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Welcome to the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts!  Since 2003, we have been supporting the curiosity, passion, and endeavors for the Arts on the Texas A&M University campus and in the Bryan-College Station area.  We host nationally and internationally renowned experimental artists, support innovative experiments by our faculty and students, but also engage our community in current dialogues about the Arts.  We hope you join us to make an impact on the Arts, our community, and society. 


  • Teaser image for The Zoom Function

    The Zoom Function

    Call for papers for a special issue of  "The International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media" 


    Guest Editors: James R. Ball III, Weiling He, Louis Tassinary

    Technology zooms. This brief phrase points to its kinetic dimensions (automobiles zoom across our landscape), its temporality (microchips advance and processing power proliferates exponentially), and the ways it modulates space and scale (zooming in, a molecule becomes a mountain; zooming out, a planet becomes a pea). Zooming links senses of sight (magnification), sound (onomatopoeia), and touch (movement), key dimensions in which performance proceeds and through which art--especially technologically mediated art--addresses its audiences. Zooming draws together fields as varied as aeronautics, optics, and economics, and it calls to mind unique bodily effects, including frenetic gestures, droning sounds, and the energies that indicate vivaciousness itself. And zooming reverberates politically: it names the speed of progress and progressive desires; it undergirds the logic of anarchist, Marxist, or post-humanist accelerationism; it prompts the protests of those who call for slow food, slow medicine, slow travel, and so (slow) on. The zoom function can be found at work at diverse interfaces between science, art and architecture, and philosophy; it appears implicitly or explicitly in the writings of scholars as varied as Richard Feynman, Donna Haraway, and Paul Virilio to name a small sample. The zoom function provides a framework to understand our relationship to technology in the 21st century.

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  • Living Architecture Systems Group -TAMU Exhibition Catalogue
    Sep 09 - Sep 29, 2019

    Living Architecture Systems Group -TAMU Exhibition Catalogue

    Can architecture come alive? Could future buildings think, and feel? The collaborative work of the Living Architecture Systems Group draws on a fundamental desire to dwell in living nature. The Living Architecture collaboration includes architects, engineers and industrial designers from research centres within North America and Europe, led by artist and architect Philip Beesley of Waterloo Architecture. 
  • Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble’s The Art of Luv                (Part 6): Awesome Grotto!
    Oct 03, 2019 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble’s The Art of Luv (Part 6): Awesome Grotto!

    Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble (ROKE) describe themselves as “a musical priesthood that explores the metaphysics and mythologies of love, desire, and courtship at the end of the 20th century.” Their work represents the cutting edge of experimental performance, as they combine installation art, ritual, opera, movement, and theatre to create unique experiences for audiences in intimate settings. Their work has been presented at world-renowned performance festivals in New York, Portland, Philadelphia, and beyond.