Behind the Scenes at the DAM

Untitled #56 (Current): Energy = Music x Collaborative Art

April 25 update: Here is the program for this month's Untitled.

Need to exert some of that snowed-in energy that has been building up the past few months? Let it loose at this month’s Untitled #56 (Current), when we’ll look at electrical outputs, energizing sounds, and sacred energies.

The program includes one monster of a performance, The Matter of Music Energy by Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra, with a special installation by artists Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza. Imagine 40 musicians playing pieces inspired by the idea of energy and a 30-foot interactive artwork installed for this performance only.  Yep, you’re going to want to see this.

In this immersive performance, hear the stimulating sounds of Mozart, Michael Torke and Wagner, and a special piece commissioned exclusively for this program. Similar to their current Fuse Box installation, Transposition, artists Cuppetelli and Mendoza have engineered a way to convert a person’s gestures into visual ripples and swells on strips of cloth at Untitled #56 (Current).  In this case, their camera will be trained on conductor David Rutherford, translating the energy of his movements onto the big Ponti wall. Rutherford’s gestures not only will be directing the inspiring music, but will become the energy source for Cuppetelli and Mendoza’s dynamic artwork.

The performance starts at 7:30 pm and is included in Untitled admission. 

Cuppetelli and Mendoza with sound composition by Peter Segerstrom, Transposition, 2013, Site-specific installation, © the artists. Photo courtesy Denver Art Museum.

After the performance is over, you check out an artist chat at 9:15 pm in the Fuse Box with Cuppetelli and Mendoza. They will be sharing insights into their work Transposition

In addition to The Matter of Music Energy, Untitled #56 (Current) will include a sewing workshop using conductive thread, a mini-concert with the healing sounds of Tibetan bowls, a detour looking at hydrology in art, MakeARTtalk with eTextile maven Lynne Bruning,  a chat about how new acquisitions are mounted, a new episode of Buntport Theater’s Joan and Charlie, video projections by Japanese artist Taketo Kobayashi and an awesome DIY papertronics craft with The Concoctory Creativity Shoppe.

You can view the event listing on our calendar and RSVP on Facebook. See you there! Keep your finger on the pulse: more info and program details available on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/157709544390018/

See you at Untitled on April 26, from 6 to 10pm.

Jaime Kopke is the adult and college program manager in the education department at the Denver Art Museum. She has been with the DAM since 2011 and is always scouting for community creatives to collaborate with for A&C programs. Send her an email.