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An installation photo from Bridgman-Packer Dance's interactive Video Playground, which will be presented Saturday, March 30, at PS21 in Chatham, N.Y. Image courtesy PS21

Bits & Bytes: Bridgman-Packer Dance at PS21; ‘Unstructured Structures’ at Hotchkiss; Tyler Street Lab call for art

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By Thursday, Mar 28, 2019 Life In the Berkshires

Bridgman-Packer Dance to present ‘Video Playground’ at PS21

Chatham, N.Y. — Performance Spaces for the 21st Century will present Bridgman-Packer Dance and its Video Playground Saturday, March 30, at 3 p.m. in the Black Box Theater. The interactive installation allows participants to create their own video magic by playing with time, scale, juxtaposition and shadow.

The Video Playground was developed over several years in conjunction with Bridgman-Packer Dance’s stage work that integrates live performance and video technology. While live video cameras capture the movements of the participants, their images will be transformed into designs projected onto the walls of the theater through the computer-processing program Isadora. The event will also feature the screening of “Look Out,” a film by Bridgman-Packer Dance in collaboration with cinematographer Gavin Preuss, filmed entirely with a drone camera. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Preuss and Bridgman-Packer Dance founders Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, as well as a drone camera demonstration.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door for adults, and $5 for students. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact PS21 at (518) 392-6121.

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Digital artist Mark Wilson exhibits ‘Unstructured Structures’ at the Hotchkiss School

Mark Wilson, ‘q85008,’ digital image on canvas, 2013. Image courtesy the Hotchkiss School

Lakeville, Conn. — The Hotchkiss School’s Tremaine Art Gallery presents the exhibit “Unstructured Structures” featuring the selected work of digital artist Mark Wilson. An artist’s reception will take place Saturday, March 30, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Wilson is a digital art pioneer who began writing computer code in 1980 to create his own work. His computer-generated art has been widely exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe at venues including SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica, and “Digital Pioneers” at the Victoria and Albert Museum, among others. Wilson is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and several grants from the Connecticut Office of Culture and Tourism. His work can be found in several corporate, museum and private collections including those of IBM, Apple, UniSys, United Technologies, Mobil, Prudential Insurance, Thoma Foundation, Block Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Portland Art Museum. Wilson lives in Cornwall.

The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will run through Sunday, May 5. For more information, call (860) 435-4423.

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The community room of Tyler Street Lab in Pittsfield. Photo courtesy Tyler Street Lab

Tyler Street Lab calls for design submissions

Pittsfield — The Office of Cultural Development, in collaboration with the MassDevelopment Transformative Development Initiative, announces a call for art entries to support the Tyler Street Lab, a new pop-up center for community activity. Submissions are being sought for artistic approaches to dividing up the 4,300-square-foot center, as well as for a large-scale art installation to be created as part of a community collaboration. In the arts challenges, the Office of Cultural Development and TDI are looking for ideas that reflect the eclectic nature of Tyler Street and the surrounding Morningside neighborhood.

The Tyler Street Lab Storefront Configuration Challenge is for the creation of a unique configuration for Tyler Street Lab’s large, open storefront/community room so that multiple users can hold programming in the space. The Tyler Street Lab Collaboration is seeking creative ways to divide the space using artistic pieces that are movable, foldable or stackable. The Tyler Street Lab Community Art Installation Challenge is looking for creative ideas that engage the community in the creation of a large art installation in any medium for the Tyler Street Lab. All submissions must include a detailed concept including dimensions, materials and any components of community engagement utilized in the creation of the installation.

Interested artists are invited to view the Tyler Street Lab space Friday, March 29, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The call for submissions is open to all artists. Those who wish to register should send their name, email address and phone number to tylerstreetlabpitt@gmail.com. Final submissions should include a detailed color sketch, an artist statement and example(s) of prior work.  All materials must be received by Friday, April 5, at 5 p.m. for consideration. There will be a stipend of up to $850, not including supplies, to the award-winning designs. One award-winning submission will be selected from each challenge. For more information, or to set up an appointment to see the space at another time, contact the Tyler Street Lab Collaboration at tylerstreetlabpitt@gmail.com.

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