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Contact: Teresa S. Thomas

For immediate release:
March 25, 2002

Film Screening and Live Performance Artist Performs at Carnegie Mellon, Pitt

PITTSBURGH—Miranda July, internationally acclaimed video artist and multimedia performer, will present two evenings of film screening and live performance April 18 - 19 at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.

At 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 18, there will be a screening of July's works in the Regina Miller Gouger Gallery in the Purnell Center for the Arts on the Carnegie Mellon campus. The screening will be free and open to the public. At 8 p.m., Friday, April 19, she will perform in "The Swan Tool," a multimedia performance described as a live movie of digital human interactivity incorporating technologies such as video and digital architecture. The multimedia performance takes place at the Masonic Temple on the University of Pittsburgh campus. The tickets for the performance are $7, $3 with a student ID.

The performance will be followed by a reception featuring sonic work by audio artist Colongib.

Colongib (aka Christopher Graves) is a sonic artist based in Pittsburgh, whose medium is electronic music and live feed mixing. His work has been described as "building a new language in music" for incorporating a variety of sounds by holding microphones and using electronic synthesis and sampling, "altered often beyond recognition and fitted together as if originally from the same world."

Carnegie Mellon's Center for Arts in Society, its Office of the Vice Provost of Education, and its College of Fine Arts, the Pittsburgh Filmmakers, City Paper's Film Kitchen Series, and the University of Pittsburgh's PITT ARTS are cosponsoring the performances.

July's work has been featured and recognized at sites such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the International Film Festival. She is currently touring internationally with "The Swan Tool," commissioned by the Rotterdamse Schouwburg of the Netherlands, the International Film Festival of Rotterdam and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art of Oregon. July has been praised for her groundbreaking video performances and their "reinvention of space."

Advance tickets are available for the April 19 performance in the PITT ARTS Office in the William Pitt Union on the University of Pittsburgh campus (412-624-4498), Pittsburgh Filmmakers at 477 Melwood Avenue (412-681-5449), or at the Information Desk in the University Center on the Carnegie Mellon campus (412-268-2107).

For further information about Miranda July and her visit to Pittsburgh, contact Tim Haggerty at 412-268-6211 or Melissa Ragona at 412-268-5279.


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