SPY HOP PRODUCTIONS SHOWCASES DIGITAL ART AT UTAH MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (January 17, 2012) — Spy Hop Productions, Utah’s only youth media arts center, looks at the idea of “collaboration” through its new exhibition at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA). A digital media experiment, SONIC SQUEEZE invites visitors to play an interactive game that only gets better when you work together.
Created by Spy Hop Productions music, audio and game design instructors with input from Spy Hop students, SONIC SQUEEZE is a 21st century mash-up of video games, drum machines and tone makers. Play the game to create sounds from one of three stations – but work together with other participants to get all three games to create your own song.
“SpyHop provides cutting-edge educational opportunities for youth in our community, especially in the kinds of new forms of media and transmedia that are so important now in the world of contemporary art,” said Adam Price, Executive Director of UMOCA. “We are delighted to be able to give our visitors an opportunity to see new work by tomorrow’s artistic leaders today.”
Kasandra VerBrugghen, Executive Director of Spy Hop Productions, "We're thrilled to be back at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. All of Spy Hop’s programs blend together art and creative technology and its great to have an opportunity to show off some of the innovative projects we’re working on.”
SONIC SQUEEZE exhibits from Tuesday, January 24 – March 24. Concurrent exhibitions at UMOCA include 2012 Sundance Film Festival New Frontier and Kim Schoenstadt, recipient of the Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting. Hours vary daily, see www.utahmoca.org for more information.
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (formerly Salt Lake Art Center) was recognized as Best Museum in the State of Utah for 2011. Founded in 1931 and now located in the heart of Salt Lake City, UMOCA exhibits groundbreaking work by leading local and international artists. Recent exhibitions include Fallen Fruit of Utah, a state-wide collaboration with museums and individuals about the role of fruit in Utah’s history, led by artist collective Fallen Fruit; and Doublespeak, codes and entendres by contemporary women artists. Current exhibitions include Kim Schoenstadt, winner of the 2011 Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting; and Mirko Martin’s Noir; upcoming exhibitions include Sundance Film Festival New Frontier, and also Play Me I’m Yours, inviting the people of Salt Lake to show off their piano skills on street corners all over Salt Lake. UMOCA rounds out its offerings with a lively mix of award-winning educational programs, film screenings, panel discussions, and events celebrating Salt Lake’s vibrant local art scene. UMOCA is located at 20 S. West Temple, just off the intersection with South Temple. Admission is free year-round. Business hours are Tuesday-Thursday: 11 am-6 pm; Friday: 11 am-9 pm; Saturday: 11 am-6 pm; closed Sunday and Monday. For more information call (801) 328-4201 or visit www.slartcenter.org.
About Spy Hop Productions
Spy Hop Productions is a nonprofit youth media arts and education center whose purpose is to empower youth to express their voice and with it create positive change in their lives, their community, and the world. Our mission is to encourage free expression, self-discovery, critical and inventive thinking, and skilled participation via the big screen, the airwaves, and the web. Recognized by the White House as one of the top arts and humanities based organizations in the country, Spy Hop was chosen as a finalist for the 2010 National Arts and Humanities Youth Award given by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. www.spyhop.org
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