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Opening Exhibition Reception December 10, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 PM
Immersive Experience Lab at 109 Ag Science & Industries Bldg, Penn State, University Park

SENSORY IMMERSION IN NARRATIVES OF PLACE: (re)CREATING HISTORIES

Join us as we explore the influence of our past on our present, and how we can shape our future. Dive into a critical history of the world and connect histories of place to your ongoing personal life journey.

Coming together with art education students in Uganda, we have created an immersive experience rooted in the history of the places we experience. Combining footage from Penn State and places in Uganda, we tell stories about place and what it means to us.

With a deep sense of pride and identity, Penn State, founded in 1855, is a unique, intense culture of its own. However, the history of the place began long before Penn State built its first buildings for teaching and learning. Our semester-long collaborative project has been dedicated to the discovery of our collective histories, and what we can learn from them. In our efforts to cultivate a knowledge about our past, we’ve partnered with Makerere University art education students in Uganda to investigate histories of places we live, and what these places mean to us now. Through this project we have crossed cultures and examined ourselves.

Our data visualizations focus on recreating histories of places we have lived or traveled. This exhibition involves the personal narratives of both Penn State and Ugandan college students and how we define place in our life. The exhibition is an immersive video experience that puts you directly into these narratives!

Sensory Immersion in Narratives of Place: (re)Creating Histories was created to give insight into the history of Penn State and Uganda from its places to its people. This immersive experience will allow viewers to feel as though they are right beside us as we explore indigenous roots, how the past impacts the future, special collections, community, friends, and college-life stress.

Click on the image above to view the Sensory Immersion in Narratives of Place: (re)Creating Histories 360-degree video. Or go to YouTube for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and the playlist for each segment.
For an immersive experience view wearing a virtual reality headset.

TO VIEW & COMMENT:

Select a "Find" prompt below & click on "comment" to speak or write your responses.

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Find a moment in the video that makes you think of your own community.

How have your communities influenced you?
How have you influenced your communities?

Find photo memories of traditions that relate to seasons of place.

What traditions do you associate with seasons shared with your family and/or friends?

Find a moment in the video that resonates with history.

How has your history changed through your experiences?
Do you collect small items/trinkets to remember your past?

Find a moment in the video that makes you feel calm.

What about the piece made you feel calm?
What do you think was the artist's purpose in creating the video art?

Find a moment in the video that made you feel hopeful.

What aspects of this video made you feel hopeful, and why did it make you feel this way?

Find a moment in the video that brings up a pleasant memory for you.

What aspect of that moment makes you remember?

Land Acknowledgement

Ilayda Altuntas

STATE ROOTS

‘State Roots,’ acknowledges and pays respect for the cultures and environment that came before the Penn State University campus and culture today. This segment also touches on current cultural experiences, connecting campus sustainability with environmental acts of Native American tribes around the United States.
~ Cass Sulliva
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Red, Blue, Yellow Paths
to the Top of the Hill

Senkubuge Martin
Nabwami Mary Asumputa 
Okiria Isaac
Nasasira Philip  
Mugisha Ivan
Atukwase Margaret
Twesigye Ivan
Masiga Ritah
Mugisha Joseph
Kayaga Coutinho Gloria

FROM PAST TO PRESENT

In this exhibition we aim to share what we’ve uncovered in both our collaborations and our separate histories and use them to start approaching our separate (yet universal) futures in a humanistic and respectful light.
~ Hannah Thornton

Dwellings, Symbols, Power Stool

Senkubuge Martin
Nabwami Mary Asumputa 
Okiria Isaac
Nasasira Philip  
Mugisha Ivan
Atukwase Margaret
Twesigye Ivan
Masiga Ritah
Mugisha Joseph
Kayaga Coutinho Gloria

KEYS-TO-OUR-ROUTES

My data visualization includes 360-degree video clips from the Penn State campus and features maps, which include pictures of keychains from my travels across the United States and to Europe. Keychains are great mementos and help me to recreate my own unique personal history. Keychains add another meaning to the phrase “special collection.” While the keychains may be meaningless to some, to me they hold priceless memories of my past trips and experiences.
~ Andrew Myers

Akole Cow

Senkubuge Martin
Nabwami Mary Asumputa 
Okiria Isaac
Nasasira Philip  
Mugisha Ivan
Atukwase Margaret
Twesigye Ivan
Masiga Ritah
Mugisha Joseph
Kayaga Coutinho Gloria

OVERLAPPING COMMUNITIES

Focusing on the overlapping communities at Penn State, I looked into how our communities influence us and how we are more connected than we realize. ~ Jules Edelman

Fashion

Senkubuge Martin
Nabwami Mary Asumputa 
Okiria Isaac
Nasasira Philip  
Mugisha Ivan
Atukwase Margaret
Twesigye Ivan
Masiga Ritah
Mugisha Joseph
Kayaga Coutinho Gloria

HISTORIES OF FRIENDSHIPS: PORTER HALL

My immersive 360 video reflects on the ties of friends, the memories created with them, and the histories established through those experiences and relationships.
~ Jesse McCreery

architecture, building materials, moon, eclipse

Senkubuge Martin
Nabwami Mary Asumputa 
Okiria Isaac
Nasasira Philip  
Mugisha Ivan
Atukwase Margaret
Twesigye Ivan
Masiga Ritah
Mugisha Joseph
Kayaga Coutinho Gloria

TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED

Too blessed to be stressed focuses on the issues behind everyday living at universities, and the stress it demands, from both Penn State and Ugandan students. The 360-narrative takes place in State College to give a sense of social life on campus. It is accompanied by statistics from various research groups on the effects of stress, particularly in relation to college students. Audio is from interviews with Makerere students in Uganda about stress in their lives and ways they reduce stress, which is overlaid on visuals of calmness, focus, community, and joyfulness.
~ Jonathan Karsh

Reflections and Farewells

 

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3


September conversations

Sept. 12 & Sept. 26

November conversations

Morning & Afternoon

December conversations

Morning & Afternoon

A collaboration by students from The Pennsylvania State University (USA) and Makerere University (Uganda) in Dr. Karen Keifer-Boyd's course "Visual Culture & Educational Technologies" & Dr. Richard Kabiito's art history course with support by Daniel Getz, Media Specialist, and Penn State Media Commons

Prior semester exhibitions are linked here:
Fall 2018 Exhibition
and process; Fall 2017 Exhibition and process; Fall 2015 Exhibition; Spring 2015 exhibition and process; Fall 2014 exhibition and process.