[AG-TECH] Request for Creative Participation.
jhm at chpc.utah.edu
Wed Dec 7 11:54:16 CST 2005
Please circulate this RFCP to those who might have interest in creative
collaboration and utilizing the AG for artistic endeavors.
**Another Language Performing Arts Company*
*The University of Utah Center for High Performance Computing
Request for Participation
Another Language Performing Arts Company and the University of Utah
Center for High Performance Computing is soliciting requests for
participation in our fourth InterPlay performance /Dancing on the Banks
of Packet Creek,/ directed by Jimmy Miklavcic, to be performed March 31
- April 2, 2006/./ InterPlay is a multimedia, multi-artist, telematic,
and collaborative art form that is performed and transmitted over
Internet 2 utilizing Access Grid technology. Invited national and
international institutions, artists, scientists and technologists
collaborate and participate with Another Language in the InterPlay form.
/Dancing on the Banks of Packet Creek /is an exploration into the
tenuous devotion that we have towards the inundating wave of digital
information and non-experiential knowledge. /Packet Creek/ depicts the
Internet with its flow of disassembled pieces of data that course
throughout the world like schools of spawning salmon. /Dancing on the
Banks/ is our ritualistic gyrations that we express as we create,
disseminate, search, acquire, believe in and hope for this electronic
Using the metaphor of fluid motion and dynamics we will portray the
immense amount of this non-experiential knowledge and the influence that
it has on us. The expansive range between truth and fiction or frivolity
and importance are just some areas of creative investigation and
artistic expression that are encouraged for this project.
Submissions must be a brief description of how you, or your group,
interpret the concept of /Dancing on the Banks of Packet Creek/. Include
the creative concept, how it will be investigated and the technology
that will be utilized for the project. Each site should have a site
coordinator to organize all logistics at the local site and be the main
liaison to the project director. A list of participating artists,
scientists and technologists needs to be included. It is important that
all sites fulfill the minimum requirements specified in the InterPlay
Requirements listed below. Proposals should be sent via e-mail to Jimmy
Miklavcic (jhm at chpc.utah.edu <mailto:jhm at chpc.utah.edu>) before January
Another Language Performing Arts Company, with Artistic Director Beth
Miklavcic and Executive Director Jimmy Miklavcic, is an
interdisciplinary company that is devoted to the creative merging of art
and technology. It's most recent InterPlay, /Loose Minds in a Box/,
premiered on April 16-18, 2005 (Salt Lake City, UT), was selected to
perform at the ACM SIGGRAPH 2005 Emerging Technologies - Access Grid on
August 3-4, 2005 (Los Angeles, CA) and was invited to perform at
Supercomputing Global 2005 on November 17, 2005 (Seattle, WA). For more
information about InterPlay and Another Language, go to
*University of Utah Center for High Performance Computing*
The University of Utah CHPC, the host site, in partnership with Another
Language, provides the network infrastructure and computing facilities
that make the InterPlay process possible. We have a gigabit Ethernet
backbone and house two Access Grid nodes. We are Internet 2 members and
are connected to the Abilene network.
Description of ArtGrid
ArtGrid, established in 2003, is an informal consortium of
institutions, artists, scientists and technologists that wish to
investigate the artistic potential of Access Grid technology. For more
information, go to http://artgrid.chpc.utah.edu.
Description of InterPlay
/InterPlay, /under the direction of Jimmy Miklavcic, is a multimedia,
multi-artist, telematic, collaborative art form that is performed and
transmitted over Internet 2. Invited national and international
institutions, artists, scientists and technologists collaborate and
participate with Another Language in the InterPlay form. Another
Language has been researching the technology of the interplay art form
for over ten years and has been performing in this format for four of
those ten years. As we further develop this process, it continues to
define the artistic nature of Another Language.
*Proposals for Participation*
Requests for proposals are solicited based on an idea initiated by
Another Language (see above). A site coordinator must present the site's
proposal or proposals to Another Language and meet the specified
technical requirements before acceptance into the into the project. The
site coordinator is the lead person at each site that is responsible for
the coordination of all aspects of the proposal and its execution.
*Expectations of Site Participants *
Each site coordinator is expected to meet for at least one hour per week
with the other site coordinators and participants to discuss ideas, plan
rehearsals and performances, and test all necessary technology for the
project. Additional rehearsals for sites that are sharing certain
technologies or performance ideas will also be needed. Copyright video
and audio releases of contributions to the InterPlay process must be
submitted and signed by all participants prior to beginning work on the
*Minimum Requirements for Participation*
Minimum Technical Requirements for Participation include the following
· For weekly meetings, a laptop computer with web camera and
headset microphone for single user participants. For two or more
participants, an echo-canceling microphone (i.e. ClearOne AccuMic) is
· For performances, a PC workstation with two display ports, two
video-capture PCI cards or two Firewire ports and audio card.
· For "back stage", a standalone system or laptop for the stage
· A video projector, two video cameras (Mini DV or better),
microphone and sound system.
· High speed, multicast enabled, network infrastructure (100
Mb/s) connected to Internet 2.
Minimum technical support and production requirements include.
· Local network support.
· Local systems support.
· AG Node operator.
· 2 Camera operators.
· Stage manager.
· Audio engineer.
Minimum rehearsal and performance requirements include.
· Individual sites must present a sketch performance of their
idea to the project director and all participants.
· All participants must rehearse once a week for at least one
hour in addition to the minimum meeting commitment.
· Stage manager must have a stand-alone system or laptop for back
Time-Line of testing, rehearsing and performance.
· Technology tests and site setup completed three weeks prior to
· Rehearsals with all participants three times, two weeks prior
· Full tech and dress rehearsal four times during the week of the
performance. Although each site might have their portion of the
performance polished and ready, the rehearsals during this week are
essential for the director and main video mixer at the host site to work
with all video streams so that the main composition can be developed.
Constant improvements in technology and infrastructure.
· For 2006, we will focus on MPEG-4, DVTS and possible hardware
· Improve audio transport.
jhm at chpc.utah.edu
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
CTR FOR HIGH PERFORM COMPUTING
155 SOUTH 1452 EAST RM 405
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84112-0190
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