UTSA New Media Collective
Blue Star hosts UTSA New Media Collective. The collective is headed by Professor Mark McCoin and includes undergraduate and graduate students in the UTSA Department of Art and Art History. Students from the course explore the integration of live digital sound, video performance, movement, sculpture, and any combination of space-time creativity (with technologies) they wish to experiment with in an inter-media format. The event is free and open to the public.
UTSA New Media Collective - Slap and Tickle
For one night only, February 24, 2014, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum will host Slap and Tickle, a group exhibition/performance by the UTSA New Media Collective.
Slap: To cause to strike sharply and loudly. Tickle: To tease or excite pleasurably.
Throughout the course of art history, there have been "slap artists" such as the Dadaists and Paul McCarthy. Alternately artists such as Christo/Jean Claude and Nick Cave have used the power of pleasure to tickle the senses. "Slap and Tickle" explores the ways that contemporary art can both provoke and cajole the viewer into a heightened aesthetic or social experience.
Through a series of interdisciplinary installations, video works, and live performances, a range of artists will share their offerings of both "slaps and tickles". Using individual inspirations, more than a dozen interdisciplinary artists will experimentally take on cultural topics, environmental reconfigurations, sound, movement, and personal narratives.
Between 6 and 7pm, installation and duration-based works will be exhibited throughout the space. Beginning at 7pm, there will be a series of scheduled live interdisciplinary performances, which will include a group ensemble of Slap and Tickle, an interpretive contortionist, and creative sound/moving image/movement works.
Food and drinks will be provided by UTSA and Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum.
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