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Here are 10 technologically-charged FringeArts events you’ll wanna see

Ghost hunting via geolocation, the tears of YouTube and a queer feminist podcast called Humble Mumbles are just a taste of what the three-week festival has in store.

Veronica Cianfrano's For Crying Out Loud, which will be on display during the 2016 Fringe Festival. (via YouTube)

FringeArts kick off the annual Fringe Festival today.
From the FringeArts marketing department livestreaming their work to interacting with theatre venues via your smartphone, here are the 10 art-meets-tech events, exhibits and pieces you don’t want to miss.

  • CRUXspace (700 W. Master St.), the two-year-old art gallery dedicated to new media art, will host Digital Fringe, dedicated to exhibits and pieces that are hosted online. Digital Fringe’s opening night is Sept. 9, 5-8 p.m.
  • Philadelphia-based filmmaker, theatre director and “aspiring interactive game designer” John Bezark created The Ghost Radio Arcade. The experience invites participants to “tune their instruments to unearthly frequencies” with the goal of guiding “ghosts” home. The game uses geolocation to assist users in their quest of “collecting memories.” The Ghost Radio Arcade goes live Sept. 9.
  • The members of FringeArts marketing department, Dan Comly, Anna Kroll and Hallie Martenson, are streaming their workdays throughout the festival. #AllYourMarketing aims to showcase the “unscripted crises” of the festival. The livestream event is hosted by online video chat tool Tinychat and will not have audio. (FringeArts website lists the livestream as going live on Sept. 9, but we snuck a peek and it was already live on Sept. 7.)
  • Artsong Repertory Theater Company’s People Sing Amazing Poetry Really Loud! is a live performance video with works composed by Tom Cipullo and Jeremy Gill, filmed by voice actor and videographer Robert Kaithern. The evocative song cycles — a set of related songs intended to form a larger piece of work — are performed by various singers including Michelle Johnson, Cara Latham and Brian Major. The video will be screened online on Sept. 10, 11 and 14.
  • Starting on Sept. 9, Digital Fringe is featuring Humble Mumbles, a podcast described across its social media accounts as “queer and feminist.” Rebecca Katherine Hirsch discusses topics like the conflict between Israel and Palestine, resisting oppression and, of course, feminism. The podcast can also be found for free on iTunes and Soundcloud.
  • Artist Veronica Cianfrano drew portraits based on YouTube videos in which people cry and projected the video diaries onto the portraits. The 20-minute multimedia piece called For Crying Out Loud seeks to explore public versus private image and the way we view communication. It is currently posted on Cianfrano’s website as well as on YouTube, but Digital Fringe will show it starting Sept. 9.
  • Links in the Landscape, created by Ellen Chenoweth, utilizes augmented reality to inspect Philly’s cultural history. The project features artist Winifred Lutz and choreographer Rennie Harris, as well as Headlong Dance Theater, Pig Iron Theatre Company (for which Chenoweth is the director of development and communications) and Stepping in Time. It goes live Sept. 9 at Digital Fringe as well as online.
  • Iron Age Theatre presents a way to experience theater digitally through Fringe Wraiths. QR codes are posted at a variety of Fringe venues and will allow the audience to watch short pieces of theater on their smartphones which aim to “echo” the venues they’re set in. The videos can be enjoyed as standalone pieces or can be viewed as a full production.
  • Wicked Gay Ways is an online arts journal founded by poets David Acosta and Susan DiPronio that explores sex, sexuality and desire with a queer lens. The journal offers more exposure to preexisting bodies of work about these topics, as well as seeking out and creating new work. The publication goes live Sept. 9 online and will also be represented at Digital Fringe.
  • Polly Edelstein and Austin Stanton of Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival have collaborated on “Are You There Trump? It’s Me, Petrified.” An Instagram account under the same name has been set up but gives no further detail beyond one sentence: “Every four years we prepare for the ‘end of the world’ and ‘destruction of civilization’; but could it be real this time?”
Companies: FringeArts

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