The use of computer technology in art will be the focus of a joint exhibit opening Thursday at Maryland Art Place downtown and at the University of Maryland Baltimore County's Fine Arts Gallery.
"DADA/DATA: Developing Media Since 1970," which runs through Nov. 23, will feature the work of 35 artists from throughout the United States as well as from Canada, France and Germany. The pieces include examples of computer animation, holographic prints and sculpture and silk prints of computer-generated line drawings.
A free shuttle bus will run between MAP at 218 W. Saratoga St. and UMBC's gallery at 5401 Wilkens Ave. in Catonsville.
Thursday's opening will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and includes free shows by local performance artists at both locations. At MAP, Don Mullins will present "Everything but Elvis," a work that includes multiple characters and voice manipulation, and Spoon Popkin will unveil "Fresnel Fantasie," described as an interactive installation whose more than 60 lenses magnify and shrink visual impressions.
At UMBC, Marcos Ferrer and David Perkins will use computer-generated music and interactive computer graphics to give their vision of life in the coming century. Also at UMBC on Friday, Ellen Dontigney will present a multimedia performance piece at 8 p.m. in the outdoor amphitheatre in front of the Fine Arts Building.
MAP is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays; call 962-8565. UMBC's Fine Arts Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays; call 455-3188.
Russian film series
The 1991 Baltimore Russian Film Festival, which will feature six recent films over the next two weeks, opens Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art's Meyerhoff Theatre.
The opening film of the festival, presented by the Baltimore Film Forum, is "The Drayman and the King," a musical about an elderly Jewish man who falls for a beautiful young girl.
The festival continues Oct. 17 with the 8 p.m. screening of "City Zero," a comedy about a Moscow engineer who travels to a small town that has remained as it was under the height of Stalinism. On Oct. 18 at 7 p.m., the festival will present "Freeze-Die-Come to Life," a Cannes Film Festival winner about the harsh life in a remote mining town, followed by a 9 p.m. showing of "RASPAD/DECAY," a drama about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
"Taxi Blues," a dark comedy about the friendship of a tormented cabbie and a debauched jazz saxophonist, will be shown Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. The festival will conclude Oct. 24 with the screening of "Mother," a story of turn-of-the-century Russian revolutionaries.
All films are in Russian with English subtitles. Tickets are $5; $4 for BFF and BMA members, students and seniors. Advance tickets can be bought at Moscow Nights restaurant, 1111 Park Ave., which is cosponsoring the festival. For more information, .. call 889-1993.
The Life of Maryland Gallery, 901 N. Howard St., is hosting a reception and auction of dance-inspired works Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to benefit the Maryland Ballet. Tickets are $20 per person and include a set of four posters by Stephen John
Phillips. For more information, call 576-2400.
The following auditions are coming up:
*Kinetic Dance Theatre, for scholarships for boys, next Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. for ages 6-10 and from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. for
ages 11-18, at the company's Columbia branch, 9200 Old Annapolis Road. Call 461-9907 or 740-9141.