iARTA News

Since the start of the Fall semester, professor Jon Nelson has received honorable mention in two international composition competitions. His work "Just After the Rain" was selected as a finalist in the Joensuu Soundscape Composition Competition 2011 (Joensuu,Finland) and his "Turbulen Blue" received honorable mention in Portugal's Electroacoustic Competition Música Viva 2011. This work, which makes extensive use of Nelson's recent research forays into physical modeling, was also performed on September 22 at the Channel Noise V Festival at Georgia Southern University. It was also presented in concert along with his work "objet sonore/objet cinétique" at the October 24 Cinema for the Ears concert at Louisiana State University where he served as a guest composer.Nelson's percussion quartet and tape work "Other Terrains" is being presented in concert by the IRAMA Percussion Ensemble at UNT on October 31 and by the Sibelius Academy Percussion Ensemble in Helsinki, Finland on November 1.

Nelson is also working to complete two new compositions: "Bebop in the Forest of Lonely Rhythms" for flute and interactive electronics and "Inside a Cloud of Butterflies" for guitar and interactive electronics. These two works swill be premiered during Spring of 2012.

On Wednesday, September 28, at 5 pm, Professor Jenny Vogel gave a talk
at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth as part of the Modern Graduate
Series 2011–2012. Jenny Vogel is a new media artist, working in
photography, video, and performance art. Her work explores the world as
viewed through the lenses of contemporary communication technology, the
media, and historical preconceptions. She received her MFA from Hunter
College, New York City (2003), and is currently an assistant professor
of New Media Art in the College of Visual Arts and Design at the
University of North Texas. For Modern Graduate Series, Vogel discusses
her influences and the underlying themes of her studio practice, such as
self-induced voyeurism and the curious history of webcams, the dark
beauty of a mediated planet, the failure of capturing the experience of
history, and humanity in a prefabricated world.

Professor David Schwartz has signed a contract with Routledge, UK to publish his next book: Strangest Thing: An Introduction to Electronic Art through the Teachings of Jacques Lacan. The book explores a wide range of electronic art through the writings of Jacques Lacan. There are four chapters: 1) bodies, 2) voices, 3) eyes, and 4) signifiers. The art works include videos, 3D animations,  installations, screen-based applications, ubiquitous / physical computing, and  sound art. The psychoanalytic references are from Lacan’s seminars and collected writings, in addition to works of other psychoanalysts / writers.

Two Evenings: Sept. 26 + 27 at 8:00 PM in the Merrill Ellis Intermedia TheaterSponsored by the UNT College of Music, CEMI and iARTA

NoiseFold presents selected movements from “Untitled Suite” (2011) and NoiseFold 2.0(2010).
The performance brings together the hybrid cinema and sound art of NoiseFold with renowncellist, composer and musical innovator Frances-Marie Uitti. Working at the confluence ofalgorithmic processes and instrumental improvisation, NoiseFold crafts live cinema as acontemporary musical form. The project is facilitated by a complex audio-visual software systemdesigned by the artists that generates or breeds a seemingly infinite array of virtual agents.The resulting sound is not a separate aural accompaniment but rather the direct sonificationof the visual mathematic data itself. Thus the performers interact with semi-autonomous visualforms to grow, and sculpt the sonic content of the performance. Recently Metcalf and Stouthave expanded their work to include adventurous interactions with accomplished acousticinstrumentalists. Frances-Marie Uitti, a riveting performer known for her groundbreakingdevelopment of multi-bowed playing technique, interacts within this audio-visual environment tocoax a rich universe of poetic behavior into being.
[ www.noisefold.com ][ www.uitti.org/index.html ][ http://iarta.unt.edu ]

David Stout, Cory Metcalf, Jenny Vogel, and Morehshin Allahyari will be participating in Currents festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico:

El Umbral by David Stout and Cory Metcalf

David Stout and Cory Metcalf, iARTA research artists, present the world premiere of El Umbral, an interactive video installation at the CURRENTS International media arts festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The work pays homage to twentieth century surrealist painting in the form of an anti-monument to the deepening surveillance state.

A narrative of glitches and beautiful failures. This video explores the terrifying as well as the creative potential of error.

With the help of its collaborative research clusters, UNT is making strides toward becoming a major research university. In 2008, the university launched the first phase of the research cluster initiative with the goals of advancing research, strengthening the state's economy and developing technology vital to addressing today's most pressing needs. With two years' momentum behind them, these clusters have attracted top faculty and students and continued groundbreaking research. UNT expanded its commitment to the initiative in the fall by investing in four new research teams and five areas of strategic development. Learn more about the clusters' premier researchers and advancements in the Spring 2011 issue of The North Texan.

iARTA: iARTA faculty member David Stout with guest artist Cory Metcalf debut NoiseFold, an interactive media ensemble, in UNT's Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater. (Photo by Michael Clements)

Over There Is Over Here explores the dialectics of time, space, real and unreal to define and critique the position of those who have left Iran in the last 4-5 years in relation to current political prisoners in Iran. The project uses 3D animation and data glitch as a way to illustrate presence-less presence and to show the passage and collapse of the time. In my recent trip to Iran, I found a picture of political prisoners, which is at least 100 years old. Looking at the prisoners chained to each other, I saw a tragic relationship between the past and the present of Iran; a shared pain from the same soul, generation after generation. In my animation, the concept of time is used as a non-linear and collapsed concept in which the past and present have come together in order to create an "unreal" reality. The animation starts with the images of the previous political prisoner but call the names of those prisoners who are currently in solitary prison in Iran. They also happen to be in Azadi square (azadi meaning freedom), where in the green movement protests in 2009 so many people were killed by the government. Through a self-reflexive narrator, Over There Is Over Here alternates between the literary definition of a third person narrator to my actual, physical "third person" role outside Iran as narrator of the story. The narrator explores my relationship with imprisoned friends and classmates. In this relationship, I am the outsider who will always fail to understand the reality of a prisoner's life. The more I live outside Iran, the more I will forget details of the "reality" of life inside Iran. For these reasons, the animation is a deliberate mix of real and unreal, fake and genuine.

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