Friday, March 30, 2012

April 15: Linden Endowment of the Arts Opens LEA Theatre

The LEA's new Media Arts Center will open a state-of-the-art multimedia event facility on April 15th, The LEA Theatre is a flexible, modern space designed to host machinima programs, innovative performances and interactive work.

Designed by Werner Kurosawa, this new Theatre is an innovative Qsim design, linking four regions with an incredible audience capacity of 240. The theatre features high-tech amenities, such as a cutting-edge Chat Bridge (permitting text-conversations to reach across multiple sims), screens that become transparent when not in use, and amazing Audio / Video / Web switching that utilizes the AV1000 system developed by AviewTV. One of the benefits, says Kurosawa, '...probably the only place in SL where you can be with 240 avatars'

The Theatre is a venue that features a dazzling array of positionable mirrored panels covering its unmistakable dome, making it an iconic structure on the LEA campus. Werner's creation is based on Delauney and Voronoi generating principles. There is also switchable ambient lighting and according to Theatre Mgr LaPiscean Liberty 'roundtable seating for a cozy closeness'. This space is ideal for Film Premiers and Festivals, media-enabled conferences and more.

LEA Theatre will host a series of regular events, such as the return of a monthly machinima program (previously known as MoM), and will include booked events, partnering with arts organizations and event producers with projects that can benefit from the new high-tech facility. The debut event will be the screening of this year's Machinima 48 Hour Film Project submissions, presented by Chantal Harvey on April 15th.

The Media Arts Center is a special project of the Linden Endowment of the Arts that focuses on machinima and other new media. The LEA Theatre is the first of MAC's initiatives to be released, and a full-fledged MAC facility will be opened before summer 2012.

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Theatre Manager: LaPiscean Liberty
Marketing / Public Relations: Ginette Pinazzo

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