School of Theater
Interactive Media for Performance
Head of Interactive Media for Performance:
The Interactive Media for Performance Specialization in the CalArts School of Theater trains visionary artists in the creation of interactive tools and moving imagery for live and time-based artwork. The program focuses on four major areas of application: Integrated Media Performance (including theatre, opera, dance, and concerts), Interactive Installation and Site-Specific Art, Architectural Projection and Digital Image Surfaces, and “Living Room Interactive” (the employment of physical sensors, advanced display technology, socially-networked remote participants, and fictional narrative in a self-guided experience).
The program focuses on the development of each student’s artistic process, technology/software skills, and awareness of contemporary media theory in lab and discussion-oriented classes. The focused, small group of MFA students will engage in personal and Institute projects under the direct mentorship of their advisors. The program aims to attract a variety of collaboratively minded students from the various areas of art and technology that will make these ambitious interactive projects possible, including Film/Video, Computer Programming, Visual Art, Interactive Systems, and more.
The MFA Interactive Media for Performance Specialization is a focused specialization within our Scene Design Program. Students who complete the MFA Specialization will:
- Develop as generative artists working in live situations – including, but not limited to, performance, interactive time-based visual art, and new forms of electronically-mediated narrative.
- Develop a personal artistic vision and process. Explore methods of its expression, drawing from historical and current theory, with the intention of discovering new forms, theories, and means of expression.
- Work to embrace a diversity of ideas through interdisciplinary, collaborative practices and collective analysis.
- Expand their skill set and means of expression, including performance practice, software, hardware, drafting, drawing, and the use of new media.
- Work authentically, originally, and at risk to navigate the complexities of working within established art making structures while simultaneously striving to create new structures.
Every student is assigned a faculty mentor who is responsible for guiding the student through the artistic and academic programs. CalArts emphasizes the creation of strong student-to-faculty relationships which enable students to draw from their instructors’ knowledge and creative spirit. Although students are initially assigned to a mentor, they have the freedom to change mentors at any point, and the student-mentor relationship continues throughout the student’s time at CalArts.
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