Fresh Media 2012: DMI Student Show, April 13 - April 20
The Dynamic Media Institute presents Fresh Media 2012, a week long exhibition featuring the latest work from the graduate students at DMI. Bringing their semester showcase off campus for the first time, this highly interactive event will take place in the heart of Boston's West End neighborhood, surrounded by the vibrance and culture of the historic North End and Beacon Hill. The show opens on Friday, April 13th at 6pm and goes through Friday, April 20th.
Presenting work in both analog and digital form (and often somewhere in between), DMI students hope Fresh Media will teach visitors about the various considerations associated with creating a media based experience. "The philosopher John Dewey writes of art that cannot be considered as such until it is 'experienced'—be it viewed, listened to, interacted with, or otherwise," notes show co-curator Gabi Schaffzin. "We work hard at DMI to consider, design, and develop these experiences. Bringing them out into the public is an integral part of our process."
Among the group of 18 artists participating in this year’s show are five who will be defending their thesis documents in the weeks following the show. Nicole Tariverdian’s reinterpretation of Jürgen Leth’s classic film The Perfect Human features the use of Sifteo cubes—all enclosed micro-computers with small displays which interact with one another. Her colleague, Maria Stangel, will be displaying “Brush Ball,” a motion detecting game which allows participants to paint digitally on the ground.
Co-curators John Howrey and Fish McGill are looking to take advantage of this opportunity to bring the work they've been creating in their first year into a public space as well. "John and I are both MassArt undergraduate alumni, so taking our strong design backgrounds and applying them to dynamic media has been exciting. The challenge is applying the iterative user-testing process—how are people interacting with the work? What are we doing well? What needs to change?"
Taking the program's work off-campus and running it for an entire week is something that has never been done before, but the curators know that is the way of DMI. "Continuously pushing ourselves to try new technologies, build new executions, is a tenet of DMI," says Howrey. "We're one of the only programs of this type in much of the academic world, so when we talk about bringing 'Fresh Media,' we mean it."
Graduate Students of MassArt’s Dynamic Media Institute (DMI).
225 Friend Street, Boston, MA, 02114.
MBTA: Take Green or Orange Line to North Station.
Opening Reception: Friday, April 13, 2012, 6:00 – 10:00pm
Exhibit: Sunday, April 14 – Thursday, April 19, 5:30 – 9:00pm
Closing Reception: Friday, April 20, 2012, 6:00 – 10:00pm
Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served during opening and closing receptions.