Robert Martin is a composer and performance artist. He is presently teaching digital media at California State University in Los Angeles. He has worked with Morton Subotnik, Joan La Barbara, Steina and Woody Vasulka at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach FL. Since that time he has had the opportunity to lecture, perform and exhibit in Haiti, Germany, Russia, Brazil, Paris, London, Vancouver, Istanbul, and main land China. He enjoys showing the world the benefits of using both science and technology to improve themselves as both artist and human beings.
Robert has utilized and defined new intellectual and technological developments in ways that have radically expanded conventional media. His New Genres work is an expanded vocabulary of both visual art and music for performers who want to break boundaries between technologies and a variety of art disciplines. Some of these disciplines include laser light drawing/sculpture, video, sound art, performance, installation, and electronic dance music.
Image | Synergy: Laser Light and Dance Performance
Voudou Journey is a live interactive digital video performance controlled with a shoulder midi keyboard and gloves controller. The title of this work is inspired by Haitian, Brazilian, Cuban, Trinidad, and other cultures that conduct Voudou ceremonies (a religion of some people of Africa). Other influences are the performances of Bauhaus choreographer Oskar Schlemmer’s work. Voudou, the faith, and Schlemmer’s work are meant to reflect their most noted characteristics, a melody of sense and non-sense characterized by color, form, nature, art, and mixed media. This work incorporates animation with audio using improvised qualities found in jazz. My music is also influenced by the music of John Coltrane, John Cage, and African Voudou rhythms. Overall, this performance will introduce its audience to a work that constantly displays a natural interactive mixture of art and life.
Extrasensory perception (ESP) involves receiving information not gained through the recognized senses and not inferred from experience. This method of communication influenced me to produce a work that would require my brain and body movements to serve as an interface controller. I can visualize brain waves in real-time 3-D mapping using live video and an Interactive Brainwave Visual Analyzer. I can also control media such as QuickTime Movies, samples, MIDI, 3-D sound position, and sound effects. MAX software delivers my messages in real-time to other media, such as lighting systems and animation. Biofeedback medical technology, such as the EEG, body temperature variations, heart rate, and galvanic responses, are used to analyze my emotions.
The State Theater is located half a block from the Fox Theater. It opened as the Palms Theater for Kunsky-Loew’s Theaters on October 29, 1925, it was built on the site of the (first) Grand Circus Theater (1913-1924). It was equipped with a Wurlitzer theater organ. Renamed State Theater, on June 18, 1928 it screened its first ‘talkie’:“Glorious Betsy” starring Dolores Costello & Conrad Nagel. On May 22, 1937 it was renamed Palms-State Theater. Later operated by United Detroit Theaters it was renamed State Theater again. It was closed as a movie theater in 1983. After several years laying empty, it became Clubland, a dance club/concert hall from September 28, 1989. The State Theater was taken over by Live Nation and in 2007 was re-named The Fillmore. It was restored in 2018, reopening in October 2018.
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