Arts Fall Grad Show 2015


Arts Fall Grad Show 2015

West Hall

December 13, 2015 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Graduate students from the MFA and PhD Electronic Arts program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will host their fall semester art exhibition on Sunday, December 13th from 6-10pm at West Hall on RPI campus. This year’s “open studio” format will include a combination of gallery works, installation, and live performances throughout the building. Attendees will be given the opportunity to visit artists in their studios to view both finished pieces and works-in-progress. Live performances will take place beginning at 7pm.



Diana Alvarez is a storyteller who works in multiple mediums: voice, poetry, video, sound, and performance. Her chapbook poetry collection, Consultations with Bruja Juana, was published by Toadlily Press in 2009. At Rensselaer, Diana is crafting a Mexican ritual opera as a case study for a framework for socially responsible arts practice. Diana has performed as a vocalist and poet and taught in a range of venues in Texas, New Mexico, New York, and Massachusetts.


Open Studio - West Hall Room 414

Voice Altar is an installation of Diana’s scent-triggering voice altar, built for New Performance Instrumentation with Pauline Oliveros. In homage to the political and spiritual “altarities” present in Chicana feminist arts practice, this piece is an ofrenda to deaf artists as well as an invitation to un- “train” and un- “tame” one’s voice.


Maureen Jolie Anderson

Maureen Jolie Anderson is a video artist whose work explores historical time and (often confusing or conflicting) cultural memories.  Her current artwork explores media content from the year of her birth, 1977, while her research looks at the part oral-transmission/part-document archiving aspect of audio/visual media.  Maureen has exhibited in the US, Canada, Germany and South Korea.





Kwizz Kids (open studio)

A display of a 1970s kid’s quiz show from Rhodesian Television on a TV set manufactured in June 1977.



Angela Beallor

Angela Beallor (1979, Cleveland, OH) is an artist working in writing, photography, audio, and video. She is currently working on an extended research project around hot pink Vladimir Lenin pins from the former Soviet Union. Beallor is a 2015 BRIC Media Arts Fellow. She was a recipient of a Jerome Foundation Travel Grant (2013) taking her to Lithuania, Belarus, and Russia in relation to her project Pink Lenins. She received a Lisette Model Scholarship for Excellence in Photography from the International Center of Photography, NY and has done residencies at the CCI Fabrika, Moscow; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT; Habitable Spaces, Kingsbury, TX, and was once a resident-artist at Flux Factory in Queens, NY.  Her work and performances have been presented in New York City, Cleveland, Texas, and Germany. Photographs have been published in Capricious Magazine and Lumina Journal. She holds a BS in photojournalism and illustration from Kent State University and an MFA from Bard College-International Center of Photography.


Installation - Tactical Media Lab, West Hall Room 116

1996 E 9th Street is an audio and object installation based on oral history work with her father around family, memory, and political organizing and the FBI’s surveillance of her grandparent’s home in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn during the late 1960s/early 1970s.



Ashley Dolan

Ashley Dolan is a Studio Artist who concentrates in charcoal drawing and 2-D animation.  In undergraduate, her works were large scale charcoal drawing with a focus on human figures.  In 2015, her piece Do I Have to Write It On Your Bedroom Wall, You Fool was chosen to be in the Juried Student Works Exhibition in the Schick Gallery at Skidmore College and received the Suave Faire Award.  She graduated in 2015 from Skidmore College with a dual degree, a BS in Studio Art and History.



Is a 2-D animated short that combines stop motion animation and traditional cel character animation to tell a narrative of a humanoid, alien figure who swallows a small microphone and finds that his heartbeat has become externally audible.  The piece provides commentary on the human condition, modern day social movements, politics, and stigmas that exists in our world on a daily basis.  



Kelly Michael Fox

Kelly Michael Fox is a composer and sound installation artist working with networks and computers as flexible yet unknowable collaborators. Current projects involve exploring new conceptions of interaction between humans and computers, and multiple formats of distributed and networked media operas for laptops and mobile devices. Fox has shown work and performed music throughout the New York, Massachusetts, Washington State, and China.


Open Studio

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Ryan Jenkins

Ryan jenkins is a final year MFA student using film, sculpture, and sound as a way to navigate the timeline of his life. His work is an integral part of the digestive system of his life, where all the peaks and troughs are sussed out and some type of meaning is sought.  How do we piece together the bread crumb trail we leave behind in our mind to define ourselves, our experiences, and our connections to our past? Ryan is a full time Audio and Video technician at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts center, while pursuing his degree part time.  


Video / Photo Excerpts from Film in progress

A looping collection of excerpts from the ongoing filming and production of The Archivist, a film that serves to recreate the mental struggle and process of Ryan’s work into an experimental narrative, accompanied by set photos and props from the film.



Kathleen McDermott

Kathleen McDermott is a media artist with a background in installation and sculpture. She has worked as a professional fabricator for numerous artists, institutions and film productions in New York. In early 2012 she relocated to Hong Kong, where she completed her MFA in Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong. There, she immersed herself in DIY and Maker technologies, combining her knowledge of fabrication and sculpture with open-source hardware to create unique, interactive artworks. This year, Kathleen returned to New York to work as a Teaching Artist, designing and leading workshops and classes on filmmaking and DIY tech in NYC schools, and continuing work on a series of electronic wearable artworks titled Urban Armor.


Open Studio- West Hall 315C


Urban Armor #5: "The Perfect Fit! Dress"

"The Perfect Fit! Dress," is an illuminated dress equipped with a color sensor. The sensor allows the wearer to read colors nearby, and to change the color of her own dress to match the reading.


Urban Armor #6: "Cinnabrooch"

"Cinnabrooch," consists of a unique brooch structure, made to mimic a mechanical leaf shutter commonly found in cameras, a moisture sensor, and a Cinnabon™. The moisture sensor is fitted into the armpit of the wearer, to get a reading on her perspiration levels. When excessive perspiration is detected, the broach shutter opens, releasing the alluring, and allegedly irresistible aroma of Cinnabon™.  



Maria Michails

Maria Michails is a Canadian new media artist and writer. Her participatory, environmentally-directed gallery-based works have spawned a new direction toward critically engaged eco-social practice. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has received support from the Canada and Quebec arts councils. She creates her projects in-situ while doing residencies, such as Eyebeam Art & Technology Center in NYC and the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, often working with collaborators and community members. She is currently a PhD student at RPI (Troy, NY) where her research-creation project aims to theorize and contextualize community-engaged co-creative processes to tackle environmental policy of gas and oil infrastructure affecting specific communities in New York and Saskatchewan.


Open Studio /// West Hall Rm 304

Ongoing projects and research in DIY tech and human-power sculpture at the cross-section of ecology, biotech, and art.



Matt O’Hare

Matt O'Hare is a performer and digital artist whose work is largely concerned with the relationship between new technologies and culture. Recent projects have centered on simulation, virtual realities, holographic representation, and subsequent questions of existence, spirituality, and communion.


Beam Me Up (Auto-Prophecy)

An in-progress series of videos and digital prints that comes from research on Heaven's Gate, an extreme religious group that peacefully took their own lives at the edge of the millennial turn. A curious combination of California New Age, science fiction, and Gnostic Christianity, group members deplored the material world and sought salvation in the form of an alien spacecraft that would welcome their souls upon evacuation of their human containers. Of particular interest to the artist are the final years of the group (which were partially subsidized through the development of commercial websites), and how the enduring online presence of Heaven's Gate mirrors and extends their belief in a technologically-assisted form of immortality.

The digital images of Beam Me Up were generated by applying AI algorithms to stills originally taken from the "Exit Statement" videos recorded by group members shortly before ending their lives. By essentially giving each pixel of the source image a personality, the final output is a result of the trillions of interactions that take place among this virtual population in service of an automated "prophecy" coded by the artist. The intention is at once an empathic look at the lives lost in the tragedy of Heaven's Gate while simultaneously examining how technologically-mediated spaces such as the Internet may facilitate self-delusion and fantasy. The phrase "beam me up," while originally attributed to the science fiction television series Star Trek, was used by Heaven's Gate member JWNODY as a euphemism for taking her own life in her last recorded statement to the world.



Senem Pirler

Senem Pirler is a sound engineer & producer / sound designer / an audiovisual performer: an intermedia-sound artist.  Born in Turkey, she studied classical piano at Hacettepe State Conservatory and sound engineering & design at Istanbul Technical University (MIAM). She composed, performed, and worked as a recording engineer in Turkey for many years before moving to the U.S. in 2010 to study music technology at NYU with a Fulbright Fellowship.  Her areas of interest include: computer music composition, sound design for film, dance & multimedia environments, 3D audio, and video art. Her most recent work focuses on sonically “drawing” motion, storytelling and space, using spatialization techniques.


Performance - West Hall Room 118

Tomato Noir. 20 min. Video and multichannel sound exploration.



Michelle Temple

Michelle Temple (1980, Deerfield, IN) is a photographer and sculptor that specializes in analog audio circuit design and fabrication. She holds a Master’s degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.  As a professor at ITP, she co-created the department’s circuit fabrication lab as a facility to explore new methods of circuit board fabrication.  Michelle is a visiting scholar in the media archiving department at NYU BOBST library. She has worked as a professional in the Hard of Hearing and Assistive Technology community in NYC for 10 years. Temple continues to explore perception and accessibility in her artwork and research as a PhD student at RPI.


Open Studio, West Hall



Ryan Ross Smith

Ryan Ross Smith is a composer and performer from Bruce, WI. His primary focus is on the development and implementation of alternative methods for musical representation, specifically Animated Music Notation [AMN]. Please visit or Smith’s academic hobby for more information. This piece has little to do with Smith’s primary practice.



Found Score no. 1 [shitty music]

            Installation: Toilet paper roll on pedestal. Location TBD.



Jeremy Stewart

Jeremy Stewart is a multimedia artist from Boston, MA. Following the completion of his studies in jazz composition at Berklee College of Music, he moved to Vermont, where he taught and worked at Bennington College, and began working in electronic music, interactive video systems, and collaborating with dancers and choreographers. Stewart’s current work focuses on designing performance interfaces for movement and dance performances, stemming from his interests in improvisation, iterative movement, flow, interruption / disruption, and feedback.


Performance - West Hall

            Field Cuts. 30 minutes. Movement performance.



MARBocK Michael Weiler

“This guy eats shoes with a fork!” - A George Washington

“Huuh huuuh...” - A pair of lungs

“Baba Nam Kevalam” - The Planet Core


MaRbOcK is a human being exploring animated narratives that can be understood through a wholesome sensory spectrum - utilizing a harmonization between images, sound, narrative, vocal, text, and music in an effort to convey a complete poetic experience.


Rufa Rufa Rufa - Ruflection!!!

A 3D animated sequence exploring the synchronization between visual, audio, and narrative elements in an effort to unify his absurdity and spirituality.



Andrea Williams

New York sound artist, curator, and composer, Andrea Williams, utilizes site-specific elements and perceptual cues to reveal the unseen connections between people and their environment. Her compositions make use of field recordings, instruments, computer technologies and the sound of the performance space itself. She has led soundwalks in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and has shown and performed both solo and with various musicians and artists at galleries and alternative spaces internationally, such as the Whitney Museum, Eyebeam Art+Technology Center, Observatori Festival, Children’s Creativity Museum, NPR, Miami Art Fair, and the Mamori sound artist residency in the Amazon rainforest. She is a board member of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology, a Co-Director of 23five, Inc., but she is currently mostly buried in her studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in NY for her Ph.D. in Electronic Arts.


Open Studio /// West Hall Rm 317

On-going projects and research in “Soundwalking as Methodology for Fostering a Sense of Stewardship for the Environment”, specifically how we connect with water.

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