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Schedule of Events

Boats against the Current, architectural video projection

Dusk to 10:30pm | May 3 and 4 | Southwest corner of Harrison Hall, along Slant Walk

Boats Against the Current an original, site-specific public artwork

by Tiffany Carbonneau


Created specifically for the campus of Miami University, Boats against the Current is an architectural video projection that combines archival imagery found in William McGuffey’s Readers, historical still and moving images, and animated modern data to highlight effects of income disparity on equal access to education and the ability to achieve the American Dream. The title of this work is borrowed from the final sentences of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 Novel, The Great Gatsby, in which the main character’s roots in poverty and struggles for financial success in adulthood illustrate Fitzgerald’s own disillusionment with the American Dream: “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning—— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

Ensemble Parallax, a multi-media concert

7:30 pm | May 5 | Hall Auditorium

Awarded “Ensemble of the Year” in 2015, this avant-garde contemporary music ensemble has captivated audiences worldwide. They combine contemporary music with video artistry for an experience like no other. The concert consists exclusively of works by living composers, and includes several by Miami Department of Music Faculty member Per Bloland. The evening will unfold as a live podcast, with the music accompanied by historical background material presented to the audience, and short interviews with several of the composers. In addition, each piece will be accompanied by a video, created by a video artist that works closely with the ensemble. In some cases this video art will be generated live, in response to the performance.

Eric Hodgson, Elizabeth Dirska, and Ben Smith - Geomapping Visualization 

Interactive & Ongoing through the use of cell phones and digital displays across campus.

This project utilizes GPS tracking to let those on Miami's campus during the exhibit collaboratively explore the campus to progressively reveal a digital canvas containing student-made artwork.  The more of the campus is explored, and the more each paths are re-visited, the more of the image will be revealed.  The piece aggregates data from cell-phone location data on campus (for those who opt-in), and transforms their physical travel into brush-strokes across the digital canvas.  The piece will be viewable online, and shown on various displays around campus during the event.

Diane Fellows - And that's as far as the story goes

Dusk to 10:30pm | May 3 and 4 | Between Spring and Oak Streets and behind Alumni Hall Between the Spring and Oak Streets and behind Alumni Hall

“And that's as far as the story goes,” a refrain by Myaamia storyteller Elizabeth Kiisikohkwa Valley (1813 -1899), is also the title of this original public artwork heard through the landscape spaces of Miami University’s Oxford campus. This space of discovery is framed by Spring and Oak Streets, The Bonham House (The Myaamia Center), Alumni Hall, and Irvin Hall. Sonic landscapes within the every-day engage the spoken words of Myaamia cultural narratives that are interchangeably emphatically performed or quietly present through the environment. These stories are integral to community, gathering, and shape personal reflections of belonging. The work is not a literal interpretation of the Myaamia presence but understood through inference.

Brian Oldiges - Center for Innovation: Redesigning Miami with Virtual Reality

6:00pm to 10:30pm | May 3 and May 4 | Alumni Hall Atrium

An architectural thesis exploration into the use of extended reality devices in design. The project is an adaptive reuse and addition to the existing Architecture and Interior Design building on campus, Alumni Hall. The MU Center for Innovation is a theoretical project creating collaborative spaces for all departments, utilizing advanced technologies and spaces. Additionally, the project will house an E-sports plaza/arena, a growing aspect of Miami’s curriculum and extracurricular offerings. The opportunity for visitors to try on a VR headset and explore a 3D simulation of his proposed renovations and additions to the Alumni Hall building. There will also be opportunities for visitors to explore the space through 3D photos on their phones

Pop Up Gallery & Student Work

6:30pm to 10:30pm  | May 3 and May 4 | Alumni Hall Rotunda


Explore student work at the intersection of art, technology, and design in this unique pop-up gallery and exhibition.