UCSD Design Lab Talk! (And miscellaneous updates on the postdiluvian studio )

It’s been a busy five months since the studio flooded! But in between inventories, insurance, multiple moves, and starting to rebuild, I’ve been teaching and getting a bit of other work done. If the travel funding wizards smile upon me, hope to have some performance news soon.

But this week’s big news: I’ll be speaking at UCSD Design Lab this Wednesday, April 13th. My talk is titled:
“The Future is Dead. Long Live the Future: A Mad Art Journey Through Some Unmovieish Movie-Making Machines.” (I’m in training for the talk title length world’s record.)

Flood report…

In early November, a water main break destroyed my studio. Among the lost equipment were all of my servers, which hosted most of my net projects: The Multi-Cultural Recycler, plagiarist.org, Cuejack, theBot, and several others. Some, like The Multi-Cultural Recycler, can not be restored, because they required specific software and hardware that’s no longer available. I am gradually restoring others, by moving them to temporary servers until I can replace the main server. Most things are documented here at amy-alexander.com, but many of the linked projects will be offline while the server is down…

Update: 12/20/15 – And we’re back! All the sites that can be restored have been fluffed up and moved to the cloud.

Site-specific “PIGS” performance this Saturday in San Diego!

Curt Miller and I will be performing on Saturday in San Diego. It’s an audiovisual improvisation: site-specific video, my custom PIGS software, silent percussion generating visuals.. and Curt’s amazing clarinet and computer music! I hope you’ll join us! 7pm in the Auditorium! Exclamation Points!

https://www.facebook.com/events/541704952650285/

http://www.shipinthewoods.com/convergence/

Photos! From PIGS / Rocket’s Red Glare at IDEAS / Qualcomm Institute

Some pix from The PIGS (Percussive Image Gestural System) debut this month as part of the IDEAS series at Qualcomm Institute. Curt Miller and I developed an improvisational audiovisual performance, “Rocket’s Red Glare,” based on the theme of “Things Exploding on YouTube.” I used PIGS to perform visuals, and Curt performed live clarinet, custom software, and vintage cassette tape recorder.

Video on its way very soon! Thanks to Alex Matthews for the great pix and video stills:

PIGS debut performance with Curt Miller in San Diego

IDEAS performance: Rocket’s Red Glare
Date: September 3rd, 2015
Time: 5pm-7pm
Location: Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego
Host: Shahrokh Yadegari, Director, IDEAS

First (beta!) performance introducing the work I’ve been developing for past couple years. As I’ve still got the training wheels on, the event will be part concert performance, part research/software demo.

PIGS (Percussive Image Gestural System) – is a software/hardware visual instrument and a research framework for some new approaches to improvisational cinematic performance. Rocket’s Red Glare is a concert performance I’ve been developing with clarinetist / sound artist Curt Miller. An experiment in audiovisual improvisation, Rocket’s Red Glare is the first piece to use PIGS.

While PIGS is still in an early state, and I feel like a kid at her first piano recital, hopefully it’ll be the beginning of things to come. And Curt’s music is really great – so hope you can make it!

More info about PIGS and the performance here.

On tap for this week… Panel in LA and Performance in San Diego!

Coupla events this coming week! I’ll be speaking on panel at LA SIGGRAPH this Tuesday, Aug 11. The panel is about the “Enhanced Vision” digital video exhibition, for which I had the honor of being part of the curatorial committee. Then on Saturday the 15th, I’ll be back in San Diego performing as VJ Übergeek at San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. Also on the menu for the SDAI show: Dynasty Handbag and Gary Wilson… Hope to see you there! And there too!