Institute for Studies in the Arts opens its doors to the public

TEMPE, Ariz.--The Institute for Studies in the Arts in ASU’s Herberger College of Fine Arts presents a season of free public events that shines a spotlight on the dynamic intersection of the arts and technology. Events range from exhibitions at the ISA’s Computing Commons Gallery, to performances, film screenings, and demonstrations and discussions relating to ISA research—all presented on the institute’s state-of-the-art stages.

Among the highlights of the ISA’s 19-event season are

  • An exhibition by artist/engineer Jim Campbell, who poetically distills form and movement through digital abstraction. (Ambiguous Icons: Works in Low Resolution, Aug. 29 to Oct. 10, the ISA’s Computing Commons Gallery)
  • A presentation of compositions for musicians and computer-generated sounds from the world’s major electronic music centers performed by the iChamber players, a faculty ensemble from the Herberger College School of Music. (iChamber: Computer Music International, Oct. 25 and 26, 7:30 p.m., Digital Arts Ranch)
  • An art installation by artists Paul Kaiser, Shelley Eshkar and Marc Downie that uses digital graphics and motion rendering to eloquently portray the movements of Merce Cunningham, an icon of American dance. (Loops: An Interactive Portrait of Merce Cunningham, Nov. 14 to Dec. 20, the ISA’s Computing Commons Gallery)
  • Screenings of films by internationally known filmmakers Gert de Graf and Harri Larjosto, followed by post-screening conversations with the filmmakers. (The Sea That Thinks, a film by Gert de Graf, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m., Digital Arts Ranch; Water Stories, a film by Harri Larjosto. Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., Digital Arts Ranch)
  • Evenings of discussion and demonstration with ISA resident artists and internationally known dancers and choreographers Bill T. Jones and Bebe Miller. They join artists and engineers of the ISA’s Motione team to discuss the project, which focuses on the development of processes for extraction of movement vocabulary through motion capture and the creation of collaborative multimedia pieces. (An evening with Bill T. Jones, Feb. 22, Intelligent Stage, 7:30 p.m.; An evening with Bebe Miller, March 25, 7:30 p.m., Intelligent Stage)
  • A sound installation by the artist Trimpin created in tribute to the late experimentalist composer Conlon Nancarrow and designed to turn the gallery space and its visitors into an essential part of the work’s acoustical response. (Conloninpurple, March 6 to May 2, the ISA’s Computing Commons Gallery)

For complete information on ISA events, including venue locations, hours and maps, the public may visit or call 480-965-9438 to request a season brochure.

All ISA events are free and open to the public. Because seating is limited in ISA venues, reservations are encouraged for performance and discussion events and can be made by calling 480-965-9438.

The Institute for Studies in the Arts is an interdisciplinary research center
in ASU’s Herberger College of Fine Arts. In collaboration with the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences as well as other disciplines at ASU, the ISA supports creation, research, development, presentation and education at the intersection of the arts and technology. For more information of the ISA, visit

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