Case alum is co-founder of iNGENUiTY Festival, new arts and technology event
James Levin, founder of Cleveland Public Theatre, received law degree from university
A Case Western Reserve University alum is leading the charge to make Downtown Cleveland come alive September 1-4 with the sights and sounds of the inaugural iNGENUiTY Festival of Art and Technology, a vibrant, four-day event celebrating Cleveland's diverse arts and technology communities.
James Levin, founder of Cleveland Public Theatre and a 1979 Case School of Law graduate, along with Thomas Mulready of CoolCleveland.com, co-founded and are co-directing the event.
Levin's area of study at Case was criminal defense, civil rights and labor law, which doesn't seem to correlate to his founding a theater group, and now, co-directing Cleveland's first arts and technology festival.
"My law degree has helped in strange ways," he explained. "Regarding something like iNGENUiTY, the experience of law school and my work as a lawyer have been useful in terms of basic problem solving. The logistics of iNGENUiTY (200+ performance and exhibitions at 22 venues) have been daunting. But having the experience of the methodical, holistic approach to problem solving that was sometimes offered at Case (School of) Law has been invaluable."
Like the law, Levin said the relationship between art and technology is complex, and although Cleveland is "still reeling from the loss of the steel mills and major manufacturing base. for 100 years now, Cleveland has had an amazing wealth of artistic and cultural arts institutions." The region also has a multitude of engineers and scientists due to its universities and health care centers and connections to NASA.
"Between the arts and the sciences, that is a lot of brainpower," he said.
Levin added, however, that unlike other major cities, Cleveland has never had one overarching "spectacular" event that celebrates both art and technology-until now.
iNGENUiTY will feature more than 70 organizations from Cleveland's diverse arts and technology communities that are working to produce programs showcasing the relationships that exist between the two forms. Some of the art-tech collaborations will include an opera aria using NASA sound technology and a dance choreographed with a video of open-heart surgery.
Performances for iNGENUiTY will take place at traditional venues, clubs and restaurants, as well as the streets of downtown Cleveland, which will be transformed into vibrant entertainment destinations. The celebration kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on September 1, with a free performance of the high-energy "Traffic Jam" performance piece on Public Square.
General admission is free for the main stage, children's stage and festival stage, along with selected exhibits; $10 for a one-day pass; and $25 for an all-access weekend pass. For details, visit http://www.ingenuitycleveland.com/.
About Case Western Reserve University
Case is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work. http://www.case.edu.