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A portable multimedia performance environment - 360 degrees of sound and visuals integrated with live performers and audience

8:30pm -10pm -a neighborhood “rara” descending upon Big Tent co-sponsored by FLOW Fest and Indy Convergence, 2121 W. Michigan St Indianapolis, IN

9/28 – 9/29 2018
BIG TENT will be a featured venue with the 25th Anniversary Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, Continuous multimedia and live performance events 6pm-12am Friday and 2pm-12am Saturday, Bloomington, IN Co-Sponsored with the IU Bloomington Media School.i
BIG TENT is a uniquely portable and immersive space designed for multi-media performance art using the latest in audio and visual technologies. It exists to inspire the creative explorations of artists across many mediums of expression.

Like the circus tents of the previous century, Big Tent may be taken to a parking lot or a lawn or a high school gym and transform that space into a cutting-edge multi-media art and performance venue, alleviating constraints of conventional concert halls (acoustics for orchestras, fixed seating, minimal lighting, and little consideration of digital video or inter-media performance).

More specifically, Big Tent is a forty foot diameter octagon comprised of twelve-foot high video projection walls, an array of audio speakers, and a central computer core to facilitate interaction between acoustic and digital performance components. Big Tent co-creators
Robin Cox and Ben Smith foresee a continuing development process for this hardware /software, and seek content contributions from as wide a cross-section of creative talents as possible.

Today, digital technologies offer immense opportunities to develop new musical instruments, and the means to re-contextualize use of traditional instruments in performance. Big Tent is a parallel innovation, rethinking the performance space itself. One just might find it appearing almost anywhere.


Big Tent is a creation of
Benjamin Smith and Robin Cox

Robin Cox, Director, Audio Production Manager, Content Creator
Benjamin Smith, Director, Video Production Manager, Content Creator
Neal Anderson, Audio/Video Research Assistant
Charles Cheesman, Production Assistant

Support has been provided by: 
IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute
IUPUI Purdue School of Engineering and Technology
IUPUI Dept. of Music and Arts Technology
The Indianapolis Opera
The Indianapolis Museum of Art



© 2015 Robin Cox and Benjamin Smith

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