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'Tactile Projections' exhibit encourages experimentation, interactivity

May 8, 2012
 Tactile Projections
EAU CLAIRE — Sixteen University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students are showcasing interactive pieces in an exhibit on display through May 11 in the McIntyre Library second-floor breezeway.

The exhibit, titled "Tactile Projections," will feature four unique video projections that utilize space to create a tactile experience for viewers. An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m. May 10.

The exhibit will feature the following projects:

  • "Double Vision": Two similar videos will be projected onto a transparent screen, which creates an experience in which the viewer's shadow reveals and conceals what he or she views. The project explores what can be hidden and revealed and how the images interact with each other. Artists involved in this project are Adam Walsh, Coon Rapids, Minn.; Sean Nemetz, Elkhorn; Michael Jacobs, Blue Mounds; and Brandon Jenness, Eau Claire.
  • "Living with a Vagina": Alexis Delve, River Falls; Brenna Ehster, Brookfield; Shaina Sieh, Courtland, Minn.; and Breann Schossow, Houston, Minn., explore what it means to be a woman culturally by looking at the ideal view, which will be projected into a framed projection space, versus reality, which will be shown on the floor. The projections ask viewers to question who and what women are supposed to be.
  • "Dinner's Ready": Pairing instruments with other objects to compose a musical selection, Kevin Everhart, Madison; Megan Vlietstra, Birnamwood; Sara Meyer, Clayton; and Aly Wheeler, Viroqua, will set up a room within a room for their projection. Inside, their experience of juxtaposed visuals and sound interpretation will put viewers' senses into question.
  • A project by Katrina Russell, Elkhorn, Ryan Kann, Rice Lake, Betsy Olaussen, Mound, Minn., and James Bartelt, Eau Claire, will take viewers on an adventure into the mind and thought process of insanity. Described as having an overall tone of comic relief, the project uses two perpendicular screens to create a 360-degree experience portraying the disturbing world of a psychopath.

The video projections project challenged students in the course "Video for Art and Design" to use spatial design as a means of communication and pushed them to move their viewers beyond a passive viewing, said Jyl Kelley, assistant professor of art & design.

"An important part of conceptual art-making is learning to experiment with artist materials and to take risks by expressing new ideas using those materials," Kelley said, noting that inspirations for the assignment include the works of Shirin Neshat and Pierre Huyghe. "Giving one's audience the type of tactile experiences that they will encounter in this exhibition is an invitation to experience it directly and from a new perspective."

The exhibit is free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served during the opening reception. For more information, contact Jyl Kelley at or 715-836-4622.


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