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Exquisite Engendering Art Exhibition | Fall 2014

VCER Gallery

Exquisite Engendering Remix

The videos are created by students in several "nodal" courses participating in the FemTechNet 2014 Distributed Open Collaborative Course, or DOCC - an experiment in networked feminist pedagogy. Click here for more on the project. The ReMIX videos are all inspired by and extensions of the DOCC Dialogues in Feminism video series. Specifically, students focused on the following Dialogue videos: Difference & Difference commentary, Bodies, Sexualities, & Race

The FTN DOCC project is a riff on the Dadaist's Exquisite Corpse art process. Our project is "Exquisite Engendering," inspired by Erin Manning's (2007) book, Politics of Touch: Sense, Movement, Sovereignty (University of Minnesota Press). She describes engendering from Latin roots generrare, to generate. "To engender is to undertake a reworking of form. To engender is to potentialize matter. Engendering involves potentiality at its most fertile: it calls forth the link between the incorporeal and the material, between the virtual and the actual" (Manning, 2007, p. 90). [#‎FemTechNet #‎DOCC]

Bad Girl
This exhibit seeks to challenge and question our notions of our view of society by providing specific lenses of sight. More specifically, it highlights the dichotomy between the essences of what makes the halves of a person's identity. Through appropriation, satire, and craft, the show sheds light on contemporary issues that may otherwise often be overlooked.
Yenni Nguyen

Art Exhibition Opens December 9, 2014
Curated by Penn State University students

Student-designed exhibition posters are linked here.

Click here for instructions on how to view the exhibition
in a virtual world, or view the artwork on this webpage. Click “comment” under each artwork
to speak or write your comments.

Open to all ages, with no exhibition closing date.

Curators: Laura Beyer, Tiffany Bragunier, Mary Cate Fruehan, John Guilyard, Gabby McDaniel, Madison Mock, Yenni Nguyen, Anastasia Richeal

A ED 322: Visual Culture & Educational Technologies
Facilitators: Karen Keifer-Boyd and Leslie Sotomayor

Table with objects in VCER We invite your comments by selecting a Find Card prompt by clicking on an object to the left or from one of the objects at the entrance to the art exhibition in the virtual world*
A pop-up message provides a prompt to find a work to discuss and a question to focus your response. *Find Cards are also at the bottom of this webpage.


“Act. React. Repeat."
This collection of works are unified by themes of repetition and participation. The works demonstrate how cultural practices and institutions, such as consumerism and creation of art, are influenced by interactions between people and how these interactions evolve through repetition.
Mary Cate Fruehan



"G is for Gender" is a grouping of works that is intended to spark a conversation among the viewers about the roles of gender in our society and what impact that has on individual gender expression. Much like the very elements that make up our being, gender identity plays a vital roles in how we dress, act, and see the world. Works focus on topics of gender policing, varying gender expressions, and breaking norms, gender and otherwise. — Tiffany Bragunier

"WHO" is a collection exploring the scaffolding of identity in relation to censorship. The inclusion of disorienting mirrors, obstructed portraiture, and the exploration of traditionally censored terms of identification emphasize the journey to reaching one's identity. — Anastasia Richeal


"Irritated." This is a series of work around the idea of being irritated by lack of control of the environment. The show features pieces in three different mediums all unified by the feelings portrayed within the subjects of each piece. It shows feelings of irritation and then allows the viewer to interact with the sporadic netart that will bring them to a deeper understanding of the show. — John Guilyard

Good Girl
This collection of works is open to interpretation and is intended to create a different experience for each viewer and what they bring with them to the space. However, when putting together the collection of works, I had hopes of having viewers question what they alongside of society thinks is a "good girl," hence the name of the exhibition. This series deals with stereotypes of the female gender, alter egos, distortion, identity both in terms of surface level and deeper, as well as questioning what creates a person's identity and how we all go about creating, reading and judging that. — Gabby McDaniel

explorations in(Gender) seeks to invite viewers to reconsider their assumptions about gender and identity. By contrasting and juxtaposing many different artworks that all highlight different aspects of how gender can be percieved, the viewer can consider and approach the idea of gender in a more open and all inclusive way. This exhibit works to not only demonstrate how the gender binary is flawed, but indeed remind the viewer that the binary itself is artificial. — Laura Beyerle


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  1. Find an artwork that you have an immediate negative or ambivalent reaction. Why does the artwork make you feel this way? What do you think the artist was trying to do?

  2. Find an artwork that explores the theme of identity. In what ways does the composition of the work impact interpretation when viewed through a lens of censorship? If the work was censored, how could that change the piece's meaning?

  3. Find an artwork that could stand against or comment on societal norms or standards. What is this artwork commenting on? Is it in a negative, positive or questioning manner?

  4. Find an artwork that tells a story. What is this story, why does it speak to you? How does it connect to your personal narrative?

  5. Find a work of art that relies on the idea of people interacting with each other. How does it rely on this? What are the interactions, and how are they meaningful?

  6. Find an artwork that makes visible something that you had not previously considered. How is the previously unnoticed, or invisible, or unfamiliar communicated visually?

  7. Find an artwork that uses a parody in their remix. Who is the parody directed to? What message is the remix trying to communicate?

  8. Find a work of art that is a culture jam. What element of our culture is this piece of work talking back to? How could this work be further expanded.



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