A well-attended lecture by Chris Cassidy, associate professor of design and new media and director of graduate studies at UNC-Greensboro, was held at 7 p.m. on September 7 in Kresge Auditorium. Cassidy’s lecture generated much excitement among the students as he discussed his work and the collaborative project with students that will unfold this fall. The collaborative project will be included in his upcoming exhibition, ‘Standing There,” opening January 29, 2012, in the Weems Gallery.
Cassidy proposed the project with Meredith students to "leverage their proximity to the landscapes in and around Raleigh." Starting with a gridded map of the city of Raleigh that extends from the Meredith campus to the downtown area, Cassidy has created 100 collecting kits, each assigned to a numbered grid on the map. Each student will travel to “their” grid on the map, record short videos responding to the location (using smart phone, camcorder, digital SLR camera w/video, etc.) and collect samples from the site while there.
Cassidy will gather the kits and videos at the end of November and then assemble an interactive composite view of Raleigh from the footage and samples. According to Cassidy, “The composite video will be projected within the gallery, and viewers will be able to ‘control’ the playback by touching, opening or closing the boxes.”
The project and exhibition will be most relevant to faculty, staff and students interested in areas of sustainability, geography, history, contemporary technology and art.
We invite students, faculty and staff to participate in this exciting project. The kits, maps and detailed instructions will be available beginning Monday, September 12. The kits will be located on a table near the Weems Gallery in the Gaddy-Hamrick Art Center.
Image shown: “Globequilting” by Chris Cassidy
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