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Exquisite Engendering video ReMIX, MIXed Reality Art Project: In & Out of Place

Meet & Greet Activities (two visual dialogues)

Visual Dialogue 1:

We begin our collaboration with Dr. Martina Paatela-Nieminen's courses on Art, Expression, Environments, and Culture at the University of Helsinki in Finland with listening to each group's discussion on a topic and adding commentary in response. Later in the semester, we will use 360 degree cameras in this project.

September 14, 2017 Penn State Recording: Following viewing video excerpts from Against the Grain: An Artist’s Survival Guide to Perú, directed by Ann Kaneko, and DemocracyNow clips of Bree Newsome taking down the Confederate flag at the state capital in South Carolina in June 2015 and Takiyah Thompson placing a rope around a Confederate statue (Charoletteville, Virginia, September 2017) in which others on the ground pulled the statue down, four pre-service art educators (Tori Davenport, Emma Karpinski, Grace Collins, & Alexis Drobka) discuss with Dr. Karen Keifer-Boyd (in the course, Visual Culture & Educational Technologies at Penn State) their responses to the question: "Is expression a right or a privilege?" We invite you to join our discussion using the comment audio record button. The video discussion is 14 minutes in duration.  

TO VIEW & COMMENT, if you do not have a Penn State (PSU) Access Account, you will need a VoiceThread account to make comments. Create one here: https://voicethread.com/register/ Log into VoiceThread before clicking on the video or comment link using Firefox browser. It may not work with Chrome or other browsers. In the center, at the bottom of the video is a + symbol, click on this to see comment options and then select the microphone icon to audio record comments.

A greeting from students at the University of Helsinki with an invitation to Penn State students to respond by asking a question in relation to the concept of your research and in providing a link to your interactive maps using the text comment feature.

Visual Dialogue 2: To do for Oct. 31: On the Lino Canvas, post a selfie surrounded by symbols, artifacts, objects, fashion, and a place that says something about you. Your selfie begins intercultural place explorations with students at the University of Helsinki

Project 4. Remix Exquisite Engendering In & Out of Place (due 11/28)

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° — Courtesy of the Daily Collegian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCoOVujzV0E

360 degree considerations:

  1. Multiple perspectives. See http://www.360degrees.org/360degrees.html
  2. Viewer control of point of view
  3. Positionality of the viewer
  4. Virtual reality? Physical reality?
  5. Composition & aesthetics
  6. Pedagogy of place
  7. How 360° video affects narrative and storytelling


1. Brainstorm a group created place from the following questions:

"What does a particular place teach inhabitants of the place?" Discuss and decide on a place, or type of places to film with the 360 degree cameras for others to experience as an immersive virtual place. What will you teach by the place you create?

2. Workshops on October 31 (6-8 PM) and November 7 (6-8 PM) in W140 Pattee Library Knowledge Commons to learn how to film, edit, and produce a digital remix of US and Finnish imagery and produce glocally (global+local) intercultural meanings. Project 4 collaborative project is due Nov. 28.

We will experiment with a remix of two places, one from Helsinki and one from Penn State or surrounding area, and add other elements from each place, to discover what the intercultural place teaches us. Helsinki will send photos of places meaningful to them by Nov. 7, and we will send photos to them from what we gather in study of place by Nov. 13.

3. Document your experiences from this project and reflect on your learning process in your portfolio (include as part of the course portfolio project 6 due Dec. 12)

Reflect using the 360 degree considerations above and respond to the question: When there is choice in how to view the place, how does this change the viewers relationship to the place?

4. Exhibition on December 7 (6-8 PM) of the work created in project 4 will be the focus of project 5 (Nov. 28 & 30) in preparing artist statements and poster announcements.


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




FemTechNet (FTN) Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOCC)

Exquisite Engendering
video ReMIX, MIXed Reality art

The Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOCC) is a feminist approach for 21st century learning and teaching in the age of social media connectivity. The DOCC is open access, multimodal publishing, collaborative research and publication, and transdisciplinary pedagogy. DOCC has intervened in education discourse on the authority of insular knowledge and one-way modes of communication in massive online courses toward multivocal and multimodal communication, learning, and knowledge production. The DOCC approach fosters rigorous dialogue to imagine, and then create, an equitable and socially just education. Recordings of FTN Video Dialogues have been about feminism and technology in relation to labor, race, sexualities, difference, bodies, machines, narrative, place, infrastrucures, archive, transformation, and wikistorming.

The 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: Spring 2015 exhibition and process; Fall 2014 exhibition and process.


Dr. Martina Paatela-Nieminen teaches at University of Helsinki. There are 8 sophmore/junior level students in this collaboration. The students are preparing to become elementary school teachers. The class meets 31.10., 7.11., 14.11., 21.11., 28.11.

Dr. Karen Keifer-Boyd teaches the course, "Visual Culture & Educational Technologies" at The Pennsylvania State University (PSU). There are 5 junior level students in this residence course. The students are preparing to become preK-12 art educators.