Friday, August 31, 2007

Cell Phones + Audience = Interactive Performance Artistry at Washington College

Chestertown, MD, August 31, 2007 — Fueled by advances in technology, art continues to morph into new and interesting forms—and even cell phones can lead to a collective creativity. "SimpleTEXT," a cutting-edge combination of technology, artistry and performance that gets the audience involved, will be presented by Family Filter at Washington College's Casey Academic Center Forum on Tuesday, September 11, at 7:30 p.m.

"SimpleTEXT" is a collaborative audio/visual public performance that relies on audience participation through input from mobile devices such as cell phones or laptops. The performance creates a dialogue between participants who submit messages that control the audio/visual output of the installation. These messages are parsed according to a code that dictates how the music is created, and then rhythmically drive a speech synthesizer and a picture synthesizer in order to create a compelling, interactive celebration of sight and sound.

"SimpleTEXT" was originally funded by a commission from Low-Fi, a new-media arts organization based in the U.K. Since 2003, "SimpleTEXT" has been shown 16 times in eight countries across Europe and North America.

The Washington College presentation of "SimpleTEXT" is sponsored by the Rose O'Neill Literary House, the Office of Information Technologies and the Office of Student Activities.

The event is part of "Storytelling in the Digital Age," a semester-long theme jointly presented by the Rose O'Neill Literary House and the Office of Information Technologies. For more information, visit and

Admission to "SimpleTEXT" is free and open to the public.

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