Ingenuity Announces Artistic Programming, Exhibitions, and More for 14th Annual IngenuityFest: FuturePast, September 28-30, 2018


Hannah Maier
Marketing & Development Manager, Ingenuity Cleveland
216-589-9444 x402

For Immediate Release – 9/19/2018

Ingenuity Announces Artistic Programming, Exhibitions, and More for 14th Annual IngenuityFest: FuturePast, September 28-30, 2018

Cleveland, OH (September 19th, 2018) – Following last week’s announcement of its headlining performance acts OSHUN, Dressy Bessy and Squonk’s Pneumatica, Ingenuity Cleveland is thrilled to release details of its artistic programming and exhibitions for the 2018 IngenuityFest, Cleveland’s longest running festival of art and technology. IngenuityFest is celebrating its 14th year with the theme FuturePast: a reimagined future of community and human-centered technologies paying homage to Cleveland’s industrial heritage and the former factory (now the Hamilton Collaborative) that Ingenuity calls home.

Ingenuity’s programming centers on IngenuityLabs, the organization’s year-round home within the Hamilton Collaborative, and the site of its key programs including the IngenuityLabs Incubator. Projects by more than a dozen Incubator tenants will be on display, including the Time Traveler’s Emporium by Astrocelt, interactive offerings from the Makers Alliance, and MAYA by Dave Biro’s newly launched Cleveland Design Studios – a large scale metal sculpture supported by Ingenuity Cleveland and the MPB Charitable Foundation.

Notable collaborations also include incubator tenant Fire and Light Performing Art’s multi-prop performances and MorrisonDance’s newest version of its ground-breaking vertical dance collaboration with Ingenuity, entitled DancEscapes of the Future/Past, both of which will perform Friday and Saturday night. Longtime festival favorite Tesla Orchestra has teamed up with Plasmosis, Skuda Productions and Muséus Project, along with Ingenuity Cleveland’s Ingeneers – a group of artists, engineers, designers, builders and volunteers who meet weekly in IngenuityLabs – to produce new multimedia performances.

Other projects by the Ingeneers include landscapes to play, build, climb and dig in, including an archeology pit full of hidden treasures, led by Nelson Morris.

Technology offerings include Casual VR by IngenuityLabs member Ross Bochnek, Cleveland Game Developers, and artists George Berlin (Patchy Projects, Chicago) and longtime Ingenuity exhibitor Jared Bendis, who blend gaming and digital innovation with interactive installation art.

Younger attendees can enjoy a dedicated youth area – the Ingenuity Unplugged Trading Post and Imaginarium – full books, games, make n’ take crafts to help suit young Time Travelers. There, weary young’uns will also find a plush tent to take a break from the rigors of the wider festival. Artists Lindsay Stefans and Brad Civic also celebrate quiet contemplation with meditative installations.

Other youth-friendly activities include the Projection Play Place by Owen Lowery and a wide range of hands-on exhibits from partners like the Cleveland Museum of Art and Cleveland Public Library in Makers Mecca.

Ingenuity will once again welcome guests to the Forest Foundry, a former scrapyard blooming with new life thanks to a partnership with Rust Belt Riders, who will demonstrate a variety of sustainable technologies. Forest Foundry also pays homage to its industrial roots with large-scale works of metal and fire, including the Incendia Experience (Atlanta), The Urban Forge, and sculptural collaborations between Megan Shane and Kai Wick Studios, which engage youth in the creation of fabricated works including a Mobile Front Porch. Lastly, the Ministry of Butterflies will return, this year bringing an assortment of colorful hands-on activities demonstrating the power of air, gravity and water.

After all the excitement of a day spent navigating these Future Frontiers, Ingenuity is excited to welcome guests to the Nuclear Future, featuring Day-Glo Black-Light Mini Golf, the Makers Alliance Paint Pendulum, and the tongue-in-cheek Nuclear Beach – an interactive splash pad and place to lounge. Populated by extra-colorful colorful sea creatures and sustainability exhibitors, this large Fest village bears gentle reminders to take care of our planet. Keep an eye out for Drift Lab natural fibers on Saturday, Collinwood Painted Rain Barrel Project on Sunday, and the Cuyahoga County Office of Sustainability.

The festival is held Friday September 28th from 5 pm – 1am; Saturday September 29th from 12 pm – 1 am; and Sunday September 30th from 12 pm – 5 pm. Tickets are $5/Adult, $10/Weekend, and children 12 and under are free. Dozens of local artisan vendors will peddle their wares, and local food vendors will provide a variety of choices, including vegan and vegetarian.

Ingenuity strives for zero waste, and will provide composting and recycling services throughout the festival site in collaboration with Rust Belt Riders. Bottled water will not be available for purchase – please bring your own reusable water bottle or purchase one of ours to fill up for free throughout the site. Beverages are provided at 3 full bars, in proud partnership with local brands Watershed Distillery, ManCan, Platform Beer, Masthead, and Market Garden Brewery.

For more details, stay tuned to and, where a complete programming schedule will be released. To get involved, please visit and to sign up to help make 2018 the year of connection and creativity!

About Ingenuity Cleveland:
Ingenuity’s mission is to ignite the creative spark where; the arts, science, and technology intersect. By animating Cleveland’s urban spaces with world-class, innovative experiences, Ingenuity provides a unique platform to explore the boundaries of art and technology. We do this through our outreach, creative partnerships, and events, including our annual IgenuityFest.

Ingenuity is a nonprofit organization now entering its 14th season and is funded by The Educational Foundation of America, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, the Ohio Arts Council, The Cleveland Foundation, Gund Foundation, Cleveland Scene as well as many other businesses, non-profits, and private individuals.

About The Hamilton Collaborative: 
The Hamilton Collaborative redefines growth and innovation as an open and intentional community, managed cooperatively, providing resources, knowledge, tools, and space. Built by a group of like-minded organizations transforming the former Osborn Manufacturing Company in St Clair Superior into an outward-facing community hub, it currently comprises Ingenuity Cleveland, Soulcraft Woodshop, Skidmark Garage, Rust Belt Riders, Rebuilders Xchange, Architecture Office, 3 Barn Doors, and MorrisonDance.