welcome digital nomads

NOMADS (Network-Object Mobile-Agent Dynamic System) is a tool for interaction across remote or local networks. The system is used in large lecture classes, in conferences, and in concert performances. With NOMADS, large remote groups can collaborate and share in a many-to-many model. Working in counterpoint with traditional audio/video connectivity, or as part of an enriched gathering, NOMADS gives participants access to a unique suite of software tools for individual and group expression. These tools are accessed over the existing wireless network using the phones, laptops and other web-enabled devices people already carry with them. The software parses participant input to reveal valuable group trends and to allow individual expressions in counterpoint with a presentation. It encourages artful discourse, brainstorming and a deeper engagement with a subject.

The NOMADS prototype was developed by UVA’s Interactive Media Research Group (IMRG) in 2009/2010 with support from a Buckner Clay Endowment Grant. It has been used for education at UVA and the University of Missouri Kansas City. NOMADS is used in "Auksalaq" a new multimedia opera, and it has been used by the MICE Orchestra and electronica duo, Matmos. NOMADS has been used in performances in New York, Montreal, Alaska, Milwaukee, Charlottesville, Kansas City, Washington DC, Norway and Indianapolis. The free NOMADS Bindle app was released for iPhone in the iTunes store in 2013.


VAST (Visual Audio Sketching and Telematics) Exhibition Opening
Architects and composers collaborating between Venice and Charlottesville

NOMADS Bindle for iPhone now available in the Apple iTunes store
The NOMADS Bindle app features the Pointer, Polling, Thought Cloud and Discuss components now in one easy interface. Download it free for your own event or class.

"Appera" term coined by New Music Box and audience members using Auksalaq NOMADS
New Music Box's Alex Gardner describes Auksalaq as an "Appera" because of the opera's use of interactive audience app, Auksalaq NOMADS.

The [0] (zerospace) Conference on distance and Interaction February 18/19, 2013
The [0] (zerospace) Conference on distance and interaction will bring together artists, scientists and scholars for an interdisciplinary conference on the theme of distance and interaction.

"Auksalaq" reprise performance in New York, Washington DC and Charlottesville
On February 11, 2013 the Auksalaq climate change opera was performed in New York, Washington DC and Charlottesville after Hurricane Sandy forced cancellation of these venues at the original premiere.

"Auksalaq" premiere goes forward at some sites in spite of Hurricane Sandy
On October 29, 2012 the Auksalaq climate change opera was performed at sites around the world in spite of Hurricane Sandy forcing the cancellation of all the east coast venues. NOMADS enabled viewers at home, all over the world, to interact with the musical work in real time as it was streamed to the world over Internet2 from UVA and over Livestream from IUPUI.

"NOMADS" featured at the Virginia Rural Health Association Conference
NOMADS was used by participants at the Virginia Rural Health Conference, October 8 & 9 at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville, Virginia. Participants in the conference used NOMADS collaboration tools to enact brainstorming sessions on the future of Virginia health care.

"NOMADS" featured at OpenGrounds opening celebration, University of Virginia
NOMADS was a featured installation at the OpenGrounds opening on March 19, 2012 at the University of Virginia. OpenGrounds, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and created by Architecture Professor Bill Sherman, is a new kind of center at the University. The facility supports advanced telematics, 16-channel surround sound audio and a 60-foot video wall for displaying multimedia. Featured speakers include UVA President Theresa Sullivan and Philippe Cousteau among others.

"NOMADS" featured by New World Symphony for Internet2 meeting
Excerpts from the award-winning opera “Auksalaq” featuring NOMADS was performed in New World Symphony Hall in Miami on March 5, 2012. The concert featurde a chamber orchestra from New World Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas Artistic Director, with soprano Raina Murnak. and pianist John Mayhood. The audience will be located in Miami in Frank Gehry’s New World Symphony Hall, and the performers will be spread between NWS, the Tavel Center in Indianapolis, and UVA’s Old Cabell Hall.

"Auksalaq," featuring NOMADS, wins 2011 Internet2 IDEA Award
"Auksalaq was selected based on your developing an innovative “telematic toolkit” of advanced network technologies and resources for new artistic expression via networked multi-site telematic art integrating computer interactivity with aesthetic expression while synthesizing traditional mediums of music, dance, drama, art and literature."

"Network Socio-Synthesis and Emergence in NOMADS" paper published by Cambridge UK Press' "Organized Sound"
This paper outlines the technological architecture of NOMADS, and describes several of its implementations. The authors also consider the potential of large-scale human-computer ensembles as a paradigm for composition and performance.