• Monday, August 13: Opening Reception at nearby winery, 5-7 pm. Advance ticket purchase only.
  • Tuesday, August 14: Symposium Day 1, SSU, Ives Hall, Warren Auditorium
  • Wednesday, August 15: Symposium Day 2, SSU, Ives Hall, Warren Auditorium
  • Thursday, August 16: Closing Event, 2 - 7 pm. Film Screening, Panel Discussion and Wine Reception at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA. Limited tickets

Tuesday, August 14 - Symposium Day 1 (order subject to change)

9 am Registration
10 am Welcome Remarks
Cindy Keefer, Center for Visual Music
Dr. Ajay Gehlawat, Sonoma State University
10:10 am Keynote: Color is the Keyboard
Margaret Schedel
10:50 am Where Modern Art Was Headed
Fred Collopy, PhD
11:20 am In Media Res: Light as the Medium of Visual Music in Prewar American Art
Pierre-Jacques Pernuit
11:50 am Are Light Instruments Color Organs?
Ralph Whyte
12:20 pm Lunch
1:45 pm Video Spotlight
Barbara Fischinger on Oskar Fischinger's Lumigraph
1:50 pm Sonification and Music Visualization, Abstract Narratives and Concrete Poems
Paul Fletcher
2:20 pm A Metaphor Toolkit For Visually Mapping Musical Scores
Jack Ox
2:50 pm The Neural AV Mapper: An Instrument for the Performance of Abstract Visual Music
Bryan Dunphy
3:20 pm Break
3:40 pm Teaching Visual Music
Dr. Heike Sperling
4:10 pm Video Spotlights: Documentations
4:30 pm TBA
5 pm Dinner
On your own
7 pm Introduction to Screenings
Cindy Keefer, Curator
7:15 pm Screening 1 - Restorations and Discoveries
8:15 pm Intermission
8:30 pm Screening 2 - Optical Poetry: Oskar Fischinger Retrospective

Thursday, August 16 - Special Closing Event presented in collaboration with Sebastopol Center for the Arts - Limited Tickets

2 pm Introduction to Screening
Cindy Keefer, Curator
2:15 pm Screening: Treasures from the CVM Archive (16mm) XXXXXXXXXXxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
3:15 pm Panel Discussion: "What is the Future of Visual Music?"
4:45 pm Break
5-7 pm Closing Reception
About Center for Visual Music

CVM is a 501(c)3 nonprofit archive devoted to visual music, experimental animation and abstract media. CVM's archives house the world's largest collection of visual music resources. The collections include film/video/digital media and related papers, books, monographs, artwork, animation process materials, documentation, photography, equipment and artifacts. CVM owns the films and papers of Oskar Fischinger, plus many animation drawings, and the original research collection of animation historian William Moritz. Film preservation is a core part of CVM's mission. CVM's films, programs, and presentations are regularly featured at museum exhibitions, cinematheques, universities, archives and symposia worldwide.

CONTACT US: cvmaccess(at)
Box 39527, Los Angeles, CA 90039