IngenuityFest 2013

IngenuityFest 2013

If you are interested in art, technology, innovation and creativity you will want to attend IngenuityFest 2013, presented by Scene Magazine, which will be filled with all of the above plus much more.

IngenuityFest 2013 will be held September 20-22 at Docks 30 and 32 North of FirstEnergy (Browns) Stadium and on Cleveland's lakefront.

Ingenuity Gallery

The Ingenuity Gallery will be an entire warehouse full of innovative art, pressing mediums to the limit and stretching the imagination. This gallery will house large-scale works like "Foothills" by Jeff Chiplis, in which over 60-feet of glowing electric neon creates a mesmerizing landscape, and George Kozmon's monumental "Cloudscape," a massive panoramic mural which will be created onsite throughout the course of the weekend.

The gallery also features work that plays with ideas of technology, past and present. Using images of the first Wright Brother's flier, Kate Shannon's "Construction / Destruction" creates a looped animation speaking to the wonder and dangers of flight, while Target Six-16 by Stephen Tackacs invites audiences to enter a large scale camera obscura.

There will be several pieces of pure Ingenuity combining the exploration of technology with artistic expression from interactive LED walls, holography, soundscapes, and more. The Ingenuity Gallery will also include "A Gallery of Work" by Andrew Reach, "Soniferous Eyes" by Sean Procyk, "Symbolic Logic" by Guy-Vincent Ricketti, "Touch the Sky" by Michael Greenwald, "Light Cone" by Tom Cvetkovich, "Rainfall" by Akimitsu Sadoi, "Boy and a Cat" by Shawn Kearns, "Tesseract and Praxis" by Alex Town, "Short Court" by Jake Myers, and "Preservational Determinism; Preservation In Mind" by Mallory Haas.


IngenuityFest 2013 will have dance, theater, and performances that defy explanation happening all weekend in rotation on one stage. An interior warehouse will be transformed for a weekend into a blackbox theater space where artists explore how humanity is navigating the 21st century.

Red Rovers, an interactive dance/theater experience from Headlong Dance in Philadelphia, will be one of the top performances of the weekend. Audience members will put on JPL Rover Driver conference name tags, get divided up into affinity groups and participate in break-out sessions. Meanwhile, conference hosts Jeff Merbold from the Spirit team and Clementine Nardello from the Opportunity team will reveal the stories of their relationships to each other, the rovers they love, and space itself.

The LUCIDITY SUITCASE Intercontinental is a theater creation team that uses 'rough' media, documentary footage, transformational scenography, improvisation and research to create theatrical epics that peer into not-often seen worlds. In 17 BORDER CROSSINGS, theater director Thaddeus Phillips will step onstage to create a deceptively simple voyage that takes audiences to the frontiers of Tunisia, Bosnia, Cuba, Brazil, Colombia, Bali, Czech Republic, Israel, Jordan, Serbia, Slovenia and Mexico.

In reference to the Festival's theme of "Clouds," the Dancing Wheels Company will perform "Walking on Clouds." The piece was originally choreographed by David Rousseve to celebrate the Company's 25th anniversary. The essence of the piece is a re-creation of real life stories that demonstrate the parallels between the African American and disabled rights communities in their quest for equality.

Verb Ballets will perform "Borrowing Winds," created by their Taiwanese guest artist, Chung-Fu Chang. The piece uses blue costumes to reflect the color of the sky and white 10-foot long sleeves that depict the clouds as they react to the wind.

Test Market Theater will also make an appearance this year. TSTMRKT's latest creation is a broken soundscape that devolves into a stage performance that melds man, machine, time and space.

Dixon's Violin will return to Ingenuity! This digital violinist from Michigan has inspired people across North America with his captivating shows at events such as Burning Man and TedTalks. As a mesmerizing one man-show, no one will want to miss his enchanting performance.

See and hear a dazzling display of light and sound from the Tesla Orchestra when Cleveland's own virtuosos of voltage return to Ingenuity. Two giant Tesla coils will light up the lakefront for an unforgettable display through Friday and Saturday night.

The piece "A World without Windows: Heaven's Overrated" will feature a working guillotine and present an intriguing perspective on death and the afterlife, utilizing historical and biblical references. With mentions of purgatory, the place between heaven and hell, come watch the final judgment of Marie Antoinette.

"THE DISMANTLING OF THE MEN IN ME, A Choreopoem in Three Vignettes" by RA Washington is a series of three vignettes that deal with the concept of defining one's manhood, using found footage/staged video, dance, and music. Through collaborations with some of the regions most accomplished dance/movement artists, and using images and music composed by The New SuRah Orchestar, Washington's new multi-media piece asks us how we as a culture define manhood, personal history, and how these definitions fall away in our darkest moments.

Headlining Musicians

The first night of IngenuityFest 2013, September 20, will be headlined by local Cleveland band mr. Gnome, an experimental indie rock group with a growing cult following across North America and Europe. There will also be a Friday Happy Hour, from 5-7 p.m. with special beer prices, scheduled with performances from live hip hop fusion group Uptowne Buddha and indie rock band These Knees.

On Saturday, September 21, Angel Olsen, an act Pitchfork calls "rough-hewn folk, shimmering and ribboned with dirt-packed veins," will be the headliner. Now based in Chicago, Olsen is said to have a voice that is remarkable, evocative, stark, comforting, and startling all at once.

Other headliners include electronic artist CLASS (Caleb Shomo of Red Bull Records band Beartooth and formerly of pioneering/controversial scene sensations Attack Attack!), bass music phenomenon Thriftworks, Cleveland-native DJ/producer Jason Burns, musical trio Pillars and Tongues, Cleveland-native techno DJ/producer Dan Curtin, and Los Angeles musician Kevin Greenspon who will be performing alongside a robust lineup of amazing local and regional musicians, bands, and electronic artists.

Pinch and Squeal's Voix de Ville: WORLD PREMIERE!

The Voix de Ville (or "Voice of the City") theater is an entertainment venue, art space and learning arena.

Pinch and Squeal are taking what food trucks have done for restaurants and applying the same approach to theater.

They've created a 60 seat mobile tent inspired by the historic Spiegel tents and European tent venues. It will showcase a zany, multi-faceted, neo-vaudeville cast as well as a three piece band and invited guests from all over Cleveland and the US to entertain, enlighten, and share.

Voix de Ville performances will take place throughout the weekend of IngenuityFest 2013.

The Make Space

The 2013 Make Space will give inventors and innovators an opportunity to express their artistic side and share their creations with Festival attendees. The Make Space will be used by manufacturers, DIYers, students, faculty, and anyone else looking to experiment through workshops, explain do-it-yourself projects, showcase cool technologies, participate in crafts, and host mini-presentations.

From industrial design to electronic media, the Cleveland Institute of Art: Creativity Matters booth will bring a display that shows how creativity is changing our world. Talent Alley from NESCO Resource, a leading national provider of staffing and HR solutions, will offer attendees the opportunity to learn about innovative careers and bring some ingenuity to their resumes. Creativity for Kids will also return to IngenuityFest with a zone of fun creative projects for all ages throughout the weekend. Lincoln Electric will be on hand to demo its virtual reality welding trainer as well as robotics.

Other Make Space features include: Tech workshops from The Makers Alliance, The Mobile Fab Lab from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Make Your Own Glowie Monster, The LED Artist Akimitsu Sadoi, Glass Blowing, Beer Boxing, Google Glass Demos, Biocellar Model, Paint with Me by Nate Hodge, Algebra of Ghiri Art by Valerie Grossman and Harsh Mathur, Printed Circuit Board Demos and more!

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About Ingenuity

Ingenuity ignites a creative spark where the arts, business, science, and technology intersect. By animating Cleveland's undiscovered urban spaces with world-class, innovative experiences, Ingenuity provides a unique platform to explore the space where human creativity meets technology, while celebrating the unique strengths and resources of our region.

The 2013 IngenuityFest is presented by Scene Magazine. Ingenuity, now planning its 9th annual Festival, is grateful for major support from The George Gund Foundation, The Cleveland Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council/National Endowment for the Arts, and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, as well as hundreds of businesses and private individuals. Additional funding for the 2013 Festival is provided by the Abington Foundation, Automotive Events, Baker & Hostetler LLP, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Public Library, Creativity for Kids, Dominion Foundation, ECKART America, Equity Trust, Forest City, Fox Charitable Foundation, Geis Companies, Grafix Plastics, Huntington, Kent Displays, KeyCorp Foundation, Lincoln Electric, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Nesco Resources, Red Bull, Reminger Foundation, Rogers, Svedka, Third Federal Foundation, Thomas H. White Foundation, Thompson Hine, Ulmer & Berne LLP, and William M. Weiss Foundation.

Since its inception in 2004, IngenuityFest has produced and presented over 250 hours of programming, partnered with over 100 local companies and organizations, attracted over 250,000 attendees, and generated over $30 million in economic benefit to the City of Cleveland.

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