September 15-17

This year’s Media Archeology: Rewind – Play – Fast Forward, features performances by artists who reinterpret tools and ideas about games and play. Artists include Eddo Stern, Karolina Sobecka and Robert Thoth. Co-presented by the Mitchell Center and Aurora Picture Show, Media Archeology is an annual multi-day festival showcasing experimental multidisciplinary media art. Curated by Mary Magsamen.

Sep 15, 8pm
For the opening night of Media Archeology, Karolina Sobecka presents Sniff, an interactive projection of an animated CG dog. The projection follows the viewer, responds to gestures and forms a relationship based on the history of interactions. Sniff was created with Unity3d Game Engine, which renders the dog in real time and allows it to dynamically change behavior based on video tracking data.
LOCATION: Chick and Chica, 3710 Main

Sep 16, 8pm
Performing and Playing in Bits with Robert Thoth
Artist Robert Thoth presents The Chip Tune Crooner, a live cinematic experience, on the façade of the Menil Collection. Performing popular songs from the 1960s and 1970s, Thoth is accompanied by a low tech 8-bit orchestra created from vintage computer parts. Large pixel-art music videos and video games of the past provide a projected backdrop for this performance.
LOCATION: The Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross

Sep 17, 8pm
Wizard Takes All
Artist Eddo Stern presents Wizard Takes All, a live computer game performance that explores relationships between scripted time and space, role playing, acting, audience/performer relationships, computer simulation and the boundaries between narrative and game-play. A single player/performer plays the role of a wizard who possesses boundless audiovisual powers over a its subjects, using hand gestures and chants that are analyzed and activated into visuals representing magical powers for the purpose of the game. Members of the audience, through the use of simple custom game controllers, control the actions of the wizard’s followers.  The two then engage in this projected computer game battle that gradually builds in intensity as the performance develops.
LOCATION: The Orange Show, 2402 Munger

 All events are free and open to the public.

Take a look at the 2011 Media Archeology Teaser from Aurora Picture Show.