Released: April 2, 2012
Lincoln, Neb. - The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts Digital Arts Initiative presents "Invisible Cities: A Concert of Digital Performance" on Thursday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lied Center's Johnny Carson Theater at 11th and R streets. The performance is free and open to the public.
This evening of performances will feature cutting-edge compositions created by students in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln course "Performance, Programming and Interactivity," a unique cross-discplinary class mixing students and faculty from various disciplines, who learned to program for interactive musical and visual performance.
The performance will feature works that mix acoustic and electronic instruments, sensors, motion-tracking devices, video cameras and computers as performance tools. All of the works were developed using Max/MSP/Jitter, a programming language with incredibly powerful tools for creating interactive media.
The title "Invisible Cities" is borrowed from Italo Calvino's book by the same name, and the series of aphoristic and poetic solo, duo and ensemble pieces to be performed are modeled on vignettes found in this text.
Co-led by the Digital Arts Initiative, this concert will be the first event of its kind at UNL to feature this unique blend of technology and performance.
The Digital Arts Initiative is spearheaded by the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and is a collaborative effort among Assistant Professors Jeff Thompson (Department of Art and Art History), Damon Thomas Lee (School of Music) and Steve Kolbe (Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film), to provide interested students from all majors hands-on experience applying current technology to the arts.
These elective classes, which include courses such as Digital Video Production, Film Scoring and Creative Sound, and Digital Drawing, bring together students from various disciplines to share their unique perspectives.
For more information, visit go.unl.edu/digitalarts.