Re: Fwd: MERGE VISUAL in Macon, Georgia

From: Tom B Whiteside (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Sep 08 2008 - 14:51:39 PDT

Didn't Stan Vanderbeek do film programs in planetariums? Interesting
note - "planetarium" originally refered to the projector itself, a strange
and highly sophisticated projector with many apertures. It has to move, it
has to mimic the sky. Jeanne Liotta, do you have one of these?

        - Tom

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Fwd: MERGE VISUAL in Macon, Georgia

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

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Jim Greenhouse
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478-477-3232 x317
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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,

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

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


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

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