The multimedia opera Auksalaq by composer MATTHEW BURTNER and media artist SCOTT DEAL has received a Special Judges’ Citation from The American Prize 2014, in the professional theater works division, for “Extraordinary Use of Technology to Expand the Boundaries of Performance”. “Auksalaq” was selected from works reviewed this summer from all across the United States. The jury wrote of Auksalaq:“ : “through sound and picture …one is immersed in the beauty—and recognizes the fragility—of the natural world.”
Auksalaq is a ground-breaking multimedia work that received the 2011 IDEA Award from Internet2. This ecoacoustic opera is performed simultaneously on multiple stages around the world, with musicians and audiences interacting across networks. Auksalaq was the first opera to feature its own audience interactive smart phone app, a technology called NOMADS developed by the Interactive Media Research Group at UVA. NOMADS allows viewers around the world to interact with one another and directly influence the music in real time. Audience members and reviewers coined the term “Appera” to describe Auksalaq. The work was released by EcoSono in 2013 as a DVD and streaming film.
Read more about the American Prize awards at: http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com
Watch Auksalaq here: http://vimeo.com/ondemand/auksalaq