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Folklife Festival

The Indiana University exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival brings together traditional and modern technologies to illustrate the spectrum of technology that shapes contemporary life, and to demonstrate how Indiana leads the way in developing and using emerging technologies in creative activity, research and scholarship.

The traditional arts are represented by Traditional Arts Indiana, a partnership of Indiana University Bloomington and the Indiana Arts Commission dedicated to expanding public awareness of Indiana’s rich heritage of traditional arts.  The Fort Wayne-based Sisters of the Cloth quilting guild will participate during the first week of the Folklife Festival, displaying their handmade works of art and demonstrating quilting techniques and technologies.  In the second week, Indiana instrument builders will demonstrate their skills in building and playing musical instruments.: Milan Opacich, a master luthier specializing in tamuritzas; Ivan Guernsey, a luthier who builds resonator guitars; and Larry Hopkins, who makes fiddles, mandolins and guitars will be accompanied by fiddler and teacher Jeff Guernsey.

Folklife FEstival

Emerging arts that rely on new technological forms will be represented by IU faculty members Scott Deal (IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology) and Margaret Dolinsky (IUB College of Arts and Sciences).  Deal, who will be on-site during the first week of the festival, composed Auksalaq, a telematics opera exploring global climate change (  Winner of the 2011 Internet2 IDEA Award, Auksalaq’s world premiere will be October 29th, 2012, to be performed simultaneously at 5 sites across the world with audience interaction made possible by software called NOMADS. Segments of Auksalq have been performed previously, and will be displayed at the SIFF.  Dolinsky, who will be on-site during the second week, uses real-time interactive animation to produce works that have been exhibited across the US.  Her work Emotable Portraits, which uses facial detection systems to blur the line between art and observer, will be on display at SIFF.

Indiana University’s expertise in information technology and computing will be demonstrated in three other parts of the SIFF exhibit.  Tabletop exhibits relying on “OpenExhibit” software will allow visitors to explore the IU archives, including imagery, videos, and historical documents.   Watch Hoagy Carmichael perform or promotional films about IU from the 1940s; view exhibits from the Herron School of Art and Design or leaf through pages of the Golden Book, which highlights members of the IU community who have served our nation in wartime.

Places and Spaces, designed by IU faculty member Katy Borner (School of Library and Information Sciences), maps science across the globe.  Science maps enable us to understand the dynamic structure of science and technology, illustrating how fields and individual scholars are connected, or where different kinds of science are performed.  The exhibit enables visitors to see science globally, in ways made possible through emerging information technologies.

GlobalNOC WorldView is an interactive, real-time network visualization system that lets visitors explore the globe and see how Indiana University faculty and staff records and documents folk arts and crafts through the lens of ethnomusicology and folklore scholarship.  Included is an overview of artists and craftspeople around Indiana and their work within the Traditional Arts Indiana group.