Arduino art -- computer-based art that, unlike an everyday computer, is sensitive to the physical world -- becomes available to gallery-goers in the Interactive Electronic Art show put on by Houston artist Mike Beradino at the Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA).
In Tulsa as a participating artist in the mobile artist residency, Cargo Space, Beradino is also an art professor at Rice University. Describing Arduino, Beradino said, "It is fundamentally a culture of technology -- interactive hacking (of) consumer electronics."
Beradino said his interactive gallery at AHHA will require attendees to sit in a chair and watch an original video while wearing a helmet fixed with EEG sensors which read brain waves. It's connected to a light and water sculpture that changes with each person. Creating the image is the optical illusion of phasing. Phasing in this art experience occurs when the high frequency strobe light attached to the EEG sensors make the water look like it has stopped. This creates a unique water sculpture that the audience can see but the participant cannot.
Interactive Electronic Art takes place 1-6pm on Oct. 25-26 and 1-5pm on Oct. 27 at AHHA, 101 E. Archer St.
Beradino is also hosting a free come-and-go workshop -- Arduino in Artmaking, from 1-5pm on Oct. 26. Through an LED grid, participants will be building the Atari classic Pong display. The 144 LED lights are attached to the Arduino panel. Instead of controllers or buttons, the game is controlled by sound -- yelling into a microphone. For more information visit: ahct.org/beradino.
Performing with the Master
Four talented 20-somethings take over the Tulsa Performing Arts Center's John H. Williams Theatre when Tulsa Chamber Music presents the award winning Ariel Quartet and acclaimed pianist Menahem Pressler. Originating from Israel, The Ariel Quartet is based at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music as the resident ensemble. The world touring quartet is currently performing the entire Beethoven cycle -- an unheard of feat for anyone under 30 years old. For the Tulsa concert, the quartet is performing Beethoven's Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2 and Britten's Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Op. 36.
Juxtaposing the quartets' youthful approach is the legendary Pressler, who will within the year turn 90 and has performed for over 60 years. The treasured artist will be playing Dvoak's Quintet in A Major for Piano and Strings, Op. 81 with the quartet. Jan Grüning, the group's violist said, "We have played with Pressler before. It's such an honor because he is a legend of the 21st century. He is an incredible human being. He is like an ancient storyteller in person and, at the same time, does the same thing on the piano."
Reflecting on his own genre, Grüning said: "What's fascinating about chair music is it can easily sound like a symphony yet be very intimate like a solo." And he wouldn't dare choose a favorite: "In chair music, they (the pieces) are so rich with literature and there are more pieces to think of in an instance. We only play pieces that we love and in that moment that is our favorite," he said.
The talented musicians perform at the Tulsa PAC's John H. Williams Theatre, 110 E. 2 St., at 3pm on Oct. 27. To purchase tickets visit chambermusictulsa.com or call 918-587-3802.
Everything Old is New Again
Sip on a cocktail, be invigorated by a 16-piece swing music band and fulfill your palate Tuesday with posh eats from Palace Café at Tulsa Garden Center -- and do it all for a good cause, the annual Tulsa Girls Art School (TGAS) fundraiser. This year the gala is called Everything Old is New Again.
A surprise-filled night is in store for guests; it is rumored that professional swing dancers scattered about the crowd may just break into spontaneous dancing. Additionally, a classified guest who is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser will also be performing. Attendees purchasing sponsorship level tickets can receive the ultimate experience and relax on couches and club chairs with a private server.
Currently serving 45 underprivileged girls from Tulsa Public Schools, the organization teamed up with Tulsa artists to create works of art to be auctioned off at the event. Matt Moffett, TGAS co-founder and director, said that the main items featured in the silent auction are "12 different pieces from 12 different local artists, and they all collaborate with the girls to make these pieces."
He continued: "Other pieces will be auctioned off as well, including a Dali print signed by Dali himself and a Joey Ando original print."
Moffett relies on donors to sustain the health of TGAS and simply said, "it keeps our doors open." Moffett believes several showcase items including a mosaic deer head, mosaic bird bath and a driftwood coffee table will be highly favored by guests. Woodcuts made by the girls will also be available for sale.
Moffett, excited about the event, is even more excited about his students. He said, "It is amazing to see the girls in action. I'm excited for people to see what our girls can do in collaboration with the 12 local artists. I'm excited for people see the caliber of art that our students create. Our girls do a lot of different projects that normally kids in fourth, fifth and junior high (grades) don't do." The 45 girls begin their TGAS adventure in the third grade and can continue with the program all the way to their senior year.
During the event, an award will be given to Mona Pittenger, a co-founder of TGAS who providing initial funding for the organization. The evening will also include two TGAS students' personal accounts of the school's impact on their lives. The event is 5:30-8pm on Oct 29 as Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S. Peoria Ave. Call 918-949-9638 for tickets.
A Play Fit for the Season
Just when the shine is growing dull on famous playwright Sidney Bruhl's withering career, a university student presents him with a script carrying hit-worthy potential. With Broadway promise lingering, Bruhl is faced with decisions leading to shocking outcomes.
That's the essence of Deathtrap. Unable to choose an exact genre for the Tulsa Project Theatre production, director Jenny Guy said, "I told my cast that our production must be completely hilarious, until it absolutely, positively isn't at all anymore. Hopefully audience members will be laughing one minute and gasping and jumping on their seats the next, which is not an easy balance to strike but perfect for Halloween."
Guy said she is thrilled at her "top-notch cast of strong and versatile actors" and believes the skill they possess is essential for the play. The cast includes: Chad Oliverson, Rebekah Peddy, Jonathan Gilland, Liz Masters and Derick Oliverson. Playing the main character, Chad Oliverson said he was attracted to the role of Sydney because "he is a more mature character than I have played, not old, just established. He is charming, clever and just has this great wit. I like that fine line he walks, the choices he makes ... the two sides of Sidney."
Without divulging too much of the story, Oliverson said audience members should expect, "Oh no, that did not just happen!" moments. People will see a maze of twists, relationships and choices that we think we could never make ... but, would we?
Deathtrap plays at 7:30pm on Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1-2; and 2pm on Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 at Tulsa Performing Art Center's Charles E. Norman Theatre, 110 E. 2 St. Tickets available at the box office, tulsapac.com or 918-596-7111.
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