Fwd: MERGE VISUAL in Macon, Georgia

From: Roger Beebe (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Sep 08 2008 - 08:01:10 PDT

For those in the neighborhood of Macon, Georgia (anyone?), I'm doing
a multi-projector performance this Friday in a planetarium as part of
the show MERGE VISUAL. I haven't seen the rest of the work yet, but
I'm really curious to see what people end up doing with the space.
Does anyone know of other attempts to do something better than a Pink
Floyd laser light show in a planetarium? (Is there anything better
than a Pink Floyd laser light show???) I've always fantasized about
doing an experimental film show in an Imax/Omnimax, so if anyone has
a hook up, let me know. 70mm/15 perf, here we come...

Gainesville, FL

> Begin forwarded message:
>> Jim Greenhouse
>> Director of Public Relations
>> 478-477-3232 x317
>> email suppressed
>> When new technologies combine with the forces of creativity,
>> artists explore territories never before seen in the world of art.
>> In the artist’s hand, pixels and projections become brush marks.
>> An audio/visual system becomes a canvas. The merging of the new
>> and the old leads to a synergy in the ‘latest’ technology.
>> MERGE VISUAL, an exhibit exploring this relationship between art
>> and digital technology, will open at the Museum of Arts and
>> Sciences on Friday, Sept. 12 and will continue until Nov. 2.
>> Artists from all disciplines have embraced the use of computers
>> and the works featured in MERGE VISUAL have been carefully
>> selected to reflect the ways in which this technology has affected
>> the visual arts.
>> In addition to the more traditional gallery display, MERGE VISUAL
>> includes an experimental component using the Mark Smith
>> Planetarium as an artistic medium. Artists have created works
>> using moving images and sounds specifically for the planetarium’s
>> immersive environment. This unique planetarium program is titled
>> MERGE VISUAL 360 and will be shown at 2 p.m. daily from Sept. 13
>> until Nov. 4.
>> With the work of over 40 artists from 14 states and two countries,
>> MERGE VISUAL shows technology’s nationwide and international
>> impact on art. The exhibit and planetarium program showcase art
>> from as close as Macon, Ga. and as far away as Ireland.
>> Craig Coleman, associate professor of art at Mercer University, is
>> the guest curator for MERGE VISUAL. He is also an accomplished
>> artist who has exhibited his work nationally and in Ireland. He is
>> represented by Paul Sharpe Contemporary Art in New York, NY and
>> Andenken Gallery in Denver, CO.
>> MERGE VISUAL is sponsored by the Macon Film & Video Festival
>> (MAGA), Mercer University, Today’s MGT, the Georgia Council for
>> the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
>> The gallery exhibition and planetarium program are included in
>> general admission to the museum. Admission prices are $8 for
>> adults, $6 for seniors and military, $5 for students and $4 for
>> children ages 2-12. Infants and museum members are free. Admission
>> also includes other exhibits and planetarium programming as well
>> as the Discovery House and Mini-Zoo.
>> The Museum, located at 4182 Forsyth Road in Macon, Ga., is open
>> Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 1 to 5
>> p.m., and the last Friday of the month from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
>> For more information call 478-477-3232 or go to www.masmacon.com.
>> On the evening of September 12, there will be a series of special
>> events inside the planetarium:
>> 7:00 p.m. - film performance by experimental filmmaker, Roger Beebe.
>> 7:45 – 8:30 - showing of MERGE VISUAL 360
>> 8:30 – 9:00 p.m. - video installation by art collective Triptych.tv

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