‘arsTECHNOLOGIKA’ showcases curatorial and digital talent of WSU Vancouver seniors

Nouspace Gallery will unveil a new exhibit, “arsTECHNOLOGIKA,” featuring the work of students, faculty and friends of the Creative Media and Digital Culture program at Washington State University Vancouver. The show will open at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7 with a launch party and special performance by digital graffiti artist Ashley Montague. The exhibition includes pieces by CMDC alumni Reed Rotondo and Chad McClure, faculty members Brenda Grell and Will Luers, and students Bryan Ruhe and Greg Phillbrook. Live music performances by Nick Rudy (also known as Dj Wels) and Brandon “B” Stauch will also take place.

Ashley Montague

The event is the final project for the CMDC course, “Curating Multimedia Exhibits & Archives”. Course instructor, Dene Grigar, director and associate professor of the CMDC program, said, “There is a lot of pressure for the students working on the event due to such a long standing partnership between Nouspace Gallery and the CMDC program.” The university’s relationship with Nouspace and North Banks Artist Gallery has resulted in prior events including “An Evening of Multimedia” (2007), “Visionary Landscapes” and “VJ Fleet” (2008), “mediartz” (2009), “Placing” (2010), and “Loud & Clear” (2012).

Opportunities such as “arsTECHNOLOGIKA” and last spring’s OMSI exhibit, “Autovation,” provide CMDC students with real-life experience. The CMDC program boasts an 80 percent post-commencement job placement rate.Exhibit curator, Setareh Alizadeh, a senior majoring in digital technology and culture, said, “This course not only tests our knowledge of the curatorial process, but also tests how well we execute what we have learned. Access to Nouspace and North Bank Artist Gallery has given us a hands-on oppotunity to curate ‘arsTECHNOLOGIKA.’ My favorite part of this project is working in collaboration with all of the students and our instructor, Dene Grigar.”

Docent Team for arsTECHnologicka

Lead curator for ‘arsTECHNOLOGIKA,’ Gary Nasca, a senior majoring in DTC, said: “‘arsTECHNOLOGIKA’ has been the hardest and greatest

learning experience I have had at WSU Vancouver. I would say the most gratifying part of this whole escapade is knowing that, when all of this hard work is complete, we will have shared with our families, friends and the community [an example of] what the Creative Media and Digital Culture Program is capable.”

The event opens at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 and runs throughout the month of December at Nouspace Gallery and Media Lounge in downtown Vancouver. Nouspace is housed within North Bank Artist Gallery, 1005 Main Street, Vancouver. The gallery is open Thursday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Admission is always free.

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