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Always a front-runner in exploring a diverse set of art forms, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) is at it again.
The MediaLive festival, now in its sixth year, brings artists together to celebrate and explore the realm of audiovisual performance with a series of shows, workshops and dialogue that engage current questions being raised across the international live new-media art scene.
The festival is the only one of its kind in the country. While other similar festivals focus on new media works, BMoCA insists the performances be live, with imagery and sounds being created or altered with a computer and/or a variety of instruments, right in front of festival audiences.
Photo: Light Surgeons, by BMoCA
The theme of 2017 MediaLive festival will be “the void” — the technological void as both a source of anxiety and comfort in our contemporary society. This year's event will feature collaboration with the University of Colorado, Boulder Startup Week and several local tech companies.
he calendar will feature seven days of performances, installations, exhibitions, panel discussions, and workshops — all of which explore the interplay between modes of perception such as sight and sound, and the interaction of humans and technology.
Highlights from last year's festival lineup include a participatory conversation with LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner (Shia LaBeouf — yes, that Shia LaBeouf — Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner); a conversation with members of the cyberfeminist collective Deep Lab (Simone Browne, Ingrid Burrington and Maddy Varner); and the "corruption of the magic of a string quartet" by Jace Clayton (aka DJ /rupture).
LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner will return in 2017, part of an exceptional lineup of artists that also includes electro-acoustic musican William Brittelle, new media artist and composer Erin Gee, folk-pop duo Logan and Lucille and many others.
Many events on the schedule are held at BMoCA, but also tend to extend out into the Boulder community at other venues such as the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado and the Boulder Public Library.
This event is free and open to the public. Schedule information is on the BMoCA website.