Mark McCoin, a CU film department instructor and master of Fine Arts degree candidate, presented "Gifts from Unknown Islands," a collaboration of performance art, design and technology on Nov. 20-21, 2009 in the Black Box. Collaborators included technical directors, artists, fabricators, musicians and editors, as well as set, lighting and costume designers.
Multi-media technologies combined with live performance included:
- Live hands playing a rhythmic, percussion duet with pre-recorded video hands projected on to drum surfaces.
- A microscope camera projecting biological images onto large white spheres in real time.
- An aerial dancer/performance artist performing within a translucent screen upon which images, colors and shapes were projected.
- Multiple circular screens simultaneously serving as drumheads for percussion and screens/surfaces for montages of projected video and stills.
"This piece is a series of collaborative duets on many levels, both involving humans with various technologies, as well as humans with other humans," McCoin said. "Many of the ideas, manifestations, fabrications and performance outcomes were determined by this group of highly talented and creative individuals. I am extremely grateful to have been a part of this collaborative community."