Ingenuity’s Make Space

A huge hit at this year’s Festival was the Make Space.  Partnering with individuals and organizations like Makers Alliance and the United States Fab Lab Network, Ingenuity created a zone where education, inspiration, and just plain showing off could happen.  The Maker movement is definitely is definitely in Ingenuity’s past and future.

Now in its 3rd year, the  Cleveland Mini Maker Faire is always a hit at the Cleveland Public Library. (This year’s date June 6, 2015)! Have something you want to showcase? You can always reach our call for makers here.

Learn, create, and be inspired by this assembly of creative Makers.  Watch a robot create art or fashion some of your own.  Learn about everything from 3D printers to laser cutters to soldering irons.  Just what is a Maker?  Come and be surprised.  You may already be one.

Past projects have included dozens of technology focused collaborations, including:

Fab Labs at Ingenuity’s Make Space

Cleveland and the North Coast are hotbeds of digital fabrication.  They are home to MIT-inspired “Fab Labs” (fabrication laboratories) where users can make almost anything.

At IngenuityFest 2012 and 2013, the United States Fab Lab Network (USLFN) sponsored several displays and demonstrations.  The biggest was the MC2 STEM’s mobile Fab Lab—a 32’ NASCAR trailer decorated in Cleveland and equipped with the latest computer hardware and software for cutting, adding, shaping, 3D printing, and electronics.  Around it was a perimeter of tables for small businesses that got their starts in a Fab Lab.  Several machines were in the center ring to make personalized artifacts on the spot under supervision of students and other skilled Fab users.

Arduino Workshop
Makers Alliance

Participants have joined the Makers Alliance, Cleveland’s original hacker space, in some guerrilla engineering! We’ve offered Arduino workshops in embedded electronics throughout the weekend. People were able to make lights blink, alarms sound, sequence MIDI notes, and gain access to badge-secured area with the Makers Alliance at Ingenuity Festival and at partner spaces like the Shaker Launchhouse and Case Western’s think[box]!

More information at the Makers Alliance wiki:

This installation was made possible through the support of Dominion.  Thank you!

Feed Creativity
created by the team at Faber-Castell

The “Feed Creativity” space invited creative minds of all ages to participate in arts and crafts.  This space was dedicated to adult and children’s hands-on art and crafts. Children worked with crafts and activities from Creativity for Kids and Faber-Castell’s Premium Children’s Art Products while adults worked with Design Memory Craft’s Mix & Match products at our Craft Bar, or sample Faber-Castell’s famous professional fine art line established in 1761 in Germany.

Faber-Castell is a global company with offices around the world, with US headquarters located in Cleveland, Ohio. They are world renowned for creative products and dedicated to bringing you creative products based on our founding principles of: Best of Class Quality, Innovation and social responsibility.

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We love to talk.  And listen.  And sometimes even argue.  Ingenuity is all about exploring that space where humanity and technology meet.  Discussing the good, bad, and unexpected things that happen between those two worlds is part of what we do during our annual festival in September and throughout the year. Past talks have included:

Food For Thought

Sustainable Cleveland 2019 partnered with with Growhio to host Food for Thought. Designed to ignite your passion for local foods, Food for Thought was 2-part forum.

Local Food Ignite Talks: Organized by the City of Cleveland Office of Sustainability, 10 local food champions spoke about their ideas and personal or professional passions, accompanied by 20 slides. Each slide was displayed for 15 seconds, and slides automatically advanced. Feed your mind with 10 presenters in under an hour!

  • Mansfield Frazier, Chateau Hough
  • Sudhir Raghupathy, Eco Tuesday
  • Ifeoma Ezepue, Cleveland Crops
  • Carlton Jackson, Tunnel Vision Hoops
  • Brittany Barski, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Green Team
  • Paula Hershman, Storehouse Tea
  • Christa Ebert, Neighborhood Progress Inc and co-founder of the 1st annual Citywide Potluck
  • Gwen Forte, Growhio
  • Jenny Kelly, Kelly Green Web
  • Diane Morgan, Maggie’s Farm
  • Kristen Baumlier-Faber, Food Fonts

Panel of Locavore Chefs:  We learned about the motivation of Cleveland chefs to source food locally and had an opportunity to ask questions. Moderated by Kari Moore ( and Noelle Celeste (

  • Karen Small, Flying Fig
  • Ben Bebenroth, Spice
  • Douglas Katz, Fire
  •  Julie Hutchison, Root Cafe

For more information about Sustainable Cleveland 2019, visit

Feeding Flight

This series of talks and performances explored how people and technology have come together to put us in the sky, space, other planets, and beyond.  From the Wright Brothers to the Jet Age to the Curiosity mission on Mars we looked at the technology that got us there and its impact on humanity.

The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Airplane
Tom Benson

Mr. Wilbur Wright of Dayton, Ohio, presents results from experiments concerning the development of a practical, piloted, flying machine. The experiments were conducted between 1899 and 1905, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina and Dayton, Ohio with his brother, Orville Wright.

Wilbur Wright will be presented by Tom Benson who is an aeronautical engineer in the Turbomachinery and Propulsion Systems Division at the NASA Glenn Research Center. Benson currently works on several educational outreach activities at the center, including the development of the agency’s Beginner’s Guide to Aeronautics and Re-Living the Wright Way web sites for the Educational Programs Office (EPO).

Michelle Epps
International Women’s Air and Space Museum
Katharine Wright, affectionately known as “Sterchens” (short for the Germen word Schwesterchen meaning little sister) to her famous brothers Orville and Wilbur, was the third member of the Wright Brother’s team seldom mentioned in history books. Though Katharine’s role in the first flight at Kitty Hawk is subject to rumor and speculation, we do know she was dedicated to the success of her brothers and their flying machine. Katharine also represents a sort of silent enthusiasm from women in society but we will also be talking about women alive during Katharine’s time that threw convention to the wind and embraced this new technology and the freedom it offered.    Michelle Epps has been the Education Director at the International Women’s Air & Space Museum.

Aeronautics at the Dawn of the Space Age

Tom Benson

From the late 1910’s to the late 1960’s, we have witnessed an evolution in flying machines from the wood, wire, and cloth of the Wright Brothers, to the rocket-powered, bullet-shaped supersonic aircraft of Chuck Yeager, and on to the gas turbine-powered airliners which daily carry hundreds of paying passengers across the oceans. Several technology breakthroughs in aeronautics have made all of this possible. This talk examined those breakthroughs, the science and engineering behind the technology, and the individuals involved in the discovery.

The talk was presented by Tom Benson, an aeronautical engineer in the Research Directorate at the NASA Glenn Research Center. Benson has been at NASA Glenn for 35 years, working in high speed computational fluid dynamics for propulsion systems and in many educational outreach activities at the center.

Apollo Opera

This song cycle with lyrics, created from Apollo 11 transcripts, explores arguably the greatest journey ever taken by man.  Using text directly from the mission transcripts, this piece shows the human side of space travel.  Written and performed by Rob McGinness, a student at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, accompanied on the piano by Meeyoun Park.

The Space Shuttle
Thirty Years of Flight
Matthew Melis

NASA’s Space Shuttle, heralded as the world’s most complicated machine, completed 133 successful missions over its 30 year history. NASA’s Matt Melis provides a brief history and a detailed look into the inner workings and operation of the Space Shuttle and the hundreds of people who made them fly. Highlights from some the of the Shuttle missions will be shown.

Melis has worked at the NASA Glenn Research Center for 29 years as an aerospace engineer on NASA’s aeronautics, Space Station, and Space Shuttle Programs.  He graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelors in civil engineering and a masters in applied mechanics.

People and Robots Together in Space Flight
Brian Palaszewski

From the Moon landing to the Mars Rover, people and robots have both been vital to exploring the outer reaches.  Brian Palaszewski covers the past accomplishments and the hopeful future of both people and robots in our exploration of space.  He also gives the latest scoop on the Mars Science Laboratory and the Curiosity Rover, currently conducting extensive observations on the surface of Mars.

Palaszewski  has worked at the NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field since 1989 and is currently directing research on high performance propellants and atmospheric entry and in-situ resource utilization (ISRU).  Recently, he led work related to human Mars entry, descent, and landing (EDL) where supersonic retro-propulsion (rocket deceleration) is planned for the final descent to the planet’s surface.  He is also investigating outer planet atmospheres and the challenges and benefits of mining them for future ambitious space missions.  For six years, he led many studies of advanced space systems for orbital and interplanetary travel at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena.

Damage Assessment and the Shuttle Program
Dr. Kelly Carney

For the last four years of the Space Shuttle Program, Dr. Kelly Carney was a member of the Damage Assessment Team at Mission Control in Houston. After the Columbia accident, the Damage Assessment Team carefully examined hundreds of images evaluating damages to tiles, blankets and the leading edge of the Shuttle Orbiter and decided whether or not to perform spacewalk repairs.  Dr. Carney presents a brief history of the most expansive damages, one of which required an improvised repair.

Carney started at NASA Glenn Research Center in 1982, working on the Atlas/Centaur, Shuttle/Centaur, and Titan/Centaur rockets and the Space Station Solar Arrays. After completing his PhD at Case, he began research into impact and the safety of jet engines. When the Columbia accident occurred, he assisted in the accident investigation and effort to return the Space Shuttle to flight. After the Space Shuttle began flying again, Dr. Carney was then made responsible for all structural analysis on the Space Shuttle Orbiter.

The Mercury Project
Peter Naegele, Timothy Smith, Darin Sullivan, Donn Nottage

This musical tribute to the early days of NASA, The Mercury Project spans the realms of ambient, industrial, EBM and synth-pop. The result is a mind bending, thought provoking, and awe inspiring cyber-gothic retrospective of the past 50 years of aeronautics and space research.

The name “Mercury Project” was derived from the name “Project Mercury”, NASA’s adopted name for the first national manned space flight project. “Project Mercury” began in 1958 and ran for over 4 years, resulting in 6 manned flights and a total of 25 missions.

Cleveland Salon
Organized by Andrew Samtoy and Jonathan Rodriguez-Lucas

A weekend of ever evolving discussions about the big (and not so big) ideas of our times.   Stop by the Salon tent where discussion leaders who are well versed on various subjects, talk with a group about things that matter to our people and our city.  The goal? Everyone walking out with next-steps for improving their lives and the lives of others.

The Art and Science of Chemistry
Drs. Jerry Mundell and Anne O’Connor
Sunday, September 16 – Noon

Mundell and O’Connor both entertain and engage the audience in the principles of chemical and physical properties, minuteness of atoms, properties of gases, and sublimation of solids through entertaining demonstrations that include colorful chemical reactions, volumetric flask bubble factories, collapsing cans under atmospheric pressure, liquid nitrogen, dry ice, and soda pop geysers. The demonstrations end with delicious liquid nitrogen strawberry ice cream served to an appreciative audience.  Hands-on activities are available for the younger children that include making bouncing balls, colorful fish and butterflies, glitter slime, decorative stained glass glue, and writing invisible messages.  The activities introduce children to polymerization reactions, acid-base indicators, and paper chromatography.


Warehouse 30

The Collider Exhibition Series examines the impact, implications and inspiration of the phenomenon generally categorized under the umbrella term New Media.  Immersing visitors in contemporary interactive and media artwork, inviting all to participate, play, and ponder.

Co-curator – Tony Samangy
Assistant Professor in Graphic design at The University of Akron with a focus in Interface, Interaction and Motion Design.

Co-curator – Rod Bengston
Director of Galleries – University of Hawaii

Co-curator – Markus Vogl
Assistant Professor in Graphic design at The University of Akron with a focus in interactive art and design, web design and New Media Art.

Guest-curator – Kinect pieces – Margarita Benitez
Assistant Professor in Fashion design and the Fashion technologist at Kent State University with a focus in interactive art, art and technology, wearables, fibers, and fashion design.

Ingenuity: Feeds
A Contemporary Art Exhibition
Warehouse 32

This year’s Ingenuity art exhibition is centered on the theme of ‘Feeds.’ 25 contemporary regional artists have interpreted the idea in an astounding variety of unique and imaginative ways. All visual art media are represented and the artists are as diverse as their ideas – the work of distinguished professors and barely graduated art students, accomplished amateurs and eminent professionals are presented side by side in a kaleidoscope of forms, colors, and ideas.

Exhibiting artists include:

John Adams, Laureen Deveney, Elizabeth Emery, Derek Gelvin, Pamela Heller, Rudolf Jason, Jeff Jipplis, Patsy Kline, George Kozmon, Matthew Kurtz, Qian Li, James March, Susan McClelland, Loren Naji, A.D. Peters, Annie Peters, Nicklaus Pfeil, Penney Rakoff, Corie Slawson, Mark Soppeland, Melissa Stellard, Robert Thurmer, Josh Usmani, Guy Vincent, Lizbeth Wolfe

Curated by Robert Thurmer

Director, Art Gallery

Cleveland State University

Altered Cities
Artist: Michael Nekic in collaboration with the Kokoon Arts Gallery
Warehouse 30

Cleveland’s future is bright in Altered Cities, Michael Nekic’s photo-collage backlit images that are at the same time both familiar and alien.  Nekic’s photos and their manipulation create a retro-futuristic landscape that celebrates a city’s past glories, contemplates its decay and creates a landscape for a possible future.

Michael Nekic is a Northeast Ohio native who has been a fine art photographer for 35 years, working with digital computer graphics for the past 17 years.  He has exhibited throughout the region and has completed commission work for Lincoln Electric, NeoThink, New Heights Research, Lake West Hospital, Benedictine High School, and others.  In 2004, Nekic received an Honorable Mention in the International Digital Hall of Fame competition.

The Altered City project is a collaboration between artist Michael Nekic and his gallery representative, William Scheele of Kokoon Arts Gallery.  Scheele is also a Northeast Ohio native, with over 30 years of experience as an art dealer and gallery owner.  For the past five years, his Kokoon Arts Gallery has been located in the 78th Street Studios facility in Cleveland’s Detroit Shoreway neighborhood.  From 2002 through 2006, Scheele ran a non-profit organization called NewCAT, the New Center for Art & Technology, promoting creativity using new media technologies.  During this period, Scheele and Nekic participated in the first three Ingenuity Festivals.

Altered Cities is made possible at IngenuityFest through the generous support of Majestic Steel.

Blue Desert
Artists: Rian Brown-Orso, Geoff Pingree, Peter Swendsen

Take an ethereal journey through the Antarctic landscape with Blue Desert ~ Towards Antarctica.  Both a film and a multi-channel video installation, Blue Desert was shot during a two-week expedition to Antarctica in November of 2009 aboard the National Geographic Explorer by Oberlin University Associate Professors of Cinema Studies Geoff Pingree and Rian Brown-Orso.  The team worked with Peter Swendsen, assistant professor of computer music and digital arts at Oberlin, to create an audio landscape for the installation.

Antarctica is a uniquely vast and haunting panorama of ice, water, and sky. To visit this place is to glimpse a world without human beings, to observe a planet in its most primitive and elemental state, to witness the mysteriously beautiful and fearsome power of the earth.

Although any attempt to represent the Antarctic is, in some sense, futile – an exercise in framing the unframeable—Blue Desert will provide a provisional window onto a wondrous landscape that embodies, paradoxically, the ancient permanence and never-ending flux of our physical environment.

Rubber City Noise Wandering Cave
Warehouse 32 – Upstairs

The Rubber City Noise Wandering Cave is the mobile version of the RCNCAVE, created for Ingenuity Fest 2011 and returning in 2012. The RCNCAVE (or Cave, or Center for Audio/Visual Experimentation) is a collective arts space in downtown Akron, Ohio. Regular multimedia events are hosted on the second Saturday of every month and generally feature some combination of music and visual art. Other events occur spontaneously throughout the month both at the Cave and abroad.

Throughout Ingenuity weekend, the Wandering Cave will feature scores of musicians and artists working in a variety of genres. A full schedule will be made available soon. Merchandise and art from Rubber City Noise, Experimedia, Tusco Embassy, and other local entities will be for sale all weekend.

Rubber City Noise was founded in 2011 as an arts space and record label. It has since grown into a full collective comprised of Karl Vorndran, Curt Brown, Ram Youssefi, Joshua Maxon Novak, and James Bryan Parks along with several collaborators. Using a base of experimental (or exploratory) music, Rubber City Noise engages a range of creative forms. The Cave has hosted artists and musicians both local and from around the world and the record label has found international acclaim releasing albums from Ohio artists and other friends of RCN.

Music: Cane Swords | Zurvan | Griefhound | Skin Graft | Scenic Railroads | Dark Matter White Fire | Moth Cock | KBD Sonic Cooperative | Contamination Diet | All Herons |Matt Horak | Spirits | Jason Rodriguez | Drake/Henry/Scheible Trio | Forest Management | Orange Luna Temple | Glacial23 | Fire Death | Fascist Insect | 9 Volt Haunted House | Giant Claw | Thursday Club | more TBA 

Art: Jeremy Bible | Casey Ruic | Matt Horak | James Bryan Parks | Ram Youssefi | Chialla Geib | Eric Cowan | Brian Parsons | more TBA

Cleveland Institute of Art
Warehouse 32

The Cleveland Institute of Art partners with Ingenuity Fest to highlight the changing role of technology in the arts and art education. Now celebrating 130 years in educating creative leaders, CIA continues to redefine the boundaries of contemporary art and design.

Through CIA’s Digital Canvas Initiative—where all freshmen are provided iPads as a tool for creative collaboration and curriculum development—our faculty and freshmen have explored how this evolving digital tool can be used to create and collaborate. Scott Ligon, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Foundation Digital Art and Design, is pursuing the idea of digital collaboration at Ingenuity Fest, creating a series of digital feeds from across Cleveland and the country.

Video and photography professor Kasumi will be presenting a Cleveland premier of her work The Drowning. Presented on three screens concurrently, the work is simultaneously jarring and spiritual.

Bruce Checefsky, Director of CIA’s Reinberger Galleries, curates a film/video presentation of “Feed Your Food,” an array of short animations and films. Featuring fleeting glimpses of the reproductive habits of marine animals, musings about cultural and sexual identity, along with childhood trauma, Feed Your Food will be presented inside an abandoned bus within the warehouse.

CIA’s biomedical art department has been redefining the role of art, technology, and science. Biomedical artists apply their knowledge of media art and science to visual materials that educate the public in science and medical information. CIA will present an exhibition of illustrations and animations of work in human and plant biology.

Giancarlo Calicchia Sculpture Garden and Gallery
Warehouse 32

A collection of sculptures created and curated by world-renowned Italian American sculptor Giancarlo Calicchia.

Born in Veroli, Italy in the Apennine Mountains near Rome in 1946, Calicchia moved to Rome, New York in 1957 at the age of 11 as part of a new wave of Italian immigration to the New World. After formal education and training in America, Italy, Haiti, Canada and Mexico, Calicchia chose sculpture — rather, as he is quick to point out — sculpture chose him for his life’s passion.

Calicchia’s arrival in Cleveland in 1979 ushered a construction revolution not seen since the 19th century. The skyline of Cleveland was transformed and the artist’s mastery of architectural stone was a pivotal part of every major building built in Cleveland from 1981 to 1994, including Tower City, The Ritz Carlton Hotel, The Skylight Office Tower, North Point, the former Sohio Building and many others throughout North America and Europe.

Featuring work by:
Mimi Becker – Ohio; Benjamin Sohnel – Germany; Frantisek Strouhal – Canada; Christine Ferrari – New York; Benjamin Ganz – Florida; Nelson Mandela – South Africa; Ben Salomon – Washington, DC; Issac Katz – Mexico; Cheryl Hrudka – Arizona; Stan Johnson – Arizona; George Morillo, New York; Ricky Mujica – New York; Gisela Pherdekamper – Florida; Thomas Lund Lack – Britain; Mark Jacobson – California; Russell Dodds – South Carolina; Alex Khomsky – Massachusetts; Saggio – Ohio; Gregory Johnson – Georgia; Jami Tabak – New York; Amy Cohen Banker – New York; Architecture and Vision – Italy and Switzerland

Calicchia Sculpture & Design Studios, located in Cleveland, specializes in sculpture, public art and design, and has completed major landmark projects both locally and internationally.

Coventry Kids
Warehouse 32 

Our entire area is titled “Feed Yourself.” Its a space that encompasses the ways The Coventry Kids and our surrounding friends and communities “feed ourselves” through the creation of; art and performance of live music, growing our own food and grocery products and “feeding” them to our community. Throughout this years Ingenuity Fest we will bring in and display the actual “fruits” of our labor by displaying raised bed gardens of herbs, vegetables and fruits we’ve grown in our own backyards and present the different methods and techniques that you can utilize for ideal growth of your own garden. Our audio and visual space will showcase the many artist we’ve worked with and managed over our years of gallery curating, event and party planning experience. Friday and Saturday will see DJs and musical artists giving live tutorials of how they make, find and share the music that shakes crowds and moves them personally. Sunday our space will be dedicated to everything visual, including live art, video visuals, paintings and other art for the Ingenuity Fest community to enjoy.
@TheCovKids |

The Rust Belt Monster Collective
Warehouse 30
The gang from RBMC create work on site and present their work from Ingenuity’s Sci-Fi Fair.




Ingenuity Comedy Stage
Friday, September 14
Warehouse 32 – Loading Dock

8PM Puterbaugh Sisters opening for Beth Stelling

This hour of comedy features some incredibly unique comedians. The Puterbaugh Sisters (Tiffany @puterbaughs & Danielle @dputerbaugh) can’t properly be described, but alt-vaudeville-sex kittens is close. Beth Stelling @bethstelling is one of the best human beings in comedy and recently made her TV debut on CONAN! They hosted a variety show (Entertaining Julia) together in Chicago for 6 years that’s basically a weekly ingenuity fest unto itself.

The Chucklefck showcases this year will be co-hosted by Chicago’s Will Miles @mrwillmiles + Cleveland’s Ramon Rivas II @RamonRivasII. The top 16 of the 44 submissions received for this years festival will be performing for a chance to be invited to the Best of Fest wrap show Sunday 9/16 at @Hilarities at 7p with special guests the Sklar Brothers!

9 PM Chucklefck Showcase

David Drake @thedaviddrake, Mike Ivy @mikeivystandup, Danny Kallas @dannykallas Brian Kenny @briankenny69

10 PM

Tyler Jackson @tjaxkson, Drew Michael @drewmcomedy, Erik Cribley @erikcribley, Jeff Arcuri @jeffreyarcuri

11PM Lee Honeycutt opens for Last Call Cleveland

Lee Honeycutt is a true comics comic. He’ll be opening for Cleveland super heroes and dynamic sketch force Last Call Cleveland. Don’t miss what’s sure to be a ‘wigsplosion’

12 PM Unrated Redux

Performers will be invited to come back up and deliver a no holds bar unrated set.

Saturday,  September 15
Warehouse 32 – Loading Dock

8PM Drew Michael opens for Jamie Kilstein

Drew Michael @drewmcomedy is a dark cloud bubbling with sharp cutting comedy out of Chicago. Jamie Kilstein @jamiekilstein is a comedic warrior who’s appeared on Showtime, CONAN and is host of the popular political show Citizen Radio. He’s an active advocate for Occupy Wall Street, veganism and being a righteous stand up comedian.

9PM Chucklefck Showcase

James Fritz @jamesfritzcomic, Mike Joyce @notmikejoyce, Kristin Clifford @kristincliff, Mark Colella

10PM Chucklefck Showcase

Jeff Steinbrunner @jsteinbrunner, Lane Pieschel @notnotlane, Curtis Cook @curtis_cook, Puterbaugh Sisters @puterbaugh @dputerbaugh

11PM Zachariah Durr’s “Fun City”

Written and performed by Zachariah Durr @thezdurr, “Fun City” is a sketch / variety show that will include music, puppets, high theatrics, and general hilarity.

Anything else, you have to bring yourself.

12PM Awkward Sex Show Podcast with Carey Callahan @careycallahan

Each episode we’ll discuss another aspect of this weird uncomfortable nerve-wracking thing we call the Human Sexual Experience. 30% comedy, 30% the kind of therapy you get when you go to the bar with your best friend, and 40% telling embarrassing stories in front of strangers, we only want to make sure all you weirdos understand we’re not alone in being seriously fucking confused by all of this shit.

Episode Topic: Sexuality through comedy, with a panel of performers from the Festival. Guest co-host Drew Michael @drewmcomedy






Ingenuity is all about exploring the space where humanity and technology meet.  Artists, inventors, and innovators come together at our annual Festival to explore these ideas and play with literally tens of thousands of people.  But Ingenuity is building on this relationship with year-round events that bring together creative technologists, performers, artists, and others.  Past presentations have included:


The Collider Exhibition Series examines the impact, implications and inspiration of the phenomenon generally categorized under the umbrella term New Media.  Immersing visitors in contemporary interactive and media artwork, inviting all to participate, play, and ponder.

Co-curator – Tony Samangy
Assistant Professor in Graphic design at The University of Akron with a focus in Interface, Interaction and Motion Design.

Co-curator – Rod Bengston
Director of Galleries – University of Hawaii

Co-curator – Markus Vogl
Assistant Professor in Graphic design at The University of Akron with a focus in interactive art and design, web design and New Media Art.

Guest-curator – Kinect pieces – Margarita Benitez
Assistant Professor in Fashion design and the Fashion technologist at Kent State University with a focus in interactive art, art and technology, wearables, fibers, and fashion design.

Hybrid Collaboration
Artist: Anthony Castronovo

Post-industrial flowers sprout at Ingenuity with Anthony Castronovo’s Hybrid Collaboration.  The glass and aluminum piece illuminates and changes through an array of embedded LEDs that are affected by texts sent by viewers working singularly or in teams.  For example, if 13 people text #GREEN to the site then the flowers will change their color to green. If someone also texts #SWIRL to the site, the flowers will light up in a swirling pattern. Through this interaction, Castronovo believes that “a bridge will be formed between the physical and virtual world, causing people to interact with each other in collaboration.”

Castronovo’s work speaks to changing views of nature, what kinds of renewal, rebirth, and hope are possible, and what it takes for inhabitants of the 21st century to stop and text the flowers.

Anthony Castronovo received his B.F.A in sculpture from the University of Florida in 2003 and in 2006 he received his M.F.A from Ohio State. Working primarily in public art, his artistic goal is to actively engage participants and create a dialogue about the environment.

Memory Feast
Artist:  James Donovan

Exploring the intersection between myth, technology, and experience, James Donovan’s Memory Feast creates onsite interactivity that feeds on social media imagery.  Ingenuity visitors can use the controllerless Kinect gaming system to influence projected images create from images on various Facebook accounts.

Feast explores how images from social media form modern mythology.  But are we masters of the universe or merely someone else’s digital puppet?  Donovan’s work engages these questions with deft technical skills in several arena’s of programming, insightful commentary on modern interaction, and pure fascinating visuals.

In 2011, James Donovan, in collaboration with Team Dis-Kinect, received an honorary residency from Eyebeam Gallery & The Creators Project. Later that year with the Creators Projects he exhibited “Diskinect” a large scale interactive sculpture.

Artist:  James Murray

Create your own soundscape using a dizzying array of inputs.  Artist James Murray creates an environment that is both playful and inviting, and with a technical maze of knobs, joysticks, wires and circuits.  Murray’s piece presented at the 2011 Festival attracted everyone from the cautiously curious to master sound creators who turned the space into their own DJ experience.  Which are you?  Give it a try and find out.

Murray is a visual artist, musician, and electronics designer with a BFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Tufts University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has shown both nationally and internationally at galleries and festivals including Nice & Fit Showroom, Alogon, Mass College of Art, as well as the Green Mill in Chicago. His work and performances have been featured in the book and accompanying DVD, Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking, by Nicolas Collins.

Ingenuity Artists Connecting With Communities

Sound Artist James Murray worked with a group of Cleveland’s young people in collaboration with the Cleveland Public Library (CPL). The program focused on the artistry of creating electronic music from circuitry to soldering to performance. This initiative feeds CPL’s vision of being “a driving force behind a powerful culture of learning.”

To that end Cleveland Public Library has opened a dynamic and interactive technology center called TechCentral in its downtown location. Some of the highlights include a TechToyBox, MyCloud virtual desktop, and a 3-D printer. It is a place to connect, discover, explore, and experience the library of the future.

Periodic Intension
Artist: Sean Procyk

Combining water, light and, sound, Sean Procyk creates otherworldly images born out of discarded materials and obsolete technology.  Periodic Intension creates images on the Festival floor by focusing beams of light through translucent bowls of water.  Vibration from discarded motors animates the projection creating an environment that is at once organic and mechanical.

Procyk holds a degree in Fine Arts from McMaster University, a Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University and a Master’s of Fine Arts from OCAD University. He is currently employed as the Sculpture Facilitator for The Banff Centreʼ’s Visual Arts Department, where he advises artists about fabrication processes, project planning and installation design. Drawing inspiration from construction processes, audiovisual light shows, interactive electronics and computer intelligence, he creates immersive artworks that evoke a multi-sensory experience.

The Game of Life
Chris Yanc

In 1970, a Scientific American article described a mathematical game created by Cambridge University professor John Conway.  Today, you can play any number of versions of the game online, in smart phone apps or on iPads.  The game creates fascinating patterns that take on a life of their own.  Chris Yanc has developed a live LED version for Ingenuity.  IngenuityFest veteran and creator of the Digital Graffiti Wall, Yanc is an interactive consultant/artist based out of Northeast OH. Developing work for interactive and new media such as touch and computer vision based interactive technologies, his work includes exhibits in previous IngenuityFests, the Collider Exhibit Series and The Brite Winter Festival. His work can also be seen in permanent installations at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Ripley’s Believe it Or Not Museum in Orlando, FL.

Asizumuth Cave
Artist: Jared Bendis

Enter a world of darkness where your only beacons of navigation are the sounds around you.  The Azimuth Cave is a single seat, user controlled, light-proof, sound-proof, 5.1 surround sound hendecagonal prism designed for interactive experiences. Premiering at the 2011 Ingenuity Festival, the Azimuth Cave returns with an interactive audio experience/game Treasure of the Wumpus.

Azimuth Cave was conceived and designed by Jared Bendis.   Bendis is an award-winning installation artist, photographer, teacher, playwright and filmmaker. He is a specialist in photography, virtual reality, and computer graphics and serves as the Creative New Media Officer for Case Western Reserve University’s Kelvin Smith Library.

Gamer Zone

The Cleveland Game Developers Meetup Group and Akron Film+Pixel present independently made videogames from around the area and around the world. Featured will be Die Gute Fabrik’s Johann Sebastian Joust, a physical music game involving eight colorful Playstation Move controllers and delicate timing.

Throughout the weekend, local game developers will be on hand discussing their experiences creating for platforms like iOS, Android, Steam, and Facebook.


Artemis is a multiplayer, multi-computer networked game for Windows computers.

Artemis simulates a spaceship bridge by networking several computers together. One computer runs the simulation and the “main screen”, while the others serve as workstations for the normal jobs a bridge officer might do, like Helm, Communication, Engineering, and Weapon Control.

Artemis is a social game where several players are together in one room (“bridge”) , and while they all work together, one player plays the Captain, a person who sits in the middle, doesn’t have a workstation, and tells everyone what to do.

Feed Jam
Zygote Press

What Feeds You?  Answer the question through print making and become part of Ingenuity at the Zygote Press Feed Jam.  ZP returns to Ingenuity with a cross of tech and traditional interactive print workshops.  Use a copy machine and other printmaking facilities to create your own copy art.  And be sure to check out the roving print makers throughout the fest.


Presenting world-class, unique performances is part of Ingenuity whether it’s at our annual Festival in September or throughout the year.  Combining interactivity, multi-media, site specific, and out of context work, Ingenuity presents a wide range of performance art, dance, theater, music, and more. Past performances have included:


The Nichole Canuso Dance Company
Open Gallery Hours

A genre bending exploration of dance installation and cinema conceived by choreographer Nichole Canuso and multi-media director Lars Jan. A sensual melding of live bodies and film, TAKES manifests, refracts and spatially unfolds the forgotten moments of a relationship in real time through a panoramic marriage of live choreography and film. Canuso performs alongside Beau Hancock in this panoramic adventure for the senses.

Separate from the performances, the audience is free to wander and shift perspective during the performance as well as during gallery hours. They are invited into the gallery to explore the performance space and interact with the exhibit, creating their own dance within the installation. At scheduled performance times, the two performers enter and the live event unfolds.

Noted by The Philadelphia Inquirer for dances that have “a presence, a right-thereness in the moment like a great slowed down slap stick routine.” Nichole Canuso Dance Company celebrates the awkwardness, humor, and surprise of the human experience. At the crossroads of movement, visual art, and theater, the company’s dances range from a delicate movement trio performed in silence to a multi-floored journey where the performers outnumber the audience. Often set in nontraditional venues transformed into intimate theaters, they incorporate unconventional audience participation and interactive design. The company regularly offers free showings of its work in progress and collaborates with artists from a range of other disciplines, from rock bands to filmmakers. Of the artistic director, The Dance Insider wrote, “Nichole Canuso has a gift for creating movement communities… a gifted choreographer, who makes dancing seem inherently meaningful, social and compelling.”

Go Roadshow
Squonk Opera
East Lakefront

GO Roadshow is “a musical street spectacle on wheels”. This show-making machine is a 34-foot long monster truck retrofitted with truck-horn calliope, a wall made of rotors and a spinning grand piano that is played while it wheels around! Each show starts with a shameless parade of peacock trumpets, spinning drums, accordion, sousaphone, and glockenspiel.

GO is a music and art-mobile – a rolling ruckus that opens up like a mechanical blossom to make the street a vibrant place where people can share a community of the imagination. Night shows include video projected on a rotor screen made of movement itself, and on a blimp that has a mouth that opens in a call to celebration. In GO, Squonk draws from the great American history of traveling circuses, Shriner and holiday parades, medicine shows, and used car lot events that vitalized the heartland of this country.

Squonk Opera created its first show in a Pittsburgh junkyard, with choreographed cranes, roaring earthmovers, and screaming machine shears. Squonk broke onto the scene in 1995 with the Night of The Living Dead: The Opera. The New York Times critic Ben Brantley called their Bigsmorgasbordwunderwerk “ingenious, hallucinatory, hypnotic.”  Squonk Opera has since created more than ten original productions and has performed in more than 250 venues across the United States.

Gaming and Gaining
Erica Mott Dance

Dancer / Choreographer Erica Mott collaborates with soundscape designer Ryan Ingebritsen and audio/visual designer John Boesche, a new immersive installation duet inspired by the previous Victory Project Studies seen at Ingenuity 2011. This multimedia performance includes movement responsive video and sound that addresses militarization and relationships that form under it.  Combining puppetry, theater, and technological interactivity, this piece creates a dynamic performance space and interactive installation.

Susan Pfeffer, Melissa McNamara and Suzy Grant

A virtual picnic and interdisciplinary theatre event, Antipodes is an interconnected series of moments created by three performers working to navigate the space between technological and natural worlds.  A trio comprised of solos, Antipodes began as an attempt at cross-continental communication between artists.  SMS (Susan Pfeffer, Melissa McNamara, and Suzy Grant) shared stories, ideas, fears and musings about solitude from locations in New Zealand, Illinois, Connecticut, and Nevada over eight months and sought to conquer loneliness by forging a collaboration through electronic communication.

This performance of Antipodes marks the first time all three collaborators have occupied the same physical space. Ever.

Antipodes received support from University of Nevada, Reno.

Doo Sung Yoo

Vishtauroborg is a robotic multi-performance project that incorporates robotics, electronic music and sounds, dance, and industrial design. Vishtauroborg is a human‑animal-machine hybrid, which combines cow tongues with robotic devices, which are to be mounted on a performing dancerʼ’s chest and back. The hybrid creates real-time interactions harmonized between the machineʼ’s mechanical motions, the human armʼs choreographic gestures, and the robotic tonguesʼ’ computational artificial speech sounds.

Doo Sung Yoo is a new media artist from Seoul, South Korea.

OM Sync – Yoga

Experience the bliss of syncing your breath and movement to live music. Get transported to an infinite time and place. As the tempo of the class picks up, so will the music… eventually the soundscapes you hear will wind down all the way to savasana. Experience OmSync.

OmSync is Stacey & Zack Orr. Stacey is a registered yoga teacher who uses vinyasa “flow” yoga as a form of self-expression and moving meditation. Zack is an innovative musician whose recent album was nominated by the Independent Music Awards (IMAs). Together, they combine the two into a unique experience of movement and music.

Life Illuminated

Joshua Brown, Daniel Tan, Nathaniel Makowski

What happens when biomedical engineers and dancers collaborate? After brainstorming together, our hypothesis was that we could illuminate unseen aspects of human movement and present medical technology in a new light. And so we’ve begun an experiment to determine if such a relationship is feasible and if we can say something about this relationship between art and technology that we couldn’t say before.

Bringing together those of us who specialize in movement and in medical systems, our aim was to enable a previously unseen aspect of movement to be integrated into the performance itself. Performers have sensors placed on their bodies that measure the muscle signals generated when they move. This muscle activity activates and controls lights that cover the body, allowing for a real time visual augmentation of the performer’s movements. What happens when biomedical engineers and dancers collaborate? The preliminary results are here on display. Our theory is that this is pretty cool. We hope you come to the same conclusion.

The Workout Tape

Contemporary video screenings tend to involve passive consumption

of sounds and visuals composed by artists. “The Workout Tape” requires the

audience to get out of their seats and actively respond to the content

they see on screen.

Collaborators on this 25 minute mind & body exercise include:
EverythingIsTerrible, Ben Russell, E Aaron Ross, Jesse Avina, Alyssa Lee Wilmot, George Alley, Stephanie Burke, Jeriah Hildwine, The Happy Collaborationists, Steven Frost, Theodore Darst, James Green, Aaron Orsini, Adam Rux, Mark Sansone, Alfredo Salazar-Caro, Chris Smith, & Dechon Jones.

Mankind: The Rise and Fall    
A World Without Windows

We have so much, but know so little… join us for this Grecian tale of creationism. You may appreciate life a little more…

A World Without Windows is a theatre performance group created by Stephen Farkas, Stephanie Wilbert, Katie Wells, and Nate Miller shortly after their graduation from Cleveland State University. Stephen, Stephanie, and Katie have all been a part of projects at Ingenuity in the past. Past projects at Ingenuity include a Two Man Woyzeck in 2009, The Myth of Cleveland in 2010,