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.