Red Bull House of Art Synesthesia Spotlight: Cicada Parade

cicada paradeYou might have seen the members of Cicada Parade perform before, but never together like this.

Cicada Parade creates a collaborative performance using abstract art, dimensional concepts and audiovisual soundscapes to stimulate the senses. Members Mathew Milo, Christin Belcher and Angel Milo collaborate and overlap their different skill sets to create this new audio visual stimulation communication, which you can be one of the first to witness at Red Bull House of Art Synesthesia on Saturday, November 21.

How do you create your art/music? What is your creative process? We are building from experimentation.“I like to sit down and work hard on a new idea until I can make something beautiful that has potential. At this point, I continue working on the project until I beat it to death and then try desperately to revive it.” -Mathew Milo

What is your studio like? What else do you do on the side? Currently the Cicada Parade project is being built from within two separate private studios, with one leaning towards visual and the other in audio. Other projects vary from member to member with creative services for clients.

What are your future goals for your art/music? To provide a therapeutic outlet for people. ART/MUSIC: Make it. Share it.

What do you want us to know about your music, your art, or anything at all? A footprint is much like a rabbit, both enjoy designing cakes.

You can find out more information about Cicada Parade on their website and Facebook page, and don’t miss them on November 21! 

Red Bull House of Art Synesthesia Spotlight: Atarilogic

atarilogic-hiphop-producer5Creating traditional hip hop music and pop culture art, Noah Mattern started making loops on a guitar and an old drum machine a long time ago. Eventually, samplers and computers came into his life as his artwork continued to develop. “I grew up in the 80s, so a lot of my style is derived from the bright visual patterns and explosive musical style of the era.”

Mattern, the man behind Atarilogic, attributes much of his background to interacting with good people and learning from other creative types in all fields. “There are lots of stories there, but mainly the support and inspiration of others has guided much of my development in the art and music realm.”

Atarilogic has done gallery shows regionally and also performed musically on a national level. You might have seen him at ORANJE 2010 where he did an art installation. On top of his art and musical endeavors, he founded a design company called Maximumedia Design in Lafayette, Indiana. “The studio is a building I bought and turned into a minimal space with clean elements where I can get loud without waking my family or confusing the neighbors. It is also a large scale interactive installation I am changing constantly. By tweeting @MaxDesignOnline, the first 8 characters will display in our window. Fun!”

Can you tell us some information about your art/music? How would you describe it? I love dance music and fun, splashy synths as well as darker, minimal spaces. It is all a part of the experience. I explore experimentally and am most creative when I am able to take things to the extreme, stand right at the edge and jump.

Where do you find the inspiration for your project? I love good design and aesthetics. I like to merge haunted elements with lighter aspects of sound design – so, even my sappy instruments have a touch of static. I think this is all inspired by my mood and interaction with things around me, most powerfully film and location. Tight spaces produce an entirely different sensation than sweeping landscapes and are equally valuable in inspiring composition to me.

How do you create your art/music? What is your creative process? I dig vinyl and create sounds in my studio or on the road. I like to explore experimentally and let an arrangement take me where it will. Sometimes I have an iconic idea or a riff on an existing archetype or image. I will take that and develop it until my reaction is typically to smile or laugh. I hate to elevate my artwork more than I could without speaking about it, but I like Art that gets a reaction and if you can’t accept the existential humor in all things, you probably wouldn’t get my work. Even my darker or political work is challenging in its sense of humor.

What are your future goals for your art/music? To produce a visual style guide to my work so that other artists can recreate it without requiring my presence. It is a factory formula I think would be fun in an executive sense. I am also working on a novel and my music is becoming more thematic, less pop.

What are you most excited about for Synesthesia? What’s in store for us on November 21? I am excited to interact with the audience, to produce an audiovisual effect that will be interesting to them; perhaps making them think, dance or otherwise become a part of the overall experience. Plus, I will have FREE stickers! I have a total sensory package being readied for deployment. Did I mention FREE stickers?! See you there.

What should we know about you? I don’t take myself too seriously and neither should you. Mainly, the way you interact or interpret the world is Art. How you choose to announce that or otherwise depict or “pronounce” that is what makes you an artist, whether you are a videographer or a plumber. You define what Art is, not me.

Red Bull House of Art Synesthesia Spotlight: BrainTwins

BrainTwinsMeet Jessica Dunn and Justin Shimp, a collaborative art duo called BrainTwins. Together, they combine their explorations in analog and digital media to create experimental multimedia installations utilizing sound, animation, projection and sculpture.

Dunn, aka Sesseka, has a visual arts background in painting and sculpture and likes to do a lot of the art direction and work in analog media. Shimp has a background in video production, programming and audio. The duo met in 2011 and began collaborating, first by simply doodling together and slipping personalized notes in orders shipping out at Joyful Noise Recordings. From then on, they have found there are limitless ways to collaborate and evolve their creative process.

BrainTwins capture the essence of Synesthesia in their work by setting no limits on the types of media used in their projects, crossing over between animation, sculpture, sound and anything else they can get their hands on. You could consider these two “platform agnostics” discovering samples of the world around them, combining those samples, remixing, layering, editing…their creative process taking twists and turns all along the way.

Where do you find the inspiration for your project? Synesthesia is a phenomenon we both experience and is ongoing inspiration for our work along with other psychological and perceptual phenomena/illusions. Our work is a response and homage to sensory overload and how it transports our psyche into new, abstract spaces. We hope to provide gateways for viewers to step outside of their own preconceived constructs of the physical world and explore the hard to define territory deep in the unconscious mind.

Where can we find your works? In the past, we have shown some BrainTwins pieces at Installation Nation, Primary Colours, Tanjerine, and events with Big Car and General Public Collective. Music is a huge part of our lives so we do a lot of work with Musical Family Tree, record labels, and bands; making music videos, designing album covers, apparel, stage design, live projections, etc. A good place to check out our work is on our website where you can take a look at both commercial work and experimental stuff we’ve been doing lately.

Is this your full-time job? BrainTwins is our full time job and we have a studio space within a video production house. We balance design projects, animation work, story boarding, murals and other client work with the more experimental stuff. Our studio mainly consists of computers, Wacom tablets, samplers, programs, various instruments/art supplies and a somewhat organized file cabinet filled with thousands of drawings/frames of animation.

What are your future goals for your art/music? Our main goal is to continue to sustain our art projects and collaborate with even more artists. We have some concepts in the works that we’d like to see pan out in the near future such as a TV show, a video game and the creation of a larger studio/gallery space where we can create more environments and interactive films.

What are you most excited about for Synesthesia? Each of the participating artists in Synesthesia are so different, so it will be cool to see the various interpretations manifest in different sounds/forms throughout the night. Come check us out and hallucinate! You will see a lot…sometimes you won’t know what you’re looking at but you might feel a sensation that’s oddly specific.

Don’t miss BrainTwins at The Speak Easy for Red Bull House of Art Synesthesia on November 21!

Red Bull House of Art Synesthesia Spotlight: Mr. Kinetik

Mr. KinetikMr. Kinetik has been involved in music since he was a child playing with a plastic saxophone and guitar. And it’s no surprise that music has influenced his life since his parents have played instruments and his sister and aunt have been involved in the arts. In fact, his talented aunt even painted a mural on a wall at his grandparents’ house in Michigan City over 40 years ago.

With a Bachelors in Media Arts: Recording Industry Studies from Butler University, Kinetik is a not only a one-man band, but he’s also a public school educator working from K-12 in general education, special education and alternative education. His late great-grandfather was a member of a gospel quartet for close to 60 years even while working full-time, which has been his inspiration for staying with music.

No stranger to the art and music scene, Mr. Kinetik has been a former ORANJE participant three different times with two different projects. Now, as a participant in Red Bull House of Art Synesthesia, Mr. Kinetik will be creating sounds and music using different mediums. “I always liked to experiment with colors but really got more into it after college,” he said. “It became a way for me to channel other ideas and I always listen to music while I’m painting and just paint with the music.

Can you tell us some information about your art and music? How would you describe it? My art and music has always been a reflection of my moments in life; time capsules if you will, ways for me to remember what was going on. So with that my art and music has range because life has range. My art and music is about exploration and experimentation as well, seeing how far I can go with an idea or technique.

Where did you find the inspiration for your project? I wanted to do something that uses most of my background knowledge and abilities but introduced an element that is new. So there are parts of the project that I’ll test ahead of time but ultimately, the audience gets to experience it with me at its early stages.

What is your creative process? I start with an idea. Sometimes it’s just a word or a feeling. I design with the end in mind. Musically, I look at tones as a color spectrum. Lower tones are darker, higher tones are brighter. Some songs don’t need the whole spectrum, some just need flashes of certain colors. From there I can decide what instruments seem right to put into it. All of this happens very quickly otherwise I can get sidetracked. I like to work quickly.

What are your future goals for your art/music? I really want my music and art to reach further and engage more people. I really want to work with a symphony and get into scoring for films.

What are you most excited about for Synesthesia? I’m most excited to see a cool intersection of art, music and color. This is an event that really captures the beauty of all art and presents it to people. People should come see my performance because it will truly be one of a kind, from the art to the music.

Tell us something about your music that we should know. What’s in store for us on November 21? I do my best to be spontaneous and allow flow to dictate what I’m doing. I make boundaries but they’re way out and then I work inside of them using what I know and a little bit of what I don’t know. I love to improvise. The performance will be a flowing expression of music created in layers and the art that coincides with the music. I’m really excited to share with everyone. It will be a lot of fun.

You can find more music from Mr. Kinetik at MrKinetik.bandcamp.com. Don’t miss him at The Speak Easy for Red Bull House of Art Synesthesia on November 21!

ORANJE 2015

After 13 consecutive years hosting our annual art and music showcase, we have decided to take a year off and forego hosting ORANJE 2015.

As many of you know, ORANJE is put together by a small team of passionate individuals who have other full time careers, yet they dedicate a great deal of time to make ORANJE happen. Fortunately, all of us are busy making those careers blossom. However, the growth we are all experiencing outside of ORANJE this year has not provided us with the time required to make ORANJE operate effectively. Our philosophy since 2002 has been that if we cannot give ORANJE the attention it deserves or fulfill our vision for how we believe the event should take place, then we would rather not do the event at all. Like any organization who operates this way, we must stick to our core values.

Naturally, we are sad we will not get to enjoy the time with our staff preparing for the event and the opportunity to work with so many wonderful, talented people. However, we feel like some time away from that process will give us some perspective on how to best manage the event for the future. We have enjoyed 13 years of success in creating an impactful event for Indianapolis that we feel offers a unique experience unlike any other. Now, we can look forward to spending some time refocusing our energies on fresh, new ideas for how to present ORANJE in the future.

In the meantime, we are working to create smaller event ideas so we can maintain our presence and involvement in the Indianapolis creative community. Thank you for all your support over the years, including your support in our decision to take a hiatus in 2015. We are excited about what the future will bring!

Indulge Your Senses,

Ryan Hickey

ORANJE Director & Co-Founder

R3Create

Recycle, Remodel, Reuse, Recreate.

R3Creators make recycled and upcycled art out of items that would normally be trashed or simply forgotten, making these items usable again. A variety of cool and unique projects are made from these items, but the signature pieces are Skateboard Deck Chairs, Inspiration Desks (childrens’ school desks redesigned), Second-Chance Bowties (bow ties made from neck ties) and tumblers/shot glasses.

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The idea for R3Create came about when Sylvia and Dana Rivers moved into their first home and found there were so many outdated items in the house that they didn’t want, including door knobs, light fixtures, fans, sinks, toilets and more. Everything was in perfect working shape so it seemed wrong to throw them away, so some things were donated and others were put into use in different ways. This was the moment that the vision for R3Create started.

But who are Dana and Sylvia? Sylvia has been in love and involved with art as long as she can remember, being inspired by music and urban art/design. She attended Ball State and received a degree in Industry & Technology with a printmaking minor. She creates digital designs with an urban graffiti feel, participating in RAW Indianapolis in the past on her own and once with R3Create. Dana’s art comes in the form of repairing automobiles and tinkering with anything mechanical, which is what makes R3Creators the perfect team. Sylvia has the artistic vision while Dana makes things functional. While the art life is a new area for Dana (who served in the US Army for 13 years), it’s a fun, new adventure!

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There’s something for everyone from R3Create, with pieces ranging from $5 to $350. You can find these creations on the R3Creators website and on Etsy. “We just really want to get our name out and try to change the way people see trash. Our main goal for Inspiration Desks is to have a few of them in local schools to encourage and spark creativity.”

This will be the first year for R3Creators to be showing at ORANJE, but the pair has been to the event in the past. “We’re most excited really to see all of the other artists and get a chance to introduce ourselves a bit. Everyone should definitely come to the show, you never know what cool things you might see! Especially stop by our booth, we guarantee to have items that you won’t typically see anywhere else. Definite conversation pieces.”

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“From something, to something better…”

You can find R3Creators on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Dark Lifers

Who’s side will you be on: the vampires, witches or humans?

Dark Lifers was originally designed as an internet series but was restructured into a motion graphic novel concept. This motion book comes to life through limited animation, sound fx, music and dialogue. Currently, the first two episodes are available for viewing at www.darklifers.com.

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Here’s the story as told by the Dark Lifers website:

“n the very near future, two ambitious societies are vying for the political and economical control of a major US city. One group is comprised of wealthy, privileged conservatives. The other is known for its natural, holistic, liberal ways. Both are ruthless, cunning and will manipulate the system beyond any legal boundaries to gain ultimate control. Both are of supernatural origin. They are called Dark Lifers.

The Vampire clan maintains vast financial resources and has made substantial moves into the city’s political arena. Venoa, the head of the Clan, is running a relentless and successful campaign for Governor. An ageless coven of Witches uses its dark magic to permeate human society undetected. The High Priestess of the Coven, Phaedra, believes controlling the common citizen is the key to acquiring true power to the city.

The power play by both Dark Lifer societies is on the brink of exploding into an all out socio-political war. But a trio of Humans, lead by a tormented, vengeful street fighter named Jezabelle, may be humanity’s only hope.

It’s a Dark war against humanity. And humans are mere collateral damage.”

At ORANJE, patrons can buy a reprint of the three Dark Lifers posters and the proceeds will go towards the creation and release of episodes three and four. “There seems to be such diversity in the art forms at ORANJE. I think people have come to expect the unusual, the outside-the-box thinking of the artists at ORANJE,” said Steve Marra of Dark Lifers.

Make sure to stop by the Dark Lifers booth at ORANJE, located on the lower level, and watch some of the current motion graphic novel episodes. Purchase a poster so that we can see what happens next!

Anita Vokill

What sparks your imagination?

You might have seen Anita Vokill at ORANJE in the past. He’s performed twice before as a DJ and in electronic music groups, but never with his solo project. The Anita Vokill project explores the space where Jungle, Reggae, Dubstep, Dancehall, Dub and Drum n Bass meet, putting together a combination of acoustic and electronic elements with a focus on beats, vibes and bass.

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Growing up in a creative household, visual and audio arts were always around. He expressed an interest in music and art at an early age and started playing guitar in middle school, enrolling in classes and playing in a garage band. By college, he was into turntables and samplers and now a laptop with 2 midi controllers.

Every song starts with some sort of inspiration; a sound, song, mood, vibe, day-to-day-life…anything really. Anita Vokill recently dropped a digital EP from Boom One Records called “Come Rude Boy“, which features remixes from El Carnicero featuring Mista Chatman (Seattle) on vocals, another from Dubsmith (Philly) featuring Yasus Afari (Jamaica) and B. Davis (Jersey) on vocals. Along with remixes from Elder and Hydrophonics, it’s an international affair.

While he only performs a few times a year to make these appearances special, his future goals are to keep having fun, keep challenging himself, keep learning and hopefully travel. As for performing at ORANJE, he’s excited about the art and music sensory overload. “I’m looking forward to the aspect that you always something new and different at ORANJE, you never know what you will find around the corner.”

You can find Anita Vokill on September 13 at ORANJE at the Beat Haus, presented by BringingDownTheBand.com. Keep up with him on Twitter and Facebook.