Ingenuity Spotlight Soirée: Fire and Light Studio Grand Opening. July 20, 2018

Join Ingenuity Cleveland and Fire and Light Performing Arts in celebrating the grand opening of Fire and Light’s new studio space at IngenuityLabs. This is the first dedicated flow art studio of its kind in the area, combining dance and skill-based prop manipulation. This event will be a fundraiser for Fire and Light’s class expansion and permanent studio as well as for sustaining Ingenuity’s year-round programming.

The evening will feature flow art performances, open flow art sessions, unique vendors, and dance party highlighting local DJs. Attendees will get to explore the FuturePast worlds and interactive artwork at IngenuityLabs!

Friday, July 20, 2018
Happy Hour: 7:00PM – 8:00PMLearn about the missions of Ingenuity and Fire and Light
Fire and Light Grand Opening Party: 8:00PM – 12:00AMFeatured performances, open flow sessions, dance party

IngenuityLabs @ The Hamilton Collaborative
5401 Hamilton Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114

This is a friends and family event, registration available here!

Suggested donation options $5-50 (though nobody will be turned away for inability to pay):

$5* Studio Supporter: Event entry and donation supporting Fire and Light Performing Arts’
 future studio

$15* Partnership Supporter: Event entry and donation supporting Fire and Light AND Ingenuity Cleveland

$50* Expansion Sponsor: Event entry and donation that helps Fire and Light purchase props to broaden flow art classes AND helps Ingenuity build more studios for artists 

Follow the Facebook event for more updates.  

  • Event is open to all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult).
  • Wear anything that makes you feel most yourself, whether a costume or jeans!
  • No fire spinning will be permitted at the event.
  • Email with questions or to become a vendor!
  • Parking is available in our fenced lot directly across from the event entrance at 5401 Hamilton Avenue.

About the hosts:
Fire and Light Performing Arts is Cl
eveland’s professional flow art performance company and studio. After four years as a performance-based company, we are excited to grow into a home for the broader community to learn, teach, practice, create, and be together.

Ingenuity Cleveland’s IngenuityLabs is a year-round creative business incubator program is in its third year, which allows selected Labs grantees access to shared shop space, collaborators, and their own studio/workshop space over the course of the summer, culminating in an onsite exhibit at IngenuityFest. 

Parking, ADA, Sustainability:
Parking is available in our fenced lot directly accross from the event entrance at 5401 Hamilton Avenue, at your own risk.

We make every attempt to ensure that our event is accessible to all audience members. Event attendees should be aware that artistic events held in our former industrial space can present challenges such as uneven flooring and areas of low lighting. We recommend all patrons wear sturdy shoes.

We provide ADA parking off the 53rd street entrance to our event – Attendees can simply notify our greaters at our 5401 Hamilton entrance to be shown alternate accommodation, or reach out in advance to discuss any concerns. Please contact Hannah at, or by calling (216) 527-8767.

Sustainability is very important to us, and we strive to make all of our events waste free by using compostable servicewear and partnering with Rust Belt Riders.

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to a wonderful evening together!

A Costume Fit for the Bal – Create your DREAM costume!!

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Week 1: Fashion Illustration and Ideation: May 4

Hear the process of fashion creation from a local Cleveland fashion designer.  You will be taken through the process, from initial inspiration, conception of an idea for an outfit or a piece, how that builds into a plan and that plan becomes a finished piece worn by themselves or their customers.

Breaking into smaller groups, you will view and discuss creative sources of inspiration, share ideas for ‘Enchanted Forest’ themed outfits and be led by a fashion illustrator to help you put your ideas on paper.

Week 2: Styling & Sourcing: May 11

Hear the process of putting an outfit or costume together from Andrea Howell of Tidal Cool.  She will discuss the various considerations when creating an outfit which determines what pieces you will make and what pieces you can buy.  She will discuss proportions, color and materials for your costume and offer insider tips on sourcing those pieces on a budget.

Breaking into smaller groups, we will break down your outfit into a list of what you will need to assemble your ‘Enchanted Forest’ themed outfit.  From there, we will decide what components will be convenient for you to find, where to source these… including the dollar store, our own wardrobes and local craft stores.  And what components we will make.  You will come away with a list of the materials required to take your costume or outfit to the next level of assembly and creation.

Week 3: Creation – Upcycling: May 18

Learn and be inspired to find old treasures and give them a second lease of life.  Hear from Faith McFluff, performer extraordinaire and maker of Stuff by Faith McFluff.  She will provide upcycling insider tips on what to look for, where to find it and what can be achieved on a tight budget.  She will be showcasing some of her creations as inspiration for your ‘Enchanted Forest’ themed costumes and outfits.

You are asked to bring in old garments, fabrics, accessories and trinkets that yourself and other participants can transform into costumes.  In smaller groups, we will review what has been brought along, select some pieces to work with and create practical plans to bring your idea to life with those materials.  It is now that your costume or garment will begin to come to life.

Week 4: Creation – Stitch & Craft: May 25

Enjoy creating in this final workshop which focuses on the practical elements of fashion and costume creating.  Katie Simmons, founder of the Hildebrandt Artist Collective and LSNS will be providing inspiration and practical advice on upcycling your materials into ‘Enchanted Forest’ costumes and outfits.  Katie will walk you through a range of different techniques and transformations to create wearable garments without spending a fortune.

By this point, you will have your costume planned and will have all or most of the materials required for your costume.  We will have a team of experienced fashion and textile artists to help you individually with your design.  In smaller groups, we will focus on particular craft areas that you need for your costume.  The experts will be sharing their skills and knowledge with you to bring your costume or garment to life.

See Rain Fall by Akimitsu Sadoi LED Artist

Akimitsu Sadoi LED ArtistWhen asked, Akimitsu Sadoi defined the concept of “ingenuity” as “the basis or answer or solution to the creativity. You need to be able to come up with the solution, it’s the word that describes times that can come up with the solution.” Sadoi is just one of close to forty artists exhibiting work at the 2013 IngenuityFest.

A Hiroshima native, Sadoi has been living in Brooklyn, NY for the past 23 years. As a child he became obsessed with electronics, and in particular lights. An LED light caught his attention on a radio as a power indicator light as a young student in elementary school. Since LEDs were expensive at the time, he would buy a few at local stores and begin to experiment with them. However, in recent years as LEDs have be come more affordable, he has started to do a lot more experimentation with programming LEDs.

Consistent with the 2013 theme of “clouds,” Sadoi’s piece, Rain Fall, is a large array of approximately 50 straight lined LED bars. Each bar consists of 50 or more LEDs programmed to create a rapid, smooth, downward motion of light, much like rain drops. The motion of light also represents movement of information, from one person to another, or through networks. The entire array is controlled to display something meaningful, while sometimes showing seemingly random patterns. This reminds the viewer of the natural world, where seemingly random and chaotic scenes are generated from organized sets of rules.

Although this is Sadoi’s first time collaborating with Ingenuity, the atypical venue is a challenge he welcomes. He believes, “It’s good to start with some place completely raw. You get to really mold the whole environment. Not just your piece.”

Read about one of Aki’s project in Make: Link


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.