NATIONALLY INTERACTIVE SATELLITECAST OF NJINGA THE QUEEN-KING: THE RETURN OF A WARRIOR WEDNESDAY 3/30/94

PARTICIPATE ON-LINE IN THIS NATIONALLY INTERACTIVE EVENT! "CHAT" ELECTRONICALLY AS PART OF THIS EVENT: IRC-" /join #Njinga "

Troy, New York--March 23, 1994--Integrated Electronic Arts at Rensselaer (iEAR) Polytechnic Institute will present "Njinga the Queen-King: The Return of a Warrior" on Wednesday March 30, 1994. This satellitecast will originate in the iEAR Studios in New York and will be received by television viewers in key cities across America and radio listeners in a 75-mile radius of the NY Capitol District. In addition, a special electronic "chat" forum will enable computer-based participants to join in this special event.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE Viewers in cities who have access to television stations broadcasting this telecast, along with listeners of WRPI-FM (91.5), will be able to phone in to the iEAR Studios during the performance of Njinga and interact with the performers and with each other in real-time. Participants at select sites will transmit images of their own performance to the iEAR Studios (via Picture-Tel technology), where iEAR producers will integrate the local and remote feeds into coherent electronic art. And now YOU can participate in this live electronic event via electronic messaging. Throughout the satellitecast, screens of the electronic Njinga "chat" line will become part of the electronic transmission.

HOW TO JOIN IN Computer enthusiasts who have access to the Internet Relay Chat(IRC) can join the Njinga chat line by accessing IRC. At the IRC prompt, type:

  /join #Njinga
and press .

The Njinga chat line will be in full-swing during the performance of Njinga the Queen-King: The Return of a Warrior, primarily between the hours of 7:30pm-10:00pm EST.

THEMES FOR NJINGA THE QUEEN-KING: THE RETURN OF A WARRIOR The playwright Ione, and composer/musician Pauline Oliveros, will be facilitating the interactive electronic event that is Njinga the Queen-King: The Return of a Warrior. They will weave dreams and warrior themes into an orchestrated exploration of ancestry, identity, and audiovisual technology.

Says Ione: "To evolve as individuals, we must all be warriors in the highest spiritual understanding of the term."

The event will be divided into four segments, each of which will focus on a component theme of the piece. Computer-based contributors to Njinga should note the time and synchronize their contributions with the current segment.

Themes for the four sections of the electronic event are as follows:

8:05pm-8:20pm: Pre-birth--Warrior dreams,
                          the budding, the pre-birth

8:20pm-8:50pm: Youth    --Young Warrior stories,
                          welcoming the Warrior

8:50pm-9:05pm: Middle   --Warrior cries,
                          Warrior expression 9:05pm-9:25pm: Maturity
              + Rebirth --Honouring the elders and the ancestry,
                          Warrior stories, Warrior songs,
                          the Return of a Warrior

FOR MORE INFORMATION To learn more about accessing the Internet Relay Chat from your computer, contact your local network supervisor.

For more information about the March 30th videocast of Njinga, you may contact event producer J. Whitney: whitney@iear.arts.rpi.edu.

If you would like to participate in a short (on-line) evaluation of your experience as a participant in this unique electronic event, send your name and electronic address to: garfip@rpi.edu.