Kendricken Lecture series presents artist Walter Wright

October 30, 2019
Kendricken Lecture series presents artist Walter Wright

Walter Wright artwork
Musician and visual artist Walter Wright will present as part of the annual Kendricken Memorial Lecture Series at Fitchburg State University at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25 in Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. Admission is free and open to the public.

Wright will share his thoughts on new media, collaboration, and improvisation. He specializes in a blend of improvisation that includes computer programming, electro-acoustic music, video, and performance. What Wright loves about improvisation is that the performance is “in the moment” and, like real life communication, it is “always open-ended, fraught with possibility.”

His career has spanned across a wide range of disciplines, and he has been a digital media pioneer. In the 1970s he was an artist-in residence at the Experimental Television Center in New York City, where he started video performance touring at public access centers, colleges, and galleries with the Paik/Abe Video Synthesizer. In 1989 he helped work on an “intelligent” paint program for Truevision. Later with partner Mary Ann Kearns, he co-founded the 911 Gallery, the first all-digital gallery on the World Wide Web. Today Wright performs with various groups such as Bats From Pogo, Egregoros, and ensemble inédit?!.  

Walter Wright’s presentation is part of the Kendricken Memorial Lecture Series hosted by the University’s Communications Media Department. This lecture is funded by generous support from the Kendricken family and is named for the 2013 alumnus who died in 2014. Kendricken is remembered as an extraordinary individual, whose prodigious energy fueled a boundless curiosity. Foremost among his many passions were film, music, and literature. The lecture series brings in artists whose work and spirit resonate with Kendricken’s legacy to the Fitchburg State community.

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