Nine works in 2015-'16 IDEAS season of performances - Launches June 15!

On June 15, the Qualcomm Institute will kick off its new season of nine works involving residencies and performances funded by the institute's Initiative for Digital Exploration of Arts and Sciences (IDEAS). The interdisciplinary work, titled CrowdCAVE, will use two of the Qualcomm Institute's key visualization spaces: the StarCAVE virtual-reality environment, where small groups of visitors are surrounded by a virtual crowd to which they are added; and the large-scale Vroom display wall next door in the Calit2 Theater, which will showcase the full breadth of the virtual group portraiture. "By using the Vroom display wall," says UC San Diego visual arts lecturer Emily Grenader (MFA '13), "we will be able to adequately show the ties between individuals at different locations performing in different ways."

Grenader's CrowdCAVE is one of three works by visual arts faculty or students; the others are Angela Washko's Entering the Echo Chamber and Amy Alexander's Rocket's Red Glare. Five works are primarily by composers and sound designers from the Department of Music, and one performance features a team of first-year MFA students from Theatre and Dance (although Theatre and Dance professors and students are participating as collaborators in a number of projects). In addition to the Qualcomm Institute, the IDEAS series is supported by the Office of the Dean of Graduate Division.

The selection committee, which was composed of 11 faculty members, had a difficult time in choosing among the 28 submitted proposals due to the exceptional quality of the ideas and projects proposed. "We are very excited that the projects this year are more diverse in their interdisciplinary nature," said IDEAS director Shahrokh Yadegari, a professor in Theatre and Dance. "The proposals were also more adept and strategic in taking advantage of the state-of-the-art technologies available to them at the Qualcomm Institute."

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The video "glimpses" is originally an 8K sampler of performances from the 2014-2015 season of the Initiative for Digital Exploration of Arts and Sciences (IDEAS) in the Qualcomm Institute, produced by Trish Stone. The 8K format offers viewers eight times the resolution of high-definition TV. The video was screened in the Calit2 Auditorium as part of the IDEAS Proposal Workshop in January 2016, and it is now available on YouTube and embedded at left in HD format. Length: 3:30