Signal to Noise Leads Sci-Art Movement at Denver International Airport

Jeff Merkel
Director of Signal to Noise Jeff Merkel smiles at his newest creation, "Open Windows."
Sitting in the cozy mastering room tucked into the back of his RiNo office space, Jeff Merkel can't help but smirk. "It's been a while since I've been in here," he says, looking around at the various speakers on the wall. In fact, it's been a long time since Merkel has done anything related to recording music. Instead, he's been in his workshop, getting down to what really makes him tick: sci-art. As the director of Signal to Noise Media Merkel's had his mind on science-based art projects for a while.

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Jad Abumrad on "Embracing the Gut Churn," Inspiration and Creativity

Marco Antonio.
Jad Abumrad talks about what you should embrace.
Radiolab's Jad Abumrad -- who was awarded a MacArthur fellowship in 2011 -- is just as affable and eloquent on the phone as he sounds on the radio, with a dash of vulnerability revealed when he worries about fucking up the answer to a question. Yes, he actually said that -- with a measure of anxiety in his voice -- but he nailed it.

That's the level of intimacy you could get from Abumrad when he brings his live-performance show, "Embracing the Gut Churn," to Colorado. He'll be at Colorado College in Colorado Springs on Monday, October 13; at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins on Tuesday, October 14; and at the Boulder Theater in Boulder on Wednesday, October 15. In advance of his Colorado run, we talked to Abumrad about the genesis of "Embracing the Gut Churn" and what audience members can expect from the show.

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Tony Labat's Elevation: Denver activates at Emmanuel tonight with art, DJs and drag

All photos by Mauricio O. Rocha
San Francisco artist Tony Labat has built a site-specific sculpture for Emmanuel Gallery on the Auraria Campus, and from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight you can watch his sculpture turn into a platform for community interaction when it is activated with performances by DJs and drag queens. This piece is part of Labat's series Elevations: Platforms, Stages, and CatwalksElevation: Denver and Labat.

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Photos: The art and people of Fantasia at Rhinoceropolis

Arts commune Rhinoceropolis turned into a wonderland of video, performance, music and art landscapes over the weekend for the two-day Fantasia festival. Fifty years ago they called this sort of thing a "happening," and photographer Brandon Marshall was there to catch all that happened. Here's a taste; if you like the flavors, check out the full slide show.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Laleh Mehran

Laleh Mehran, "Men of God, Men of Nature," site-specific installation and performance, 2012.
#76: Laleh Mehran

Laleh Mehran represents the new wave of tech-savvy artists, jumping between mediums and testing new ground internationally in the widening digital-art arena. Her video work can be seen on downtown LED screens and as part of the recently departed Monkey Town's programming, while a new interactive and tech-savvy installation at the Arvada Center crosses boundaries of another, more palpable kind. We asked Mehran what the world looks like from the frontier where she works; read her 100CC questionnaire to learn more.

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Still hungry? Monkey Town adds a second helping of video programming in May
If you loved Monkey Town 4 the first time, you're sure to have an equally exemplary time eating artisan dishes inside a video cube during a return visit on Wednesdays or Sundays in May, the last month of the event's Denver run. While the original program plays on during the rest of the week (except Mondays, when Monkey Town is closed), Monkey Town maven Montgomery Knott has added an all-new "Part Two" for the video-voracious, of which the highlight is a a 47-artist "exquisite corpse" film originally made for Psychic TV's seminal 1983 album, Dreams Less Sweet. And if your first experience was early in the run, you'll also note some seasonal menu changes.

Keep reading for a sneak-peek preview.

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Monkey Town 4: The future is here, and it's lovely

Susan Froyd
One month into its three-month stay in Denver, Monkey Town 4 -- the fine-dining experience in a video cube brought here by returning hometown kid Montgomery Knott, who fine-tuned the concept for several years in Brooklyn -- is generating a buzz as more and more people suspend reality for two hours in the stylish attraction, snapping pictures and tweeting their sheer delight throughout the evening.

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Monkey Town 4 will bring a highbrow slice of Brooklyn to RiNo
We might live in a town where dining out with an eye-feast of visual media means heading to the latest sing-along screening at the Alamo Drafthouse, but in a few weeks, that will all change -- at least for a while. Former Denverite Montgomery Knott just announced the arrival here of Monkey Town 4, a Brooklyn-born video cube and dining installation making its first foray outside of NewYork, for a three-month pop-up run beginning February 27 in the Exdo Hall in RiNo.

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Westword is looking for a video intern

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Interested in making a career out of video and photo journalism? Westword is looking for a good student multimedia intern for spring of 2014. The position is unpaid, and candidates must be able to get college credit for their work. To apply, send a résumé and clips to

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100 Colorado Creatives: Christina Battle

Christina Battle, Filing Memory, 2010.
#31: Christina Battle Video and multimedia installation artist Christina Battle hails from Edmonton, but now calls Denver her home. During her time in Colorado, she's taught for the Film Studies department at the University of Colorado at Boulder and more recently at Metro State University of Denver, but primarily she makes sophisticated experimental work, which has been screened in festivals, galleries and museums both here and abroad. This year Battle was installed as a RedLine resident artist, and her work is included in RedLine's 2013 resident show, An Invisible Boundary, running through the end of December.

We asked Battle to tackle our 100CC questionnaire; her answers follow.

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