The MiddletownRemix: Hear More, See More – A Festival of Art and Sound, a massive event that the CFA has been preparing for for an entire year, is finally happening this Saturday afternoon! It is a celebration of the city’s acoustic identity, and will feature four world premieres of works commissioned for the festival, three live DJ sets, two art/sound installations, a laptop orchestra, a flash mob dance, food trucks, graffiti art, improv sketches, and a gallery walk.
When: Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 2 pm to 5 pm (be sure to arrive by 2:30 for the flashmob) Where: Festival Information Center will be located in front of It’s Only Natural Market at 575 Main Street Admission cost: Free Facebook: here
This is a special chance for the university and town to come together and engage with one another on a more personal and interactive level than is usually possible. List of exhibits and events, map, flashmob dance video, and relevant links after the jump.
“Pinhole photography, just on a much larger scale.”
In case you’re wondering what in the world ended up in front of Usdan this morning, it’s a camera obscura — that is, a darkened chamber in which the outside world around it is projected upside-down once the light from the surroundings passes through a little peephole in one of its walls, in the same way that an old camera works. It was made by two Middletown artists, Joe McCarthy and Peter Albano (who have engaged in other neat artistic projects, such as mapping the underground Hog River found beneath Hartford, CT) for the MiddletownRemix Festival, happening this Saturday, May 11th from 2 to 5 p.m. (more info on that after the jump). As Aletta Brady ’15 elucidates in an interview she conducted with the artists:
They described their project for the MiddletownRemix festival as “pinhole photography, just on a much larger scale — a pinhole camera that you can walk inside of. The sound element going on will [make it] a full sensory experience inside the camera”.
As mentioned above, this is no normal camera obscura: in addition to the visual aspect of it, it also includes recordings of sounds from Middletown that were collected as part of the MiddletownRemix Project. In essence, those who walked in are experience both the soundscapes of Middletown along with a representation of their surroundings.
Aletta’s full interview with the artists can be found here, and more information about the MiddletownRemix Festival can be found after the jump. Students are welcome to walk into the camera obscura and experience the sounds and visuals Monday through Wednesday until 6 p.m.
The CFA is organizing the MiddletownRemix Festival, an event to celebrate the city’s acoustic identity, and feature four world premieres of works commissioned for the festival, three live DJ sets, two art/sound installations, a laptop orchestra, food trucks, and gallery walk. The event will happen on the afternoon of May 11th, and a major part of the festivities is a flashmob dance to a song by DJ Arun Ranganathan and choreographed by Kelsey Siegel ’13,for which the CFA just released the video so people can learn it!
To help spread the work, Kelsey will be holding a flashmob dance rehearsal this Sunday at 3PM behind Fayerweather Hall. Come learn it so you can take part in the main part of the festival! And if you can’t make it to the rehearsal, you can learn the dance thanks to the video. For more information on the event, click here.
What: Flashmob dance rehearsal with Kelsey Siegel When: Sunday, May 5th, 3PM Where: behind Fayerweather
If you are a Wesleyan DJ hoping to get some neat publicity both on and off campus, the Center for the Arts (CFA) has a great opportunity lined up for you:
The CFA is hosting a DJ competition for Wesleyan students as part of the MiddletownRemix project, a collaborative, place-based sound project that enables participants to develop and express the acoustic identity of Middletown and to explore and experience the soundscapes of the city. Selected students will be commissioned $200 dollars to perform on May 11th at a festival in the North End to celebrate Middletown and the collaborative project.
The competition will have two phases, and the deadline for Phase One is March 31st. Applicants must complete Phase One in order to proceed to Phase Two. More information on the application after the jump.
Aletta Brady ’15 wants to see some pictures of Middletown:
We want your photos of Middletown, CT for an exhibit at the MAC650 Gallery opening on May 10, 2013 (in collaboration with the “Hear More, See More MiddletownRemix Project” curated by Caroline Reeves). Submission deadline is April 1st, 2013. Please contact: Carolyn Reeves, carolyn.mac650(at)gmail(dot)com.
Contact: carolyn.mac650(at)gmail(dot)com Deadline: April 1, 2013
Are you tired of just sitting in a room? Here’s your chance to get out and explore Middletown’s sonic landscape while test-driving your inner experimental musician. CFA Program Manager Erinn Roos-Brown writes in:
MiddletownRemix is part of Music & Public Life, a year-long campus and community-wide exploration of music. MiddletownRemix is a collaborative, place-based sound project that enables participants to develop and express the acoustic identity of Greater Middletown, and to explore and experience the soundscapes of the city.
Join us for a free workshop with UrbanRemix founder Jason Freeman, to learn how to use the cell phone and web application and participate in developing and expressing the acoustic identity of Greater Middletown. Free and open to all ages. Bring your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android phone if you have one.
Where: Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green Street, Middletown. When: September 19 (tomorrow) at 6:30 PM; September 20 at noon.