Fata Morgana | 3-5 October 2019

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Three days of music, film, literature, & conversation. Featuring artists including Onyx Ashanti, Scott Deal, Aurie Hsu, Steven Kemper, Margaret Lancaster, Elainie Lillios, and Forward Motion Ensemble.

Join us during the first week in October for Fata Morgana, three days of music, film, literature, and conversation.

Fata Morgana, a name for a type of mirage, explores the ways in which we imagine and experience the modern world–our aspirations, our fears, our technologies, our institutions.

With 15 music performances and 18 films across four galleries, there is plenty to explore.

Our lineup of performers includes 

  • Onyx Ashanti, self-described “cyborg” musician, inventor, and programmer who builds prosthetic synthesizers that create music in response to his movements. His posthuman, kinesthetic compositions are at the cutting edge of experimental art.
  • CandyStations, an interdisciplinary artist, who has partnered with musicians such as Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent, and Bang On A Can with performances at Coachella, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Museum of Modern Art, Madison Square Garden, and more, will improvise video compositions each evening.
  • Scott Deal is a percussionist who has premiered solo, chamber and mixed media throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. Deal’s recordings have been described as ”sublimely performed” and “soaring, shimmering explorations of resplendent mood and incredible scale.” Deal is the founder of the Telematic Collective, an Internet performance group comprised of artists and computer specialists.
  • Forward Motion is the only ensemble of its kind in Indianapolis. Forward Motion pioneers the city’s New Classical culture by bringing innovative performances to audiences old and new. Forward Motion is an ensemble of emerging artists who focus on performing works by living composers.
  • Aurie Hsu, a composer, pianist, and dancer, who will be performing in collaboration with composer Steven Kemper will present a fusion of movement, sound, and technology using musical, dancing robots. Her works have been presented around the U.S. at ICMC, SEAMUS, SIGCHI, Pixelerations, Third Practice Festival, Acoustica 21, and abroad at the Logos Tetrahedron Concert Hall (Belgium) and the Cite International des Arts (France).
  • Steven Kemper is a composer, music technologist, and instrument designer. As a composer, Steven creates music for acoustic instruments, instruments and computers, musical robots, dance, and video. He is a co-founder of Expressive Machines Musical Instruments (EMMI), a collective dedicated to designing, building, and composing original music for robotic instruments.
  • Elainie Lillios is an electroacoustic composer who creates works that reflect her fascination with listening, sound, space, time, immersion and anecdote. Acclaimed as one of the “contemporary masters of the medium” by MIT Press’s Computer Music Journal, her compositions include stereo, multi channel, and Ambisonic fixed media works, instrument(s) with live interactive electronics, collaborative experimental audio/visual animations, and installations.
  • Margaret Lancaster works as an actor, dancer, and amateur furniture designer and has built a large repertoire of interactive, cross-disciplinary solo works that employ electronics and mixed media. Recognized for her fearlessness and versatility–described as a “new-music luminary” by The New York Times and a “leading exponent of the avant-garde flute” by the Village Voice, Lancaster has performed at the Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Santa Fe New Music, and the Edinburgh Festival.

Films explore issues of race, gender, sexuality, surveillance, colonialism, and more.

For those of you who are early risers, join us at 9am on Saturday, October 5, for “Glazed and Confused” — a breakfast of free doughnuts and coffee that features works by Werner Herzog and David Lynch.

All events will be held at the Eskenazi Fine Arts Center on 1410 Indiana Avenue. Parking is free.

Fata Morgana is a collaboration between the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, the Donald Tavel Arts and Technology Research Center, the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, City State, and the IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design.




12PM Je, Tu, Il, Elle (1974)
Chantal Akerman, Dir.

2PM Tongues Untied (1989)
Marlon Riggs, Dir.

3PM Film Discussion

4PM Blue
Derek Jarman, Dir.

5PM Pariah (2011)
Dee Rees, Dir.

6.30PM Film Discussion


Live Video throughout by CandyStations

7PM Artist’s Talk: Steven Kemper/ Aurie Hsu

7.30PM Forward Motion  Featuring works for clarinet by Eric Salazar, soloist
Chirp Fly Soar
And Then I Found Myself
Soul Search
Sky So Blue

7:50PM Aurie Hsu & Steven Kemper
Hsu – Shadows no. 5

Margaret Lancaster
Elainie Lillios – Sleep’s Undulating Tide 

Steven Kemper and Aurie Hsu
Kemper – Lux Tremens

Margaret Lancaster
Kaija Saariaho – Noa Noa

8.30PM Artist’s Talk: Jason Palamara

9PM Scott Deal
Jason Palamara and Scott Deal – Avatars

9.30PM Onyx Ashanti



11AM Hale County, This Morning, This Evening (2018)
RaMell Ross, Dir.

1PM Film Discussion

1.30PM The Feeling of Being Watched (2018)
Assia Boundaoui, Dir.

3.30PM Film Discussion

4.15PM El Mar La Mar (2017)
Joshua Bonnetta & J.P. Sniadecki, Dir.

6:15PM Film Discussion


Live Video throughout by CandyStations

7PM Artist Talk: Elainie Lillios

7.30PM Live Video throughout by CandyStations

Forward Motion Ensemble
The Ocean Inside by Frances White

Steven Kemper/Aurie Hsu
Why Should Our Bodies End at the Skin?

8PM Artist’s Talk: Onyx Ashanti

Margaret Lancaster
Elainie Lillios – Among Fireflies
Chris Chafe – A Day in the Sun

Scott Deal
Elainie Lillios: Immeasurable Distance

9PMOnyx Ashanti



9AM Fata Morgana (1971)
Werner Herzog, Dir.

10.45AM Rabbits (2002)
David Lynch, Dir.

11.15AM Film Discussion

11.45AM Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)
Maya Deren & Alexander Hammid, Dir.

12PM The House is Black (1963)
Forugh Farrokhzad Dir.

1PM Reassemblage: From the Firelight to the Screen (1983)
Trinh T. Minh-ha, Dir.

2PM Short Films of Akosua
Adoma Awusu

3PM Film Discussion

3.30PM Embrace of the Serpent (2015)
Ciro Guerra, Dir.


Live Video throughout by CandyStations

7PM Artist’s Talk: Candy Stations

Forward Motion Featuring Rob Funkhouser, electronics
Ensemble Improvisations

Margaret Lancaster
Arthur Kampela – Happy Days

Steven Kemper/Aurie Hsu
Shadows no. 6

8PM Artist’s Talk: Margaret Lancaster

Margaret Lancaster
Paula Matthusen – forgiveness anthems

Scott Deal
Christopher Biggs – will all fall in (world premiere)

Steven Kemper/Aurie Hsu
Raks Basel

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