Commissioned Multimedia work for the 2022 Juilliard School Center for Innovation in the Arts Beyond the Machine Festival

String Quartet No. 4 – Multimedia work for string quartet, dancer, and visual

Commissioned Multimedia work for the 2022 Juilliard School Center for Innovation in the Arts Beyond the Machine Festival

The Program 

This year, the Center for Innovation in the Arts (CIA) at Juilliard is expanding its offerings with the launch of Future Stages, a series of innovative programs that feature virtual reality technologies, immersive theatrical experiences, a 360-Ambisonic music installation and interactive video design. The Center for Innovation in the Arts recognizes that each generation has a unique story to tell. It is our mission to provide Juilliard artists with the tools and opportunities to bring those stories to life and help shape the emerging landscape of the performing arts.  

The performance series is linked to a fall elective for graduate students also called Future Stages. In it, ​​students explore the ways emerging technologies, trans-disciplinary design and global interconnectivity are changing the way we create, perform, and experience the arts. The class also includes workshops with artists and designers working in emerging art forms.

​​In keeping with the spirit of intellectual and creative exploration at the CIA, the premiere season of Future Stages is the result of a semester-long inquiry into the evolving nature of live performance with discussions of works by artists, writers and philosophers Primary areas of interest include the emergence of new narrative structures, the extension of the body with interactive tools, interaction with artificial intelligence, and immersive, virtual and mixed reality environments. 

Future Stages performance will begin with The Atrium – An Ambisonic Music Installation that features a complex configuration of audio and video monitors that result in a 360 sonic environment. The musical experience changes as listeners move about the installation. 

The Installation is followed by Allegory – Four Immersive Experiences developed by collaborations between Juilliard students, alumni and CIA designers working in the InterArts program.  There is no seating for Allegory.  The audience is encouraged to move about the space and interact with the artists and media.  The final program on Future Stages is Beyond the Machine 22.0: Music for a Sacred Space, a concert of electro-acoustic music featuring interactive audio and video technology.

In April and May two Future Stages events will appear on virtual platforms.  Future Stages VR will be a virtual reality experience based on works developed for the live event.  The second and final program of the season is Art of the Score, a program of independent films by filmmakers from around the world featuring original musical scores by Juilliard composers.

Future Stages 2023 – 30 Years of Interdisciplinary Collaboration at Juilliard

Next year the Center is planning a special program to celebrate the 30th anniversary of interdisciplinary and multimedia performances at Juilliard. Students interested in the Future Stages class or other classes at the Center for Innovation in the Arts should contact the Registrar.  Students and alumni interested in participating in Future Stages performance events should contact ciastaff@juilliard.edu or ebilous@juilliard.edu.

The Center for Innovation in the Arts (CIA) recognizes that each generation has a unique place in history with its own stories to tell. It is our mission to provide Juilliard artists with the tools and opportunities to bring those stories to life and to help shape the emerging landscape of the performing arts. In keeping with our mission, the CIA is launching Future Stages, a series of innovative, interdisciplinary programs that feature immersive experiences, extended reality technologies, 360-Ambisonic music installations, and innovative video and film design. 

The performance series is linked to a fall elective for graduate students also called Future Stages. In it, ​​students explore the ways emerging technologies, trans-disciplinary design and global interconnectivity are changing the way we create, perform, and experience the arts. The class also includes hands-on experiences with technology led by artists and designers working in emerging art forms.

​​In keeping with the spirit of intellectual and creative exploration at the CIA, the premiere season of Future Stages is the result of a semester-long inquiry into the evolving nature of live performance with discussions of works by artists, writers and philosophers. Primary areas of interest include the emergence of new narrative structures derived from social media and extended realities, the extension of the body with interactive tools and motion capture technology, interaction with machines and artificial intelligence,  and immersive, virtual and mixed reality environments. 

Future Stages performance will begin with The Atrium – An Ambisonic Music Installation that features a complex configuration of audio and video monitors that result in a 360 sonic environment. The musical experience changes as listeners move about the installation. 

The Installation is followed by Allegory – Four Immersive Experiences developed by collaborations between Juilliard students, alumni and CIA designers. There is no seating for The Atrium or Allegory.  The audience is encouraged to move about the space and interact with the artists and media. The final program on Future Stages is Beyond the Machine 22.0: Music for a Sacred Space, a concert of electro-acoustic music featuring interactive audio and video technology.

In April and May two other Future Stages events will launch on virtual platforms. Future Stages VR will be a virtual reality experience based on works presented at the live event. The second and final program of the season is Art of the Score, a screening of independent films by filmmakers from around the world featuring original musical scores by Juilliard composers.

Join Future Stages 2023 

Next year the Center is planning a special program to celebrate the 30th anniversary of interdisciplinary and multimedia performances at Juilliard. Students interested in the Future Stages class or other classes at the Center for Innovation in the Arts should contact the Registrar.  Students and alumni interested in participating in Future Stages performance events should contact ciastaff@juilliard.edu or ebilous@juilliard.edu.

About the Center for Innovation in the Arts 

The Center for Innovation in the Arts (formerly the Music Technology Center) was created in 1993 to provide students with the opportunity to use technology in the creation and performance of new works. Since then, the program has expanded to include classes in music production, film scoring, and performance technology. 

In 2009, the Music Technology Center moved to a state-of-the-art facility that includes a record and mix suite to support music production activities and a digital playroom with interactive performance technology. The Center’s performance activities take place in the Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater and feature a variety of interactive audio, lighting, and computer systems. In 2012 the Music Technology Center was renamed the Center for Innovation in the Arts (CIA) to reflect the growing opportunities for students in all divisions to collaborate on innovative projects and explore new ways of creating and performing with digital technologies. 

Center for Innovation in the Arts 

Creative and Production Team

Edward Bilous, Director

William David Fastenow, Director of Technology

Nathan Prillaman, Department Coordinator, Music Producer

B. Rafidi, Manager of Performance Activities, Production Stage Manager

Anna Driftmier, Scenographer

Paul Hudson, Lighting Designer

Jeff Bryant, Video Editor

Collin Chudwick, Video Projection Engineer

Ruben Brockhaus, Virtual Art Director

Maria Emilie-Bürger, Visual Designer

Friedrich Schadow, Creative Technologist

Mikkel Lodahl, Narrative Architecture Consultant

Faculty

Edward Bilous, faculty

Daniel Freeman, faculty

Mari Kimura, faculty

Nathan Prillaman, faculty