This year, several video and film works in Sundance’s New Frontiers program at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art examine interactivity through the paradigm of video games, and the paint-by-numbers offering by Kim Schoenstadt, the museum’s first Catherine Doctorow Prize winner. So Spy Hop Productions’ collaborative exhibition Sonic Squeeze fits right in. The experiment in digital media by the youth media-arts center lets viewers not only interact with the installation, but also with each other.
Spy Hop music, audio and game-design instructors put together Sonic Squeeze with input from Spy Hop students. It’s a combination of tone generators, video games and drum machines. You can create sounds at any one of three stations, but when all three are played simultaneously, you can invent your own song. It’s an experiment in more than technology—it teaches a lot about teamwork, as well as improvisation in music and artistic creativity in general. (Brian Staker)
Spy Hop: Sonic Squeeze@ Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 20 S. West Temple, 801-328-4201, through March 24, free. SpyHop.org, UtahMOCA.org
Date: Mar 13, 2012
Address: 20 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, 84101
Where: Utah Museum of Contemporary Art