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ODU's Visiting Artists Program Presents 'Fruit Machine' Thursday and Friday

In a collaborative effort, the Old Dominion University art department and theatre arts program present a performance art event this week titled "Fruit Machine," a campy hour-long media production that uses a dynamic interplay between live and screen-based events to probe the relationship between bodies and fantasies.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 4, and Friday, March 5, at ODU's University Theatre. These shows are for mature audiences only.

Created and enacted by Hilary Harp, assistant professor of sculpture at Arizona State University, and Suzie Silver, associate professor in electronic and time-based art at Carnegie Mellon University, "Fruit Machine" includes 10 short acts: five live sections and five prerecorded "music videos." It is designed to be an intimate, improvisatory performance, and it is structured to allow for revision, expansion and excerpting.

Inspired by a long tradition of camp aesthetics, "Fruit Machine" brings together camp and digital performance. Using Arduino microcontrollers, Bluetooth and Max/MSP/Jitter, Harp and Silver create physical props and costumes that actively influence screen-based and sonic events. The overall performance is more a mutant musical or concert than a play. Emphasis is placed on sound as image, with props and costumes functioning as audiovisual instruments. With its irreverent form and earthy humor, it poses questions of gender transparency and human freedoms.

Information about the artists and their work can be found at http://www.harpsilver.com/.

The artists will also give a lecture and two workshops for students with interest in art, theater, digital imagery and communications. Students should contact Agnieszka Whelan at awhelan@odu.edu for more information.

Tickets, $10 for students and $15 for general admission, may be purchased in advance at the Arts and Letters box office, located in the University Theatre lobby, or by calling 683-5305. The box office is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets also are available at the door one hour before each performance.

The University Theatre is located on Hampton Boulevard between 46th and 47th streets. Free parking is available in the 45th Street garage. Metered street parking is also available.

This article was posted on: March 3, 2010

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