McElwee to Present New Abstract Video

McElwee's WavesInternationally renowned video artist and School of Communications professor Van McElwee will present a new abstract video at the Webster University swimming pool at 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 31, 2013. His video will be part of AQurld Waves, a unique underwater concert and multimedia arts experience, to be presented by HEARding Cats Collective.

The Webster University swimming pool will become “a theatre of the senses” as an ensemble plays music both in and out of the water. Audience members will experience a live underwater concert as the ensemble will be using specially created instruments and submersible speakers. To complement the music, Van McElwee and Zlatko Cosic will create a live video performance. It will be projected on wall mounted-screens and on the surface of the water.

Audience members are encouraged to bring their swimsuits. They will be able to participate in the multimedia arts experience while floating in the pool if they so choose. Artistic director Rich O'Donnell envisions it as “a deep experiential encounter with art.” Audience members who prefer to stay dry are also welcome to attend.AQurld Waves

McElwee teaches in the Electronic and Photographic Media department of the School of Communications at Webster University and is a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Award. Zlatko Cosic is an alumnus of the School of Communications.

The event is free and open to the public. Availability is limited, and entry will be given on a first come, first served basis at the door on the night of the event beginning at 7 p.m. Webster University swimming pool is located at 175 Edgar Road. Funding for this event is made possible through the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission (RAC) Innovation Grants program.

Read more about AQurld Waves and listen to a recent interview of artistic director Rich O'Donnell as he discusses the upcoming event on St. Louis Public Radio.