ASU’s Emerge to showcase vibrant fusion of arts, technology, visionary thinking

The inaugural Emerge at Arizona State University in 2012 included “Immerge,” a performance-art presentation that was part carnival, part theater and part digital wizardry. It featured such characters as The Spider (pictured here), who was digitally equipped to translate words overheard from the crowd’s conversation that were projected onto the walls of the Nelson Fine Arts Center Plaza. Expect to see similar imaginative spectacle at the Emerge 2013 public festival March 2. Public festival will cap off three days of enlightening entertainment and explorations into constructing the future Engineers and dancers, scientists and actors, futurists and poets – from the region and around the world – will combine creative forces to present Arizona State University’s “Emerge 2013: The Future of Truth.” Emerge is three ambitious days of events aimed at nothing less than redesigning the future – and celebrating human ingenuity – highlighted by a free day-and-night public festival of performances, exhibits and interactive demonstrations at ASU’s Tempe campus on Saturday, March 2. Saturday evening’s attractions include Twitterverse, a theatrical social-media narrative played out in flesh and chalk, along with rock and roll bands from the Tohono O’odham Nation, a light show, a truth serum cocktail lounge, theatrical atmospheric performance works, and award-winning songwriter, bluesman, and flamenco guitarist James O’Halloran – all in or near the Neeb Plaza on campus. Also featured will be the Arts, Media and Engineering Digital Culture Showcase and experimental sonic art performances by the Laptop Orchestra of Arizona State and the Genesis dance project. Genesis will blend art with technology, presenting a dancer covered with sensors that detect her movements and muscle activity, resulting in music synthesized in real-time, with the sensors controlling aspects of the sound. via ASU’s Emerge to showcase vibrant fusion of arts, technology, visionary thinking.