Season 3 Episode 5 – Experimental Composer and Filmmaker Joey Bargsten
Joey Bargsten creates electronic and acoustic music, transmedia opera, interactive media, digital films, software, and virtual reality experiences. The Indianapolis Symphony and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra have played his music. It has been featured at New York’s Symphony Space, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Atlanta Arts Festival, and National Public Radio’s International Concert Hall. Bargsten won a Knight Arts Challenge Award for his transmedia opera MelanchoLalaland ™, which premiered in Miami Beach in 2015 (www.melancholalaland.com).
He won the audience award at the 2004 Stuttgart Filmwinter Expanded Media Festival for his interactive website BAD MIND TIME™ (www.badmindtime.com), which has been featured in exhibitions of digital art internationally—in Istanbul, London, Penang, and Los Angeles. Bargsten taught at the University of Iowa, Georgia Tech, Atlanta College of Art, and the University of Oregon before his current position in interactive multimedia at the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University.