Posts Tagged ‘Digital Fringe’

International Fringe 2018: A Welcome to Artists from Around the World

Posted September 2nd, 2018

The United States government may be pursuing an isolationist policy but the Philadelphia Fringe is doing the opposite: opening its doors not only to the most creative American performers and performances but also to the best and most creative theater artists and their productions from around the world—overcoming the ancient fear of the symbolic Tower of Babel with people not understanding each other.

To show the worldwide scope of the 22nd Philadelphia Fringe Festival, we offer this spotlight on performers from abroad and productions by American artists that present a global perspective.

Theater writer Henrik Eger, editor of Drama Around the Globe and contributor to Phindie and Broad Street Review, among other publications, has lived in six countries on three continents and has visited Africa and Australia as well. He bids everyone a hearty WELCOME to the City of Brotherly Love—this year in 18 different languages: Arabic, Celtic, Chinese, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Latin, Polish, Romanian, and Spanish.

We start this year’s overview with a special welcome to two programs featuring a wide range of global creators:


  1. le super grandBienvenue & welcome to Montreal-based choreographer Sylvain Émard and Le Super Grand ContinentalLe Grand Continental wowed audiences during its run at the 2012 Fringe Festival and has garnered enthusiastic response across the world. Fully realizing a blissful marriage between the pure delight of line dancing and the fluidity and expressiveness of contemporary dance, the celebratory event enlists hundreds of local people to perform its synchronized choreography in large-scale public performances. The world’s most infectious performance event returns to the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in an even larger spectacle of dance.

More info and tickets here

  1. Bonvenon, willkommen, bienvenido, witamy, bienvenue & welcome to Do You Want A Cookie? from The Bearded Ladies Cabaret—a world premiere with an international cast. Do You Want A Cookie? serves up a delicious romp through cabaret history, with an international cast of artists performing a live revue of cabaret from the Chat Noir to Weimar nightlife to 21st-century drag. The all-star cast comes draws from around the world, including Bridge Markland (Berlin), Malgorzata Kasprzycka (Paris/Warsaw), Dieter Rita Scholl (Berlin), and Tareke Ortiz (Mexico City).

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    As Far As My Fingertips Take Me. Photo by

    وسهلا اهلا (ahlaan wasahlan) & bienvenu. Welcome to Tania El Khoury who lives in Lebanon and the UK with her multifaceted program ear-whispered. Little is known about Palestinian refugee camps and their communities. El Khoury presents her Fringe work in five parts through interactive performances and installations at Bryn Mawr College:

    1. Gardens Speak, an interactive sound installation containing the oral histories of ten ordinary people who were buried in Syrian gardens. (Bryn Mawr College.) Read more.
    2. Camp Pause, a video installation that tells the stories of four residents of the Rashidieh Refugee Camp on the coast of Lebanon. (Bryn Mawr College.) Read more.
    3. As Far As My Fingertips Take Me, an encounter through a gallery wall between a single audience member and a refugee. (Old City & Bryn Mawr College.) Read more.  
    4. Stories of Refuge, an immersive video installation that invites audiences to lay down on metal bunk beds and watch videos shot by Syrian asylum seekers in Munich, Germany. (Old City.) Read more.
    5. Tell Me What I Can Do, a newly commissioned work featuring letters that audiences have written in response to Gardens Speak. (Bryn Mawr College.) Read more.

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  1. Bienvenido & welcome to the bilingual (Spanish & English) cast of La Fábrica performing Gustave Ott’s Passport. Lost in a foreign country, Eugenia is detained and thrown into a vicious maelstrom of miscommunication. This poetic and immersive Kafkaesque thriller delves into the question of immigration—exposing the mechanics of language and power. Some performances will be presented in English, some in Spanish, and some will be decided at the toss of a coin.

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Digital Fringe & Philly Game Mechanics Happy Hour Showcase

Posted May 1st, 2018

Join FringeArts and Philly Game Mechanics at La Peg for drink specials and an evening of exciting new digital work. Designers from Philly Game Mechanics will be showcasing recent projects they have developed. You can also learn more about the Digital Fringe platform in the 2018 Fringe Festival this September. Digital artists have the opportunity to present their online work to our audiences in the form of games, podcasts, interactive web platforms, and more! It all happens May 1st from 5-8pm at La Peg. It’s free, but be sure to RSVP. Grab a drink and stay to play!

This event is part of Philly Tech Week 2018 presented by Comcast happening from April 27- May 5. #PTW18 More info here.

About Philly Game Mechanics

Philly Game Mechanics is a charitable organization focused on supporting game development and indie game enthusiasts in Philadelphia. A project of CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia, we provide events, resources and networking opportunities for artists, musicians, programmers and all sorts of creatives. We believe in providing a safe space for students, hobbyists, and professionals to create. We think that community visibility and collaboration provides value not only for the immediate community but to the whole city.

Digital Mean Streets

Posted September 7th, 2017

Len Stuart is a professional graphic designer from Southern NJ. He  owns SWDTech Games, a video game development company where his art is used in the games his company creates.

Goes live Sept 7

Visit: ashlandish.com



Making Art in 2017: Sally Kong on Kongputational Doodle

Posted September 7th, 2017

Name: Sally Kong

Company: Blue Sky Studios

Show in 2017 Festival: Kongputational Doodle

FringeArts: Tell us a bit about your show.

Sally Kong: I was fascinated by math equations and algorithms that can produce many distinctive variations in shape and personality when different numbers are plugged in, even when their underlying logic remains exactly the same. I wanted to create an interface to play around with these formulas and explore their unpredictable and often beautiful outcomes.

FringeArts: How have your interests in or approach to art making changed in the last year?

Sally Kong: This was my first time creating something new on a daily basis. For 10 days, I spent around 3-5 hours everyday designing, coding, testing, and playing with a completely new Kongputational Doodle. I am used to making random things out of spontaneous bursts of maker energy, so working on something consistently was a challenge in both idea generation and discipline. But I love what came out of it and I want to continue to work on more projects routinely in the future!

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KTG Talks

Posted September 7th, 2017

KTG Talks is a podcast about the arts and the individuals who help to make art happen.

Goes live Sept 7

Visit: kitchentablegallery.com











Links in the Landscape

Posted September 7th, 2017

This homage to Philadelphia performing arts history expands to 5 new sites for the 2017 Digital Fringe Festival.

Goes live Sept 7

Visit: linksinthelandscape.wordpress.com











Rising Above the Beauty of Life

Posted September 7th, 2017

Video poems and essays for hope, healing and overcoming obstacles. Beautiful Warrior, Dolores M. Miller shares “Sweet Children of War”, “I Left that Shore”, “The Power of Love”, “I’m Laying Down the Warrior Weapons”, and “Each Early Morning Light”.

Goes live Sept 7

Visit: beautifulwarrior.com/fringe



Posted September 7th, 2017

Philadelphia’s First Theatre talk and call in show. Real Theatre. Real Talk. Real Fans.

Goes live Sept 7

Visit: soundcloud.com/encorephillypodcast


Weight of Water

Posted September 7th, 2017

A meditation on toxicity and trust inspired by groundwater contamination in the Philadelphia metropolitan region.

Goes live Sept 7

Visit: weight of water site












Posted September 7th, 2017

Experience: A dance on a 30 foot drywall structure. Attempted human flight. Casually walking up a wall. Radically formal, free range reverence for the past. The poetry is just a series of punchlines. 

Goes live Sept 7

Visit:  A1 site


Posted September 7th, 2017

DHRoME 1 [Digital Hyper-Real Multimedia Experiment] is the first iteration of an ongoing project in multimedia experience design. DHRoME 1 is a webpage that contains single-channel video documentation of TOLVA performing a one-hour live ambient music improvisation. The video was then manipulated and modified.

Goes live Sept 7

Visit: www.tolvatolvatolva.com


In lieu of donations to the artist, please considering donating to the Southern Poverty Law Center or United We Dream.

Interfaith Voices

Posted September 7th, 2017

Interfaith Voices is an independent public radio show and podcast based in Washington, D.C. “The Soundscapes of Faith” is our award-winning celebration of sacred sound, based on the idea that every faith tradition has its own sonic signature–from the murmur of a Buddhist mantra to the hum of the Hindu om.

Goes live Sept 7

Visit: Interfaith Radio 

Kongputational Doodles

Posted September 7th, 2017

Daily Computational Doodles: Playing with the algorithmic unpredictability to code doodles with unique personalities

Goes live Sept 7

Visit: www.kongputational-doodles.world


Posted September 7th, 2017

An immersive aquatic environment that is created with procedural modeling, texturing, and animation techniques.

Goes live Sept 7

Experience: Pond










Queers of the Western Zombie Apocalypse

Posted September 7th, 2017

What happens when the world ends and a ragtag group of LGBTQIA Survivors band together to fight off zombies and bigots? Join them as they find weapons, courage and the right outfits and save the world. If they can’t change minds, at least they can destroy some brains.

Goes live Sept 7

Experience: www.zombiequeers.com






This Is Boring

Posted September 7th, 2017

Being bored sucks. But why does it suck so much? And has it always sucked, or is it especially sucky now? We don’t have the answers, but check out our link; at least you’ll be less bored.

Goes live Sept 7

Experience: thisisaboring.website


Socially Conscious Friends

Posted September 7th, 2017

In the past couple of years I’ve become increasingly aware of unfair things happening in the world (lucky me). I’ve also binge-watched “Friends” (a lot). I started to notice moments in the show reflecting current conversations in my head/the world. Each of the 18 days of the festival, I’ll post one of these moments.

Learn more about this project and the artist behind it at the FringeArts Blog.

Goes live Sept 7

Experience: socially-conscious-friends.tumblr.com

Survived By

Posted September 7th, 2017

We are survived by the words by and about us. We live and die and then there is the story of our life and death, written down and shared, if we are so lucky. What will be written? What would you write?

Goes live Sept 9

Experience: www.survivedby.me








Leo P. Hylan III – Multimedia Artist

Posted September 7th, 2017

Leo Hylan is a multimedia artist working in a plethora of media including programming, photography, filmmaking, video art (installation and VJ), and electronic music / sound. Based in the Baltimore / Washington area, Leo has shown internationally, but primarily exhibits his work throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. He received his B.F.A. in New Media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and both an M.A.T. in Arts Education and an M.F.A in Digital Arts from Goucher College.

Goes live Sept 7

Visit: www.hylantown.com


#AllYourMarketing All Day, Every Day

Posted September 24th, 2016

Since the 2016 Fringe Festival opened on September 9, our indomitable marketing department hasn’t just been getting all the words out about it, they’ve been participating in it. #AllYourMarketingpart of Digital Fringe, found the audacious trio of Dan Comly, Anna Kroll, and Hallie Martenson live-streaming themselves at their desk throughout each long, arduous Festival work day. Every crisis, every triumph, every sandwich was on display for all the world to see. Sadly, just as the Festival must come to an end, so must this bold exercise in transparency. The stream will be going offline after today, but if you missed any of the excitement check out some highlights below.


THINGS ARE HAPPENING. Happy Festival. — Hallie


Listening to hold music [featuring Nick Stuccio]. — Anna


Lonely Saturday in the office. Keep me company? — Hallie

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