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John Toenjes (aka MobiArte)

Performer, Composer, Media Artist, Scholar

MobiArte = Motion based interactive Art experiences

Music Director and Assistant Professor
Department of Dance
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Past President
International Guild of Musicians in Dance


Thank you for visiting my site. I have been working in the field of music for dance for nearly 30 years, as well as other music and media related fields. I have spent intensive time and effort in playing harpsichord, in musical theater, and in multimedia educational CD-ROM production as sound designer, graphic artist, creative producer, and video producer and editor. I also build things, particularly instruments, including harpsichords and custom instruments to get that specific sound and feel for modern dance works. Some of these instruments evolve into art works, or inspire art installations that derive from them.

My current creative focus is computer-assisted interactive dance, and specifically in creating improvisational environments for dancers to create music in, with live video involved as well. In this realm I am assuming a street name, MobiArte.

I enjoy investigating where my art comes from and speculating on where it might be leading, so I write scholarly articles about what I do and how I do it.

I am also an active member of The International Guild of Musicians in Dance, a professional organization dedicated to promoting the art of music in dance. You can find out more about this organization and its important mission by following the link to its website on my "links" page.

Please explore my site to see my work, as well as visit my blog to see current activities. If you'd like any more information or would like to contact me about an engagement or work, I'd be more than happy to talk with you.

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John Toenjes

907 1/2 W Nevada St.
Urbana, IL 61801



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