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Exquisite Engendering Remix EXHIBITION
Opens April 30, 2015

Open to all ages, exhibition designed especially for 4th graders.
No exhibition closing date.
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A ED 322: Visual Culture & Educational Technologies
Greg Chaffee, Abbie Enders, Jessica Fischer, Alex Gold, Jennifer Lake, Nicole Osborne, Olivia Skoric, and Leslie Sotomayor. 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.

This FemTechNet Distributed Open Collaborative Course (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). For a discussion of two videos that inspired this exhibition, see The Skin We're In and Comfortable: 50 People, 1 Question. For more information about the project click here.

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FIND in the Video Art

1. Find an artwork that reminds you of a feeling you have had before. What feeling does this remind you of and how? Is it a positive or negative feeling?

2. Find an artwork that recalls a time you did something mean or nice to another person. What did you do and why do you think you did it? How do you feel about it now?

3. Find a moment in the video art when there is disagreement. Why is there disagreement? What is the disagreement about?

4. Find a video artwork that tells a story. What is the story, and how did you come up with this story?

5. Find an aspect in the video art that makes you feel angry? What was it that made you feel angry? Why do you think it made you feel this way?

6. Find something in the videos that made you feel proud? What made you feel a sense of pride? Why do you think you had this reaction?

7. Find a video where the music, paired with an image or video clip, sends you a message or makes you feel a certain way. What does this type of music sound like? How does it make you feel? How does it create a mood for the image or video?

8. Find a spot in one of video remixes that made you laugh. What in this specific clip was funny? Was it the sound? The image? The color? What was happening at this moment?

9. Find two scenes that depict individuals of different races performing a similar action. How is this action represented in each scene? What does this tell us about the individuals being represented?

10. Find and example of cooperation between two or more individuals. What was happening in this scene? What do you feel was the end result?

11. Find three examples of how race is depicted in the videos. Is skin color the only aspect of a person that defines their race? Why or why not? What are some other things that define a person's race? 

12. Find a situation in one of the videos that you can relate. Have you ever been pressured by your friends to exclude someone because of their race? What happened? Has anyone ever said they're better than you because of their race? What happened? 

13. Find an element from one of the video artworks that sheds light on a topic you may have never thought of in that way before. Have your thoughts changed on that program or topic, if so how? Do you think different forms of visual culture (ads, tv shows, etc.) communicate stereotypical messages? 

14. Find a remix that makes you feel empowered. Why does it make you feel this way? Do you think others would feel empowered by this too? 

Exquisite Engendering

There are no differences between the blue and orange pencils, so why are they treated differently? Working collaboratively, students from Penn State have created original works, which then have been deconstructed and reconstructed by students at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. I have curated a set of video remix art to bring awareness to cultural issues surrounding notions of race, gender, and love – pushing audiences to do the same. ~ Gregory Chaffee

Love is Love

This exhibition was created for visitors to question preconceived notions about race, particularly on the topic of love, through the medium of remixed stop motion animation short films. In today’s society, interracial marriage is common yet sometimes not supported or understood. This exhibition was created to address this stigma and to question why these types of relationships still cause controversy even today in an advancing society.  Oftentimes, race is a topic that is not discussed. It is time to take a stand and to question these preconceived notions. Love is love, and love does not and should not discriminate. ~ Abbie Enders

What Are You?

This collection of work sheds light on the issues of racism. All of these works illustrate that we must look deeper than simply judging people based on the way they appear. In each clip someone is being judged based on their outward nature, these films help show how ridiculous these judgments truly are. Do not be ignorant, we are all people, we all deserve equal respect. ~ Jessica Fischer

Disney Gone Wrong

How do we represent ourselves in our homes, in our classrooms, and in our community? This exhibition explores the notion of how society represents us as individuals, as a student body, as a community, and our culture in general. The visual culture that surrounds us can unfortunately be stereotypical, racist, and negatively view genders. The works of art included in the following slides all investigate these stereotypes “remixed” amongst our popular culture. My art education 322 class had each student create their own video example allowing another class to respond to the videos by remixing our videos. In this exhibit, my video focuses solely on Disney clips, taking a stand on how film represents social classes, genders, and race to such a young audience. The music I had paired with the Disney clips had the intent of highlighting racism and classism. I then chose four out of sixteen videos that stood out to be chosen for this exhibit because I felt that they held the strongest most fluent message relating to my original remix in pinpointing messages in our visual culture and community. Please feel free to comment and give feedback as I appreciate your responses to these “exquisite remixes”. ~ Alexandra Gold

Finding Strength in Our Differences

In this curatorial exhibition, the first video makes racial comparisons by juxtaposing pairs of Disney scenes together to show how differently each is conveyed to the viewer. The following five videos are a remix of the first video while also including clips from other videos that each aims to comment on various forms of racial, ethnic, and gender differences that exist within our society. These videos focus on a range of scenarios that show individuals with unique traits, and how these traits can be turned into strengths . For example, a relationship between two different kinds of apples shows the viewer that there is strength in the union of two people or things that are different from one another. In all, these videos raise the question of, “What are you?” “What are our differences?” and “How do these differences make us stronger? ~ Jennifer Lake

Visions of Monsters Gallery

An exhibition of my short claymation on racism as well as five other videos from other college students that remixed my video and all of my classmates' videos into messages on racism, explore messages about racism through the eyes of monsters octopi, pencils, fruit, and people. The question of racism is a difficult one, posing awkard situations, disagreements and differences that separate us—all for something so shallow. Society has created rules that perpetuate racism and inequality, but each culture follows a different se of rules, so who is right? Are two eyes the best? Are three eyes best? What about one eye? Who makes the decision about who is smartest, most beautiful, or strongest? This collection of videos questions popular culture's role in racism and begins the process of thinking about the barriers we've created and how to break them. Why follow the rules? Why follow the herd? ~ Nicole Osborne

I Belong

I Belong is a collection of videos created to capitalize on the topic of race and stereotyping.  These videos are meant to work together in a way that viewers will see common themes of acceptance, discrimination, and overcoming stereotypes. It reminds viewers that despite our differences we need stop the hate and accept ourselves and others for who we really are. ~ Olivia Skoric


Living Color

Have you ever thought about what you see everyday? What you watch on T.V.? The different people around you? What makes us different? Does it matter that our skin is a different color? The collection of remix videos in this digital art exhibit of exquisite engendering ask these questions through visual storytelling. What do you think?  ~ Leslie Sotomayor

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