Abstract: Expanding Institutional Cultural Connectivity through Collaboration via the CENIC Network

Presenter(s): Mount Allen, SF Jazz • Rob Rothfarb, Exploratorium

Recognized as two of the most innovative cultural institutions in San Francisco, the Exploratorium and SFJAZZ engaged in a collaborative project to more fully explore the use of the CENIC network as a tool for real-time, multi-site, musical performance. This presentation chronicles the process of inquiry, discovery, execution, and overall organizational learning in the adoption of applications in development on the research education network.

In this scenario, the LoLa (Low Latency) Project is used. Although the Exploratorium is much more than a musical presenter, both SFJAZZ and the Exploratorium share a commitment to music presentation. Both organizations are equally committed to expanding their outreach beyond their physical wall. And both organizations are purposeful regarding creating unique cultural cross-currents to broaden conceptions of the role of science and art within the global community. This joint presentation examines the cooperation between the two organizations to produce a two-site musical performance using LoLa on the CENIC Network for two distinct audiences, highlighting the challenges and insights gained along the way.