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wats:ON? 2017: BODY DRIFT Reception & Performance - CFA

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Performance by Jakob Marsico and Chris Carlson

Fri 03 Nov
6:30pm   Festival Reception, College of Fine Arts Great Hall
7:30pm   Immersive Audiovisual Performance, College of Fine Arts Kresge Theatre

Sat 04 Nov
6:30pm   Festival Reception, College of Fine Arts Great Hall
7:30pm   Immersive Audiovisual Performance, College of Fine Arts Kresge Theatre


Informal Master Class immediately follows performances of Body Drift

Fri 03 Nov
8:30pm   Backstage, College of Fine Arts Kresge Theatre

Sat 04 Nov
8:30pm   Backstage, College of Fine Arts Kresge Theatre


JAKOB MARSICO is an interaction designer and media artist in Pittsburgh, PA. He runs Ultra Low Res Studio, an arts-engineering firm that works with developers and architects to integrate dynamic, experiential installations with the built environment. Marsico holds an adjunct instructor position at Carnegie Mellon where he teaches Reactive Spaces and Media Architecture. He has a B.A. in Religious Studies from George Washington University and a Masters of Tangible Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon University.

CHRIS CARLSON is a sound artist and software developer based in Richmond, VA. His work draws from a breadth of experience in interactive music and responsive environments and aims to inspire others to explore and create. Carlson's app, Borderlands Granular, received an Award of Distinction in Digital Music and Sound Art in the 2013 Prix Ars Electronica and has been recognized and presented by the ZKM Center for Art and Media and Sónar Festival. Carlson holds a M.A. from Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics and a B.S. in Physics from James Madison University.

BODY DRIFT is an immersive audiovisual performance that uses video-driven animation and multi-channel sound to examine the subtle shifts that take place in the development and degradation of sensory perception.

An informal master class with Jakob Marsico and Chris Carlson, providing a backstage look at the technologies behind ‘Body Drift’, takes place immediately following the performances on Friday and Saturday.


wats:ON? 2017: SHIFT
02-04 November 2017

SHIFT challenges realms of phenomenal perception, dislocating conditioned ways of seeing to affect a sense of indeterminacy between physical and perceptual space. The experience of these works allows for a transience of fixed perception and the fluid interplay between the rational and the visceral, revealing the exquisite ambiguity of the sublime. 

SPIKE WOLFF   Curator, wats:ON? Artistic and Executive Director
EDDY MAN KIM   Associate Curator, School of Architecture


The Jill Watson Festival Across the Arts (wats:ON?) was created to honor the life of Jill Watson, whose interest in the arts inspired others through her work and her teaching. The festival celebrates Jill's commitment to an interdisciplinary philosophy as an artist and her accomplishments and reputation as an architect. Jill Watson was a Carnegie Mellon University alumna, adjunct faculty member in the School of Architecture, and acclaimed Pittsburgh architect who died in the TWA Flight 800 plane crash on July 17, 1996.


The 2017 wats:ON? Festival is made possible by the generous endowment of the JILL WATSON FAMILY FOUNDATION.

Additional support provided by:
College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University
Office of the Dean of the College of Fine Arts
School of Architecture
School of Art
School of Music
The Miller Gallery

Earlier Event: November 2
wats:ON? 2017: SHIFT