iARTA News

November 06, 2020

The Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (CEMI) and iARTA at the University of North Texas invites composers, sound artists and, intermedia creators across our campus and community to submit new or existing works for the virtual concerts Sonic Murals. Submitted works will be curated and selected by CEMI and IARTA personnel, with the assistance of CEMI Director, Panayiotis Kokoras. The concerts will take the form of a pre-recorded audiovisual stream available during the days of the conference and promoted through the companion web page.

As possible, we will also project the festival stream in some or all of the following installations:

  • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theatre (MEIT) – outside wall projection with stereo audio
  • UNT College of Music Courtyard - 7.1 Meyer audio system and LED video wall
  • Other campus locations with stereo audio TBD

This flashing neon sign by Alicia Eggert cycles through the statements "All the light you see is from the past" and "All you see is past" before turning off completely. It speaks to the fact that light takes time to travel, so by the time it reaches your eyes, everything you are seeing is technically already in the past. Light from the moon left its surface 1.5 seconds ago; sunlight travels for 8 minutes and 19 seconds before it touches your skin. The farther out into space we look, the farther back in time we can see.

This sign's 1st edition is permanently installed on the roof of 2517 West Girard Avenue in Philadelphia.

The 2nd and 3rd editions have been included in the Amsterdam Light Festival (2018), Aurora: Future Worlds in Dallas (2018), and New Glass Now at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York (2019).

The Sonification of Solar Harmonics (SoSH) Project seeks to sonify and visualize data collected by the Michelson Doppler Imager (MDI) and Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI). The Sun is a resonant cavity for very low frequency acoustic waves, and just like a musical instrument, it supports a number of oscillation modes, also commonly known has harmonics. We are able to observe these harmonics by looking at how the Sun's surface oscillates in response to them. This research is being conducted in collaboration with Stanford University's SOLAR Center, the University of North Texas's Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha's School of Music. For more information, visit http://solar-center.stanford.edu/SoSH/.The Sonification of Solar Harmonics (SoSH) Project seeks to sonify and visualize data collected by the Michelson Doppler Imager (MDI) and Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI). The Sun is a resonant cavity for very low frequency acoustic waves, and just like a musical instrument, it supports a number of oscillation modes, also commonly known has harmonics. We are able to observe these harmonics by looking at how the Sun's surface oscillates in response to them. This research is being conducted in collaboration with Stanford University's SOLAR Center, the University of North Texas's Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha's School of Music. For more information, visit http://solar-center.stanford.edu/SoSH/.

Melinda Levin's recent film directed and premiered in Mongolia and was featured on KERA PBS. Mongolia: Earth and Spirit, is a documentary on a Mongolian Tibetan Buddhist monk, and illustrates his commitment to ecological protection of the brittle landscape near the Siberian border.

This short documentary follows Tibetan Buddhist Lama Delgar Mondoon, a Monk whose surprising life straddles urban and rural, and being a monk with having a wife and children. He attempts to save the trees, sometimes literally one at a time. In this poetic, character-driven, documentary, we see the beautiful landscapes, the traditional ceremonies, and the interactions of the everyday people of Mongolia who are on the front lines of grassroots environmental change and stewardship.

February 20, 2019

5PM — Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater — Music Building (MU1001)

UNT Music Composition Division Chair Dr. Joseph Klein discusses his interest in literature as a composer, and his various approaches to written and spoken text—including vocal settings, instrumental renderings, theatrical interpretations, and intermedia performances. Writers of influence include: Franz Kafka, Christina Rossetti, W. S. Merwin, Elias Canetti, and Alice Fulton. This event is open to the public, and welcomes students with interests in music and/or literature, and especially those fascinated by the synthesis of different artistic disciplines. 

Klein presents the following works:

    • Goblin Market (after Christina Rossetti), for trombonist, prepared piano, and intermedia (1995)
    • Leviathan (after W.S. Merwin), for male voice, bass trombone, and intermedia (1998)
    • Zwei Parabeln nach Franz Kafka, for narrator, mixed choir, and computer music (2006)
    • Cornell Set — poetry reading with computer music (2011)
    • Die Schadhafte (The Defective) — character study after Elias Canetti, for solo violoncello (2015

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Presented by the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society

 

October 26, 2018

Faculty composer Joseph Klein's An Unaware Cosmos—the premiere performance of the complete cycle of nineteen solo and chamber works— in UNT's Winspear Hall. This performance was made possible by a faculty fellowship from the UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts, and features faculty, student, and guest performers, including members of the International Contemporary Ensemble in residence at UNT. The individual works in this modular cycle were composed between 2012 and 2018, and are intended as a celebration of humankind’s quest for knowledge through skepticism and critical inquiry, and to those freethinkers who have devoted their lives to such noble pursuits. The mutable arrangements of the works in this cycle are intended to explore a variety of relationships—timbral, spatial, conceptual, structural—both within and between modules. In performance, music from these distinct modules is fragmented, dislocated, suspended, disrupted, and penetrated, often in unpredictable ways, thus challenging our teleological assumptions regarding musical form. 

The nineteen soloists and chamber ensembles that comprise the work are distributed throughout the entire performance space; in order to coordinate all of these disparate forces, iARTA fellow Christopher Poovey developed a Max patch cuing system that uses a central router to send performance information to the various performers through their laptops, tablets, or smart phones.

Alicia Eggert's “Known Unknown” is included in “Language a Medium” exhibition at the University of Arkansas (exhibition includes works by Jenny Holzer, Kay Rosen, Lawrence Weiner and other great artists)

This neon infinity mirror flashes on and off to reveal the phrases "known known, known unknown, unknown unknown, and unknown known."

Alicia Eggert's public art exhibition “You are (on) an island” was installed in the Hilton Head Airport in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

This neon sign's message is animated by the word "on" flashing on and off at regular intervals, transforming an initially obvious statement into a reflective and philosophical inquiry.

The sculpture was originally made in 2011 for the Sacred and Profane Art festival on Peaks Island, Maine. Neon Workshops invited Mike Fleming and I to bring "You are (on) an island" to the UK in 2013, and to present it as a mobile billboard. We installed the sign on the back of a flatbed truck, powered it with a small generator, and toured the sculpture around the UK for two weeks. The project culminated in a limited-edition publication.

November 02, 2018

iARTA is very pleased to announce that artist Carola Dreidemie will visit UNT in a residency November 2–16. She will be working on a research project as well as presentations and meetings with arts/technology students in the College of Music and College of Visual Arts.

Carola Dreidemie is Associate Professor and Researcher at UNRN Universidad Nacional de Río Negro, located in the town of Bariloche, in Patagonia - Argentina. She is Director of the Laboratory of Visualization and Creative Coding LVCC at UNRN. Carola is a visual artist working with code (mainly Processing PDE and Max MSP Jitter/Pure Data) and animation tools to create visual art. She is currently leading an interdisciplinary project with scientist from University of La Rochelle that formulates artwork from data collected from bee hive tracking done in Argentina and in France. Her background is in sculpture (MFA 1993 Pratt Institute, NY-USA) and photography (MFA 2003 Texas Woman’s University, TX-USA).

 

April 20, 2018

The 2018 North Texas Digital Fabrication Symposium was hosted at Texas Woman’s University April 20–21, 2018. Artists, researchers, makers and students came together at TWU to discuss digital fabrication, its practice, pedagogy and curation. The theme Humanizing the Digital inspired fascinating proposals from artists and researchers working with digital fabrication in a variety of applications.

The symposium events were organized around three sub-themes: Embodiment & Technology, Adaptation & Play, and Process & Practice. This two-day symposium brought together an exciting group of artists and researchers to share their work through moderated panel presentations, workshops, roundtable discussions and a corresponding group exhibition.

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