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Media Study shows set

Published April 18, 2013

BFA and MFA students in the Department of Visual Studies will be presenting their work in separate shows next week.

“Shibboleth,” the senior thesis exhibition of 35 graduating BFA students of faculty members Reinhard Reitzenstein and Stephanie Rothenberg, will take place from 6-10 p.m. April 27 on the fourth floor of Hi-Temp Fabrication, 79 Perry St., Buffalo.

“Hot/Medium/Mild/Suicide,” a showcase of new film, video, multimedia and performance based projects by second-year MFA students in the Department of Media Study, will be held at 7 p.m. April 24 in the Screening Room in the Center for the Arts, North Campus.

Both shows are free and open to the public.

The work being shown in “Shibboleth” ranges from sculpture, print media and painting to animation, performance, clothing and much more. The senior thesis is a full-year course that allows students “to go in-depth about our practice as an artist,” according to Ned Semoff, one of the students exhibiting in the show.

“Even though we are all showing individual work, we also all work together to help one another make this an amazing show,” he says.

In addition to Semoff, other students exhibiting are Rob Barker, Amanda Faith Cannon, Caitlin Caldwell, Jeanette Chwan, Teke Cocina, William Cole, Jen Cornwell, Kristian Dalland, John Derrigan, Brittney Dullin, Gero Eaton, Andrew Fix, Jennifer L Gavens, Matthew Guzenski, Adam Heman, Lauren Howard, Tom Kavinsky, Rick Klingensmith, Caroline Kopesky, Katie Kosciolek
Kelzie Leach, Bobby Le, Ian McCrohan, Anthony Melice Mills, Melissa Osterweil, Cara Radom, Michael Reyes, Rob Rossi, Caraline Stocker, Matt Toles, Kyle Tymon, Ravon Williams and Jiwon Eunice Yang

Featured projects in “Hot/Medium/Mild/Suicide,” include Erin Hurson’s “West Coast Reveries,” an animated series of photographs that poetically integrate thoughts relating to the moment in time in which they were taken, as well as Neil L. Coletta’s “Beuys in the Hood,” a live-projector enhanced performance.

Devin Wilson will share his “Spooky Thumb Wrestling at a Distance” digital party game that performs music with algorithmic accompaniment. Tanya Stadelmann will present “What the Frack?” and “Remix and Mortido,” two video meditations on society’s reckless consumption of the natural world.

The show also includes Matt McCormick’s video re-enactment of a displaced waterway; Ruoxi Zhang’s experimental documentary about procrastination titled “Empty Room”; Yuling Xie’s “Chinese Student in America,” which examines the personal challenges international students face when studying abroad; and Cathleen Grado’s “Wireless World Archive.”