Countdown to Culver – "Coalescent Moments"

By Loree Iverson, Student Intern Writer CHASS College Computing
August 3, 2010

“Countdown to Culver” continues on Thursday, August 5th from 8-9:00pm with its fifth event at the Culver Center in downtown Riverside. Titled Coalescent Moments, the performance will showcase the talents of composer Jason Heath and choreographer Carrie Mikuls. The abstract for the performance reads as such:

Coalescent Moments is a site-specific installation using custom live electronics and live dancers to engage the public in a variety of interactions; creating a dynamic environment and dissolving the separation between artists, performers, and the public. Choreographic strategies and structured improvisations combine with live video and interactive sound controls to form seamless processes of performance, participation, and interaction; periodically coalescing into more explicit moments of group cohesion.”

The high-tech, interactive production will also employ the use of the two flat-screen video screens that adorn the exterior of the Culver Center for the purpose of displaying dual process exhibitions; one will display the custom software developed by Jason Heath and the other will convey a live, audience-manipulated video stream. Using four Wii remotes and one Wii balance board, participants will be encouraged to control a variety of loop playback and real time synthesis processes, as well as the parameters of a live video stream.

The various performances and “ambiguous improvisations” that comprise Coalescent Moments will continue unremittingly throughout the evening, providing the attendees with an exciting and vibrant nighttime experience. Admission is free.

Jason Francesco Heath is a Los Angeles-based composer and interactive media artist as well as Associate Director of the Experimental Acoustic Research Studio (EARS) at the University of California, Riverside. Educated at UCLA and the conservatory of the University of Valparaíso in Chile, Heath has studied composition with flute virtuoso and composer James Newton and composer Paulo C. Chagas. His music has been performed by Mládi chamber orchestra and members of the Denali string quartet, and has been featured on KXLU 88.9 as well as in the Grand Performances series at Los Angeles' California Plaza. Heath composes music for films and documentaries as well as art music for mixed media and chamber ensembles of various instrumentations. As the associate director of EARS, he focuses on advancing new multi-disciplinary approaches to interactivity, digital music and new media composition.

Carrie Mikuls is a California native who graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a BA in Dance and whose primary interest lies in Hip Hop. In 2007 she received the Chancellors Performance Award in Dance for her work in choreography and dance and in 2009 she received an Undergraduate Research Grant for her research in choreography. Mikulis has worked on various television projects, including MTV's Nick Cannon Present's Wildn' Out, Season 2 and MTV's Nick Cannon's music video Dime Piece. She has collaborated with playwright Rickerby Hinds on many productions including BUCKWORLD: ONE and Uncovered: a Pageant of Hip Hop Masters.

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