Performing Media Festival brings art and technology together

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Art, music and technology combine together to create a technicolor wonderland for the Performing Media Festival.

The Performing Media Festival kicked off in the campus Art Gallery this past Thursday night. The weekend-long festival celebrated New Media artists from around the world and within the community and showcased Integrated New Media Studies (INMS) students’ work. This the third year of the festival.

The Performing Media Festival focuses on the visual-audio experience of technology and music.

The festival continued at  LangLab Thursday night where visiting artist Christopher Biggs, from Western Michigan College, performed live. The experience included generated artwork that changed with the music performed.

Two performances were held in the Addicott/Joshi Performance Hall on Friday. The last performance showcased INMS’s students’ work, Audio-Visual Collective and Euclid Quartet’s, Brendan Shea, in a diverse set of artwork and performances.

The artwork currently featured in the campus Art Gallery is unlike anything a casual gallery-goer might be used to. Flashes of imagery, shapes and color all morph together into a new visual and audio experience for viewers.

Some of the work is made in real time. A computer algorithm or analog system determines a pattern or a shape’s movement.

The gallery featured artists from around the world, some in which include Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

The gallery will host this new media exhibit for only a few more weeks before the first round of BFA capstone shows begin on March 28. As always, the gallery is free to visit.

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Gallery visitors immerse themselves in the experience of the Performing Media Festival. PHOTO BY/ Kate Luce

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