standing There Christa Riley, Staff Writer Kristen Gallagher, Contributing Writer Globequilting by Cbris Cassidy “Standing There” is a digital art ex hibition being shown in the Frankie G. Weems Art Gallery on campus. It explores a new way to experience art. Chris Cassidy’s works will be available for viewing until March 25, 2012. Cassidy is currently an associ ate professor of Design/New Media and the director of graduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Walking into the exhibit, the viewer is struck by feeling distant from the outside world. Cassidy’s statement found on the wall next to the entrance reads, “Our technologi cally enhanced vision allows us to apprehend events of global or mi croscopic scale, but can also prevent us from experiencing our own place in the world.” Cassidy, who holds an MFA in sculpture from SUNY- Albany, noted that he has “only been doing this kind of work since gradu ate school. Prior to that [he] had done a whole bunch of other stuff. I was a graphic designer and art direc tor, and my undergraduate degree is in illustration.” After ten years in commercial design, he left to study traditional figurative sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. When he entered graduate school, he began to struggle whether his work was going to be relevant. Inspired by walks he would take in the Ad- ironacks, he started to think about new ideas for his work. He says that he “wanted to make work that was about place and landscape. I wanted to make work that would potentially activate the museum space - and I drifted toward installations. My first couple of what I would call success ful projects were like that.” Kristen Gallagher, a junior mu seum studies major and art history . minor, encourages students to see the exhibit because “students have the opportunity to experience video and digital art in a way they may not have before, and observing moving art is different from observing still works- it will challenge them.” Gal lagher also believes that “there are commonplace elements of our sur roundings that we miss every day.” The exhibition includes a col laborative project with Meredith students and faculty titled “Standing There (Raleigh)”. The work centers on an interactive projection that allows the viewer to choose from over 100 videos. The videos include sound, evoking the reality of stand ing somewhere in Raleigh. The table in front of the projection includes physical samples from the specific locations. The combined samples form a road map of Raleigh. When Gallagher interviewed Cassidy about his thoughts on the collaborative piece, he noted that he didn’t truly have an intent for the viewers at the beginning. “I didn’t begin it think ing there was anything I wanted the viewer to go away with. I don’t gen erally work collaboratively, though I do sample found things, videos on the Internet - it is more like a col lage. There is this consistent set of things I’ve been interested in - the relationship between the experience and the real one we believe we’re having, that very same experience gets overlaid with related mediated experiences.” When Cassidy walked in Albany, he notes that “in addition to seeing things, I was also process ing them through this heavily medi ated framework. I’d match these real experiences with attached pieces of information in my head. I think of experiences being altered by all these allusions and references that you’ve seen previously. I don’t think that’s unusual. [My goal] is to try to somehow make that self-evident or make work that talks to that.” “Globequilting,” as defined by Cassidy, is a single video projection that uses Webcam technology and a standard Internet browser to stitch together live views of the sky from over 100 locations across the planet. The viewer can see the sky in places such as China, Japan, Hawaii and other places around the world. It is interesting to see what the weather is in multiple parts of the world at any given moment. Another part of the exhibition, “Long Fetch II,” includes blinds that are controlled by recordings of the waves on the Pacific and Atlan tic coasts. The sound of the blinds emits a calming feeling, exactly like the wind at the beach. Across from this, there is a projection of a collage of colorful trees that are blowing in the wind, controlled by the real-time movements of a rhododendron sap ling growing in the courtyard just outside the gallery. A projection of the ocean titled “Tidings of Great Things” is also in cluded: the sounds and phrases that are recorded with a microphone in the center of the room trigger increasingly dramatic video footage until the screen is completely submerged. Recorded audio from the microphone is also played back at intervals, which allows for a looming effect. Standing in front of the ocean projection, the viewer is transported to the beach. To understand the importance of noticing the world around us, we must realize that environment is all arqund us and we should constantly be aware of it. Because we are so wrapped up in technology and our own affairs, we forget to appreciate the sights and sounds of nature. Chris Cassidy’s exhibit will open people’s eyes to what they have been missing, whether they realize it or not. Commenting on his creation and editing process, Cassidy noted that he feels he isn’t as “intui tive an artist as others are - because I’m trained as an illustrator. I’m a project giiy, I’m jealous of.others who work more intuitively. I spend lots of time tinkering around .. . but I’m more likely to successfully complete a project if I have an idea of where I’m going with it. In terms of editing, I really don’t want to make formal, visual decisions that feel to me decora tive or unnecessary. The decisions I make about the work should be com ing out of the concept itself and only that. If something doesn’t relate back to the original concept, it isn’t a [good choice.]” “Standing There” is located in the Gaddy-Hamrick Art building. Gallery hours are qam-spm, Monday-Friday and 2-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. 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