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Expanded Cinema: Meet Luke Savisky

by Anne Bothwell 3 Oct 2013 9:42 AM

All eyes on the Omni Hotel Friday. We’re introducing the artists whose pieces will be shown during Expanded Cinema’s “MultipliCity”.



Luke Savisky. Photo: Tod W. Wolfson via Austin Chronicle


Expanded Cinema “Multiplicity” takes over the Omni Hotel on Friday. We’d like to introduce you to the artists whose work will be featured 23-stories high. Join us for the show at 8 p.m. Friday. Best viewing is from Hickory House Barbecue on Industrial Blvd.  And tune in to KXT 91.7 for the accompanying soundtrack. Thanks to curator Mona Kasra for providing this info:


Name: Luke Savisky

From: Austin

Collaborators: David Bartner (video editing) and Paige Swift (production manager)

His piece: “o/x”

As with much of Savisky’s recent work, this short piece incorporates themes of personal, social and cultural transition and transformation, seen through the prism of the urban environment. The architecture of the Omni and it’s LED skin serve as a momentary referential frame and conduit for movement of participants representing urban dwellers. As lives, minds and bodies move with varying degrees of grace or difficulty into, through and out of the experiences of life in the city, physical, cultural and psychological desires and personal challenges transform an inner architecture along with the body and culture of the city itself.

Song title: “That Finger On Your Temple Is The Barrel Of My Raygun,” by the band Stars of the Lid

Participants (dancers, swimmers, crawlers, good sports): Kyle Akers, Mari Akita, Ellen Bartel, David Bartner, Mandy Deen, Adrienne Fischer, Tim Harris,Matt Hislope, Paige Swift

Special Thanks: Heidi Diven, Mgr. The Madrid Apts

Bio: Luke Savisky’s award-winning multi-media performances and installations have transformed natural and architectural settings, traditional and non-traditional art spaces from the mountains above Park City, Utah at Sundance to huge European Cathedrals to major metropolitan cities. He has also collaborated with and created stage and projection design, film design and film production for a seemingly endless list of celebrated musicians, bands, filmmakers, performers, choreographers and fellow artists including Graham Reynolds, The Flaming Lips, ambient icons Stars of the Lid, Tosca String Quartet, Chicago favorites Poi Dog Pondering, and master pianist Michelle Schumann. He was chosen as the official media artist for the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, and was the first recipient of the d. Montgomery Award for achievement in film art from the Austin Film Society. He is a grantee of the NEA for a project in 2014, a Creative Capital Foundation grantee and a nominee for the Rockefeller Foundation New Media Grant and the Texas Prize. Exploring the spectrum of the human experience through film and art, he stretches the limits of visual media using manual film montage, direct projection techniques, kinetic sets and sculptures, unusual projection surfaces, live music, choreography and live performers in unique and unlikely environments.