Despite the recent economic woes that have hit the nation, the creative minds behind arts and technology advancements in Northeast Ohio are still conceptualizing unique ideas. Two Case Western Reserve University alumni will be able to attest to that as part of the Ingenuity Festival of Art + Technology 2009.
IngenuityFest, which runs July 10-12 in downtown Cleveland, will showcase the complementary relationship between technology, arts and culture. The event celebrates the diversity of the local arts and technology communities. School of Law alumnus James Levin is the festival's co-founder and executive artistic director.
This year's centerpiece event also features a Case Western Reserve connection. Case School of Engineering alumnus Ian Charnas is the mastermind behind "Boltz." On Friday, July 10, and Saturday, July 11, Ian Charnas & Tesla Orchestra plan to transform "lightning bolts" (Tesla coil–generated electrical charges) into musical sounds courtesy of a local band. The event will feature scientists, engineers, and dancers in a collaborative presentation.
"I've been seen popping in and out of various engineering labs the past few months working on our Tesla Coil and other goodies such as our fireball machine. This project has been an amazing cooperation of over 70 people, including several dozen Case engineering students, alumni, and professors," Charnas said. He added that Case Western Reserve Trustee Larry Sears has served as an adviser for the project.
IngenuityFest—which also will feature technology-infused music, theater, videos and family attractions—is designed to involve audience participation. Case Western Reserve is sponsoring the events taking place on Star Plaza. The university community can share in the Ingenuity experience by purchasing tickets at 50 percent off the regular admission fee. Tickets can be purchased by calling (216)241-6000 or at the gate any day of the festival. Use the promo code CASE.
Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial. The views and opinions of those invited to speak on the campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.