DR. BARGSTEN IS A KNIGHT ARTS CHALLENGE WINNER
Dr. Joey Bargsten, associate professor of Interactive multimedia at FAU Davie, is the recipient of a 2013 Knights Arts Challenge grant ($2,500) for his multimedia opera, MELANCHOLALALAND™, expected to make its world premiere in 2014-15. The award was presented last month.
Bargsten is an artist and composer whose Media ExperiMental Ensemble (meme™) has performed throughout South Florida since 2009.
MELANCHOLALALAND™ focuses on the off-beat relationships between executives who run Melancuria, Inc.—a global corporation that specializes in anti-melancholia drugs and self-pleasure technologies– and how they deal with mobs of protesters, disgruntled employees, and dissatisfied lovers, among many others. This production will star local singers and dancers in a live mix with video, animation and digital music. Bargsten says this work has as much in common with pop and karaoke as it has with traditional opera.