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Announcing the artists selected for our annual juried exhibition 2016: ANTHROPOCENE:

Our annual juried exhibition features work created with technology-based new media, electronic, and digital tools. Our upcoming exhibition will run from Monday, November 14th to Wednesday, December 7th at the Pearl Conard Art Gallery, located on the Ohio State University-Mansfield campus. Accompanying the exhibition is a series of hands-on workshops that will be held at the Ohio State University main campus, the Columbus College Art & Design, and the ROY G BIV Gallery. Documentation of our 2015 juried exhibition can be found at http://fuse2015.thefusefactory.org/.

Exhibition theme
Since the start of the current epoch – the Holocene – humans have been physically transforming the natural world and, in the process, technologizing nature’s inhabitants and environments to benefit human needs and desires. The human activity engendered by this anthropocentric mindset, while benefiting human health and well-being in a myriad of ways, has also negatively affected a wide range of ecosystems, resulting in ecological destruction, extinction, genetic malformations and abnormalities, and other problematic environmental phenomena. As a result, some scientists have proposed that we are entering a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene, an epoch characterized by the global changes wrought by human actions made possible by technology’s evolution.

The Fuse Factory annual juried exhibition 2016 explores the theme of ANTHROPOCENE. The artworks included in the exhibition examine the following:

  • How artists enable us to view technology, as it is manifested by an anthropocentric mindset, in a more critical manner
  • How artists shape our perception of how technology can and should be used to harness and shape the natural world for the betterment of all
  • How artists create technological interfaces and forms that mediate rather than dominate, i.e., encourage cohabitation and coexistence between humans and nonhuman living beings, and organisms, and between organic and inorganic systems (systems that are computational, mechanical, programmable, etc.)

Exhibition timeline

  • Application deadline: Saturday, October 15th.
  • Notify artists: Tuesday, October 25th.
  • Announcement for lineup: Wednesday, October 26th.
  • Shipped works due date: Monday, November 7th.
  • In person drop-off of work: by appointment Tuesday, November 8 – Thursday, November 10 from 11 am – 4 pm
  • In person installation: by appointment Thursday, November 10, Friday, November 11 or Sunday, November 13 from 11 am – 4 pm
  • Exhibition duration: Monday, November 14th – Wednesday, December 7th (closed Wednesday November 23 – Friday, November 25 for Thanksgiving).
  • Reception: Saturday, November 19th, 6 pm – 9 pm.
  • De-installation and Art pick-up: Thursday, December 8th – Friday, December 9th.
  • NOTE: The Fuse Factory may be able to partially reimburse a limited number of artists (on a case-by-case basis) for the shipping and traveling costs they incur by participating in the exhibition. Please contact us to discuss this type of support.

Jurying members

  • Victoria Vesna – Ph.D., New media artist/Professor, Department of Design Media Arts, The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Director of the Art|Sci center at the School of the Arts and California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI)
  • Matthew Kenyon – New media artist/Associate Professor, The Department of Digital + Media, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
  • Paul Catanese – New media artist/Associate Professor, Art & Art History, Columbia College Chicago
  • Doo-Sung Yoo – New media artist/Adjunct Faculty, Art & Technology, The Ohio State University

Exhibition workshops and lectures

  • Free entry fee for OSU and CCAD students participating in workshops taking place at OSU and CCAD (see below) – a minimum of 10 slots will be made available for student participants. Students will need to reserve a spot in the workshops by emailing Fuse Factory Executive Director Alison Colman at alison@thefusefactory.org to let her know which one(s) they plan to attend.
  • Free entry fee for Roy G Biv gallery members participating in the Intro to Ableton Live workshop (see below). A minimum of 10 slots will be made available for student participants. Gallery members will need to reserve a spot in the workshop by emailing Executive Director Alison Colman at alison@thefusefactory.org.
  • For all workshops, A maximum number of 10 slots will be made available to members of the public. Members of the public will be asked to pay $35 for a spot in each workshop in which they wish to participate. If we do not reach the maximum of 10, the remaining slots will be made available to additional students or Roy G Biv gallery members.
  • During the exhibition period, most workshops in Columbus will take on Saturdays and Sundays in November, with the exception being our Intro to Ableton Live workshop taking place on a Thursday evening in November.
  • Stay tuned for additional workshop information and registration!

Workshop topic 1: Intro to designing virtual experiences

  • Instructor: Chris Summers, Instructional Technologist, Department of Dance, ASC Tech at The Ohio State University
  • Location: 180A Hopkins Hall, OSU
  • Sunday, November 20, 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard will be provided

Workshop topic 2: Intro to electronic art with the Arduino

  • Instructor: Jessica Ann, Lecturer in Sculpture + 4D, The School of Art, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Location: 156 Hopkins Hall, OSU
  • Saturday, November 19, 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Arduino kits will be provided

Workshop topic 3: Intro to 3D fabrication

  • Instructor: Andrew Frueh, 3D Lab Supervisor/Lecturer, Department of Art, The Ohio State University
  • Location: 175 Hopkins Hall, OSU
  • Saturday, November 19, 10 am – Noon
  • 3D printers and Plastic filament will be provided

Workshop topic 4: Intro to Ableton Live

  • Instructor: Kevin Kennedy, Producer and Sound/Media Artist
  • Location: ROY G BIV Gallery (997 N. High St. Cols 43201)
  • Thursday, November 17, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Workshop topic 5: Intro to video mapping with MadMapper

  • Instructor: John Cairns, Video Artist/Adjunct Instructor/Graduate
  • Admissions Counselor, Columbus College Art and Design
  • Location: Columbus College Art & Design, Design Studios on Broad, 3rd Floor MFA Seminar Space
  • Schedule: Saturday 3, December 2 pm – 4 pm

Workshop topic 6: Make a RecycleBot (kids age 5 and up; NOTE: this workshop is open only to youth participants of Josiah Mentoring)

  • Instructors: Andrew Frueh & Doo-Sung Yoo
  • Location: New Birth Ministries Christian Church (3475 Refugee Rd, Cols 43232)
  • Saturday, November 12, 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Please bring recycled materials (water bottles, cereal boxes…). Electronic kits will be provided

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For additional information and questions regarding the exhibition application and workshops, please visit our website, thefusefactory.org and/or send us an email to alison@thefusefactory.org. To learn more about our 2015 exhibition, please visit our 2015 exhibition website.

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For additional information regarding the Pearl Conard Art Gallery space, please visit u.osu.edu/pcagallery or contact them at pearlconardgallery@gmail.com