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ASU’s AME season features performances, multimedia presentations and film screenings

Bill T. Jones, composite image by Gene Cooper

Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

September 17, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. – ASU’s Arts, Media and Engineering (AME) graduate research and education program’s digital arts season features performances, film and multimedia presentations by national artists. AME is one of the nation’s top programs for arts research and education activities that focus on digital media, and is part of ASU’s Institute for Studies in the Arts (ISA).

House [raw], Jan. 26, 2004, Digital Arts Ranch (CANCELLED)
Peggy Ahwesh, Feb. 12, 2004, Digital Arts Ranch

Filmmaker Peggy Ahwesh bases her new film Certain Women on the novel of the 
same name by Southern genre writer Erskine Caldwell. Caldwell’s pulp storytelling, 
proto-feminist stance and unabashed social dramatization inspired her work. 
Join Ahwesh for a post-screening discussion of her distinguished career in film.

Miranda July, Feb. 19, 2004, Digital Arts Ranch (Date changed from Jan. 29)
Miranda July’s multimedia performances have been presented globally in spaces such as The Kitchen in New York and the Institute of Contemporary Art in London. Her radio performances can be heard regularly on NPR’s The Next Big ThingThe Paris Review and Harvard Review have published her short stories and she is currently working on a feature-length film supported by the Sundance Institute. Join the artist at the Ranch for a screening of her films and a discussion of her work.

motione with Bebe Miller, March 23, 2004, Intelligent Stage (CANCELLED)
Digitally Enhanced Percussion and Conducting, April 1, 2004, Intelligent Stage

Join composers/performers J.B. Smith, Todd Ingalls and David Birchfield, and ASU Bands director Gary Hill in this presentation of motion capture and motion analysis research in applications for digitally enhanced percussion and conducting performance and pedagogy.

Haunted When it Rains, April 15, 2004, Digital Arts Ranch
Miranda Zent, John Tang, David Birchfield, Loren Olson and AME/ISA artists and engineers working on sensing, feedback, indexing and media flow architecture present a mediated theatre event, exploring the possibilities technology presents to the dramatization of myth. Set in the legendary Birdcage Theater in Tombstone, Arizona, the piece examines the technology-enabled transformations of familiar performance forms that echo the mythology of the Old West.

Shelter Against Violence, April 29, 2004, Digital Arts Ranch
Muriel Magenta, Frances McMahon-Ward and Hari Sundaram present research engaging art, media and engineering for a social cause. This community partnership between Arizona State University and the YWCA of Maricopa County’s Haven House shelter serves as a vehicle for the empowerment of domestic violence survivors as they learn interdisciplinary art skills and increase computer competency. The research explores a storytelling-centered learning experience in which shelter residents contribute images, text and sound bites toward the development of an interactive Web site and DVD on the subject of breaking the cycle of domestic violence and homelessness.

motione with Trisha Brown July 9, 2004, Intelligent Stage (CANCELLED)

All AME/ISA events are held on the ASU campus at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Digital Arts Ranch is located on the Southwest corner of University Drive and Myrtle Street. The Intelligent Stage is located in Matthews Center, at the intersection of Cady and Tyler Malls. Neeb Hall is located at the intersections of Forest and Tyler Malls. Seating for all performances is limited and reservations are encouraged. For more information, the public may call 480-965-9438.

The Arts, Media and Engineering graduate research and education program was developed within the Institute for Studies in the Arts, an interdisciplinary research and education center in the Herberger College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University. AME/ISA are co-sponsored by the Herberger College of Fine Arts and the Fulton School of Engineering at ASU. For more information about the AME/ISA, visit

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Denise Tanguay