualization Lab.  For more information on the Bridging Imaginary Boundaries event, visit  Photo above, from left: Scott Deal, Ben Rogge, Kara Commons, Brenden Rhia, Hang Yu, Dan Porter, Nate Dominy,  and Joshua Fielder.

Intermedia Festival of Telematic Art


Photo: Members of Dance Kaleidoscope performing with pianist Lily Popova online.  Photo by Jammy Straub.  For more photos, click here.

Held April 23-25, the Intermedia Festival was a unique series of concerts and events that presented futuristic modes of live performance in the telematic and media arts. Telematic art synthesizes live traditional performing arts with computers, media and telecommunications. The Intermedia Festival featured artists, musicians, videographers, dancers, actors and writers from throughout North America and Europe. While more than 100 performers traveled to Indianapolis, others participated through the Internet interactively with collaborators at the festival. Live drama, dance, music, visual arts, videography, scientific presentation, commentary, and discussion synthesized to form a provocative and compelling set of experiences.

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Transatlantic Telematic Collaboration

Norway to Indianapolis


Photo: Scott Deal in rehearsal with electro-acoustic violinist Victoria Johnson and percussionist Kjell Tor Innervik.

A collaboration on telematic performance research has begun between the Tavel Arts Technology Center at IUPUI and faculty at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway.  Professor Scott Deal, Director of the Center, was invited to Norway in June 2009 for meetings and musical performance sessions with a multi-disciplinary group consisting of computer performer, percussionist, electric violinist, dancer, motion tracking specialist and IT technicians.   Read More…

Software Solutions for the Auksalaq Telematic Opera Project

The purpose of the project is to develop IT software solutions related to the production of Auksulaq, a telematic opera designed to be performed in real time at multiple locations across the globe. Auksulaq will integrate artistic expression, scientific information and social/political commentary to present an interactive, multi-dimensional experience that embodies relevant complex cultural and empirical processes. Venues for the premiere performance include IUPUI, University of Virginia, University of Alaska, and venues TBA in New York City and Oslo, Norway.