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Preview: UO students share dance, art, slam poetry, music during INFLUX

For the third year in a row, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s Student Member Advocacy Council (JSMAC) presents INFLUX: A Night of Performance Art. The two-hour event will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18. Submission is free, so come and support your local talent.

INFLUX is an event that showcases unique performance art created by University of Oregon’s artistically inclined students. True to its name, it is designed to be continually in movement and highly encourages participation from the audience members.

The event accepted submissions from a wide variety of University of Oregon students, whose pieces range from music to monologues to performances by groups like The UO Poetry Slam Team. This year’s lineup even includes an interactive and improvisational dance that will take place throughout the course of the event in the JSMA courtyard.

Student Hannah Andersen is returning to for her second year in a row to lead the dance with a soundscape created by Music and Dance Professor Christian Cherry.

“I think the more students in the arts at UO that can work together and collaborate, the better,” said Andersen, a UO Master of Fine Arts dance candidate. “We all need and desire outlets for creativity.”

Co-created by digital arts professor Ty Warren and JSMAC member Lindsey Keast, INFLUX was established as a fun and welcoming event that allows students to practice and share their creativity. JSMAC President Sarah Wyer hopes to fulfill this purpose and continue the tradition.

“The goal is to showcase the talent of our student artists of the University of Oregon and to provide a safe space for them to express themselves,” Wyer said. “It’s an exciting event, and we haven’t found any others like it on campus.”

In addition to the performances showcased by students, there will also be a piece made exclusively for spectators, titled “Mirror Me.” A frame will hang from the ceiling acting as a mirror, compelling people to mirror each others’ movement from the opposite side.

The event schedule will be on a digital program, accessible by spectators from their cellular devices.

Consistent with the theme of being influx, each room will have a slightly different atmosphere, some more active with dance and others calmer with refreshments, light mingling and a cash bar.

Come be a part of the artistic flow presented by INFLUX or simply relax and enjoy the unique talent that UO students have to offer.

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Carleigh Oeth

Carleigh Oeth