Spectacular public events hosted by the conference include turning the Tempe Town lake into an enormous concert hall with 100 musicians in boats performing the work Maritime Rites by the renowned American Composer and conference Keynote speaker, Alvin Curran , who will be present to conduct the work. The performance will occur at 3:30PM on Friday March 27 with the public able to view the performance from Tempe Beach Park.
At 8AM on the morning of Friday March 27 on the ASU Tempe Campus, Pablo Suarez, the Associate Director for Research and Innovation at the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, will lead the launching of his project The Way Forward, a massive hot air balloon constructed from recycled shopping bags and inflated by the heat of the sun. The public are invited to also be involved in a workshop to construct the balloon.
at 8:30AM Friday March 27 in Nelson Plaza: Bird Singing and Dancing by the River a youth dance group of children and singers from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Known for its showcase of Chiyer (bird) singing and dancing of the Xalychidom Piipaash,
An opening night PechaKucha event from 6-7PM in Katzin Concert hall will see musical performances and leading speakers including a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality project and the founder of the Balance-Unbalance conference, Ricardo Dal Farra speak in the unique 20×20 snappy PechaKucha format.
The conference also features numerous art installations in the School of Art galleries, the Night Gallery in Tempe Market Place, the Digital Culture Gallery and the Grant Street Studios galleries. There are free lunch time music concerts and evening concerts including students of the School of Music presenting an evening concert of original string quartet compositions responding to the desert, titled Arid Landscapes in Katzin Concert Hall at 9PM on Friday March 27.
Check out the Schedule HERE
Off Conference Events
ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER
Thursday, March 26 @ 8:00pm
Sun Devil Fitness Center, ASU West Campus
Oneohtrix Point Never is the recording name of composer Daniel
Lopatin. Hailed as a genius of electronic music, this Brooklyn-based
musician has always deftly balanced the experimental with the
accessible and defies simple description as an artist. Lopatin creates
highly conceptual worlds of ambient sound and his passion to find
personal meaning in failed new age utopias and liminal science fiction environments often brings his compositions to the brinks of minimalism, drone, proto-techno, noise and pop, clarifying the past through a blissful repetition of its signifiers. Performed with the projected visual creations of artist Nate Boyce, the concert will be a multimedia immersive experience, often described “like a cracked mirror refracting the sounds of the past.”
More info here
Here’s a YouTube link to some of his work: