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Interactive Art Exhibit Features CHASS Faculty, Students

Tunnel Vision will be on display.

A cutting-edge interactive art exhibition is opening at Raleigh’s Contemporary Art Museum, and faculty and students from the college’s interdisciplinary Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media (CRDM) doctoral program are among the artists.

ID:ENTITY is a group exhibition that explores the complex dichotomy between the public and private versions of “self.” Radical changes are emerging at the technical, cultural, and aesthetic intersections of contemporary life due to the speed and prevalence of digital media. The exhibit looks at the changes that occur between the boundaries of the self and the world.

Making its museum premiere is CRDM doctoral student David Gruber and English Professor David Rieder’s Tunnel Vision, an interpretation of Mark Strand’s poem, The Tunnel. Their piece uses a web cam with motion-tracking software that enables viewers to experience an externalized projection of themselves on the screen–selves that become linked to the words from Strand’s poem. The work contributes to a type of experimental writing known as cybertext. Strand’s poem and a scholarly essay about their work will be displayed alongside this interactive work.

NC State’s College of Design and its Department of Art+Design are also involved in ID:ENTITY.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, Nov. 18, from 6:00–9:00 pm in conjunction with CAM Raleigh’s Third Friday event. The reception is open to the public and free with museum admission. The exhibition will run from Nov. 18 – Feb. 13, 2012.