IUPUI student creates “Shake It Off” video for fun and a cause

Screenshot from YouTube

Screenshot from YouTube

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis students are dancing in a music video to Taylor Swift’s song “Shake It Off.” But they are doing more than dancing to the catchy beat. They are raising awareness about a social issue and challenging other college students to do the same.

The video was created by an IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI freshman student Jacob Harris, who was inspired by videos of others dancing to Swift’s song. Harris is pursuing a Media Arts and Science degree.

“I saw the videos and kind of brainstormed a little bit,” Harris said. “I thought it would be really cool to do and to do it for a great cause.”

He settled on raising awareness about suicide prevention. In a message posted with the video, Harris provides the Web address for a suicide prevention website and a telephone number. He wrote, “If you are having thoughts of suicide, there is always help…You are loved and you are important no matter what. And if you still don’t think you are, you’re wrong. There are so many great things about life still ahead for you.”

Harris also challenged students at Indiana University Bloomington, Purdue University and Wabash College to produce their own “Shake It Off” video. He urged them to choose their own cause about which they could raise awareness.

Using University Library at IUPUI as a backdrop, Harris set up a video camera on a tripod. With the help of a roommate and two signs, Harris asked students as they passed the camera if they would dance for a few seconds in the video.

He had a box with an assortment of props, including wigs of various colors, a clown nose, a magic wand, a lime-green traffic vest, sunglasses and a pirate hat that dancers could wear, if they wished.

The fledging filmmaker learned that it is harder than one might think to get people to be in a video.

“About 80 percent of the students walking by wanted nothing to do with the video,” he said. “We had to beg some to do it. Some people wouldn’t dance alone on camera, so my roommate and I danced with them,” he said.

Two and a-half hours later, after a second shoot at the Campus Center and a little editing, the video was done.

“It was fun to do and it would be so cool if it could help save a life,” Harris said.

Pamela Z’s free concert is part of IUPUI performing artist mini-residencies

Photo © Mark Estes

Pamela Z                Photo © Mark Estes

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has announced that the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology’s Department of Music and Arts Technology will host three mini-residencies with performing artists during the 2014-15 school year. Pamela Z, a pioneer in live performance of vocal music with advanced electronics and multimedia, will be the first featured performing artist.

As part of the mini-residency, Pamela Z will perform a concert — co-sponsored by the department and the Indianapolis Opera — that is free to the IUPUI community and the public. It will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Basile Opera Center, 4011 N. Pennsylvania St., in Indianapolis. Parking is free.

She also will be on the IUPUI campus for a lecture and demonstrations with music and arts technology majors. In a community outreach effort, Pamela Z will participate in a special workshop involving Girls Rock, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building positive self-esteem in girls and encouraging creative expression through music.

Pamela Z is a San Francisco-based composer/performer and media artist who works primarily with voice, live electronic processing, sampled sound and video. A pioneer of live digital looping techniques, she processes her voice in real time to create dense, complex sonic layers. Her solo works combine experimental extended vocal techniques, operatic bel canto, found objects, text and sampled concrète sounds.

She uses MAX MSP and Isadora software on a MacBook Pro along with custom MIDI controllers that allow her to manipulate sound and image with physical gestures. Her performances range in scale from small concerts in galleries to large-scale multimedia works in flexible black-box venues and proscenium halls. In addition to her performance work, she has a growing body of intermedia gallery works including multichannel sound and video installations. She has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.

 About the Department of Music and Arts Technology

The Department of Music and Arts Technology develops musicians seeking to become tomorrow’s technology and cultural leaders, those who will shape the course of music in Indiana and the world. The department is committed to delivering quality music instruction to undergraduates and graduates at the nation’s premier urban research university. The department is the first in the nation to offer both bachelor of science and master of science degrees in music technology. All of IUPUI’s music faculty members employ technology in their teaching, production, performance and research. In 2006, the department also launched an innovative, research-based Master of Science degree in music therapy.

 About the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI:
The mission of the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI is to be one of the best urban university leaders in the disciplines of engineering and technology recognized locally, nationally and internationally. The school’s goal is to provide students an education that will give them the leverage to be leaders in their communities, industry and society.

Reception and Lecture | “Cadaver, Speak: Poems from the Dissection Lab” by Marianne Boruch on Oct. 30

Cadaver SpeakMarianne Boruch, “Cadaver, Speak: Poems from the Dissection Lab”
October 30, 2014
Reception: 6:00, Performance: 7:00-8:30
IUPUI Emerson Hall, Auditorium, EH 304
545 Barnhill Dr.

Some books begin as a dare to the self. Marianne Boruch’s newest collection, Cadaver, Speak, is an unsettling double, a heart of two chambers. The first half is attuned to history — how time hits us, and grief — and to art and its making. The second half, the title sequence, is spoken by a ninety-nine-year-old who donated her body for dissection by medical students, a laboratory experience in which the poet, duly silenced, was privileged to take part. Born from lyric impulse, which is Boruch’s scalpel, her work examines love, death, beauty, and knowledge—the great subjects of poetry made new by a riveting reimagining.

Marianne Boruch was born in Chicago in 1950. She is the author of seven collections of poetry including The Book of Hours (Copper Canyon Press, 2011), two volumes of essays on poetry, and a memoir. After receiving her MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, she founded the MFA program at Purdue University in 1987. In addition to teaching at Purdue University, she also teaches at the low-residency MFA program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Her recent awards include the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award (2013), and a Fulbright/Visiting professorship at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Co-sponsored by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, the Literature and Medicine Student Interest Group and the Department of Anatomy (IU School of Medicine), the Medical Humanities & Health Studies Program, and the Department of English (IU School of Liberal Arts).

Upcoming concerts hosted by Department of Music and Arts Technology

The IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology will host a number of concerts in November. Each event, open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. at the ICTC Building. Please click below for further details regarding each performance:

Monday, November 4th – Robin Cox Solo Violin, Electronics and Video

Thursday, November 7th – IUPUI Chamber Ensemble

Monday, November 11th – Lukasz Kuropaczewsk, co-sponsored by the Indiana Society of the Classical Guitar

Thursday, November 14th – IUPUI Jazz Ensemble

Classical guitarist Rovshan Mamedkuliev in concert at IUPUI

IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology and the Indianapolis Society of the Classical Guitar present world-renowned guitarist Rovshan Mamedkuliev in concert on Thursday, October 3rd at 7:30 PM. The concert will take place in the ICTC Building, Room 152.

Rovshan Mamedkuliev has performed throughout the world and has won numerous awards. He is the winner of the 2012 Guitar Foundation of America Competition, and in 2006 he received a special grant for high achievements in the arts from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Tickets are $20 General Admission/$15 Advanced Purchase/$10 for students and ISCG members.

For more information about the artist, please visit his website.

An Evening with Whiskey Bent Valley

November 14
7:00-8:30pm
Indianapolis Arts Garden

Tickets free to the public. Reserve your ticket below.

Hailing from the back woods of PeWee Valley, Kentucky, Whiskey Bent Valley pays homage to their southern musical roots.  The Whiskey Bent Valley Boys are JR on the barnyard fiddle; Mason Dixon on the clawhammer, banjo, mandolin, and guitar; Leroy Joneson the bass; and Chance Wagner on the banjo.

Incorporating time honored treasures from such icons as Roscoe Holcomb, The Stanley Brothers, and Tommy Jarrell, the band’s original compositions include ballads, breakdowns, sea shanties, and swamp stomps.

IUPUI Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to host ‘True Colors,’ a look at bigotry and tolerance after Obama’s re-election

“TRUE COLORS” PLAY AT IUPUI EXPLORES BIGOTRY AND TOLERANCE

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) will be the site of the premier of an entertaining and provocative new play that explores perspectives of discrimination, bigotry, and tolerance in the U.S.  “True Colors”offers six vignettes to gauge reactions to the re-election of the nation’s first black president.
The Indianapolis Chapter of Indiana Black Expo, Inc. will join the Indy Chapter Neal-Marshall Alumni Club and Word of Mouth Productions in hosting “True Colors,” written, produced and directed by Vernon A. Williams, on Tuesday, April 30 at Hine Hall Auditorium (formerly the University Place Conference Center) at 850 W. Michigan Street in Indianapolis.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and curtains rise promptly at 6 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.  The IUPUI Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will make an appeal for contributions from the audience to support campus diversity initiatives.  For more information, contact Erica Broadus at ebroadus@iupui.edu.
“True Colors” stars Daniel Martin who has performed the role of Jesus Christ in the Indianapolis passion play “Upon This Rock,” with Kelly Skaggs who also appeared in “A Woman’s Place,” Isaac Beauchamp and Eryn Bowser.  Stacia Murphy is stage manager and assistant director and Charla Booth is artistic director.

Measure for Measure Presented by Hoosier Bard

Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare

After the international success of “The History of Cardenio”, Hoosier Bard returns to the Fringe with a world-premiere double bill: Shakespeare’s original Measure for Measure, set in Italy, uncensored, written in 1603, alongside the more familiar version, adapted in 1621 by “our other Shakespeare”, Thomas Middleton, set in Vienna. See the newly restored Italian version on Feb 21, 22, 23, and the Viennese version Feb 28, March 1, or March 2.
For More Information on the Oxford Shakespeare Project: http://liberalarts.iupui.edu/shakespeare/productions/ 

 

After the international success of “The History of Cardenio”, Hoosier Bard returns to the Fringe with a world-premiere double bill: Shakespeare’s original Measure for Measure, set in Italy, uncensored, written in 1603, alongside the more familiar version, adapted in 1621 by “our other Shakespeare”, Thomas Middleton, set in Vienna. See the newly restored Italian version on Feb 21, 22, 23, and the Viennese version Feb 28, March 1, or March 2.

For More Information on the Oxford Shakespeare Project: http://liberalarts.iupui.edu/shakespeare/productions/ 
IndyFringe Basile Theatre
719 E St. Clair
Thursday, Feb. 21 @ 7:30pm
Friday, Feb. 22 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, Feb. 23 @ 7:30pm
Thursday, Feb. 28 @ 7:30pm
Friday, March 1 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, March 2 @ 7:30pm
Tickets: $15 adults / $8 Student

Artist-in Residence Performance: Tim Hardy in The Ancient Mariner, A Dramatic Song Cycle Inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

DATE: Friday, September 14, 2012

TIME: 8:00PM – 9:30PM

LOCATION: Crystal Terrace Ball Room, Columbia Club; 121 Monument Circle; Indianapolis, IN 46202 

Tickets available here. $25 general, $15 students.

The IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute (IAHI) and Butler University’s Jordan College of Fine Art are pleased to present the American premiere of this unique musical program featuring internationally acclaimed performer Tim Hardy of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and piano accompaniment by Rebecca Edie.

The 2012 artist-in-residence at the IAHI, Tim Hardy has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, with the Opera Music Theatre London, and at prestigious theaters across the United Kingdom and Europe. he has narrated more than 300 television documentaries, and his extensive directing credits include Romeo and Juliet, Twelve Angry Men, and the Crucible.

Award-winning composer Geoff Page has created an impressive body of musicals that include Academy of Death, A Christmas Carol, and The Signalman.

Tickets available here.

 

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