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Digital Nature: An evening of multimedia art
By Rachel Murray, Manager of Interpretation & Evaluation on Oct 7, 2008
Video created for Addictive TV Mixmasters Series, 2003
Music by David Fodel
This year's Urban Nature theme has been rich fodder for discussion of the interaction of the urban and natural worlds. This Thursday evening, Oct. 9, the Gardens' Education Department presents Digital Nature--a program that extends the annual theme to address the intersection of the natural and digital worlds. These worlds needn't be mutually exclusive, and many digital artists are inspired by nature, seek to emulate processes of nature in their work, or use subjects from the natural world. Many processes normally associated with organic life such as growth, reproduction, evolution, and decay are also found in digital programming, and have an allure all their own in the hands of digital artists.
Must technology, and the implementation of it, always treat nature as just a resource to be exploited? How "natural" can technology be? What does "natural" mean anyway? How can the natural be seen at work in the human creation of technology? This program offers a striking interpretation of these subjects…..
All philosophizing aside, there will be an incredible high-quality sound system generously sponsored by KV2 audio, beer samples from Breckenridge Brewery, and most of all, a group of diverse and talented digital artists who are very excited to tackle this theme in this special environment.
One of the artists, Corey Scott, says, "My own offering with Dafe Hughes is something I'm really excited to get to try, and in many ways is more ambitious than anything I've done for a single performance before. We are using cameras to interpret light and color movement captured from dancers and the audience to actually manipulate the music and video that will be playing throughout our show. Our computers will create an intelligent network that reacts to the people in its environment and interprets many interactive aspects to influence the outcome that all present will experience. The music for our set will be mostly downtempo experimental...and the video will exhibit the contrast between the digital and natural..."
I hope you can join us. Visit our Web site to register or just show up! Come early to walk around the Gardens and see the over 25 street-style murals on display. Doors open at 6 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m.