Seated among the myriad of keyboards and remote controls is Bob Wachtel, director of Presentation Technology Services at the University of Montana's Information Technology Office.
This weekend, Wachtel
will use the complex system of computers, projectors, cameras and a score of other devices to play his
role in the Another Language media production "Interplay: Loose Minds in a Box."
According to a press release, the performance consists of six simultaneous performances that occur in six states throughout North America.The performances incorporate theater, text, music, performance art, virtual reality and motion capture that are simultaneously digitized and streamed onto a network of artists.Wachtel
said that Another Language, which is based in Utah, has been doing interplays for four years.
"We've been actively involved with the production probably since January," Wachtel
learned of the project from the Access Grid, a computer network ordinarily used for teleconferenced teaching in business and science.
Nichols later became involved in the project through Wachtel
Besides collaborating with artists in Utah and Alaska, Wachtel
and Nichols will be interacting with specialists and performers in Illinois, Indiana and Maryland.
enjoyed participating in the project very much."I've been on campus for 32 years and kind of thinking about retiring but haven't quite gotten there," Wachtel