UC Santa Cruz graduates featured at SF innovative art and music festival

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DataSurf, an installation by UC Santa Cruz Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) grads Drew Detweiler and Lyes Bellocine
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Oceanic Scales, DANM graduate Gene Felice II’s interactive art and science installation, inspired by phytoplankton
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Submerged Turntables, Art Department alumni Evan Holm’s sculpture installation

Interactive art installations by four recent UC Santa Cruz graduates will be featured at the opening night of Soundwave--San Francisco’s innovative biennial three-month art and music festival—at the California Academy of Sciences.

This year’s festival opens on July 10, featuring a mix of live music, innovative art, and cutting-edge science that explores the increasingly important natural resource: water.

After listening to the indie band Rogue Wave with special guest Kacey Johansing on the outdoor East Garden stage, you can immerse yourself in DataSurf, an installation by UC Santa Cruz Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) grads Drew Detweiler and Lyes Bellocine. The project lets you interact with a surfboard and your mirrored self in a barrel of churning visual projections.

You can then check out Submerged Turntables, Art Department alumni Evan Holm’s sculpture installation performing sounds from live underwater records in the center Piazza, also featuring special guest Karuna Holm playing the underwater fretless zither and accompanying the turntables on vocals.

Or why not Interact with Oceanic Scales, DANM graduate Gene Felice II’s art and science installation, inspired by phytoplankton--the first link in the oceanic food chain. This project allows you to explore your personal role in maintaining a balanced ocean ecology through multi-sensory, interactive games inspired by the microorganisms of the sea.

Every two years, Soundwave examines a new idea through sound and invites multidisciplinary artists and musicians to explore the season’s theme in new and innovative directions. Past seasons have included performances in WWII bunkers, moving buses, famed sculptures, and historic churches.

This summer, Soundwave commissioned more than 40 experiential performances and works from over 100 artists, composers and musicians to investigate water. The events will take place in museums, galleries, and outdoor locales throughout San Francisco,

The festival runs from July 10 to September 28.

For more information, check out the Soundwave web site.