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Festival Explores Intersection of Arts and Technology

An interactive multimedia performance festival, “Art Meets Science,” on Thursday and Friday, April 10 and 11, will underscore the common ground between these two broad disciplines.

The events are free and open to the public.

The event opens on April 10 with an interactive performance workshop, at 4:30 p.m. in Hallie Flanagan Theatre, Mendenhall Center, led by Jamie Jewett, of Lostwax Productions, a multimedia dance company, and Thomas Cuifo, artist-in-residence in arts and technology at Smith. They will discuss and demonstrate various strategies and approaches to interactive music and multimedia dance performance.

The festival will continue on Friday, April 11, with a performance, at 7 p.m., also in Hallie Flanagan Theatre, featuring interactive electronic music by composer/improviser Curtis Bahn on the eSitar/eDilruba, and Ciufo playing various computer-extended instruments. The performance will also feature Melt, a multimedia dance work, created by Lostwax, that explores the encounter between Tibetan Buddhist iconography and contemporary technology to reveal a language of idiosyncratic movement in an interactive installation of music, hieroglyph and ice.

The recently established Arts and Technology interdisciplinary program at Smith engages students and faculty from across the campus and from all three academic divisions. The emphasis is on Arts—plural—including visual art, music, dance, theater, and film, and on Technology, broadly conceived, including computer science, engineering, mathematics and statistics, physics, and other interested departments.

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