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A portable multimedia performance environment - 360 degrees of sound and visuals integrated with live performers and audience


10/2 and 10/3 2015
Big Tent at a secret location -
email us to find out where!

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Toby Theater
To include premiere of a collaboration with visual artist Danielle Riede

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Toby Theater
HOURGLASS event in Big Tent!

private event

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Deer Zinc Pavillon
part of IMA’s “Silent Night” event
To include collaborations of visual artists Danielle Riede and Ben Smith, composer/violinist Robin Cox, and dancer/choreographer Stephanie Nugent
And, an
HOURGLASS event in Big Tent at 6pm!

Indianapolis Museum of Art
Part of the IMA’s Winter Solstice

On the Horizon:
During 2016-2017, Big Tent will participate as a venue for the StreamLines Project, part of Indianapolis / City as Living Laboratory: Science Learning for Resilient Cities (I/CaLL), a National Science Foundation project, led by researchers at Butler University, IUPUI, Mary Miss Studio, and New Knowledge Organization Ltd. (NYC).
BIG TENT is a uniquely portable and immersive space designed for multi-media performance art using the latest in audio and visual technologies. It exists to inspire the creative explorations of artists across many mediums of expression.

Like the circus tents of the previous century, Big Tent may be taken to a parking lot or a lawn or a high school gym and transform that space into a cutting-edge multi-media art and performance venue, alleviating constraints of conventional concert halls (acoustics for orchestras, fixed seating, minimal lighting, and little consideration of digital video or inter-media performance).

More specifically, Big Tent is a forty foot diameter octagon comprised of twelve-foot high video projection walls, an array of audio speakers, and a central computer core to facilitate interaction between acoustic and digital performance components. Big Tent co-creators
Robin Cox and Ben Smith foresee a continuing development process for this hardware /software, and seek content contributions from as wide a cross-section of creative talents as possible.

Today, digital technologies offer immense opportunities to develop new musical instruments, and the means to re-contextualize use of traditional instruments in performance. Big Tent is a parallel innovation, rethinking the performance space itself. One just might find it appearing almost anywhere.


Big Tent is a creation of
Benjamin Smith and Robin Cox

Robin Cox, Director, Audio Production Manager, Content Creator
Benjamin Smith, Director, Video Production Manager, Content Creator
Neal Anderson, Audio/Video Research Assistant
Charles Cheesman, ProductionAssistant
Paul Weber, ProductionAssistant

Support has been provided by: 
IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute
IUPUI Dept. of Music and Arts Technology
The Indianapolis Opera
The Indianapolis Museum of Art



All Big Tent visual content displayed is by Danielle Riede
© 2015 Robin Cox and Benjamin Smith

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