Innovation Rules at CalArts Digital Arts Expo


June 5, 2017

Earlier this month, Wevr had an opportunity to visit the California Institute of the Arts campus in Valencia to participate in their annual Digital Arts Expo , where students present projects that integrate engineering and computer science with visual and performing arts. We were genuinely inspired by the ingenuity and creativity we saw there. The future appears to be in good hands. We also had the chance to interview several of those in attendance including professor Michael Scroggins a true pioneer in the field of interactive animation and an early advocate of VR.

“I started to imagine stepping through the frame and being surrounded by the image.”

Michael Scroggins

Michael Scroggins:

"Interactive Pioneer." ///////////////

His work in “absolute animation” creates visual experiences that resemble musical experiences.

Michael Scroggins is a true pioneer in the immersive arts. A southern California native, he has been on the faculty of CalArts since 1978. In the latest sixties Scroggins was a member of the multimedia ensemble Single Wing Turquoise Bird, renowned for a legendary series of concerts in museums and loft spaces. His work in “absolute animation” creates visual experiences that resemble musical experiences through manipulating shape, color, texture, and rhythm. His works have been screened internationally, including exhibitions at the Centre George Pompidou in Paris; Union of Filmmakers in Moscow; Seibu Ginza in Tokyo; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Scroggins was an early advocate of Virtual Reality, and in 1992 received a grant from the Banff Centre for the Arts to produce a VR work, "Topological Slide", which premiered at The Fourth International Conference on Cyberspace.

Watch this amazing clip of Michael Scroggins’ group Single Wing Turquoise Bird performing in Venice Ca in the 1969 film The Baby Maker:

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"Interactive Sound and Vision." /////

We caught a performance by a talented young audio/visual collective called funVoid which just so happened to feature an ex Wevr visual effects animator named Jack Turpin. Also in the group are Henry Webster, Kyle McCarthy and Aidan Gould. The ensemble employs histories and techniques of graphic score, expanded cinema and free improvisation for their multimedia performances, resulting in a performance that is simultaneously hypnotic and engaging.

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Hunter Janos:

"Live 360º Vision." ///////////////////

While wandering through the expo we noticed a student named Hunter Janos with this unique headset perched on top of his head. After talking to Hunter we discovered the apparatus is what he calls “Live 360°” and it allows the wearer to potentially see everywhere, both horizontally and vertically, at once. Here is he explaining it on camera.

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