Innovation & Creativity
About Innovation & Creativity
The City of Alexandria, VA’s Office of the Arts and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA have partnered to present Innovation & Creativity. The Office of the Arts and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) at Virginia Tech have partnered to present Innovation & Creativity. The partnership is an extraordinary yearlong artistic collaboration to celebrate the upcoming Virginia Tech Innovation Campus in the Potomac Yard area in Alexandria in 2025. The new campus will be a place of culture that unlocks the power of diverse people and ideas to solve the world’s most pressing problems through technology.
Innovation & Creativity will include three primary exhibitions in Target Gallery at Torpedo Factory Art Center, as well as performances and events. Innovation & Creativity explores the importance of creativity, art, technology, and cross-disciplinary collaboration beyond boundaryless possibilities. This unique joint effort is a testament to the power of collaboration, celebrating the beauty of diverse artistic expressions and creative collaboration.
Shakespeare's Garden (on display now through Spring 2024)
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Meander through Shakespeare’s Garden to experience his works through immersive imagery and soundscapes. Explore the garden’s multiple layers of rich sound through ambient Garden soundscapes, and step into the texts of Shakespeare to hear recordings of his sonnets, soliloquies, and scenes reimagined and performed by Virginia Tech students.
Three installations (2, 3, & 4) project Shakespearean texts and integrate images: blooming flowers, cool rains, and a windy moonlit evening. Composed soundscapes include field recordings of nature that harmonize into rhythms and textures.
Imagery and sound continuously loop. Linger, revisit, and explore to hear the complete texts and soundscapes. Pick up a gallery handout when you visit or download a copy here to learn more.
Acoustic Invasion: A New Soundscape of Reshaped Structure (on display Summer-Fall 2024))
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Invasive species reshape the biosphere, threatening native biodiversity & ecosystem on which society depends, with cascading effects. Through analyzed data & visualize audio, the outcome of invasion becomes immersive soundscapes of nature changing by the presence of invasive species.
Powered by advanced technology and networks of creative people, the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) brings together and supports teams of faculty and students from across academic disciplines to address grand challenges and creative opportunities, ranging from large societal problems to industry-specific issues to the frontiers of artistic expression.