IUPUI Professors Debut BIG TENT Performance Concept at Indianapolis Museum of Art

Date: November 7, 2015Big Tent Image at Indianapolis Museum of Arts
Time: 12:30 PM-5PM
Location: Toby Theater at the Indianapolis Museum of Arts

INDIANAPOLIS — Robin Cox and Benjamin Smith will pitch their unique Big Tent for its public debut on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Toby Theater.

Cox and Smith, music and arts technology professors in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, are co-creators of Big Tent, a portable space designed for multimedia performance using the latest in audio and visual technologies.

Big Tent is a 40-foot-diameter octagon composed of 12-foot-high video-projection walls to showcase 360 degrees of art and other visuals, an array of audio speakers, and a central computer core to facilitate interaction between the acoustic and electronic performance.

Like circus tents of the previous century, Big Tent may be taken to a parking lot, a lawn, or a high school gym to transform that space into a multimedia art-and-performance venue.

The first Big Tent performance takes place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and features multimedia works by Cox, Smith, Herron School of Art and Design student Danielle Riede, Sharon Zhu, and more.

The second show of the day will be a production of Hourglass, a community-participation work Cox created to encourage dance movement through performance of a composed arc of music. It will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. and feature visuals by Smith, Shawn Goodman on bass clarinet, Cox as violinist and Stephanie Nugent as dance facilitator.

In addition to the Nov. 7 events, IMA will host a third Big Tent performance from 5 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 28 as part of the museum’s “Silent Night” presentation.

Cox and Smith are hopeful that Big Tent will become a marketable invention. They foresee a continuing development process and contributions coming from a wide variety of creative talents.

Supported by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, the IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology, the Indianapolis Opera, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Hourglass Is Back

For those of you who have been wishing for a return of Hourglass, it’s back! And this time, indianapolis-museum-of-art-dusk-david-pixelparableit will be held in BIG TENT at the Indianapolis Museum of Art 11/7 and 11/28!  And what’s BIG TENT, no less than a 40 foot diameter, 360 degree audio and visual environment, completely surrounding you in music and video.

We are very excited about this and hope you’ll mark the calendar with these dates.

A sixty-minute continuous arc of live and electronic music encouraging attendees to live in the moment with a community in motion. With Robin Cox -violin/composer, Shawn Goodman -bass clarinet, video by Ben Smith, and movement facilitated by Stephanie Nugent.  www.hourglass-music.com,  www.thebigtent.org

11/7/15 at 4pm
Indianapolis Museum of Art, in the Toby Theater (as part of the Community Day “Secrets” event)

11/28/15 at 6pm
Indianapolis Museum of Art, in the Deer Zinc Pavilion (as part of the IMA’s “Silent Night” event)

More Ask an Expert: Tuesdays on Monument Circle!

Ask an Expert with Gabe FilippeliIs it Tuesday? Is it lunchtime? Then come down to Monument Circle. Each week, you will get to meet university experts and ask them any question you want about their area of expertise. In exchange, our experts will ask you about your expertise. It’s always fun, and you never know what you’re going to learn.

Our upcoming Ask an Expert events are:

  • Art Therapy with Juliet King (15 September)
  • Christianity and Globalization with Joseph Tucker Edmonds (22 September)
  • Art and Anthropology with Fiona McDonald (29 September)
  • Women in Politics with Kristy Sheeler (6 October)
  • Science Fiction and Philosophy with Jason Eberl (13 October)

“Ask an Expert” was designed by the IAHI and the Kinetic Project. We are currently offering this program as a collaboration with Big Car and its SPARK: Monument Circle project.

Herron School of Art and Design seniors to create First Friday pop-up gallery in semitrailers

INDIANAPOLIS — Herron School of Art and Design painting majors Amy Applegate, Josh herron_posterHaines, Brian Johnson, Andrey Sichuga and Shannon White are putting together a pop-up gallery in Fountain Square for First Friday.

When the students present their senior show “Grant Illusions” in the parking lot of Wildwood Market, 1015 Virginia Ave., on May 1, it will be because they not only produced the artistic works displayed, but they also pulled sponsors and the entire community together to make the large-scale event possible.

Show sponsor Celadon Trucking agreed early on to loan and deliver multiple semitractor-trailers to the site.

Visitors to the exhibit will find that each of the Herron seniors has a solo show in a separate semitrailer. The show also includes a communal area that will feature collaborative and individual performances and a film screening.

The organizers promise the show will have something for everyone. Additional sponsors include B’s Po Boys, ESL Spectrum, Fountain Square Brewery, IMOCA, Indy Restoration, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, New Day Meadery, Southeast Neighborhood Development and The Glick Foundation.

IUPUI Honors Scholars to showcase research, service-learning accomplishments

INDIANAPOLIS — Student pursuits in undergraduate research, international study and honorsservice learning will take the spotlight next week during Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’ annual presentation of accomplishments of high-ability students.

The Fifth Annual Honors College Student Showcase takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the lower lobby of the IUPUI University Library, 755 W. Michigan St. The event is free and open to the public.

“The Honors College Showcase is one of my favorite events for the college,” said Honors College Dean Jane Luzar. “It not only demonstrates the range of activities our scholars pursue but also the passion and excellence our students devote to these efforts.”

Morgan Moran is among the 26 IUPUI Honors Scholars who, using posters, live performances, media and other creative presentations, will showcase their recent accomplishments in the areas of research, art, design, visual communication, business solutions, service learning and community engagement and international experiences.

Moran, a psychology major, spent a week doing crafts and other activities with children in an orphanage in Costa Rica. She has captured the excitement of that life-changing service-learning experience in a short video that she’ll present at the showcase.

The spring break trip to Costa Rica was a confidence-builder for Moran who, in addition to maintaining a rigorous academic schedule, spends three hours per week working with children at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, volunteering 300 hours of service since her freshman year at IUPUI.

She looks forward to sharing video footage and still photographs from her international experience.

Moran and other students say Honors College projects and programming have allowed them to build relationships with people from different walks of life, have provided funds and opportunities for study abroad, and have increased their campus engagement.

Showcase presenters include:

Dorothy Slover, art education sophomore, who will display a collection of books, drawings, paintings and other original art. Most of her work has been independent art exploration. But when she begins her student teaching in the fall, she will build lesson plans around her creations, starting with art books like the ones in her showcase presentation.
Jeffery Joll, biomedical engineering junior, who has spent two years studying bone biology in an IU School of Medicine lab, first as an intern and now as a part-time research assistant. He will present a poster display of research that in the long term could lead to more successful therapy for people with brittle bone disease or osteoarthritis.

Exhibition: Dontrell: Think and Drink


On Monday, April 13 from 5:30-8:00 pm, Nathan Alan Davis and cast-members will kick off the 2015 “Think and Drink” series at Sun King Brewery. This event will be subtitled “Think and Drink: Brews, Beats, and Rhymes,” and will feature DJ Kyle Long and Tatjana Rebelle (host of Lingo and Vocab). This event will feature some of the top beat poets and spoken word artists who will perform along with attendees and Sun King employees to create and spit their own rhymes. DJ Kyle Long will be spinning an eclectic fusion of international music throughout the evening. Donations will be taken at the door to benefit the Starfish Initiative.

Dontrell: Talkback

Immediately following the April 12th performance of Dontrell, Who Kissed the SeaLogo of Phoenix Theatre, the Phoenix Theatre and the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute will co-host a talkback session to discuss some of the “big ideas” that emerge from the play, including the influence of historical events in shaping our experience, the importance of family in molding our identity, and the role of free will in determining our life’s journey.

This conversation will be moderated by Dr. Ronda Henry Anthony, Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies and Public Scholar of African American Studies and Undergraduate Research in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. She is the author of Searching for the New Black Man: Black Masculinity and Women’s Bodies, published by the University Press of Mississippi in 2013. She writes on African American literature, gender, and race.

Tickets for the April 12th performance of Dontrell can be purchased here.

INconversation with Nathan Alan Davis

Join us, on April 9th, for an INconversation with playwright Nathan Alan Davis, Nathan Alan Davis.  Photo courtesy of inside.iub.eduwhose play “Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea” will be featured at the Phoenix Theater April 9-26. Nathan received his MFA in playwriting from Indiana University in 2014 and is currently a Lila Acheson Wallace Fellow at Julliard.

The discussion, moderated by Modupe Labode, IUPUI’s Public Scholar of African American History and Museum Studies, will center around themes of memory, identity, African-American history, and the different ways we understand these ideas–through history, through theater and art, through material culture and family stories.

Nathan’s plays have also been produced, presented or developed at Baltimore Center Stage, Chicago Dramatists, San Diego Rep. and Source Festival (DC). Other honors include: Jerome Fellowship finalist, Heideman Award finalist and Bay Area Playwrights Festival finalist. Learn more.

INconversation is an Indiana Humanities program. This event has been supported by the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute, and is held in partnership with the Phoenix Theater

IUPUI Welcomes Amy X Neuburg, Department of Music and Arts Technology Guest Artist Series

Amy X Neuburg

The third installment of the Department of Music and Arts Technology guest artist series is here! Amy X Neuburg is a really unique musician spanning a remarkable range of pursuits -a soprano of classical and rock vocal training, an electronic percussionist, and a composer of techno looping techniques and cabaret-style songs. There’s only one Amy X Neuburg.

And…The E/A ensemble (our student electro-acoustic ensemble) will premiere a work on stage with Amy!

Residency Schedule:

Monday 3/9 10:30am -11:50am, IUPUI, ICTC Building Room 071 A lecture/demonstration with sophomore and junior Music and Arts Technology majors

Monday 3/9 6pm – 7:30pm, IUPUI, ICTC Building Room 071 A lecture/demonstration for participants of Girls Rock

Tuesday 3/10 10:30am -11:50am, IUPUI, ICTC Building Room 061 A lecture/demonstration with freshman and senior Music and Arts Technology majors

Tuesday 3/10, 7:30pm, Basile Opera Center 4011 N Pennsylvania St. Free admission and free parking!
The IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology and The Indianapolis Opera co-present a concert by Amy X Neuburg  Tuesday 3/10, 7:30pm, Basile Opera Center 4011 N Pennsylvania St. Free admission and free parking!

Amy X Neuburg is a composer, vocalist and live electronics performer who has developed a unique career bridging the boundaries between classical, experimental and popular musics.  She will come to the IUPUI  campus from California on March 9th and 10th for lecture/demonstrations with Music and Arts Technology majors, as well as outreach into the community with a special workshop involving Girls Rock, and a concert co-sponsored with the Indianapolis Opera at the Basile Opera Center. This concert is free to both the IUPUI community and the public!

Amy X Neuburg has been developing her own brand of irreverently genre-crossing works for voice, live electronics and chamber ensembles for over 25 years, known for her innovative use of live looping technology with electronic percussion, her 4-octave vocal range and her colorful — often humorous — lyrics. One of the earliest performers to work with live digital looping, Amy has presented her solo “avant-cabaret” songs at such diverse venues as the Other Minds and Bang on a Can new music festivals, the Berlin International Poetry Festival, the Wellington and Christchurch Jazz Festivals (New Zealand), the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, electronic music festivals, colleges, rock clubs and concert halls throughout the U.S. and abroad.

As composer, commissions for voices and chamber ensembles — often with looping electronics — include Robin Cox Ensemble, Present Music, Solstice vocal ensemble, Pacific Mozart Ensemble chorus, Squonk, and Del Sol String Quartet. Her acclaimed song cycle The Secret Language of Subways for voice, cello trio and electronics has played at Yerba Buena Center, the San Francisco Symphony After Hours, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Left Coast Festival. She has also composed extensively for theater, visual media and modern dance.

A classically trained vocalist, Amy has been featured in contemporary operas and recordings including works by Robert Ashley, Culture Clash and Guillermo Galindo.

Amy received degrees in linguistics and voice from Oberlin College and Conservatory and an MFA in electronic music from Mills College. Her many grants and honors include Arts International, Meet the Composer, The U.S. Embassy New Zealand, SF Friends of Chamber Music, and the Alpert/Ucross prize.