Connecticut College presents Ammerman Center ‘Intersections’ arts and technology symposium Feb. 15-17

Connecticut College’s Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology presents the 16th biennial arts and technology symposium, “Intersections,” Feb. 15-17. The symposium brings artists and researchers together to share ideas and present new works, research and performances, all addressing one or more forms of fusion between technology and the arts.

This year’s theme, “Intersections,” represents the moment at which different ideas, interests, and beliefs from varied backgrounds in arts and technology all come together. It also uses technical and creative means to highlight social justice issues College students and faculty have been discussing in classrooms and other campus venues.
“This is an important moment of ‘Intersections’ for our country and for our global society,” said Andrea Wollensak, professor of art and the Judith Ammerman ’60 Director of the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology. “Through the symposium’s commissioned arts, keynote speakers and community events, we will explore the infrastructures and imaginaries pushing and pulling our techno-culture into an ever more precarious relationship with the social and ecological fabric on which our intersectional beings are founded.”
Performances, openings, exhibitions, receptions, concerts and community events are all free and open to the public, including those on the Connecticut College campus and those at the Hygienic Art Gallery in downtown New London. (Paid registration is required for full daily attendance at the paper sessions.)
A full schedule of events is available at the Intersections website.
Featured events include new works commissioned by the Ammerman Center, paper presentations, interactive installations at the Hygienic Art Gallery, Cummings Arts Center exhibitions, and multimedia performances.  
Some highlights:
Thursday, Feb. 15
4:15 p.m., Artist’s Talk by Dayton Visiting Artist Natalie Bookchin, Oliva Hall, Cummings Arts Center, Connecticut College. View Natalie Bookchin's, "Networks Effects" exhibition in Cummings Arts Center Galleries through March 2.

5:30 p.m., Symposium and Exhibition Opening Reception, Cummings Arts Center Galleries, Connecticut College

7:15 p.m., “Nuclear Winter” Interactive sculpture installation with live performance by commissioned artists: Megan Young, Gregory King and Angela Davis Fegan, Cummings Arts Center Galleries, Connecticut College.
8 p.m., Evans Hall, Connecticut College. Multimedia Performances include works for live instruments with electronic sounds and/or digital media, fixed media, voice, live laptop improvisations, customized or hand-made electronics, interactive performances, movement, dance, film and screenings.  
Friday, Feb. 16
9:30 a.m., Evans Hall, Connecticut College. Keynote Address by Krzysztof Wodiczko, an internationally renowned artist known for large-scale projections on monuments and institutional city facades that explore the relationships between communities, history and public space.  ?  

5:30 to 9 p.m. Opening Reception at the Hygienic Galleries, 79 Bank Street, New London, featuring “Future Perfect,” an exhibit by symposium artists from around the world whose work explores the complex forces pushing and pulling our technological culture and our own identities within it, and featuring “Speculative Tourism,” a location-based audio installation exploring future visions of New London.

8 p.m., Evans Hall, Connecticut College. Multimedia Performances
Saturday, Feb. 17

5 p.m., Evans Hall, Connecticut College. Multimedia Performances
Featuring performance by commissioned artists: Aurie Hsu and Steven Kemper, Why Should Our Bodies End at the Skin? featuring a live performance for sensor-equipped belly dancer, robotic percussion and live sound processing that explores questions of fluidity between organism and machine. Also featuring, “Imperfect Transmissions” for laptop ensemble, composed by Prof. Butch Rovan, Brown University, to be performed by Rovan, Connecticut College President Katherine Bergeron and Ammerman Center students.

8 p.m., Tansill Theater, Connecticut College. Experimental Sound Show, including experimental sound and media works spanning electroacoustic improvisation, performances with custom built instruments and interfaces,and audiovisual composition. The artists in this show query the boundaries of media, identity, techno-culture, and performance.
The Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College gathers faculty and students who study and contribute to the symbiotic relationship between technology and the arts. Through interdisciplinary collaborations and individual work, students and faculty not only promote proficiency in working with technology, but also deepen the understanding of the meaning and role of technology within the larger context of the liberal arts.  


February 5, 2018