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#MIXITUPFEST Digital Performance Festival in Karlskrona

A three day long event in Karlskrona, Sweden. Free and Open to the Public

Festival Director and Contact: Lissa Holloway-Attaway, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in English and Digital Culture, Blekinge Tekniska Högskola (lat@bth.se)

#MIXITUPFEST or (as it was originally called) The Mixing Realities Digital Performance Festival is a three day long event that includes a number of opportunities to explore, discover, and interact with mixed media experiences focused on art and culture. Through digital art exhibitions, performances, public lectures, seminars, workshops, collaborative readings and online media channels, festival attendees can explore how contemporary media combines physical and digital environments and encourages revolutionary methods for creation, expression, and participation. International scholars and students working in digital culture, media artists (sound, dance, music, interactive computing, video, photography, augmented reality, digital performance) curators, computer scientists, and others working in and across social media will come together, virtually and physically, to “mix it up” in Karlskrona. Come and join us. All are welcome!

Festival events will take place at the Blekinge Museum and in and around other public spaces and culture venues in Karlskrona to allow for a range of experiences and levels of participation from the public.

Some Festival highlights Include: Video Art by Swedish Artist Jesper Norda, Media Installation by Polish Artist, Mateusz Pek and an interactive outdoor installation, Barbarum Fretum, by Elektro Moon Vision (Elwira Wojtunik Popesz Csaba Láng, Magdalena Pińczyńska).

Friday, May 24,

BTH and Blekinge Museum

Augmented Reality Seminar and Workshop: (BTH, 0900-1600 in Room J1504).

Artists, Curators, Researchers, and Students in Digital Culture and Computer Science will come together to discuss and demonstrate Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality Media Projects. (Details for participants is below.) With among others Jay David Bolter!

Augmented Reality Seminar and Workshop: (BTH, 0900-1600 in Room J1504).

Schedule Overview:

09.00 Welcome (Maria Engberg, Lissa Holloway-Attaway)
09.15: Jay David Bolter (Georgia Tech) keynote
10.15 coffee break
10.30 – 12.00: 10 minute presentations about AR/MR projects, as well as talks by artists who are participating in the festival.
12.30-13.30 Lunch Break
13.30-16.00 Poster session and panorama photography & AR workshop

Artists, Curators, Researchers, and Students in Digital Culture and Computer Science will come together to discuss and demonstrate Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality Media Projects.
Coordinated by faculty at the Department of Culture and Communication at Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, this event will bring together International scholars, artists and students engaged in using augmented reality tools in their creative research practice. Through lectures, presentations of works in progress, and a workshop focused on using augmented reality panoramas, participants will see concrete ways in which contemporary media can offer new ways to consider cultural heritage, artistic practice, as well as participatory media and performance installation experiences.
The day starts with a keynote lecture by Wesley Professor of New Media, Jay David Bolter, from Georgia Institute of Technology (USA). Then, during a series of short and engaging presentations of projects participants will learn more about how contemporary media can offer new ways to consider cultural heritage, artistic practice, narrative, participatory media and performance installation. Researchers, artists, and students will present AR/MR projects in short presentations to prompt further discussions.

Presenters include: Melissa Foulger & Rebecca Rouse (Digital Media and Performance, Georgia Tech), Matthew Rouser (AR and Urban Space, Malmö), Daniel Spikol (Computer Science, Malmö University), Trish Harris (Curator and Journal Editor, USA), Talan Memmott (Digital Artist and Researcher, BTH), Maria Engberg (AR/MR and Digital Culture Researcher, BTH), Lissa Holloway-Attaway (AR/MR and Digital Culture Researcher, BTH), Elektro Moon Vision: Elwira Wojtunik & Popesz Csaba Láng (Media Artists, Poland), Mateusz Pek (Media Artist, Poland), Jesper Norda (Media Artist, Sweden), Astrid Selling Sjöberg and Kristin Borgehed (Musicans and Culture Heritage Researchers, Folk Practice Academy) and Interaction Design Students from Malmö University: Antonis Gkhoukos, Emil Ekström, Nils Ehrenberg, Ali Arifati, Robert Sanescu

In the afternoon of the AR/MR day there will be a “poster session” presenting projects from students in Digital Culture and Computer Science at Blekinge Institute of Technology and Malmö University and other researchers. Among the projects are cultural heritage and tourist applications, games, and art and narrative projects.

During the afternoon Maria Engberg and Jay David Bolter will also guide anyone who is interested in a workshop on how to produce AR/MR panoramas. With easy-to-use software and camera equipment (such as a smartphone camera) participants will produce and experience 360° panoramas as well as learn more about the possibilities of using both new and archive material to produce audience experiences via large screens, laptops or handheld devices.
For more information, contact Workshop Coordinator Maria Engberg: meg@bth.se

Friday May 24,

An Evening of Media Art and Performance: (Blekinge Museum, 1930-20.00)

We will have an opening reception at 1930, followed by four performances focussed on Mixed Media, along with artist installations by Jesper Norda, Mateusz Pek, Elektro Moon Vision (Elwira Wojtunik Popesz Csaba Láng, Magdalena Pińczyńska), and the screening of the Re-Making Moby Dick Project with Project Curator and Director Trish Harris and Lissa Holloway-Attaway. (Details for performances and artist installations are below.)

19.30: Huckleberry Finnegans Wake: A Mixed Media Performance

 Blekinge Museum

Huckleberry Finnegans Wake  is a combinatoric performance work bringing together Mark Twain’s  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake.  With both texts based around river culture, folding one text into the other can form contextual imbrications and through this, combinatorial engines can be developed for the texts as well as implied visual and auditory material. Though both source texts are replete with exclusive language (regional dialects, neologisms, etc.) when brought together what emerges is a fantastical environment lacking specificity, but for the rivers (the Liffey and the Mississippi) that run through both. Imagine steamboats on River Liffey, the Pike County dialect being spoken in County Dublin, or Mutt and Huck on the banks of the Mississippi. The performance of Huckleberry Finnegans Wake utilizes a number of applications to generate a multi-modal interpretation of the combined text that includes visual material, audio, and live readings from various combinatorial engines.

Collaborators: Talan Memmott, Eric Snodgrass, Sonny Rae Tempest

For more information, contact Talan Memmott (tmt@bth.se)

“After the Quake” performance

“After the Quake” is a performance excerpted from a play by Frank Galati and adapted from short stories by Haruki Murakami. It engages live actors and responsive technology to reflect on natural disasters, dreams, and the difficulty of distinguishing between what is real, or not. The performance is also an extension of a digital research project at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta Georgia, USA led by Director Melissa Foulger (Artistic Director for DramaTech Theater, Georgia Tech) and Dramaturg Rebecca Rouse (recent Ph.D. graduate in Digital Media at Georgia Tech). Other performers and participants are Konrad Holmqvist, Johanna Martinsson, Julia Sundqvist, Louisa Sundqvist, Joel Wennberg, Rosa Auf Der Strasse.

“sAND (waves)”

“sAND (waves)” is part of a larger mixed media storytelling project, called “sAND,” that explores the physical landscape and sea cultures around Nida, Lithuania and the Blekinge Region in Sweden. The project focuses on the murky and indistinct histories that connect and disconnect the regions throughout the Baltic Sea border. It questions what constitutes true historical storytelling and includes imaginative content to consider lost or unknown histories. If borders shift, then what, one may ask, is lost or gained as the renegotiation occurs? What are the Baltic stories held within, washed away, and re-deposited in the iconic sANDs and dunes of Nida and the rocky shores and ancient petroglyphs of Blekinge? We are exploring these questions in a series of media performances and installations that engage users bodies, senses, and their sense of touch in particular, through iPads and augmented reality devices. “sAND (waves)” focusses on the tactility of sound and song and how messages can be passed in a series of waves and wavings, by hand and string. Performers are Lissa Holloway-Attaway, Astrid Selling Sjöberg, Kristin Borgehed, with video and photography provided by Martin Arvebro and Ida Gustavsson.

“White” dance performance

“White” is a dance performance by Linnea Åkerberg exploring the quality of whiteness as inspired by Herman Melville’s reflections on the “whiteness of the whale” in his novel Moby-Dick, and reinterpreted by Artist Matt Kish who recently illustrated and published in book form each and every page of Melville’s 600+ page novel. As part of the Re-Making Moby-Dick Project, an international and collaborative project exploring different expressions of the novel in various art forms, Matt Kish was interviewed, and he reflected on his artistic process. In particular, like Melville he considered how white could be presented as both enormous absence and emptiness as well as profound presence and desire. Dancer Linnea Akerberg will respond to the YouTube interview of Matt Kish and to an original musical score by Bija and Wilhelm for a recent stage production of Moby-Dick. Her performance will itself be remade as she creates it and it will become another element in the Re-Making Moby-Dick Project. Performers are Linnea Åkerberg, musician Astrid Selling Sjöberg and videographer Martin Arvebro.

The Re-Making Moby-Dick Project

The Re-Making Moby-Dick Project is an international multimodal storytelling performance created over several months during 2013. Poets, writers, artists, schoolchildren, scholars, dancers, curators, sailors, and more have been invited to participate in a remixing and retelling of Melville’s classic novel Moby-Dick. The 135 chapters, along with the extracts, inscription, epigraph, and epilogue, of Herman Melville’s 1851 novel serve as inspiration for participants to create new work, document it on digital video, and exhibit it online on Youtube. The resulting video will be screened in a public location in Karlskrona, Sweden during the Mixing Realities Digital Performance Festivalin May 2013.  After the festival, the project artifacts will be repurposed again offering yet another “text” published online and in print form that can be shared with a wider audience, along with the original work from the festival, as a further extension of the project. The project is still open for participants, and more information about how to make a contribution is on the project blog: http://remakingmoby.wordpress.com. For more information about the project, contact Project Coordinator Lissa Holloway-Attaway (lat@bth.se) or Project Curator Trish Bodiford Harris (remakingmoby@gmail.com).

Elektro Moon Vision ( Elwira Wojtunik Popesz Csaba Láng, Magdalena Pińczyńska) installation Barbarum fretum

‘Barbarum fretum’ is an interactive audiovisual installation which reacts on human presence by the illusion of filling up the space with waving sea water and taking its user to the depth of the sea. During this calm and hypnotic ‘trip’ the user discovers random historical and geological facts of the Baltic Sea.  ’Barbarum fretum’ also brings the user to different city places - via peepholes, reminding telescopes can be seen in real time the landscapes of 4 city places in countries surrounding the Baltic Sea.
The installation is based on wide-format projection technology and uses Kinekt as a detector of motion with a designed patch written by the authors in PureData - real-time graphical dataflow programming environment for audio, video, and graphical processing.

Mateusz Pek  - installation
This installation is based on the “black and white squares” of Kazimir Malevich from the beginning of the 20th century. As we know, not very many art pieces have shown how radical ideas can change modern art and National cultural politics. This installation is a reinvention of Malevich’s medium, treating it like an ideological perpetuum mobile. Pęk shows how ideas hidden in those paintings correspond to our (Polish /Swedish) contemporary reality. They illustrate how they still change in the context of our current global economy, creating ways we experience reality.

“Light clock (25 901 514 031 485 metres in 24 hours)” Jesper Norda

“Since light waves use all of their motion to travel through space at Light Speed, they have absolutely no motion through Time. Every photon that has ever been produced exists in an ageless state. (To us, the light seems to move through time but to the photon, time is standing still.) The universe ages, light does not.” A video starts with a single white frame – a flash of light – followed by a counter measuring how far the light will travel during the following 24 hours. The counter is updated every second, like a clock. A meditation over time, speed, light, wideness – eternity.

SaturdayMay 25

SaturdayMay 25 12.00 to Sunday, May 26th 12.00+: 

The Mixed-up and Remediated Moby-Dick 24 Hour+ Marathon Reading (or “Moby Reading” Project):

Blekinge Museum

Moby-Dick Marathon Reading begins. Starting at 11.30 with an opening reception, followed by the Marathon beginning at 12.00, we will kick off our Non-Stop, 24+ hour reading of Moby-Dick, held live at the museum and online with participants form around the world. Marathon will end at noon on Sunday. Drop by and read a chapter with us! All are most welcome.
Artist Installations and Re-Making Moby-Dick Project screening will be ongoing through Sunday. Musical performances will take place in and around central Karlskrona and at the Blekinge Museum, lead by Folk Musicians Astrid Selling Sjöberg and Kristin Borgehed from the Folk Practice Academy. Young actors, performing as a band of seafarers, will enhance the music and the Marathon, as they entice visitors to the Museum and visit local sites around town to read chapters from Moby-Dick for the Marathon.

This 24+ hour non-stop reading of Herman Melville’s classic 1851 novel Moby-Dick will be read in full on location at the Blekinge Museum, in select locations around Karlskrona, and online with participants from around the world. The reading will be live-streamed on the Internet and connected to many social media outlets and activities, as well as corresponding artistic events during the reading. The marathon will begin at noon on Saturday, May 25th and finish around noon on Sunday, May 26, followed by a celebration and reception open to all. This adventurous sea-novel is an enormous text (135 chapters and 600+pages) focussed on one man’s obsessive hunt for a mysterious white whale (Moby-Dick) and on the cast of colorful characters who come aboard for the journey to discover and  “capture” him. Filled with history, philosophy, drama, art and reflections on a diverse International culture under the influence of changing  technologies, it is a suitable work to “anchor” our festival. Thar she blows !

For more information about the event, contact “Moby Reading” Project Leader Lissa Holloway-Attaway (lat@bth.se). To sign up to be a reader, or to hear more about how to participate live or in person during the marathon, contact “Moby Reading” Coordinator Martin Arvebro (mobyreading@gmail.com) or go directly to the online sign-up form: http://dft.ba/-MobyReading

You can also check out the following social media outlets:

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/mobyreading

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mobyreading

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MobyReading/

Sunday May 25th

Blekinge Museum
9.30 Morning with Moby!

Join us for coffee and a light breakfast between 9:30 and 11.00 as we try to keep spirits alive and get closer to the Moby Marathon finish line.

Moby Marathon Closing Reception.

Around 12.00-13.00 (depending on how fast we read!) the Moby Marathon will finish with some musical and theatrical performances. Join us for Moby Cake and sparkling wine to celebrate the end of the festival and of our achievements with successfully completing this Moby-sized Marathon reading event.

Festival events will take place at the Blekinge Museum and in and around other public spaces and culture venues in Karlskrona to allow for a range of experiences and levels of participation from the public.

Free and Open to the Public

Festival Director and Contact: Lissa Holloway-Attaway, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in English and Digital Culture, Blekinge Tekniska Högskola (lat@bth.se)

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