Film Screening: Tripping The Light Electric (2003)

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Thursday, September 18, 6pm

Cornerstone Arts Center Film Screening Room

A short film directed by Lance Acord (Lost in Translation, Being John Malkovich) about Tesla’s time in Colorado Springs. Produced by Kat and Bob Tudor. Starring Gregory Wagrowski as Nikola Tesla.

IDEA Cabaret: Transmitting Tesla: Portrayals of Tesla in the Media

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Thursday, September 18, 4:30pm


Cornerstone Arts Center Film Screening Room

During his lifetime (1856-1943) and beyond, Nikola Tesla has been portrayed as an iconoclast genius, a flamboyant showman, a failed businessman, and as the prophet of a new spiritual age. In this presentation, Dylan Nelson and Clay Haskell, Assistant Professors of Film and New Media, explore the ways in which Tesla has been depicted in film and other media venues. Their talk considers how representations of Tesla reflect changing societal values and desires, as well as aspects of the man himself.

IDEA Cabaret: Tesla in Context

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Thursday, September 11, 4:30pm

Cornerstone Arts Center Film Screening Room

Until a relatively recent surge in popularity, Tesla had faded from history, overshadowed by his rival Thomas Edison’s more commercially-savvy marketing.  Current portrayals of Tesla position him as an “outsider” scientist who worked in isolation; his Orthodox upbringing and subsequent spiritual proclivities have heightened this perception. In this Cabaret presentation, Jane Murphy (Colorado College Associate Professor of History), Marion Hourdequin (Colorado College Associate Professor of Philosophy) and Dan Miller (Associate Professor in the Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies at the Colorado School of Mines, discuss Tesla’s place in science history and identify his various scientific and spiritual influences.

Tesla at the What If…Festival

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Saturday, September 6 9am – 4pm

Downtown Colorado Springs

IDEA and Smokebrush present “Tesla at the What If…Festival”, featuring Tesla-inspired art and Tesla Toaster, a traveling pop up Tesla exhibit by Kat Tudor celebrating and honoring Tesla’s influence on her art including the creation of Aqualuz, a global event healing the earth’s waters with light, sound and soul. The What If…Festival is an annual event showcasing innovative thinking in all its many manifestations. Explore inventions and innovations in robotics, cycling, apps, art, broadcasting, 3D printing, urban farming, musical instruments, sports, and more!

Opening Reception and IDEA Cabaret: The Creative Spark: Understanding Tesla’s Innovations

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Thursday, September 4, 4:30pm

Cornerstone Arts Center Main Space and IDEA Space

IDEA Cabaret is an ongoing series of public conversations between artists, community experts, and Colorado College faculty from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Audience participation is encouraged! In this inaugural Tesla-themed Cabaret, Colorado College faculty members Richard Hilt (Professor of Physics), Kathy Giuffre (Professor of Sociology) and Ted Lindeman (Professor of Chemistry) demonstrate some of Tesla’s breakthrough inventions and explore the intersections between creative vision and scientific practice.

Transmission/Frequency: Tesla and His Legacy

 

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Nikola Tesla

September 4 — October 18, 2014

IDEA Space

The website The Oatmeal recent cartoon entitled “Why Nikola Tesla was the Greatest Geek Ever” cites Tesla’s seemingly limitless imagination, his dogged perseverance in the face of obstacles (to the point of obsession), and his dedication to free access to ideas and innovations for all as evidence of his Super-Geek status.

Tesla played an important role in the electrical revolution that transformed life at the turn of the 20th century. Born to a Serbian family in Croatia, he studied engineering in Austria before immigrating to America in 1884. He arrived penniless in New York, and within a decade, rivaled Thomas Edison as a celebrity scientist. His inventions, patents, and theoretical work formed the basis of modern AC electricity and contributed to the development of radio and wireless communication. Tesla’s combination of character traits – unconventional, stubborn, and humble – resulted in a wholesale downgrading of his contributions to science. Many of his myriad inventions and discoveries were dismissed or stolen. Only relatively recently has his genius been acknowledged appropriately. Tesla’s story is particularly relevant to the history of Colorado Springs, as the scientist conducted some of his most dramatic experiments with electricity in the city from 1899 to 1900.

Transmission/Frequency: Tesla and His Legacy features contemporary artists whose works reflect — deliberately or not — Tesla’s maverick spirit and enduring legacy. Featured projects engage some of Tesla’s ideas, such as free-floating electrical current, self-sustaining systems/movements, electrical and fluorescent light, and magnetic fields. The exhibition will also include images and reproductions of Tesla’s inventions and excerpts from his journals, particularly those written during his time in Colorado Springs.

                           Featured Artists

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Dmitry Gelfand and Evelina Domnitch’s immersive environments merge physics, chemistry, computer science, and philosophy, challenging and expanding the scientific picture of the world, which still cannot encompass the workings of consciousness. Their installations and performances investigate phenomena such as sonoluminescence, laser light, vacuum oscillations, and electrolysis. In fact, Tesla’s quest to understand electromagnetic propagation (light) lies at the heart of the duo’s artistic pursuit. Based on the “magnetic current” experiments of iconoclast physicist Felix Ehrenhaft (1879 – 1952), the installation Photonic Wind uses a laser beam to levitate and move diamond dust within a vacuum chamber – a phenomenon that would not seem out of place in Tesla’s lab.

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A study in the relationship between stability and instability, Matthew Ostrowski’s Negative Differential Resistance is an audiovisual sculpture featuring amplified fluorescent lamps that emit light according to patterns established by a computer. Grounded in the idea of the binary — a lamp is either on or off — this work creates an optical and aural theater that ignites our own awareness. Rather than an ethereal substance, light is presented here as the tangible result of a variety of mechanical processes; the installation evokes the action of switches that control the flow of energy and the thrum of power plants that generate current. Although Tesla did not invent the fluorescent light bulb, his investigations of high-voltage radio frequency power processing techniques did result in the very first high efficiency, high frequency lighting ballasts, similar to ballasts used in fluorescent bulbs since the 1880s. The dramatically flashing bulbs in Ostrowski’s installation evoke Tesla’s theatrical demonstrations of electrically illuminated bulbs.

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Michel de Brion manipulates found objects and everyday appliances to probe the various ways that energy flows and to challenge our understanding of the relationship between action and entropy. Tinkered and retooled, his often absurdist objects explore the gap between function and disfunction, and invite us to examine afresh our understanding of the difference between the two. The ironically heroic bronze sculpture Overpower features a knight wielding a sword that pulses with 10,000 volts of electricity: all to ignite a broken household light bulb. This valiant – if comically overmatched – attempt to fight off obsolescence evokes Tesla’s quest to supply free electricity to light the world.

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Björn Schüelke’s kinetic sculptures bridge the gap between modern art and scientific instruments. His sculptural machines perform slow, deliberate movements that appear portentous but are often simply absurd. Mirroring Tesla’s interest in free power sources and his early work in remote control technology, the sculptures are outfitted with a variety of sensors, and draw from energy sources within the environment, such as solar and wind power, and transform that ambient energy into deliberate action. Employing elements of surveillance, robotics, interactive video and sound, the sculptures monitor or react to human presence, thus calling into question our relationship to modern technology.

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The artist duo neuroTransmitter (Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere) explore the history of radio, its associated architectures, and the possibilities of radio as an interactive, discursive public space. Their project, Radio Tesla, reconstructs the scientist’s 1902 radio tower as a wall-sized line drawing made of wire.  Tesla’s tower, which he designed to be the first global wireless communication system, had the potential to transmit both sound and electricity across the globe. Although not completed, the antenna was to reach 187 feet above the tower.  neuroTransmitter’s “drawing” of the tower acts as its own antenna and broadcasts to radio receivers placed within the gallery. The radio is variously disrupted by viewers moving through the space, creating an aural soundscape.

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For David Fodel, the power of the idea of Tesla, rather than the power of Tesla’s ideas is the most interesting and compelling. His installation Incoherence is based on Schumann Resonances – global electromagnetic resonances that are excited by lightning discharges in the cavity formed by the Earth’s surface and the ionosphere. This phenomenon is related to Tesla’s explorations of wireless power generation and reception in Colorado Springs. Using custom software based on calculations of spherical harmonics, in combination with the work of composer David First and geophysicist Davis Sentman, Fodel transcoded electromagnetic activity into audible and visible forms, revealing emergent layers of pattern. In its theoretical foundation, the installation comments upon Tesla’s scientific research; its ethereal presentation evokes the various pseudoscientific theories that have arisen concerning both Tesla and the Schumann Resonance phenomenon.

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Echoing Tesla’s early radio experiments, Dove Bradshaw’s project Radio Rocks features randomly-received live sound, captured and transmitted by “wired” rocks. Geologically distinct, each rock contains a radio that receives frequencies from a specific zone: local; world-band; short wave;  and outer space. Embedded computer programs attract random local and world-band frequencies, such as Weather Radio and live radio emissions from Jupiter. Each sculpture incorporates a third receiver that continuously picks up microwave sounds identified as echoes of the Big Bang. The installation includes an interactive artist book that allows viewers to listen to the various terrestrial and extraterrestrial sounds transmitted by the Radio Rocks.

Transmission/Frequency: Tesla and His Legacy is presented in collaboration with the Colorado College Innovation Institute with support from the Dean’s Office, the Bee Vradenburg Foundation, and the Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund

Mandala of Enlightenment Concert

Jane Rigler

Jane Rigler

Mandala of Enlightenment Concert
by Jane Rigler

Thursday, June 26 at 5:30pm
at I.D.E.A. Space

 Jane Rigler will perform original musical works that intend to enrich the meditative experience of the Mandala of Enlightenment: the Dhyani Buddhas exhibit.

This 50 minute concert will explore deep listening concepts, sonically detailing the intricacies and background stories behind the traditions of the images, as well as offer new insights.

Flutist, composer, and educator Jane Rigler (Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs) has performed nationally and internationally as a soloist and in ensembles in contemporary music festivals, premiering new works and compositions written especially for her. She has been granted numerous awards and residencies nation-wide for her works that center on community-building, stretching the boundaries of musical performance and audience interaction. Through her works and her manual The Vocalization of the Flute she has become known for innovations in flute performance, techniques, and musical vocabulary. Rigler’s works range from solo acoustic pieces to multi-disciplinary interactive electronic ensemble works. In 2009-10, Jane received the Japan United States Friendship Commission Fellowship and has since returned to Japan several times to premiere her sound installations and performance projects. 

Browse Jane’s website http://www.janerigler.com where you’ll find information about her work as a flutist, composer, educator, and organizer of events.  New audio is constantly being added to her Audio page. Roam around to find the latest information about her performances, projects and teaching activities.

Variations on “Sand”, A Poem by Jane Hilberry

Video by Patrizia Herminjard

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June 17 & 18

Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center Main Space

  • Tuesday, June 17 at 9:30pm. Special Preview Performance after the Summer Music Festival Orchestral Concert on Tickets to Orchestra Concert required. $25 available at Worner Center Desk.
  • Wednesday, June 18 at 5:30pm. Free public performance. No tickets required

 

This collaborative performance presents three interpretations of Jane Hilberry’s poem Sand. The project began when Hilberry, a professor English at Colorado College and award-winning poet, met composer Gabriel Globus-Hoenich at an artist residency at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada.  During the residency, Globus-Hoenich created the jazz composition that forms the nexus of the current collaboration.  Variations on “Sand” includes an expressive movement piece for two dancers created by Shawn Womack, Associate Professor of Dance at Colorado College, and a video installation created by Patrizia Herminjard, Artist-in-Residence and Lecturer in Dance at Colorado College.  Variations on “Sand” is presented in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Colorado College’s Summer Music Festival.

Sand” is written and read by Jane Hilberry;

The video installation was created by Patrizia Herminjard, and features dancers Anusha Kedhar and Marin Day

Choreography is by Shawn Womack, and features dancers Mary Ripper Baker and Aoi Koenig

The composition inspired by “Sand” is created by Gabriel Globus-Hoenich and features:

  • Lila Mori, Vocals
  • Jana Lee Ross, Vocals and Piano
  • Bambam Rodriguez, Bass Guitar
  • Tim Wendel, Guitar
  • Gabriel Globus-Henich, Percussion

White Tara Yoga in IDEA Space with Kat Tudor

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Kat Tudor

Tuesday July 15, 4:30pm
I.D.E.A. Space
Free and open to the public

Closing Reception for the exhibition to follow

 Kat Tudor shares her wit, wisdom, and joy in this special yoga session, held in conjunction with the closing of the Mandala of Enlightenment exhibition.

Mandala Yoga with Kat Tudor

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Kat Tudor

Tuesday June 10, 4:30-5:30pm
Cornerstone Arts Center
Free and open to the public

Experience the transformative power of the mandala in the special yoga class, taught in I.D.E.A. Space surrounded by paintings by Joan Bredin-Price: the Mandala of Enlightenment exhibition. 

What’s Hip Hop? A film by Community Prep School

Following a trip to the IDEA Space at Colorado College to take in the exhibit Rhythm Nations: Transnational Hip Hop In the Gallery, In the Street, and On the Stage the students of Community Prep created a video asking and answering these questions: What is Hip Hop? What does it look like? What does it sound like? Is Hip Hop more than bitches, hoes, money, and drugs? Community Prep School is an accredited alternative education campus in the Colorado Springs Region where they teach respect for each individual, cultivate authentic passions and activate purposeful plans for life. CPS is a tuition-free public charter school.

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“Finding the Five Buddhas in our Body and Mind” A Workshop by Za Choeje Rinpoche

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Za Choeje Rinpoche

Friday, June 13, 1 – 5pm

Edith Kinney Cornerstone Arts Center, Room 302

$25 per participant, pre-registration required

To register, contact Jessica Hunter-Larsen at 719-227-8263 or jhunterlarsen@coloradocollege.edu

 Rinpoche’s style of conversing, with laughter and openness, generates a comfortable environment for all people. One of the most simple, yet profound, pieces of advice he often gives is “stop struggling against the struggles in life.” His unique skill of teaching, and his ability to apply these teachings into daily lives, has helped many spiritual practitioners throughout the world.

 
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