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Ken Atkins
Music Department

January 28, 2013

Zen for Cello: A Tribute to
Charlotte Moorman and Nam June Paik
Performance mixes dance, video, and music


January 28, 2013

NEW ALBANY, Ind. — The Music Department at Indiana University Southeast will present CAMERA LUCIDA, an interactive video and music project, in ZEN FOR CELLO: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLOTTE MOORMAN AND NAM JUNE PAIK on Saturday, February 9 at 7:30pm in the Recital Hall of the Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center on the IU Southeast campus, 4201 Grant Line Road in New Albany.  Admission is free.

Pioneers of avant-garde video and performance, artist Nam June Paik and cellist Charlotte Moorman, spent over twenty years in creative and innovative collaboration. Nam June Paik is considered to be the father of video art and Charlotte Moorman ran the New York Avant-Garde Festival which ran from 1963 to 1980. The duo performed a number of works they created as well as works by other Fluxus artists and Avant-Garde composers. Many of their performances involved using Paik as a prop (sometimes as a cello) as well as video-sculptural objects Paik designed specifically for Moorman.

Camera Lucida, an interactive video and music project that regularly collaborates with dancers, will be recreating a number of the performances by Charlotte Moorman and Nam June Paik. Formed by video artist Roxell Karr and cellist Jon Silpayamanant, the duo uses video software designed to interact with movement artists while providing live electro-acoustic scores which are often heavily improvised.

ZEN FOR CELLO will include video sculptures as well as performances of compositions by John Cage, Nam June Paik, Joan La Barbara, Morton Feldman, and La Monte Young. Local composers Rachel Short, and Jon Silpayamanant will also have compositions featured on the program. Performance artist and dancer, Jamie Lynn Smith, will accompany the local composers works while Camera Lucida provides the interactive video.

Free parking is available in the Dogwood lot directly in front of the Ogle Center.  Vehicles parked in other lots on campus will be subject to ticketing.

For more info about the ZEN FOR CELLO performance or Camera Lucida, or to schedule an interview with Jon Silpayamanant, please call (502) 659-6717, or email at

For more information on this performance, future performances, academic programs and scholarships offered by the IU Southeast Music Department, please call (812) 941-2655 or visit

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