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Exquisite Engendering Remix EXHIBITION
Opens December 10, 2015

Open to all ages, exhibition designed especially for 5th graders.
No exhibition closing date.
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A ED 322: Visual Culture & Educational Technologies

Curators: Em Keim, Chloe Mahon, Kaylie Maines, Andrew Novak, Kelsi Silliman, Emily Smith, Shannon Tarr, Kayla Tompkins. Exhibition posters are linked here.

On this page are eight curations of video remix art. We invite your comments by selecting a Find prompt to guide your search in the curated exhibitions on this page to find a work to discuss and a question to focus your response.

The FemTechNet Distributed Open Collaborative Course (FTN DOCC) Exquisite Engendering project is a riff on the Dadaist's Exquisite Corpse art process and inspired by Erin Manning's (2007) book, Politics of Touch: Sense, Movement, Sovereignty (University of Minnesota Press). Manning 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" (p. 90). FTN DOCC Exquisite Engendering processes and exhibitions from prior semesters are linked here: Fall 2015 process; Spring 2015 exhibition and process; Fall 2014 exhibition and process.

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FIND in the Video Art

1. Find a piece that changed the way you think of something you recognized. What part was it that you recognized? What did you think about it before?  How do you think about it now?

2. Find a piece that makes you believe in something bigger than yourself and/or your current situation in life. What did this piece make you believe in? How did this piece change/impact your perceptions on the subject of hope?

3. Find an image that you recognize from movies or advertisements. How did the video make you think differently about the image?

4. Find an image that makes you happy. Why do you think the image is included?

5. Find an image that makes you unhappy or angry. Why do you think that image is included?

6. Find a piece that makes you think about our culture’s expectations about beauty differently. What could you do to counteract these unrealistic expectations?

7. Find a piece in an exhibit that made you see something in a new light. How did this piece change your perception? Did this piece change your overall belief on the subject?

8. Find a portion of a video where you think unique beauty is being represented. Is a unique form of beauty being celebrated or not?

9. Find a portion of any of the art where you can see a narrow idea of beauty. What do you think happens when people assume there are not multiple forms of beauty?

10. Find something in this exhibition that made you laugh! Why did you find it funny? Who might not find it funny?

11. Find a piece that features a human being. Is this person male or female? What visual clues helped you reach this decision? Think about where you might have learned that the clues you are seeing mean that a person is either male or female. Are the things you see or expect to see in a boy or girl always true? How might it affect someone if you were to assume that based on how they look or act, that they are exhibiting only male or female traits; what if a person shows a mixture of these traits?
  Body & Difference: Male Engenderment

This collection of works recognizes different interpretations of body and differences in body. Through remixed pieces of visual and audial culture, the video was created, taking on a mature topic like body image, but in a way that is accessible to a younger audience.  These particular pieces work together to tell a story specifically about some of the issues of Male engenderment and issues of body image for young boys and men.  Each of the Exquisite corpses created by the Penn State Art Education 322 have some sort of disconnection from stereotypes of male, female (and human) gendering. ~ Em Keim




The collection of works in my exhibit all focus on the theme of hope. I wanted to tie this in so that students coming from a variety of backgrounds can identify with it. I left the themes of hope very broad so that it can be fit to each student's own interpretations. ~ Chloe Mahon

  Rules and Roles: An Exploration of Gender

This assemblage of work has been collected in order to highlight the presentation of gender expectations as presented in youth marketing campaigns; campaigns that are so ingrained in the consumer’s life that they have sunk to the level of the subconscious and carved out highly dichotomized gender roles, along with gender rules to govern said distinctions. How do we as viewers submit to these rules, wittingly or otherwise? Do you submit to or object to a specific gender role? Most importantly, how do we perpetuate such rules and roles in the lives of the next generation? As parents, siblings, educators, and role models, our action or inaction in regards to gender stereotyping through visual culture has a profound effect on the perceptions of young children. This exhibition features a collection of works that call attention to and alert viewers to the most typical and often overlooked means of creating gender conformity among young people. ~ Kaylie Maines

Embracing Difference: Body Image Remix Exhibition

Visual culture, including such beloved films as The Little Mermaid and Sleeping Beauty, is flooded with images of what is to be perceived as “the ideal” body. This exhibition addresses issues of body image and difference and relates these ideas to a young audience through the use of remix and montage.  By remixing images from pop culture alongside imagery that shows body difference, the hope of this curator is to empower the youth to embrace difference amongst themselves. ~ Andrew Novak


Beauty Expectations

The goal of this collection is to break down the unrealistic beauty expectations society places on women. Through the use of remix and montage of everyday visual culture, the video remixes in this exhibition focus on how society's denial of women growing old, especially as women show signs of aging they are seldom represented as beautiful. Underlying this themes of aging women's invisibility and negative portrayals of women aging in social media is the issue of women solely valued for their outward appearance. ~ Kelsi Silliman


Girl Power

This exhibition focuses on the overall theme of “girl power.” This idea ties into all age groups, from young girls to adults. My goal with the exhibition is to help girls understand that they can do anything they put their minds to. A girl can be beautiful, strong, and brave, and all the pieces in my exhibit point to that overall topic. This exhibit includes a remix, a commercial, and a few photographs. Each piece is different but works together as a strong exhibition of girl power. ~ Emily Smith


Embracing Difference

The focus of my curated show and remixed video is to encourage others to embrace difference. We are shown so many idealized images of what beauty is by the media that it can be easy to assume there is only one form of beauty; the popular form. We all have unique qualities that sometimes make us stand out. Because these qualities are different than the “norm” it can often times make someone feel out of place, however, these differences are what make us ourselves. To be your genuine self in a world where little is genuine is a beautiful thing. The two videos explore seeing beauty in being unique. And the artworks that I created are portraits done in nontraditional colors. In these pieces I was showing that there is something worthwhile about things that haven’t captured perfection. ~ Shannon Tarr


Boys in Movies Exhibition

The overall theme and title for this exhibition is "Boys in Movies." Often we think of how girls are affected by the things they see on TV and feel as though they are pressured into being skinny or popular, but this tends to leave boys out. I wanted to highlight the way that males are shaped by children's movies in spelling out who they should be based on their body type. Stereotypes of different body types in males should be broken through this collection and children viewing it should start to realize that some aspects of humor in the films shown is at the expense of others in the real world. Hopefully through this exhibition, boys and girls alike will find that a male who is the typical depiction of masculinity in films is not the only way to be a man.  ~ Kayla Tompkins


University of North Carolina, Wilmington remixes

Interpretations of the theme "Body and Difference" by:


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