Studio 300 Digital Art and Music Festival returns to Transylvania this October

Artist submissions open until June 28

Computer-based art is a rapidly evolving medium flourishing in a rich diversity of technologies, interdisciplinary styles and aesthetics. The Studio 300 Digital Arts and Music Festival brings to Lexington these latest works and developing genres, providing Transylvania University students and the community an exclusive front row seat at the leading edge of international digital art and music scenes.

A reference to Transylvania University’s 300 North Broadway address, Studio 300 explores creative manifestations of technology through concerts and exhibitions of digital art and music. This year’s two-day festival runs October 3-4 and features concerts in Haggin Auditorium, and multimedia gallery exhibits in the Morlan Gallery and the online Studio 300 BYTE Gallery. The festival also steps into the community with a late-night concert at Al’s Bar.

“What’s special about the Studio 300 Digital Art and Music festival is that it is an intense and interdisciplinary examination of how rapidly evolving technology is constantly supplying new opportunities for creative expression,” said Timothy Polashek, associate professor of music and co-director of the festival. “Transylvania students and faculty are already incredibly active in developing and integrating new technologies into their creative works and academic programs, and this festival brings to campus artists, musicians, and technologists from around the world to share, interact, and learn from each other and the Transylvania and Lexington communities.”

Studio 300 is presented as part of Transylvania’s New Frontiers series, which explores new ideas and perspectives through the arts, humanities and sciences. It also addresses the university’s year-long exploration of “resilience” as its 2019-20 campus theme.

Call for works: Submissions accepted through June 28

Transylvania University is accepting artists’ submissions for the international festival, which takes place on the college’s campus in Lexington, Kentucky.

Works exploring or using the python computer language, artificial intelligence, haptic interfaces, data visualization/sonification, robotics, hardware and internet hacking, virtual/augmented reality, ecological art/music, and interactive internet art/music are particularly welcomed, although all digital art and music submissions on other topics are also encouraged.

Submissions that broadly address resilience (or ephemerality) in digital art/music or human experiences are encouraged. Finally, proposals for demonstrations, talk/paper presentations, workshops, or panel discussions are also welcomed.

Submissions must be received by June 28, 2019. There is no submission fee. For additional information on categories descriptions, submission guidelines, and requirements for accepted composers and artists, visit the Studio 300 website at https://studio300.transy.edu/.

The Studio 300 Digital Art and Music Festival is sponsored by Transylvania’s Digital Liberal Arts Initiative, the Division of Fine Arts, and the Music, Art and Art History, and Digital Arts and Media programs.