Media and Immersive eXperience (MIX) Center


Media and Immersive eXperience (MIX) Center

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New state-of-the-art facility in Mesa, Arizona, for film, media arts, design and emerging technology programs

The world-class Media and Immersive eXperience (MIX) Center in Mesa, Arizona, which opened in fall 2022, hosts hundreds of students who will be making films, designing new virtual worlds and video games, and creating other immersive media experiences of all kinds.

The MIX Center is part of the ASU at Mesa City Center complex, a collaboration between ASU and Mesa, Arizona, a city rich in history, art, community and industry. The MIX Center is located in the Salt River Valley on the ancestral homelands of those American Indian tribes that have inhabited this place for centuries, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) peoples, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. (For more information please see ASU Commitment to American Indian Tribes.) Located in the heart of Mesa’s Innovation District, the site will serve as a laboratory for advanced media technologies and media production, a platform for game development and a driving force for entrepreneurial solutions. It will also be an open and inviting place for the public as well as a source of inspiration, entertainment and education.

The ASU at Mesa City Center complex also includes The Studios at Mesa City Center, an inclusive community space open to all. Geared toward Mesa community members as well as students, faculty and staff interested in launching new ideas and seeking a connection space, the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute at ASU will provide resources and programs to support current and aspiring entrepreneurs. The three-acre Plaza at Mesa City Center will provide a public park with an event lawn, splash pad and shade structures. Situated in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, this complex, a collaboration between ASU and the City of Mesa, will connect students, faculty and Mesa residents through community, industry and art.

Here, a new generation of creators from Arizona and beyond will develop into the media and technology professionals we need in the 21st century.

Academic programs

New and emerging media

A suite of graduate degree programs at the MIX Center are transdisciplinary in nature, bringing designers, creators, developers, researchers and worldbuilders together in the creation of new worlds that take multiple forms.

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Film

The Sidney Poitier New American Film School operates across three cities: ASU’s Tempe campus, the ASU California Center in downtown Los Angeles, and the MIX Center in Mesa, Arizona. The school will operate its production and post-production activities out of the MIX Center.

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Cutting edge facilities and tools

The Media and Immersive eXperience (MIX)  Center will be a world class facility for emerging media technologies, second to none.

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Screening room

A 1,900-square-foot, 76-seat movie theatre meeting Dolby specifications for production facilities and featuring high-end projection and sound for screenings, lectures, events, streaming and more, as well as for sound mixing and color grading powered by Avid.
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Enhanced immersion studio

A four-story, 3,200-square-foot, 150-person capacity enhanced immersion studio serving as a high-end performance venue and an experimental media space and equipped with cutting-edge rigging, lighting and audiovisual systems.
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Soundstages

8,100 square feet of professional quality soundstages/production studios with top-notch acoustic isolation, an automated lighting grid, advanced camera systems and more.
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Cafe

The first floor café, provided by a favorite local restaurateur, will serve hot food at breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as coffee and snacks.
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Exhibition/lobby

A 2,000-square-foot area that serves as communal space, breezeway and gallery, with hackable surfaces for installation, mega-battens for sound/lighting/sensor install and a 32-foot long monumental display.
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Community room

A 750-square-foot community meeting space open to the exhibition lobby where community members can come to be inspired, entertained and informed.
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Ideation studio

A 1,300-square-foot ideation studio and flexible classroom and creative space with display technology, rapid prototyping gear and more.
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Fabrication lab

A 2,400-square-foot makerspace for students and the community, featuring workstations for 3D printing, laser cutting, circuit fabrication and more.
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Large screening theater

A 5,100-square-foot, 261-seat movie theatre meeting Dolby specifications for production facilities and featuring high-end projection and sound for screenings, lectures, events, streaming and more, as well as for sound mixing and color grading powered by Avid.
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Enhanced immersion studio (balcony)

A four-story, 3,200-square-foot, 150-person capacity enhanced immersion studio serving as a high-end performance venue and an experimental media space and equipped with cutting-edge rigging, lighting and audiovisual systems.
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Recording suite (post-production)

A professionally equipped 1,200-square-foot high-end recording studio and teaching studio capable of mastering studio-quality audio for films, games and music, as well as sound for interactive and immersive experiences.
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Large flex classroom

More than 24,000-square-feet of flexible, adaptive classroom and project space with movable furniture, multiple displays, power and data distribution and remote teaching capabilities.
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Soundstage 4

1,034 square feet of professional quality soundstages/production studios with top-notch acoustic isolation, advanced camera systems and more.
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Makeup wardrobe costume shop

Professional quality dressing and makeup area complemented by a small textiles/costume shop and wardrobe facility.
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Computer labs

Three 40-seat computing classrooms with high-end graphics/media workstations ideal for instruction in editing, animation, game design, immersive sound and more.
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Color Grading and Finishing Suite

Set up to teach color grading and theory – primarily for film. The suite
features a neutral gray shade of 50% to color grade a project and is equipped with
industry standard equipment.
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Post-production facilities

Twelve editing bays, two color finishing suites, a color-grading screening room and three sound editing suites spread giving students and faculty access to professional quality post-production capabilities.
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Large flex classrooms

More than 24,000-square-feet of flexible, adaptive classroom and project space with movable furniture, multiple displays, power and data distribution and remote teaching capabilities.

Community amenities and engagement

Just outside of the MIX Center, community members can gather in Mesa’s new three-acre Plaza at Mesa City Center. Adjacent to the MIX Center, ASU will operate The Studios, with programs to support Mesa residents with entrepreneurial or business ideas. Training programs, workshops, seminars and mentorship opportunities will be available to individuals or groups.  Partnerships are underway that will bring in children and high school students from Mesa Public Schools, community arts organizers from the Mesa Arts Center, community representatives from Downtown Mesa Association and more.

The MIX Center began as a collaboration between Arizona State University and the City of Mesa and is located in the City’s innovative, diverse and historic downtown (find out more about what the downtown has to offer here). Not only is it one of the first media production facilities of its type, but it is designed to be fully embedded in the surrounding community as a hive of cultural exchange and public programming and events. 

This vision will only be achieved through partnerships with organizations and the surrounding communities. The MIX Center has been designed to be a public amenity and place of collaboration and engagement for the entire community.

Community advisory board

The MIX Center is facilitating a community advisory group to guide development and public programming at the center. This group began to meet in January 2022 and will co-create its mission, vision and structure. The board is a representative group of community leaders engaged in various sectors in Mesa. This group will explore how the MIX Center can be a mutually beneficial addition to the city.

Community amenities

MIX Center Screening Room

Screening theatres

The two professional quality movie theatres/event spaces in the facility will be activated weekly for public screenings of everything from classic films and first-run movies to lectures and e-sports mini-tournaments. More information coming summer 2022.

MIX Center Event

Performances and events

Many of the spaces in the facility, including the Enhanced Immersion Studio, are equipped to host not only immersive experiences, but also theatrical performance and art installations. More information coming summer 2022.

Outdoor events and screenings in the park

Outdoor events and screenings in the park

The 70-foot wide high-resolution display on the south wall of the building faces a sloping lawn on the north end of the Plaza and is set up for screenings of films, sporting events, and other special events. More information coming summer 2022.

MIX Center Community Room

Community room

The multi-purpose Community Room is designed for meetings, gallery events, and other special events. This room is programmed by the Community Advisory Board.

Community engaged projects

Students working on a computer behind a production set

Camp Level Up

Camp Level Up aims to provide an immersive summer camp for Mesa’s neurodivergent youth. Students will have the opportunity to engage in professional-level skills in game design within a supportive community while building confidence to express themselves in a new medium. ASU Media and Immersive eXperience (MIX) Center will host youth (grades 6 through 12) for three weeks of sessions led by social impact and educational gaming studio Endless Studios and faculty from the MIX Center with onsite therapeutic support from Arizona Autism United.

Highschool age students filming in front of a green screen

Spark Youth Media Festival

The Spark Youth Media Festival’s (SYMF) mission is to celebrate the cultural contributions of youth and to equip them as artists and makers in the fields of creative media. SYMF will be hosted by The MIX Center and Mesa Arts Center and be the first to bring narrative film, documentary, music video, game design, and interactive/immersive experiences together. More information coming soon!

Actor performing

The Most Beautiful Home…Maybe

Art and story have the power to build empathy and understanding, but can theater provide solutions to our national housing crisis? “The Most Beautiful Home… Maybe” is a multimedia performance juxtaposing housing data, Lyndon Johnson, music, and stories of Americans facing home insecurity. This show invites us to collectively create housing policies and envision a future where everyone has a home. Developed from conversations and workshops with housing advocates, activists, developers, and government workers. Learn more about the show and buy tickets.

Events

Upcoming events

There are no upcoming ASU events at the MIX Center at this time.

Please note: events at ASU MIX Center are currently booked until the end of 2022. Event inquiries will be accepted for January 2023 and beyond.

People

Leadership

Cheryl Blie
Director, Operations
cblie@asu.edu
Cheryl Boone Isaacs
School Dir + Prof of Practice
cbisaacs@asu.edu
Jacob Pinholster
Asc Dean + Ctr Dir & Asc Profr
jpinhols@asu.edu
Stephanie Tomlin
Industry Relations Director
stephanie.tomlin@asu.edu

Research faculty

In addition to film faculty who will have offices and teach in Mesa, MIX Center faculty and affiliates include ASU leaders in research and creative work in immersive experience design, extended reality technologies and interactive environments.

Max Bernstein
Coordnr (ACD) + Clin Ast Profr
mrberns2@asu.edu
Ed Finn
Center Dir (ACD) & Asc Profsr
edfinn@asu.edu
Mina Johnson
Research Professional
Mina.Johnson@asu.edu
Robert LiKamWa
Associate Professor
likamwa@asu.edu
Mauricio Mejia
Asst Dir (ACD) & Assoc Profr
mauricio.mejia@asu.edu
Nonny de la Pena
Progrm Dir + Profr of Practice
anonny@asu.edu

Staff

Bola Akinrolabu
Program Manager of XRts
b.akinrolabu@asu.edu
Paul Amendola
Events Technical Director
Paul.Amendola@asu.edu
Michael Armstrong
Production Shop Coordinator
Michael.L.Armstrong@asu.edu
Andrew Ballon
Communications Prg Cdr
aballon1@asu.edu
Megan Cauthen
Grad Prg Student Svc Supp Cdr
Megan.Cauthen@asu.edu
Eric Jacobson
Business Operations Manager
eric.jacobson@asu.edu
Paul Iannone
Academic Facilities Specialist
Paul.Iannone@asu.edu
Ryan Pottle
Audio Technical Director
rpottle@asu.edu
Julian Silva
FabLab Coordinator
Julian.Silva@asu.edu
Trenton Wagner
Community Resource Liason - Mesa City Center
trenton.wagner@asu.edu