Todd Margolis


Mark Dresser (bass), Myra Melford (piano), Michael Dessen (trombone), Victoria Petrovich (scenic design), John Crawford (telematic video), Todd Margolis (transmedia producer)

In recent years, UC researchers have been leading new developments into telepresence performance, not only by implementing newly emerging network applications that enable high-quality audio and video connections among remote locations, but also by creating new artistic works that explore the potentials of this new medium. Extending upon that research, this concert featured new music composed and performed by Mark Dresser (bass), Myra Melford (piano) and Michael Dessen (trombone), performed in a visual environment created by Victoria Petrovich (scenic design) and John Crawford (telematic video).

With live audiences at both sites, Dresser and Melford performed in San Diego at the Calit2 Theatre within Petrovich's immersive stage design, while Dessen performed in the Calit2 Auditorium at UC Irvine where Crawford integrated live video into both performance spaces. The performances took advantage of a dedicated, high-speed optical network between the Irvine and San Diego buildings of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, a leading research unit based at the University of California.

Telemotions is the result of a two year collaboration between artists, researchers and graduate students who specialize in video, audio, design and computer networking. In my role as Transmedia Producer I created an immersive tele-collaborative performance environment enabling real-time spontaneity and seamless telepresence. This was achieved by utilizing advanced networking, uncompressed HD video, multi-channel streaming audio and digital video with the coordinated efforts of artists, scientists and technologists from the US and abroad. I lead the administrative effort to facilitate funding, budget planning, resource management and staff scheduling.

Supported by the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA), the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA), the Department of Dance and Department of Music at UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School for the Arts, and the Department of Music at UC San Diego. UltraGrid was developed by the University of Southern California/Information Sciences Institute and by the University of Glasgow. Parts of UltraGrid have also been developed by Masaryk University with support from CESNET z.s.p.o.


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Filming and Editing by Alex Matthews


TeleMotions, Calit2 - La Jolla and Irvine, CA