The "Big Tent" is an immersive, multimedia presentation that will be featured at this year's Lotus World Music and Arts Festival on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29. set up at Fourth and Washington streets. Big Tent, conceptualized and developed by IUPUI faculty members Robin Cox and Benjamin Smith, is a highly portable, 12-foot-tall octagonal array of viewing screens and speaker systems that use projectors to create an immersive viewing experience. When Lotus’ organizers approached Cox and Smith about bringing Big Tent to this year’s festival, their goal was for artists independent of the festival to create pieces for display. “They wanted others to rise to the challenge of thinking about eight screens of real time, sounds, light, video,” Herber said. “There are a whole lot of things that are possible, but there aren’t a lot of precedents for a space like this.” Smith and Cox developed Big Tent out of a vision they shared. Coming from a musical background – both are violinists – they shared an affinity for experimental mixtures of acoustic and electronic sounds, as well as visual stimuli.
Interested in more multi-sensory experience projects like Big Tent? Consider attending any or all of the upcoming Crossroads IUB events, held at IU-Bloomington on Thursday Oct. 4 and Friday Oct. 5. Crossroads IUB is a celebration of how the arts and humanities catalyze science in support of environmental sustainability. This two-day event includes an evening performance of "Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project," at the IU Cinema, a special Crossroads First Thursdays festival at the Fine Arts Plaza, and a day-long Symposium with lectures, a workshop, and a panel discussion. Crossroads IUB is presented by the Integrated Program in the Environment, Environmental Resilience Institute, Jacobs School of Music, Arts and Humanities Council, and IU Cinema. The event is made possible through a New Frontiers grant from IU's Office of the Vice President for Research.
Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project is an acclaimed live performance that fuses original music with art, imagery, and science to motivate sustainable action in the face of climate change. The performance features physicist Rob Davies’ spoken word focused on the science of our existence on planet Earth, the musical performance of the Fry String Quartet anchored by a new work by composer Laura Kaminsky and movements from the great masters, as well as the projected images of painter Rebecca Allen and photographer Garth Lenz. Following the performance, a Q&A session will engage performers and IU experts to answer questions and address action steps for sustainability. Attendance is free, but ticketed.