Located on the University of Maine Campus the Innovative Media, Research and Commercialization Center (IMRC Center), at Stewart Commons, is a 15,000+ square foot facility provides comfortable, state of the art prototyping facilities, audio and video production spaces, a resource library, performance and installation spaces, classrooms, and offices. IMRC is outfitted with a variety of tools and equipment, including a full shop, 3D printers and 3D scanner, computer controlled machine tools, a cutting and engraving laser, plastic vacuum former, large format printers, a range of design and production software, electronics workbenches, video and still cameras, audio recording and mixing equipment, and a variety of tools for supporting interactive environments and installations.
Opened in 2013, the IMRC Center is a hub for learning, creating and producing. It is the most recent of the portfolio of the University of Maine’s facilities that support innovation and economic development. The IMRC Center is supported by a range of expert instructors and a community of collaborators. Visit http://www.imrccenter.com/, where you can find information on the facility, programs and events.
The IMRC has several upcoming events:
FREE movie night at IMRC Center: “Fantastic Planet” On Tuesday, April 5 at 7p.m. the IMRC will host a free and public screening of Fantastic Planet as a part of Tuesday’s at the IMRC, the UMaine Intermedia MFA program’s visiting artist lecture series. Fantastic Planet is a 1973 cutout stop motion science fiction film by French writer and artist René Laloux. The animated epic that is by turns surreal and lovely, fantastic and graceful, can be seen as allegorical of the relationship between various groups of humans, as well as between humans and animals, drawing on the themes of racism and speciesism. Fantastic Planet is recognizable for its dreamy, psychedelic imagery, that is backed by a soundtrack composed by Alain Goraguer.
Experimental Avant-Garde Music Performance at UMaine: Experimental avant-garde musician id m theft able will perform for the UMaine community on Tuesday, April 12 at 7p.m. as a part of Tuesdays at the IMRC. This concert is free and open to the public. id m theft able performs within and without the realms of noise, avant improvisation, sound poetry, and performance using voice, found objects, electronics, and whatever else is available. He has given hundreds of performances across 4 continents in settings ranging from the humblest of squats to the fanciest of festivals. The hear samples of id m theft able’s work, visit https://idmtheftable.bandcamp.com
FREE Brown Bag Workshop Series: The IMRC invites you to participate in a free workshop series utilizing the unique array of technology that the IMRC has to offer to the residents of the state of Maine. The IMRC serves as a technology and start up incubator for our local communities by providing training and and opening up access to cutting edge technology. This workshop series is free and will run on Thursdays and Fridays at 12:00pm from April 7 – April 29th. Feel free to bring your lunch! Topics covered will include 3D scanning and printing, textile art, photo and video, social media, music and sound, video editing and much more. For a complete list of workshops and sign up information, please visit http://www.imrccenter.com/workshops.