Interactive programming at Communikey Festival 2011 :
Workshops + Discussions + Films + Installations
Over the course of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the InterACT programming will offer plenty of hands-on workshops and engaging discussions in addition to a couple film screenings and installations, all taking place at the ATLAS Institute on the University of Colorado campus.. Read on to find out what we have in store for you!
WEDNESDAY APRIL 13th : interACT 1
+ INTRO TO ARDUINO with Eric Singer (Workshop)
Presented by QuickLeft : 10:00am-4:30pm
A hands-on full day workshop with robotics mastermind Eric Singer, a Brooklyn-based musician, artist, engineer and programmer with 20 years of arts and multimedia programming, engineering and performance experience. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon; a Diploma in Music Synthesis (Magna Cum Laude) from Berklee College of Music; and an MS in Computer Science from New York University. He has performed and lectured throughout the world with electronic musical instruments, as well as touring and recording with many bands on tenor, alto, and baritone saxes. He is a founding member of the Brooklyn-based arts collaborative The Madagascar Institute, and he has contributed to many of the group’s spectacular projects in addition to reaching the semi-finals with the MI-originating team “The Brooklyn Benders” on The Learning Channel’s ‘Junkyard Wars’ television show. He is also the founder of LEMUR (League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots), a group of artists and technologists creating robotic musical instruments. In addition to directing LEMUR, he currently works as an independent Arts Engineer and Consultant.
Tickets are $80 and not included in the festival pass.
Buy tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/168301
Please enroll: firstname.lastname@example.org
+ ROBOTICS & MUSIC (Discussion)
A conversation about robotics and music with Eric Singer, executive director and founder of LEMUR (League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots), and Taylor Kuffner, the composer and multi-media artist who collaborated with LEMUR to create the Gamelatron.
+ GAMELATRON Installation !
Gamelatron will be running as an installation in the ATLAS Institute from Wednesday April 13th through Monday April 18th. Be sure to check it out while you’re there for the other interACT programs!
THURSDAY APRIL 14th : interACT 2
+ SOUND DESIGN 101 with Smirk (US)
11:00am – 2:00pm
This workshop is FREE. Previous experience in sound design a plus but not required. Please enroll: email@example.com
Brandon Wolcott aka Smirk explores psychoacoustics, system design, spatial programming, and the body sensation of sound. Wolcott is a sound designer, producer and performance artist. He has performed his music, under the alias Smirk, all over the U.S. and Europe. As a sound designer, he has worked at some of the premier theaters in the country, including original works by Adam Rapp, Thomas Bradshaw and Caryl Churchill. He also produces large scale musical events in the pursuit of liminality.
+ BURNING ICE (Film Screening)
1:00pm-2:30pm : FREE
Feist, Laurie Anderson, Ryuichi Sakamoto , Jarvis Cocker, Robyn Hitchcock, and many other artists embark on polar expedition to contemplate the effects of climate change first-hand and to begin a creative conversation with the rest of the world about one of the most important and pressing issues facing the future of humanity. Learn more about the film here!
+ CREATIVE CLIMATES (Discussion)
2:45pm – 4:00pm
Join German techno legend AtomTM, Kirsten Stotlz of Yuma based art collective M12, Boulder-based designer Todd Berger, NYC based mixed-media artist Elena Ailes, and CU educator and climate scientist Jason Neff as they carry the inspiration from the Burning Ice film into a conversation to explore the relationship between art, creativity, and re-visioning a more sustainable world.
Speakers: AtomTM, Kirsten Stoltz, Todd Berger, Jason Neff, Elena Ailes. Moderator: Lauren Higgins.
FRIDAY APRIL 15th : interACT 3
+ ABLETON LIVE (Workshop) with Taylor Kuffner
12:00-1:00pm : Presented by Dubspot : FREE
For advanced Ableton users. Taylor Kuffner aka Zemi17 has been using the music production software Ableton Live for nearly a decade. It is what he used to sequence up to 170 robotic striking mechanisms (for the Gamelatron), playing the musical roles traditionally assigned to multiple performers. Taylor is the co-creator and art director of the Gamelatron, the world’s first and only fully robotic gamelan orchestra. He regularly composes for dance, theater and multi-media productions, owns and operates a 20kw sound system, which has been amplifying the New York underground for over a decade, and is the resident DJ for the legendary Danger events. This workshop will highlight using Ableton Live to control a multi-point sound set up in a syncopated fashion, among other topics.
Please enroll: firstname.lastname@example.org
+ CULTURAL ACTIVISM (Discussion)
A conversation with independent organizers and creative leaders looking at how we activate cultural movements, bringing together disparate communities and manifesting social change through art.
Coming together for this discussion is Sarah Slater, director of TITWRENCH, the Denver based lady-centric DIY music festival; Gosia Plysa, co-organizer of the Krakow / New York Festival Unsound; Andrew Lochhead, currently the National Labors Coordinator at Workers Arts and Heritage Centre Hamilton, and Director of Break and Enter, an independent party and events organization in Toronto; and Kyle Griffin, Underground Music Movement Aficionado, technical director of NEXUS who runs the Funktion One rig in Santa Cruz, California.
Speakers: Gosia Plysa, Sarah Slater, Andrew Lochhead, Kyle Griffin. Moderator: Kate Lesta (Creative Director of Communikey).
+ AN ISLAND (Film Screening)
5:00pm-6:30pm : FREE
An Island is an unconventional music performance film and an abstract documentary about a band and an island. In August 2010, French filmmaker Vincent Moon and Efterklang‘s 8 piece-live band met up on an island off the Danish coast. The objective was to shoot a film. A film with the same length as an album, and a film full of performances, experiments and collaborations. Over an intense period of 4 days Efterklang collaborated with more than 200 local musicians, kids and their own parents, creating new performances and interpretations of songs from their album Magic Chairs (4AD, Rumraket 2010).
Check out a film teaser here!