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Boston CyberArts Festival comes to Waltham

Posted by Leslie Anderson  April 20, 2009 09:02 AM

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The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation will take part in the Sixth Annual Boston Cyberarts Festival from April 24 through May 10.

Working with local Waltham artists, Brandeis University, and “Phish” band member Mike Gordon, the museum will host two art exhibits, an evening of performance art, and a major art installation on the falls of the Moody Street Dam.

The Sixth Annual Boston CyberArts Festival is a collaboration of 260 visual and performing artists, cultural organizations, educators, and high-technology professionals. The festival takes place at museums, galleries, theatres, schools, and public spaces in and around the Boston area, and online at www.bostoncyberarts.org. The biennial event has become an eagerly anticipated part of the Boston-area arts and technology scene.

“Another Side of In” features the work of three Waltham based artists; Marjorie Minkin, Jamie Robertson, and the internationally recognized bass player of band “Phish,” Mike Gordon. The installation consists of 5 36" x 30" Lexan wall sculptures. The custom designed embedded processing technology in each sculpture interacts with viewers in novel ways. Each piece can internally generate and alter sounds based on viewer proximity and communicate wirelessly to the other pieces.

“Go Modelmental!” is an exhibition of Brandeis University student and faculty work exploring the increasingly complex interplay between the virtual and the actual through a blend of multimedia, digital, and traditional modeling techniques with an emphasis on 3D printing sculpture, installation, video and animation. In addition to the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation space, a satellite exhibit will be hosted in the Lincoln Building on Moody Street, in Waltham.

April 24, 2009, 6:00 to 9:00 PM - A Night of Performance Art and Exhibit Opening - The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation opens two interactive technology-based art exhibits as part of the 2009 CyberArts Festival. The event will include musical performances, and light refreshments. Admission to the opening is $20.00; Brandeis student’s admission is $10.00. Reservations required. For more information or to make a reservation call 781 893 5410 or email elln@cmri.org.

May 1, 2009 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm - Memories of the Charles Waterfall Project - The Water Fall Project is a one-night experimental public art/public memory initiative. This interactive art installation, on display May 1, 2009 from 8:30 PM through 11:00 PM, is a complex series of still and moving images projected onto the Moody Street waterfall and the adjacent millpond.

These digital loops, edited by students in Professor Mark Auslander’s "Museums and Public Memory class" and the graduate program in Cultural Production at Brandeis University. Program move audiences through time and through different moments in the city’s rich and complex history. The waterfall, whose energy drove the creation of the American industrial revolution in the early 19th century, becomes a "portal" into the city’s past.

All events will take place at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, located at 154 Moody Street, in Waltham, MA 02453. General Admission to the museum is $5.00 per adult, $3.00 per child student or senior, children under 6 and active US military are free. The museum is open Thursday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. For more information call 781-893-5410 or visit www.crmi.org

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