The New Music & Art Festival at Bowling Green State University has traditionally brought international musicians and artists to Bowling Green for a celebration of current art and music. The work of over two dozen composers and artists will be presented at the 26th Annual New Music & Art Festival on Oct. 27 29, 2005. The festival includes concerts, film screenings, lectures, exhibitions, workshops and other exciting opportunities. Organized by the directors of the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music and the Fine Arts Center Galleries, Burton Beerman and Jacqueline Nathan, the Festival supports the creation of new work and engages both the University and city communities in the process of art appreciation and awareness. The majority of events are accessible, free and open to the public.
Special guest composer Samuel Adler “consistently finds new things to say within his chosen musical language and makes wonderfully resourceful use of his…forces” writes Fanfare magazine. Adler’s “forces” range from choirs to small chamber ensembles to such esteemed orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony and the Boston Pops; his catalog includes over 400 published works. He has been both a Guggenheim and MacDowell fellow. Also active as an educator, Adler has won awards from the Music Teacher’s National Association, as well as the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for his book on orchestration.
The Merling Trio, this year's special guest ensemble, is a truly international ensemble combining musicians of Polish, Japanese and Dutch backgrounds. The trio has given numerous recitals throughout the United States and Canada. The group has commissioned and premiered works by contemporary composers to great success, leading Fanfare magazine to claim that the composer could not ask for better interpreters.
Our featured exhibition is DNA (do not assume...). Since the completion, five years ago, of the first deciphering of the human genome – the molecular design of human beings – and its assurance that an individual’s most basic essence can be identified and manipulated, a tumult of controversy has ensued. Concerns about genetic discrimination, the morality of cloning, genetic engineering and the administration of health care have underscored the issue of DNA ownership and personal privacy. The artists in this exhibition have created works that examine this controversial issue from a variety of positions. The artists include Larry Miller, Greg Little, Paul Vanouse and Amy M. Youngs, among others.
The program will also feature Terminal Time, a cutting edge, audience-powered history engine combining mass participation, real-time documentary graphics and artificial intelligence to bring you the history you deserve. Each half-hour cinematic experience is custom-made to your values, biases and desires, and covers 1,000 years of human history. The project was created by Steffi Domike, Michael Mateas and Paul Vanouse.
Larry Miller is an intermedia artist whose work has been extensively presented in global venues including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and other venues in Europe, Korea, Japan, Australia, Canada and the USA. His work has been an essential component in a series of comprehensive exhibitions focused on the implications for society of a “Genetic Revolution.”
Paul Vanouse uses electronic media to explore contemporary culture through cinematic and installation works often designed for mass audiences. His thematic sources range from the hand-gesture language of Chinese opera to the O.J. Simpson affair to the Visible Human Project. His work has been shown at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and the Louvre in Paris. Vanouse teaches and is a research fellow at the Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Amy M. Youngs is currently an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Foundations Program in the Department of Art at The Ohio State University. She creates mixed-media, interactive sculptures and digital media works that explore the complex relationship between technology and our changing concept of nature and self. She has exhibited her works at venues such as the Biennale of Electronic Arts (Perth, Australia), Circulo de Bellas Artes (Madrid, Spain), the Visual Arts Museum (New York, N.Y.) the Art Institute of Chicago's Betty Rymer Gallery and Vedanta Gallery (Chicago, Ill.).
|Special Guest Composer
World Premieres from
Featuring the Work of
Augusta Read Thomas
|Special Guest Ensemble
The Merling Trio
F. Gerard Errante
DNA (do not assume…)
Amy M. Youngs
A Collaborative Project of
The MidAmerican Center for
& The Fine Arts Center Galleries
With support from
The College of Musical Arts
The School of Art
The Ohio Arts Council
Presented by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music and the Fine Arts Galleries at Bowling Green State University