Joey Bargsten


PhD, University of Iowa

Areas of Expertise: Interactive Multimedia, Immersive/Interactive Music and Audio, Interactive and Performative Multimedia, Critical New Media Studies, Critical Virtual Reality

Joey Bargsten teaches courses in interactive multimedia. His current research interests include combining intermedia and audiovisual interaction with live performance, 3D interactivity, and virtual reality, ranging from multimedia opera to dance with motion-reactive visuals, all while documenting his work both through video and text. He founded and directs FAU's MTEn ( Media, Technology, and Entertainment) Experimental Media Ensemble ( meme). His soundtracks created for intermedia artist Leon Johnson have been performed at Whitney Art Works (Portland, ME), and Issue Project Room (Brooklyn, NY). His digital film Sticky Notes™ was included in the Zero Film Festival (Los Angeles, New York, London) in 2008.

His interactive art website BAD MIND TIME™ has received awards and recognition from Broadcast Design Association, Fluxus International Film Festival, Print Magazine, and Stuttgart Filmwinter Festival for Expanded Media. In 1998, BAD MIND TIME™ was first featured as a winner of an InVision award by New Media Magazine, with the cover announcing The 9 Best New Media Projects on the Planet.

Bargsten won one of the 2013 Miami Knight Art Challenge Awards for the presentation in 2015 of his transmedia opera MelanchoLalaland™. His opera was a Finalist in the 2021 American Prize in Composition (Opera/Theatre/Film/Dance category).

In 2021, he won the Gold Award in the Hermes Creative Awards for directing and editing three promotional videos for the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies (SCMS) undergraduate programs.

Bargsten's pursuits have encompassed worlds of multiple media. He was one of five video artists invited to create a film to accompany members of the New World Symphony in a concert recognizing the 100th Anniversary of the graphic arts association AIGA. He is currently creating a fusion between video game, virtual reality (VR), and social justice video documentary in his VR experience The Other: A Maze. 

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Recent Publications

Narrative and Spatial Design through Immersive Music and Audio . The IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces, 5th Annual Workshop on Sonic Interactions in Virtual Environments (2020).

Experimental Media Voodoo Experimental Media Voodoo: A Practicum for Digital Art, Music, and Text. Sentia Publishing LLC (2018).  

"Re-Imagining Microtonalities: Prototyping a Bohlen-Pierce Synthesizer in PureData" (2016)

"Gesture and Performance with Kinect, Quartz Composer, and PureData" (2014)

Hybrid Forms Hybrid Forms and Syncretic Horizons . Lambert Academic Press: Saarbrücken (2011). Free download.

Recent Exhibitions and Performances

IXION #2 "The EyeCandy™ fake stereoscopic film premiered at The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival, New York City (December 2021), and exhibited at Brainwash Film Festival, Oakland CA (August 2022) and VASTLab, Los Angeles CA (November 2022) 

Polysemic , multimedia performance exhibition featuring Kyle Motl, Matt Baltrucki, Carlos Dominguez, and Joey Bargsten. Ritter Gallery, FAU (November 2019)

Animated Music Notation—Group Exhibit, Monash University, in conjunction with the International Conference on Technologies for Music Notation & Representation (TENOR) and the Australasian Computer Music Conference (ACMC). Melbourne, Australia, (July 2019). Work exhibited: mNotation.

MelanchoLalaland™ , Multimedia Opera, performed at Miami Beach Cinematheque (September 2015). Scenes from the opera performed at FilmGate Interactive Conference, Miami (February 2015)

how one gets there , Staff Pick on Vimeo (January 2014)

New World Symphony, Miami Beach (January 2014)

Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale (November 2012)

Inkub-8 Performance Space, Miami (April 2012)


DIG 3110: Fundamentals of Multimedia ( Student examples)

MMC3711: Interactive Multimedia  (Student examples)

VIC4943: Multimedia Practicum

MMC6701: Creating Interactive Culture (Graduate)

MMC6715: Studies in New Media (Graduate)

MMC4930/6930: Creating Interactive Soundtracks (Undergraduate & Graduate)

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