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Visualization Program Going ‘Back To The Future’ With 30th Annual Viz-a-GoGo

Some of the brightest minds from Texas A&M University’s School of Performance, Visualization and Fine Arts will take over the Rudder Theatre Complex this week, inviting the campus and community to witness creative works ranging from traditional sculpture and painting to video games and virtual reality.

From April 26-28, A&M’s award-winning visualization program is celebrating its past and looking to the future at the 30th annual Viz-a-GoGo, a sprawling exhibition showcasing the best works by undergraduate and graduate students. The event will also include a screening of student-produced short films and other media on April 27 at 7 p.m. in Rudder Theatre.

This is the first Viz-a-GoGo since visualization united with the dance and performance studies programs to form the new school in late 2022.

“I think it’s a really unique display of student creativity,” said Toby Johnson, a recent graduate of the program. Johnson is one the “Vizionaries,” a group of student volunteers who plan and organize the exhibition each year.

With hundreds of students submitting wildly different projects, it takes a discerning eye and plenty of long hours to choose the most outstanding pieces for display, said Isabella Bradberry, exhibition director and a visualization senior. This year, the team received around 650 submissions, and less than 300 will make the cut: “This is the best of the best,” Bradberry said.

As the team celebrates three decades of Viz-a-GoGo, they are paying tribute to the previous artists and organizers who have made the event an enduring success, even revisiting the “Back to the Future” motif used for Viz-a-GoGo 20 back in 2013.

This year’s event, “Viz to the Future Part II,” will showcase the continued growth of the program along with new advancements in technology and student achievement, Bradberry said.

“We’re bringing in different elements from the past but also looking forward to whatever Viz might be in the future,” she said. “It’s an opportunity for alumni to visit and see what is going on within the program, but it’s also our outreach to the university as a whole.”

For visitors, the event offers a chance to explore the ever-expanding horizons of artistic expression, Bradberry said. As always, Viz-a-GoGo revels in the new, the exciting and the unexpected.

“I think Viz-a-GoGo has a lot of potential to teach people things that they would never have known,” she said. “You don’t realize what all goes into an animation project, and the same can be said for gaming or virtual reality or interactive pieces.”

For a dedicated community of current and former Viz students, the exhibition provides an opportunity to bond over shared experiences and passion for their craft. Johnson, who serves as this year’s screening director, said seeing his classmates’ projects on the big screen is always the perfect way to close out the semester.

“It’s a nice highlight to the year,” Johnson said. “You have this huge group of people, almost like a movie premiere, watching all of the students’ work. People are laughing and screaming, it’s really fun and really rewarding to see.”

Viz students and alumni can expect to see some familiar faces and a good number of inside jokes, Johnson said. The screening will be followed by an award ceremony recognizing the best works from each creative medium, along with an overall award for best in show.

“At its core, it’s a celebration of student work,” Johnson said, noting that events like this help the program remain close-knit even as the visualization family grows larger each year. 

As Bradberry notes, “It can be a little unnerving to think about it growing so large, but at the same time, events like this can still happen and I think we can really up the quality of what we produce. As long as we have the resources to provide for that growth, I think Viz has super good potential in the future.”

Details:  The exhibition is Wednesday, April 26 through Friday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Rudder Exhibit Hall. Gaming and virtual reality projects will be available to play from 2 to 7 p.m. The screening is Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. at Rudder Theatre. Free.

Photo: Isabella Bradberry and Toby Johnson discuss the setup for the Viz-a-GoGo exhibition Tuesday at the Rudder Exhibit Hall. Photo by Rob Clark.

Venture Schedule

Tuesday, April 25

‘Analogue Electronica’

“Analogue Electronica” is a showcase of composers and performers from the Electronic Music Composition course (PERF 318), taught by Dr. Will Connor. Students are introduced to a variety of analogue electronic instruments and asked to improvise and compose for them to create a final project. The instruments include analogue synthesizers, theremins, no-input mixing boards, step sequencers, Kaossilators and haunted boxes — noise-making devices the students designed and built themselves. The 90-minute concert will feature students playing their own compositions.

Details: 7 p.m. at Rudder Theatre. Free.

Related story: ‘Analogue’ Concert To Feature Students Playing Experimental Electronic Instruments

Wednesday, April 26

Viz-a-GoGo exhibition

The 30th edition of Viz-a-GoGo is the visualization program’s presentation of curated student work, including an exhibition of digital and traditional flatwork, photography, sculpture and interactive media.

Details: The exhibition is April 26-28 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Rudder Exhibit Hall. Gaming and virtual reality projects will be available to play from 2 to 7 p.m.

Student Research and Creative Works Symposium

The symposium will show the wide variety of creativity explored in the various disciplines within the School of Performance, Visualization and Fine Arts.

Details: 10 a.m. at Rudder Forum. Free.

‘Waste Wear Wearable Arts Runway Show’

The “Waste Wear Wearable Arts Runway Show” comes from the Dress in World Culture course (PERF 156), taught by Dr. Grace Adinku, which examines the social, psychological and cultural aspects of dress and appearance. Students are creating handcrafted, one-of-a-kind wearable arts dress designs using recyclable waste items including plastic, paper, metal and face masks, as well as clothing and textiles.

Details: 6:30 p.m. at Rudder Forum. Free.

Thursday, April 27

Live Art Student Showcase

The Live Art Student Showcase will feature projects created by students in Seminar in Performance Theory (PERF 460). Works will include encounters with “experiencing live,” experiments in performer/audience relationships, and explorations of the interwoven affective, embodied, cognitive and emotional experience of live performance. The students have been influenced by a wide range of artists and movements, from Dada to Bauhaus, Merce Cunningham and John Cage to Fluxus.

Details: 1 p.m. at Rudder Forum.


“Rhinoceros,” Eugene Ionesco’s play, translated by Derek Prouse, is the School of Performance, Visualization and Fine Arts’ first theater production, and also its first collaboration with Blinn-Bryan Theatre Troupe. It is co-directed by Anne Quackenbush, Texas A&M lecturer, and Greg Wise, Blinn theater instructor. After three shows April 20-22 at Blinn-Bryan Student Center Theatre, “Rhinoceros” now comes to Texas A&M as part of Venture.

Details: April 27-29 at 7 p.m. at the Black Box Theater in the Liberal Arts and Arts and Humanities building. Tickets are $5, available at blinn.edu/boxoffice.

Related story: Absurdist Comedy Sparks ‘Rhinoceros’ Collaboration With Blinn

Viz-a-GoGo screening

The 30th edition of Viz-a-GoGo includes a theater screening to showcase time-based media, including animated and live-action films, game demos and CG renders. Awards known as “the Vizzies” are announced at the end of the screening, one for each artistic medium and an overall award for best in show. 

Details: 7 p.m. at Rudder Theatre. Free.

‘Perpetual Motion’

The dance program’s annual “Perpetual Motion” performance will be in Rudder Auditorium for the first time. It features works by faculty members, students and guest artist Jane Weiner from Hopestone, Inc. in Houston. Students will perform “Sierra,” a 23-minute dance created by Carisa Armstrong, associate professor and dance program director, and Christine Bergeron, clinical professor and associate dean for academic affairs.

Details: April 27-28 at 7:30 p.m. at Rudder Auditorium. Tickets are $12; $6 for students, seniors and military, available at the MSC Box Office.

Related story: ‘Perpetual Motion’ Dance Event Gets Bigger Stage, Includes Return Of 23-Minute ‘Sierra’ Piece

Friday, April 28

“Rhinoceros” at 7 p.m. at the Black Box Theater in the Liberal Arts and Arts and Humanities building. Tickets are $5, available at blinn.edu/boxoffice.

“Perpetual Motion” at 7:30 p.m. at Rudder Auditorium. Tickets are $12; $6 for students, seniors and military, available at the MSC Box Office.

Saturday, April 29

“Rhinoceros” at 7 p.m. at the Black Box Theater in the Liberal Arts and Arts and Humanities building. Tickets are $5, available at blinn.edu/boxoffice.

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