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Summary THE OMNICENTRIC UNIVERSE: Immersive Virtual Reality Experience -- great for ALL ages
Beginning DateTime 9th July 2011 Saturday   AM 6:00 (GMT-08:00)     9th PM 2:00 (GMT+00:00)
Finishing DateTime 9th July 2011 Saturday   AM 10:00 (GMT-08:00)     9th PM 6:00 (GMT+00:00)
Location Center Stage Theater (750 Paseo Nuevo, Arts Terrace, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 )
Contact J-Walt
Description WHO: SPONTANEOUS FANTASIA Presents:

WHAT: THE OMNICENTRIC UNIVERSE: Immersive Virtual Reality Experience -- great for ALL ages

WHEN: July 8-9-10, 2011
Friday @ 8pm & 10pm; Saturday @ 2pm, 5pm & 8 pm; Sunday @ 2 & 5 p.m.

WHERE: Center Stage Theater, 750 Paseo Nuevo, Arts Terrace
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

TICKETS: $20 General; $15 Students & Seniors
Box Office Open Monday – Saturday 12 noon – 5 pm
One hour prior to all shows (805)963-0408
Online: 24/7 www.centerstagetheater.org

ABOUT: Brand new virtual reality experience performed by Academy Award® winning artist J-Walt. Stunning live animation embraces, entertains and explores the actualities of what the newest technology has to offer a multiple award-winning creative artist. Using a drawing tablet, a sound system and a joy stick, this work is all created in real time and puts the audience in the avatar’s seat navigating through the landscapes and imagination of J-Walt in his longest, most ambitious work to date titled, “The Omnicentric Universe.” Using all original music and visuals by J-Walt, it’s a show for all ages to enjoy. You’ll never see the same show from this Master of the Metaverse and you’ll not see anything like this anywhere else. Make it a family night out or grab a group of friends to dive into the virtual experience.

Los Angeles Times calls it “indescribably delicious,” L.A.Weekly, “A head-spinning good time”

YouTube LINKS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K9b-kNaAy8
And http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTclvK3CUks
PHOTOS AVAILABLE AT : http://spontaneousfantasia.com/Photos/index.html



www.spontaneousfantasia.com
About Spontaneous Fantasia
Spontaneous Fantasia is the live performance work of J-Walt. He utilizes the latest in interactive computer graphics techniques to bring paintings to life. The result is a Spontaneous Fantasia, a live animated movie that unfolds before an audience. These works incorporate elements of animation, theater, dance, painting, sculpture, music, architecture, and interactive art.
“With my performances, I take literally the meaning of the word ‘animation’: making images come to life. I use my drawing skills to give directions to computer programs I’ve written. I aim to capture the sensitivity of gesture, but I also use techniques which amplify and augment the gestures. The wave of the arm or the stroke of the pen is my foundation, but the effect is much more. My creative process for these pieces is to continually shift between painting, programming, composing music, and performing. My goal is to create a wholly integrated experience for the eye, ear, and mind.”
J-Walt
Spontaneous Fantasia
J-Walt is a performer interactive designer, filmmaker, graphic artist, and composer. For two decades, he has been at the forefront of interactive art and computer performance, expanding the uses of computer animation into uncharted territories. His Spontaneous Fantasia performances combine aspects of animation, video games, music, theater, dance and architecture into a seamless new art form. He has performed for thrilled audiences around the US as well as in Singapore, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Edmonton, and Singapore.

In March of 2006, J-Walt won an Academy Award for his development of a real-time pre-visualization system, and in 2003, he received a Themed Entertainment Award for a digital puppetry attraction, one of many digital puppet projects he's developed over his career. He produced location-based video games for Sony. He was a founding member of Disney's VR studio, which created a state-of-the-art virtual reality experience for Disney's EPCOT center in 1995.

J-Walt grew up in Evanston, Illinois, and attended the Experimental Animation department of CalArts, graduating in 1988. J-Walt's movies and images have been exhibited at Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH, MOCA, Sinking Creek Film Festival, New York Animation Festival, and others. In his spare time, he organizes the Los Angeles Abstract Movie Workshop. He lives in Altadena, California.
2003-Present: Spontaneous Fantasia Performances
2003-2006: J-Viz Pre-Visualization System for Feature Films and TV
2000-2003: Interactive Character Designer for Disney
1995-2000: Location-Based games and Interactive Theme Park Rides for Sony
1992-1995: Virtual Reality Studio at Disney, Aladdin VR
1990-1992: Animator/Developer for TV and movie effects, Homer and Associates
1988-1990: Animator/Developer of real-time puppets and pre-viz for DeGraf/Wahrman, Inc.
1986-1988: Animator/Developer, VSE, Inc.
1988: Nissan Focus Student Film Award for Recurrents

J-Walt has performed his Spontaneous Fantasia shows over one hundred times in the US and in Europe. An detailed list is available at http://www.spontaneousfantasia.com/past.html
Below is a list of highlight performances:

San Jose, CA
November 19,2010 Performance for the California Arts Educators Association

Baton Rouge, LA
November 11,12, 2010 Performance of The Omnicentric Universe at the Red Stick International Animation Festival

Singapore
November 3, 2010 Performance and lecture at the Art, Design, and Media school of Nanyang Technological University
Cerritos, CA
February 6, 2010 Collaboration performance with the Lula Washington Dance Theater at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
Glendale, CA
January-March, 2010 Glendale Community College Planetarium
presents J.Walt's Spontaneous Fantasia The Omnicentric Universe in immersive fulldome.
Redmond, WA
January 16, 2010 Performance of The Omnicentric Universe at the Redmond Digital Arts Festival

Miami Beach, FL
November 7, 2009
Presented in large format at Sleepless Night Miami All-Night Festival sleeplessnight.org

Albuquerque, NM
September 27, 2009 World Premiere of The Omnicentric Universe
at DomeFest in the LodeStar Theater
Baton Rouge, LA
April 24, 2009
J-Walt's Spontaneous Fantasia with blues guitarist
Elvin Killerbee at the Red Stick International Animation Festival

St. Paul, MN
April 18, 2009 J-Walt performed with the Fantastic Merlins New Music Ensemble
Salt Lake City, UT
January 30, 2009 Utah Museum of Fine Arts
7pm
Salt Lake City, UT
January 29, 2009 Salt Lake Community College
(2 shows)
Glendale, CA
2007-2008 Glendale Community College Planetarium
presents J.Walt's Spontaneous Fantasia
(over 75 performances)
Amsterdam, NL
March 7th, 2008 Spontaneous Fantasia in Amsterdam
J.Walt performed a sell-out show at the
Artis Planetarium

Hamburg, Germany
October 25 and 26, 2007 The Planetarium Hamburg presents J.Walt performing Spontaneous Fantasia in immersive 3D Stereo
San Diego, CA
August, 2007 Autocosm 2007 performed at SIGGRAPH 2007: Global Eyes
Los Angeles, CA
August, 2005 Autocosm: Gardens of Thuban performed live at the SIGGRAPH 2005 Electronic Theater
Categories Arts & Entertainment,Theater
Submitter Moarts51
Class Public
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