When I walked into LIMELIGHT studios last week to meet James Arthur (Director of CEMMI INSTITUTE and FIGMENT festival participant), I had no idea I was also entering this strange, underground space station. With four rooms of glaring metal walls, private sound systems and technicolored lighting controlled by iPads, each studio is entirely customizable (and apparently, you can be as loud as you want).
LIMELIGHT will host a re-launch event for CEMMI this Thursday, which was organized by Arthur and his dedicated team of instructors and volunteers. CEMMI actively runs classes on music production, media arts and software engineering through their studio in Somerville’s Artisan’s Asylum. CEMMI is also one of Boston’s only technology equipment libraries, which lends music and lighting tools to independent artists on a membership basis. The event, entitled ENTANGLEMENT, was born from the idea that Boston’s experimental art scene is entwined together through similarities and partnerships. With this event, CEMMI aims to further develop the cross connections between Boston’s new media artists, electronic music producers, and #HACKERS. To quote Arthur:
“That’s what’s great about Boston. It’s really such a small town. If you go to San Fransisco or New York, you can find fields of cliques, and they can literally live in these insular worlds and never have to interact. In Boston, you can’t do that. You have to find ways to survive, and I think it forges collaboration. New forms of media just start to burst out.”
The event will host a wide array of sci-fi inspired sculptures and projections, with each artist gaining full control of one of the venue’s private studios. Acrylic paintings by Rachel Boyce, when viewed under LED lighting, will morph and change in color and spectrum. An installation by Blake Courter, which will look something like neon enhanced glass bubbles (see photo below), will hypnotize viewers through a controlled use of software. To make the exhibition a bit more informative, Boston based collective @PARTY will give a demonstration and recap of their works, all which are computer generated and range from video projections to ambient soundscapes.
And for music? The lounge will host Cosinezero (Jive Boston) and Serial Krusher (repped by underground collective Vermin Street). Proceeds from ENTANGLEMENT will go directly towards developing new programming for the instutute.
Here’s a quick visual walk through of some of the artists participating in the event:
(LED paintings via Souled Out, featuring artist Rachel Boyce)
(Audio Reactive Projection via @PARTY)
CEMMI INSTITUTE PRESENTS: ENTANGLEMENT
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