Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)

Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL) photo by Nick Merrick

Located in the Contemporary Arts Center, the Experimental Media Performance Lab which is referred to as the xMPL, is a state-of-the-art 4,000-sq.-ft. performance space has been built in the “black box” theatre genre.  The space boasts a projection room, live media performance space and versatile, reconfigurable seating to afford the audience a close-up, intimate experience.  In the model of the RedCat Theater adjacent to Disney Hall in Los Angeles, the space has the latest technological capabilities to facilitate live and streamed performances, at least some of which will be transmitted via the Internet into other spaces across the country or the world. The intent here is to provide a space that supports the presentation of work that combines elements of all of the art forms, with enhanced support for video, spatial acoustic experimentation and interactivity.

 

Directions to the Experimental Media Performance Lab

Gassmann Electronic Music Series

Jen Shyu: Zero Grasses

 

Friday, November 15, 2019
8:00 pm
Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)

In Zero Grasses, Jen Shyu weaves together composition, vocals, dance, piano, Japanese biwa, Korean gayageum, Taiwanese moon lute, and electronics into a ritualistic solo performance. This new project addresses—and aims to heal—the loss of communication between humanity and nature, and the need to restore human bonds. 

Free and open to the public.

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Photo: Lynn Lane



November 15 - 8:00 pm
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Jen Shyu

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE TO 11/21

The Art of Performance in Irvine: Moten Swing

Organized by Ulysses Jenkins

 

Thursday, November 21, 2019

7:30 p.m.

Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)

Join artist George Herms in collaboration with jazz pianist Kei Akagi for "Moten Swing", a multimedia performance with the use of sculptural proofs and live music interpretations. A tribute to UCI's first Department of Art Chair, Tony DeLap.

Free admission

Presented with generous support from UCI Illuminations



November 21 - 7:30 pm
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The Art of Performance in Irvine: Moten Swing

Gassmann Electronic Music Series

21C: The Institute for 21st Century Creativity: "Listen to the Motion"

 

Saturday, December 7, 2019
8:00 pm
Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)

Inaugurated in 2018, the second edition of the LISTEN TO THE MOTION features the motion sensor system MUGIC™, which captures the movements of a performer’s expressive gestures. The concert presents students from the Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology (ICIT) program in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA), who have been working with MUGIC™ with Professor Mari Kimura. Prof. Kimura has been researching the use of motion sensors in performance and composition, to enable integrated human/machine relationship that could extend and create a new form of expressiveness. Since Prof. Kimura joined UCI in 2017, the MUGIC™ project has been supported by the Multi Disciplinary Program (MDP) program at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at UCI, where her team has been developing a new prototype of MUGIC™.

Free and open to the public.

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December 7 - 8:00 pm
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Gassmann Electronic Music Series: Mari Kimura

21C: The Institute for 21st Century Creativity

The Pronouns: A Collection of 40 Dances for the Dancers

Written by Jackson Mac Low

Directed and choreographed by Clarina Mac Low

Organized by Carrie Noland

Co-organized by Simon Leung and Lisa Naugle

 

March 13-14, 2020

8:00pm

Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)

In 1964 Jackson Mac Low (1922-2004),  co-founder of Fluxus and a student of John Cage, created an 'action pack' deck of note cards each displaying a typewritten instruction using one pronoun. Dancers select cards and interpret the instructions through gestures and sounds. His daughter Clarinda Mac Low brings "The Pronouns" back to life with the UCI community in an exclusive engagement.

Free admission

Presented with UCI Humanities International Center for Writing and Translation



March 13 - 8:00 pm, March 14 - 8:00 pm
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21C The Pronouns A Collection of 40 Dances for the Dancers