PULSE Art + Technology Festival January 21-25

Mizaru by Aaron Sherwood; image courtesy of the artist
Mizaru by Aaron Sherwood; image courtesy of the artist

Telfair Museums’ PULSE Art + Technology Festival invites visitors of all ages to see and learn for themselves how pioneering artists use progressive technology to create transformative electronic art. Running from January 21- 25 and open to the public, the festival offers multi-sensory performances, workshops, and lectures featuring the latest in virtual reality gaming, video sculpture, interactive projection, multimedia works combining live action and animation, and much more in the realm of technology-based art. All events at Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center for the Arts are free of charge.

“It’s amazing to see what happens when creative artistic genius comes together with advanced and emerging technology,” said Harry DeLorme, Telfair’s senior curator of education. “The result is future-looking art expression— the latest inspirations in our ever-changing world of art and innovation. The real revelations come when the artists share their techniques and knowledge with the audience.”

Pre-PULSE workshops run from January 16-18 and feature “how to’s” on making an electronic music toy and 3D Printing, along with a demonstration on interactive projection with guests offered the opportunity to try it themselves.

“We want to turn our visitors into creators and makers of technology based art,” said Delorme. “They already may be consumers of the technology, but the real fun and appreciation is in creating it themselves and understanding the potential of the new tools for expression.”

The activity during the festival will be non-stop, meaning visitors can come in at any time and experience the creative use of technology and innovative ideas in the realm of electronic arts. Additionally, avant-garde visual artists from around the country and here in Savannah will present electrifying performances and give lectures that teach and illustrate new art forms. Exciting video art will be projected onto the Jepson Center windows each night to delight festival-goers and passersby.

The festival kicks off on January 21 with a video sculpture exhibition and lecture by video sculptor Katja Loher at Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center for the Arts. (See full schedule below.)

Later in the week, visitors can experience virtual reality in two interactive works made for the Oculus Rift virtual reality system, including Canadian design group Globacore’s award-winning Paper- Dude virtual reality game and Keith Roberson’s creepy-cool Apalachicola Night Anomaly. Another interactive work is Purring Tiger’s projection, Mizaru. Along with the projection there will be a performance by Purring Tiger and local dancers.

On January 23, multimedia artist Miwa Matreyek, who combines animation and live action performance, will perform two of her works in the historic Telfair Academy, while Savannah-based artist Switzon Wigfall will animate the Academy’s outdoor sculptures with projections.

Workshops for youths and adults will provide introduction to technologies from the Oculus Rift virtual reality system to 3D printing, drones, and electronic music.

Guests of all ages can participate in a Free Family Day on Saturday, January 24 from 1-4 pm. Free Family Day will highlight “do-it-yourself” technology projects from the Savannah area.

PULSE offers offsite workshops and programs by local partners including Armstrong Atlantic State University. Workshop participants are able to take advantage of university grade lab facilities that will enhance their PULSE experience.

Most PULSE programs are free thanks to the City of Savannah and Hargray Communications. For more information including full schedule, call 912.790.8800 or visit www.telfair.org.

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