“Concurrent Rhythms” is innovative multi-media art making

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The University of North Carolina at Charlotte “Center City” campus located at 320 E. 9th Street uptown can’t be missed. It is an eye-catching and unusual twisted glass building, bursting forth from a seemingly empty area of uptown.

How fitting that it is also the showcase for some of UNC Charlotte’s most innovative creative works. “Concurrent Rhythms” is the newest art happening, which is going to be a dynamic intersection of digital media and music with (d-Arts), Digital Art Mob and Fresh Ink.

Although the exhibition, itself, will be running through June 6, the multi-media interactive opening event will be Tuesday, May 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be live painting, an artist’s talk and performance by Fresh Ink. Tasty “farm to fork” cuisine will be provided by Harvest Moon Grille. The reception as well as the exhibit, itself, are free and open to the public.

Concurrent Rhythms — presented by the College of Arts + Architecture at UNC Charlotte — is a collaboration among three groups dedicated to experimentation and contemporary creative practice:  (d-Arts), Digital Art Mob and Fresh Ink. It will include a unique collection of flat works created by the Digital Art Mob, a student group with a mission of sharing their digital works through traditional and virtual exhibitions. These will include prints, animations, videos and installations, as well as book forms by accomplished art students.

For more information on the Digital Art Mob, visit facebook.com/groups/DigitalArtMob.

This will be the season’s third Fresh Ink performance. This time, new music for percussion quartet:  Steve Reich’s Mallet Quartet and David Lang’s “The So-Called Laws of Nature.” These two Pulitzer Prize-winning composers left their personal mark on classical music while still connecting with fans of other music genres, like Indian, African and rock music. They have created their own original eclectic, but appealing sound blend. Professional percussionists Jeffrey DeRoche, Michael Jarrett and Mike Perdue will join Fresh Ink Artistic Director Scott Christian for this performance.

For more information on Fresh Ink, visit  www.freshinkmusic.org.

The Digital Arts Center (d-Arts) — part of the UNC Charlotte School of Architecture — creates interactive systems for the development of Architectural Environments. An installation in the second-floor atrium will respond to the Fresh Ink performance through real-time video analysis of the musicians. These will be projected above the performers and will simultaneously create a computationally defined drawing based on the music being played. And additional sound-space installation in the first-floor gallery will create an interactive environment allowing visitor participation, for them to “play” the space. Sam Walker, a recent architecture alumnus, will also exhibit his responsive robotic arm in the lobby.

For more about the College of Arts + Architecture Digital Arts Center, visit digitalartscenter.posterous.com.

So much happens throughout our university campuses that the world never gets to experience. Here is a chance to enjoy and explore, first-hand, some truly innovative creative endeavors of UNC Charlotte’s student body.

Concurrent Rhythms:  A dynamic intersection of digital media and music with (d-Arts), Digital Art Mob and Fresh Ink” at Projective Eye Gallery in the UNC Charlotte Center City Building, 320 E. 9th St. Opening night Tuesday, May 8: 6 p.m.    Opening reception begins 6:30-7:30 p.m.    Live painting 8 p.m.    Artist’s talk in gallery 8:30 p.m.    Fresh Ink performance Exhibition on display through June 6, 2012. Free and open to the public.