InterPlay - AnARTomy (2009) Telematic, Access Grid Performance
March 27-29 & April 3-5, 2009

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Another Language Performing Arts Company and
University of Utah, Center for High Performance Computing, Salt Lake City, Utah

Jimmy Miklavcic - is the Founding Executive Director of Another Language Performing Arts Company and the co-director of the InterPlay series, a telematic collaborative performance form. A mixture of computer science, visual arts, music composition, acting, and multimedia experience textures Jimmy's artistic background. In 1972, he began his visual arts studies at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Focused mainly on painting, he also became involved in other artists' projects in theater, performance art, and music. In 1978 he continued his studies in Performing Arts, including acting, technical theatre and electronic music at Cabrillo Community College, Aptos, CA. Shortly after arriving in Salt Lake City, Utah, Jimmy returned to study Computer Science at the University of Utah where he graduated in 1987 with a BS in Computer Science. Jimmy is currently the Multimedia Specialist for the Center for High Performance Computing and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Communications at the University of Utah. He is the founder of ArtGrid, an informal consortium of artists and technologists that utilize the Access Grid technology for artistic pursuits. He has been awarded the Salt Lake City Mayor's Artists Award for the Performing Arts.

Elizabeth Ann Miklavcic - is the Founding Artistic Director of Another Language Performing Arts Company established 1985. She is a choreographer, actress, filmmaker and performance artist. Beth serves as the co-director of the InterPlay performance series. She has over thirty years of professional performance experience. For InterPlay: Intransitive Senses (2003), Beth created and performed Tea Party. Additional InterPlay works include The Surface of Things for InterPlay: Hallucinations (2004), Dressers for InterPlay: Loose Minds in a Box (2005), Mind Waves for InterPlay: Dancing on the Banks of Packet Creek (2006), framed InterPlay: Nel Tempo di Sogno (2007) and wrote the script for InterPlay: Carnivale (2008). Beth is a multi-media specialist at the University of Utah Center for High Performance Computing. Her digital video works have been shown at a variety of film festivals and are available at the University of Utah Marriott Library Special Collections Division. Beth has appeared in a several feature films such as Napoleon Dynamite and Dark Matter, as well as, a variety of independent features and shorts. She is the recipient of the Salt Lake City Mayor's Artist Award for Performing Arts. Beth holds a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Modern Dance from the University of Utah, where she received two Orchesis Honorary Dance Society Awards; her choreography has been presented nationally and internationally.

Theresa Kulikowski (Performer) - began doing gymnastics at the age of two and retired at the age of 23. During her elite gymnastics career, she became the first alternate to the Gold-Medal Winning 1996 Women's Olympic Team, was part of the 1995 World Championship team, and had the chance to compete in Malaysia, France and Japan. Theresa was offered a full-ride scholarship to compete at the University of Utah and was a member of their team from 1998-2003. During that time, she won the 1998 NCAA All-Around and Balance Beam titles and 2001 NCAA Balance Beam Title. She was a 14-time All-American. Theresa has always loved dancing and was able to choreograph a number of her routines as well as teammates' and other gymnasts'. Some of Theresa's accomplishments include Mountain West Conference Post-Graduate Scholarship recipient 2003 (Sport of Gymnastics), Top Eight Student Athletes 2003, Multiple Sclerosis Student Athlete of the Year 2003, Mountain West Conference Student-Athlete of the Year 2002-2003, Verizon Academic All-American First Team 2001-2003, Mountain West Conference Scholar Athlete 1998-2003, Multiple Sclerosis Female Athlete of the Year 1998-1999. Theresa obtained her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Utah in 2007. She currently works in orthopedic surgery, focusing primarily in Sports Medicine at Utah Orthopaedic Specialists with Dr. Brian Fukushima. Theresa enjoys lifting weights, running, hiking and certainly DANCING! She is taking ballroom and Latin dance classes with an occasional hip-hop class. Theresa has a profound appreciation for dance and movement, both of her sisters were involved in dance, and her younger sister majored in dance. She thinks it is a beautiful way to express one's self and to communicate. Theresa is honored to be a part of this performance and connect with other parts of the world through art.

Patrick Barnes (Performer) - Is a transplant from Denver Colorado and is currently a Sophomore in the Modern Dance Program at the University of Utah. He has been dancing for as long as he's been able to move, but began his formal training at the age of three, in classical ballet and jazz. He discovered modern dance while attending the Denver School for the Arts at the age of eleven and has never looked back. He has performed in reconstructions of the works of New York Choreographers such as Nicholas Leichter and Murray Louis. Locally he has worked with choreographers Eric Handman, and Monica Campbell. He recently had the opportunity to perform in an improvisational concert with Bobby McFerrin. He also performed in the World Premiere of Akaji Maro's - Secrets of Mankind with Maro's Butoh company Dairakudakan at the American Dance Festival. He is fascinated by the power of movement and is constantly attempting to explore the world through dance. When he's not dancing (which isn't very often), he enjoys being active as much as possible. He is an avid weight lifter, hiker, backpacker, rock-climber, and runner. Patrick is very excited to be a part of this project, and to have the opportunity to explore new realms of art with InterPlay.

JOshua Lee Bross (Computer 3D Animation) - is currently in his super senior year at the University of Utah, majoring in Computer Science, Film and Math/Physics. His interests include everything that he has not already encountered such as various fields and pursuits associated with image synthesis including, but not restricted to: number theory, oil painting, GPUs, digital modeling, graph theory, clay modeling, bugs and merely mentally visualizing a semi-empty/full coffee mug. JOshua is deeply appreciative of the opportunity InterPlay has provided.

Daniel Van Tassell (Computer 3D Modeling) - is currently finishing his junior year at the University of Utah majoring in Computer Science, which upon graduating this fall, will begin graduate school at the University of Utah in Computer Science specializing in Visualization and Entertainment. He is happily married to Whitney Van Tassell and they reside in Sugarhouse, Utah.

Aaron Cory Anderson (Director of Lighting and Photography) - earned his BA in Film from the University of Utah in 2008. His primary areas of expertise is lighting and camera work for video and still photography. He has aspirations to pioneer new mediums of movie exhibition. Cory's enduring focus on film has led him to work as an electrician, best boy, gaffer and DP on many independent films. His broad interests include certifications in Open Water Diving (2002), English as a Second Language Teacher (2004), Motorcycle Safety Course (2006), Production One (2006), Climb on Safely Association (2007). When Cory is not on set you may see him riding his motorcycle if the roads aren't too icy, towing a boat to the lake, taking a kayak to the golf course for downhill snow kayaking, or in the pool freshening up on his SCUBA skills. AnARTomy will be Cory's second InterPlay project as Director of Photography.

Sam Liston (Access Grid Node Operations) - has been motivated creatively, as of late, in three quite different directions: first photography. His love for capturing abstract images has been moving him more and more toward stop motion photography; no longer working with just an abstract instance in time, but segments. Second, he has developed a passion for creating small art deco wood boxes. Third, with the help of applications like Softimage XSI and Maya, 3D animation has become an interesting outlet for creativity.

Colin McDermott (Access Grid Performance Mananger) - was born on Long Island New York on August 16th 1989. He grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah where he attended West High School. Colin started attending the University of Utah in the Fall of 2007 and is still there today studying Film. Colin started working for Another Language as Access Grid Performance Manager in 2007 and is excited to work in the control room for his third InterPlay performance.

Travis Eberhard (Audio Engineer) - Grew up in a wee small farming community in northern Utah he lovingly refers to as "The Gateway to Idaho". There wasn't a lot for a guy like Travis to do on a farm, so he spent a lot of time teaching himself to draw, and watching TV. He still loves to draw when ever possible, and would like to write and illustrate a few children's books before he dies. He graduated from Brigham Young University earning BA in Film Production with a directing emphasis, and now pays the bills as a video editor for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Audiovisual department. He just finished directing and editing a short film called BOOM!! for entry into a reality show for film directors. He also dabbles in the art of acting and can be seen as an extra on a few episodes of Touched By An Angel, a pilot for the Showtime program Paradise, and Salma Hayek's directorial debut The Maldonado Miracle. He also had small speaking roles in the feature films Church Ball and Stalking Santa. In InterPlay: Nel Tempo di Sogno (2007) he played Professor William Mockus, but his favorite role to date, was Mr. Barney Carnacle the Ring Master in InterPlay: Carnival (2008). Travis loves anything and everything creative and hopes to be able to spend the rest of his days in such pursuits.

Joe Breen (Networking) - is the Assistant Director of Networking at the Center for High Performance Computing. He heads up a group of people that provide day-to-day and advanced networking for several research groups. His group also collaborates with research groups around the University of Utah to support their networking needs, especially in the areas of upcoming protocols, integration with computer grids, etc. Outside of these activities, Joe chairs the University of Utah Network Forum, is an active member of the University of Utah Information Technology Advisory Council and participates in other technical groups such as the wireless committee and IP Address Management committee. Joe works with universities and colleges outside the University of Utah and works very closely with the Utah Education Network to support various areas of research needs. Joe also participates in working groups coordinated by Internet 2, i.e. multicast and IPv6.

Russel Henricksen (Web Publicist) - just finished his six year service in the Army and is currently working on his second degree in Public Relations at the University of Utah. He was interested in working on web publicity and felt like the InterPlay performance was the perfect project for developing a web publicity plan. Russel holds a BA in Film from the University of Utah and was the Director of Photography for Another Language's Mockmumentary Music for Bubble Biters. The series of video shorts about the InterPlay process and the participants of InterPlay: AnARTomy is available on the project blog at

Nancy Newren (Production Assistant) - earned her B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Utah in 2007. Currently she works as a math tutor and a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant. In her spare time she reads, writes, does math (she did major in math), crochets, plays soccer, and watches movies with her younger siblings. This will be the fourth year that Nancy has been involved in Interplay and she's excited to back!

Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
Cynthia Overman - attend California Institute of the Arts, (CalArts) in Character Animation where she studied animation for the next three years. At the end of her third year, she received an internship at Disney Studios that led into her first job working as an inbetweener on The Little Mermaid. She continued to work her way up at Disney, becoming an Animating Assistant on Rescuers Down Under and an animator on Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Eventually she moved from Disney to work for Rich Animation and then for Warner Brothers Feature Animation. While she was working at Warner Brothers, she was recruited by their training department to work with a group of interns teaching them the basic principles of animation. She discovered she really enjoyed the opportunity to teach, so when she was later asked to teach an advanced animation class at Cal Arts. It wasn't long before she was given additional classes to teach and her responsibilities grew into a full time position. She became the Associate Director of the Character Animation Department and then the Interim Director. Cynthia was invited to apply for an opening at BYU and she was hired this summer (2008) for the position of Animation Professor. Where she now teaches all levels of animation at BYU and is excited to be a part of this growing program. When not teaching, Cynthia enjoys drawing, writing scripts and performing music. She lives in Springville, Utah with her cat, Buddy, where she hopes to spend many wonderful years with her soon to be husband, Dave.

University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Miho Aoki - was born in Tokyo, Japan. She studied at the Advanced Computing Center or Arts and Design and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Ohio State University in 1998. She is currently teaching digital art at University of Alaska Fairbanks and is a joint faculty of the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center. Her art works have been exhibited at Well Street Art Gallery (Fairbanks, AK), MTS Gallery (Anchorage, AK), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (Japan), University of Alaska Museum of the North and Aichi Prefecture Ceramics Museum (Japan). Her computer generated images received the Grand Prize of TORAY Digital Creation Awards 2007. Miho participated in multimedia performances and created computer generated graphics for collaborative projects. Recently, she has been involved in Another Language Performing Arts Company's long-distance, collaborative InterPlay performances. Her computer generated animation is shown on on PBS Alaska One and also in PBS NOVA (WGBH Boston) television broadcasts.

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis IUPUI Tavel Arts and Technology Center, Indiana
William Scott Deal - is a member of the Department of Music and Arts Technology faculty and Director of the Donald Tavel Arts and Technology Research Center of the Department of Music and Arts Technology at IUPUI. He is well-known as an active performer of new and contemporary music with appearances including venues in Atlanta, Boston, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, and Washington DC. He has performed for the College Music Society, Society of Electro-Acoustic Musicians and the Percussive Arts Society. Continually inspired by new and emerging artistic technologies, Mr. Deal is a member of ARTGRID an Internet2 telematic performing collective comprised of a multi-disciplinary group of artists and computer specialists, founded by Jimmy and Beth Miklavcic at the University of Utah. In this capacity he has performed at Supercomputing Global, SIGGRAPH, Chicago Calling, Ingenuity Festival and with groups that include Another Language Performing Arts Company, Digital Worlds Institute and the Helsinki Computer Orchestra. Professor Deal is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice and continues as a Research Affiliate for the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has served as Principal Percussionist of the Fairbanks Symphony, Timpanist of the Arctic Chamber Orchestra, on the artist faculty for the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. He has recorded works on Albany, Centaur, Cold Blue and SCI labels. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami, a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cameron University.

Jordan Munson - Lecturer in Music at IUPUI, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Science in Music Technology degree from Indiana University School of Music at IUPUI. As a percussionist, he expanded his performance repertoire to include experimental electronic work and contemporary percussion literature. He often performs solo literature, mostly in the form of composed improvisation with a focus on live, experimental percussion and electronics. Jordan has performed alongside notable artists such as Matmos and the Rempis Percussion Quartet. As a composer, Mr. Munson has had his multimedia and percussion works premiered at institutions such as the University of Kentucky, the University of Alaska - Fairbanks and the University of Tennessee at Martin. Jordan states that, "He is a musician, composer, and multimedia artist whose work explores the boundaries of music's relationship to modern technology." Jordan teaches music theory, jazz history, percussion and music technology courses at IUPUI. He founded and conducts a new music ensemble, the IUPUI Laptop Music Ensemble. He is a member of the Donald Tavel Arts and Technology Research Center team exploring on-line performance-based projects for Internet2 and interactive electronics that will expand even farther the integration of technology and music performance.
Chuiyuan Meng - Lecturer and Technology Specialist at the Tavel Arts Research Center, is a concert pianist, Rich-Internet-Application developer, and web designer. Having two undergraduate degrees in Music Education and Computer Science and a Master of Science degree in Music Technology, he continues to develop applications for music education with innovative technologies.
Ben S. Jacob - Was born in Illinois in 1977. He studied piano during his formative years and began seriously pursuing music in 1993 when he taught himself to perform on and compose music for significantly louder instruments. Ben returned to formal music training upon joining the University of Illinois Javanese Gamelan orchestra at the University of Illinois School of Music in 1996, where he also studied North Indian classical music and sitar performance. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in music composition at the University of Illinois in 2000 and subsequently studied Balinese gamelan music and dance in Bali, Indonesia in the summer of 2000. Ben then attended the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he completed a Master of Music degree in composition and taught courses in music theory. He has received several awards for his work in music composition and has performed as a violinist in the free and structured improvisational BENJAMINJAMINMAN Violin Duo and as bass guitarist for the progressive grindcore band Harlots. Ben currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana and is the director of the music and multi-media performing arts group BASILICA.

Long Island University, New York
Brian H. Buck - is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Honorably discharged in January 1995 he started dancing shortly after, at Essex Community College, where he also received his associates in English. Brian received his bachelor's degree at University of Maryland, where he also started dancing with various companies in and around Washington DC. Brian has performed with Dimensional Dance Media, Maryland Dance Ensemble, Seize the Day; Mixed Abilities Company, Spiral Dance Company, This Body This Earth, Daniel Burkholder/The Playground, Jane Jarardi, and Updraft aerial dance company as well as in the works of Ed Tyler. He has studied with Daniel Lepkoff the art of improvisation through observation and contact improvisation. Brian has performed at The Kennedy Center, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, DCAC, Jack Guidone Theatre, Art Farm, amongst others. Brian has developed both pieces for the stage and dance for the camera pieces, acted as master electrician, lighting designer, and stage manager in theaters and make shift performance spaces in DC, MD, and VA. Brian enjoys working with technology in relation to the stage in new and inventive ways illuminating new truths and discoveries. He is currently a graduate student at Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus) in the New Media Arts and Performance Program. AnARTomy is the fourth InterPlay project that Brian has participated in for Another Language Performing Arts Company.

Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Mike Daley - is the Senior Technician/Professional Tutor for the School of Computer Science at Cardiff University. He has built, operated and maintained several Access Grid Nodes and he supports the Visualization and Augmented Reality group. He also teaches JAVA, 8086 Family Machine Code, Networks and an introduction to PERL and Python scripting. He has also recently gained his MPhil in Machine Vision, certification for Computer Forensics (GCFA), and become a member of the British Computer Society. He is currently in the process of teaching a new course at Cardiff in Computer Forensics.
Ben Spruce - Mime Performer, started as a living statue street performer in 1997. He has expanded his skills of body control and movement to clowning and acting skills focusing on improvisational interaction and manipulation of crowd behavior. As a professional mime artist he can be seen in a variety of short films. Ben performs for festivals, celebratory venues and has participated in three world renowned festivals in Edinburgh, Scotland.