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Friday, November 18 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Media Clown: Augmented Reality

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Media Clown is an ongoing, devised research project that utilizes Augmented Reality and virtual green screen production to break the fourth wall between the physical and digital worlds for a live virtual broadcast. A Beckett-meets-Buster satire of Big Tech, Media Clown tells the story of an oddball entrepreneur as he tries to raise capital for his idealistic (and potentially catastrophic) invention. Three audience members in Las Vegas and three audience members attending virtually from around the globe will be selected to participate in the live, telepresent performance, which is realized via UnReal Engine, Touch Designer, Zoom, Zoom OSC, Qlab, Lens Studio, and motion capture via Optitrack integration. The broadcast audience at LDI and online will also have the opportunity to interact with the solo performer via a custom web app.

Additionally, LDI audiences present in Las Vegas will be offered an exclusive peek behind-the-scenes with a simultaneous side-by-side view of our virtual greenscreen studio in Iowa City. After the performance, join us for a Q&A with the interdisciplinary team comprised of industry professionals from theatre, visual art, engineering, and computer science based at the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts. 

Media Clown is produced in affiliation with the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts and is sponsored by Epic Mega Grants and the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

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Daniel Fine

Assistant Professor of Digital Media in Performance, University of Iowa
Daniel Fine is an assistant professor of Digital Media in Performance. He has a co-appointment in Dance and is a core faculty member of the Public Digital Arts Cluster. Daniel is an artist, scholar, and technologist working in immersive, responsive, mediated environments, site-specific locations and installations for interactive users, audiences and live performance. By combining the simple, traditional forms of storytelling with that of new media... Read More →

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Matthew Ragan

Co-Founder, SudoMagic
Matthew has worked as an educator, mentor and counselor for over 15 years. He has a robust archive of teaching resources for the creative-coding community, and specializes in creating interactive systems for digital environments. He received his MFA from Arizona State University in... Read More →
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Paul Kalina

Co-producer, Performer
Paul Kalina is the Performer and Co-Creator of Media Clown and an Associate Professor of Movement Studies and the Head of Acting at the University of Iowa. Some Performer credits include: The 39 Steps (Drury Lane Oakbrook)., 500 Clown Macbeth, 500 Clown Frankenstein, 500 Clown... Read More →
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Emily Berkheimer

Assistant Technical Director, Media Clown
Emily Berkheimer is the assistant technical director for Media Clown, working in development for AR, virtual environments, and visual effects, and operating systems for motion capture and live compositing. Since getting her bachelor’s degree at the University of Iowa, Emily has... Read More →
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Courtney Gaston

Assistant Professor, Wesleyan
Courtney Gaston is an Assistant Professor of the Practice at Wesleyan University in Connecticut (USA) where she teaches lighting and media design and works as a freelance designer. As a lighting, scenic, and media designer, her research focuses on integrating new technologies with... Read More →
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Jordan "J.J." Jones

MFA Stage Management Candidate, University of Iowa
Jordan “J.J.” Jones is currently a second-year graduate student at the University of Iowa in the MFA Stage Management program. After graduating from Carson-Newman University in 2016, she has worked in Nebraska, Virginia, Alabama, Minnesota, Tennessee, and with a touring production... Read More →
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Chelsea June

Co-Art Director
Chelsea is a 2020 graduate from the University of Iowa’s MFA design program, based out of NYC. Chelsea began her studies as a costume designer and left as a multidisciplinary designer with a heavy focus in media design. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began she has been freelancing... Read More →
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Travis Kelley

Associate Director of Technology, University of Iowa
Travis Kelley is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He is a Video Designer by day and a Software Developer by night. Travis likes to explore how emerging technologies can power VR, AR, and interactive experiences. As part of his projects... Read More →
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Leigh Marshall

Co-Creator / Lead Writer
LEIGH M. MARSHALL is a multidisciplinary writer, performer, and editor. Marshall's work has been selected for the Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival (FAME HEAUX), the Ground Floor Residency at Berkeley Repertory Theater (THE ROSALINE PLAY), The Examined Life Conference (LATERALITY... Read More →

Friday November 18, 2022 11:00am - 12:30pm PST