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Project 1. Overlap: Full Circle ENCOUNTERS

ENCOUNTERS: Create, individually or with others in the course, an encounter with the exhibition, Overlap: Life Tapestries. Provide the encounter as a pdf handout for Robeson Gallery staff and others to facilitate for the scheduled groups listed at the bottom of this page. You will facilitate during class on Sept. 25 with classmates. We will film using the 360-degree camera on Sept. 25. You may also facilitate on Friday, Sept. 21, 10-11 AM with Martha Wilson joining and others you invite, and/or on Sept. 22, 9am-noon with the regional art teachers, or during other scheduled groups listed at the end of this page.

Examples of curricular encounters with specific artworks and curated exhibitions:

An encounter with art can be powerful if the process engages with "an object [in a way that] forces us to think; something that challenges our habitual being in the world[,] in contrast to the object of recognition, which serves as a vehicle for the already known[.] The object of fundamental encounter produces something new in itself" (Deleuze, 1994, p. 139).

Deleuze, G. (1994). Difference and repetition. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

INVITATION to community groups, Penn State courses and organizations, and k-12 student groups to have conversations from facilitated encounters with the art in the HUB-Robeson Gallery exhibition Overlap: Life TapestriesThe artists imaginatively recreate the tapestry of their lives through their art, while mapping the relationship between the personal and political. 

September 20 to October 12, 2018 Multimodal Gallery Conversations Filmed
Schedule with Sarah Kipp, exhibition coordinator smk201@psu.edu 814-863-1220

OVERVIEW: As part of the Overlap: Life Tapestries exhibition, students in Dr. Karen Keifer-Boyd’s “Including Difference” graduate course and “Visual Culture & Educational Technologies” undergraduate course will be developing activities to facilitate encounters with the works displayed in the exhibition. This project, called Overlap: Full Circle, brings diverse groups of individuals together in the gallery and utilizes a 360-degree camera to film their reactions and conversations inspired by the art surrounding them. The footage will then be edited to create a fully-immersive experience that weaves life tapestries from the stories, drawings, performances, dances, and other interactions of those who have joined the circle of life in the Robeson Gallery. Continuing the circle of life started by Overlap: Life Tapestries, Overlap: Full Circle will open with a public reception on December 5, 2018 in the Immersive Experience Lab in 109 Agricultural Science Building at Penn State University Park.

Overlap: Full Circle OPENING RECEPTION
Opening reception, December 5, 2018 from 6-8pm in the Immersive Experience Lab in 109 AG SC Bldg., University Park. Also, it will be posted on YouTube's 360 application and linked to the exhibition and course sites within a program for global interactivity. See example from Fall 2017: http://cyberhouse.arted.psu.edu/322/exhibition.html

360-degree camera created examples at Penn State:

A 360-degree demonstration of the evolution of apple peeling technology featured at the Penn State Pasto Ag Museum. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT463rXxXew

Thon 2017 in 360-degree — Courtesy of the Daily Collegian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCoOVujzV0E

360-degree considerations:

  1. How 360-degree video affects narrative and storytelling
  2. Multiple perspectives. See http://www.360degrees.org/360degrees.html
  3. Viewer control of point of view
  4. Positionality of the viewer
  5. Pedagogy of Place (What will you teach by the place you create?)
  6. Virtual reality? Physical reality?
  7. Composition & aesthetics

Overview of Process:

1. Brainstorm concepts and approaches for encounters with contemporary art. See Project 1 Concepts for details.

2. Introduction to 360-degree immersive video (August 23, 6-8 PM, at Immersive Experience Lab in 109 AG SC Bldg.) See Project 1 Full Circle for details.

3. Film and facilitate encounters with art, Sept. 20 to Oct. 12. See Project 1 Overlap: Life Tapestries for details.

4. Workshops October & November (6-8 PM--see calendar) in Immersive Experience Lab in 109 AG SC Bldg. to learn how to film, edit, and produce a 360 video.

5. Edit and gather or create work to augment/populate the 360-degree film in Immersive Experience Lab in 109 AG SC Bldg (6-8 PM--see calendar). Some work will be produced in project 4 Data Visualization.

6. Document your experiences from this project and reflect on your learning process in your portfolio (include as part of the course portfolio project 6 presented on Dec. 6 with final due Dec. 11.

7. Exhibition opening on December 5 (6-8 PM). Prepare artist statements and poster announcements. See Curate Project 5 assignment.


Dan Getz, Immersive Experiences Consultant at Penn State

GoPro VR Player: http://www.kolor.com/gopro-vr-player/download/

Storyboards for 360 degree cameras: https://mediacommons.psu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/360-Video-Storyboard.pdf

Desktop version of the camera software to change the settings on the camera should you need to do so. KeyMission 360 Utility: http://downloadcenter.nikonimglib.com/en/download/sw/79.html

How to make cardboard virtual reality headsets

Artists who create immersive experiences in which viewers are inside the art: Char Davies, Bonnie Mitchell & Elaine Lillios, Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room, teamlab's Floating Flower Garden

Art Education in Immersive Experience: Pace Art + Technology

Scheduled Groups: 

  1. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6-7PM: AED 597/WMNST597: Including Difference course, 12 students

  2. Thursday, Sept. 20, 8-9PM: Anna K. Lemnitzer, Assistant Professor of Art and Director of Interdisciplinary Arts at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, and students in her new media art course at the University of Pittsburgh

  3. Saturday, Sept. 22, 9AM.-noon: Pennsylvania Art Education Association regional event to include Act 48 credit for teachers. Register here.

    Participants will tour the exhibition and will participate in multi-modal encounters to engage further with the artwork. A discussion will follow the tour and encounters. Light refreshments will be served. Participants will receive 3 hours of Act 48 credit.

    9:00-9:30 Participants arrive at HUB Robeson Gallery.

    9:30-10:00 Introductions and Overview of Exhibition

    10:00-11:30 Tour and Encounters

    11:30-12:00 Discussion and Closing

  4. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6-8PM: AED 322: Visual Culture & Educational Technologies course, 10 students

  5. Thursday, Oct. 4, 10.35-11.50A.: 25 Schreyer Honors students in a WGSS course on “Representing Women and Gender in Literature, Art and Popular Cultures" taught by Rosemary J. Jolly, Professor and Weiss Chair of the Humanities in Literature and Human Rights.

  6. Thursday, Oct. 11, 10:35-11:50AM: AED 225: Diversity, Visual Culture & Pedagogy (29 students) taught by Dr. Wanda B. Knight

  7. Thursday, Oct. 11, 4:00-5:00 PM: Library staff

  8. Thursday, Nov. 1, 1:35-2:50PM: WGSS 401: Feminist Theory & Practice (10 students) taught by Dr. Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor

  9. Thursday, Nov. 1, 1:35-2:50 PM: WGSS 401: Doing Feminism: Theory & Practice (13 students) taught by Dr. Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor