wats:ON 2011: Speed | Thursday 17 – Saturday 19 March 2011-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, February 25, 2011

wats:ON 2011: Speed | Thursday 17 – Saturday 19 March 2011

curated by Pablo Garcia and Spike Wolff

Thursday 17 March    


Kresge Theatre, 7:30pm
Jeff Lieberman is an MIT scientist, multi-media artist, musician, videographer and host of the Discovery Channel series ‘Time Warp’, using high-speed photographic technologies to see beyond the limits of normal human perception.

World Premiere: presenting a new original work created especially for the wats:ON Festival; the entire time-lapse video project will be choreographed, shot and edited on campus with students earlier in the day.

Friday 18 March

LEIMAY: ‘Becoming’becoming

Kresge Theatre, 7:30pm
Leimay: Ximena Garnica + Shige Moriya present the U.S. premiere of their latest collaborative dance-video project. ‘Becoming’ meditates on the continuous cycles of life and death, the modern human search for identity and the struggle to become someone. Contrasting wild physicality with meditative stillness, Leimay’s performance works synthesize dance, live manipulated video and original live music. Collaborators include an international group of artists from the U.S., Colombia, Japan and the Czech Republic, including composer Roland Toledo and dancers Denisa Musilova, Miyu Leilani and Masanori Asahara.

Saturday 19 March

FILM FESTIVAL: Short Films and a presentation by TelcoSystems

ACH/ Studio for Creative Inquiry, 7:30pm
A film double feature pushing the limits and extremes of our perception.
A selection of time-based film shorts, followed by a presentation by Dutch new-media art group TelcoSystems.



Interactive photo booth, where technology allows users to see their fast moving activity played back in slow motion, capturing details not visible to the naked eye.


‘9 Beet Stretch’

CFA Great Hall
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony stretched to 24 hours, a soundscape by Scandinavian artist Leif Inge.

‘Speed’ Notes from the Curators

Notions of speed in contemporary culture are often tied to technology and its impact on everyday life. Information dissemination and interactions are accelerating, and with it hopes and fears of the future change with every new invention or discovery. Our culture of speed harnesses energies beyond our comprehension, while calling into question the nature of our everyday reality.

Speed is not merely acceleration, but a magnitude of velocity, fast or slow. It becomes a measure of time and space, of dislocation and change, of transformation and evolution. The extremes of fast and slow heighten our awareness of our surroundings, creating a seamless interface between the visceral and the subliminal. Speed creates a blur between what is real and what is imagined.

wats:ON 2011 will examine speed in relation to the production and presentation of creative work encompassing a range of interdisciplinary events.

- Pablo Garcia and Spike Wolff, Curators, 2011 wats:ON? Festival
History of the Festival
The Jill Watson Festival Across the Arts (wats:ON?) was created to honor the life of Jill Watson, whose interest in the arts inspired others through her work and her teaching. The festival celebrates Jill's commitment to an interdisciplinary philosophy as an artist and celebrates her accomplishments and reputation as an architect. Jill Watson was a Carnegie Mellon University alumna, adjunct faculty member in the School of Architecture and acclaimed Pittsburgh architect who died in the TWA Flight 800 plane crash on July 17, 1996.

The 2010 wats:ON returned the festival to its original form as an interdisciplinary series of events, made possible by the generous support of the Jill Watson Family Foundation.

We thank the following for their generous support:
College of Fine Arts - School of Architecture, School of Art, School of Design, School of Drama, School of Music and the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry.