MPG: Mobile Performance Group has been invited to perform at the Intermedia Festival at the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. We have been working on an interface for the iphone/itouch, using the OSC based mrmr app. We developed an interface that will allow the public to control the manipulation of live video and send text messages which will become part of the video projection. Users will be able to do things such as mix video, choose video clips, apply effects, and use the iphone’s accelerometer to rotate and position the text and image. Should be a blast and we will post updates as the festival unfolds.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love Hip Hop, especially Old Skool Hip Hop! I don’t believe it is possible to be a New Media artist without recognizing the contributions that Hip Hop artist have made to the field. Pioneers in sampling as an art form, the use of electronics/non-traditional instruments, and using technology to give a voice to communities often ignored are just a few of the contributions Hip Hop artist have made. YouTube recently asked one of the early Pioneers of Hop Hop, Fab 5 Freddy, to curate a selection of his favorite YouTube videos. Fab 5 Freddy is a interesting artist who was in the 80′s downtown NYC scene hanging out with artist of all kinds including visual artist Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat and he helped to turn on a lot of those people to the Hip Hop Scene. He also hosted Yo! MTV Raps and helped turn the world onto a great art form! So do your self a favor and check out his curated list of YouTube videos! http://bit.ly/9iNoOq
Chris Reynia and Matt Duncan
The City and the State
John Scott & Jon Van Hoff
People of Wal-Mart: The Musical
Michelle DuCharme & Elisabeth Pollock
It has also been viewed over 50,000 times to date since being posted on YouTube less than a month ago. Nice job, ladies!
I just returned from several days at the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States National Conference (SEAMUS 2010). Held at St. Cloud State University this year, the annual conference is gathering of electronic music practitioners. I gave a presentation on the MPG carepackage, a collection of MaxMSPJitter patches that makes it easy to coordinate musical data over a network.
I also had a chance to spend some time with two Digital Arts alums: Jana Fisher (BA/2009) and Chester Udell (BM/2005). Jana had a piece entitled Top40:France selected for the conference, a spectral composition that she created for her senior project. Jana is currently living in Brooklyn and working for an independent record label.
Chester is currently pursuing a PhD at UF. His piece for trombone and live electronics was entitled Brass Alchemist. It was really well done and I am not the only one that thought so; Chester was awarded first place in the annual SEAMUS/ASCAP Student Commission! Big congrats to him as this is a huge honor.
From left to right: Jana, Dr. Wolek and Chester.
Q: What did you do after graduation and what are you doing now?
A: Moved back home and cried until I found a real job. Then five years at EA-Tiburon. Now I work/live/play in downtown LA at Naked Sky Entertainment! And I got married and we have a pug!
Q: Did you ever see yourself doing what you are doing now when you took DIGA 101?
A: Are you asking if I could predict the future? If so, then yes.
Q: What advice do you have for someone taking DIGA 101 right now?
A: Don’t ever stop. Whether it’s preparing your portfolio, or reaching out to do pro-bono work for school peeps — never stop making art or learning how to work people and clients. The latter part is something they don’t really teach you. Well, they didn’t when I was there.
Lastly, next time you have to do a presentation, always test your equipment beforehand. Nothing makes you look more incompetent than when your video/audio doesn’t work. Your professors may not say it to your face, but they’re cursing up a storm on the inside. Now imagine if those professors were your bosses.
Wait, one more thing, don’t be a jerk and put money into an IRA. … I guess that’s two more things.
Q: What’s the best thing you learned studying Digital Arts @ Stetson?
A: Thinking outside of outside of the box. All the professors kept pushing us. At first we were like WTF? And then we were like OMG! Take, for instance, video performance/mpg. It was kind of weird at first, but once you get your mind around what you’re doing and make it your own, you start making some crazy stuff. The stuff we did eight years ago is just now becoming easily obtainable for commercial use, and honestly kind of sucks, if it’s even done live.
Bob Snead, a performance artist, painter and contributing writer for Artlurker, will be giving a lecture on his work and the Transit Antenna project, in the Instructional Media room below the library Thurs. 4/8 at 6pm. He is a founding member for the mobile art collective Transit Antenna and he started the Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC, where he currently lives. He created Transit Antenna as a means of travelling the U.S. and since it has become a mobile living experiment, creative workshop and educational resource comprised of various folks living and working while traveling the roads of North America; via a large vege-fueled bus. This week, Bob is part of the Intro Sculpture building workshop where students are building small structures behind Sampson & the Hand Center. Join us for outdoor movies and camping in/around these structures this Friday night.
Be sure you don’t miss Bob’s homemade Carolina sweet mustard sauce when he serves pulled pork from his cardboard constructed smoker during the FMI event Wed. 4/7 8:30pm, outside of Rinker Auditorium LBC.
One last teaser by Matt Duncan. Be there tonight!!