ISSUED: 2 January 2018
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s Phaze 2 Gallery is hosting an interactive digital media installation by artist Nick LeJeune, an instructor of cross-media studio art at Fairmont State University, January 16-February 11. An exhibition reception is scheduled for Thursday, February 1, from 4-7 p.m. A workshop and demonstration in digital art software platforms will take place on Friday, February 2, at noon.
LeJeune said his show will have three interactive kiosks that will take in video and sound information from webcams and microphones and will convert that into digital raw sound and back again.
“What we’ll be seeing are projections of this conversion process,” LeJeune said. “Also on the laptops I show the computer code running and present copies of the code that I’ve written to produce these kinds of effects.”
The result of this process is brightly colored abstract frames of art that are projected onto the wall.
“You’ll be able to interact with the webcams and you’ll be able to come into the gallery and stomp your feet and jingle your keys,” LeJeune said. “It takes in that information and makes imagery on the walls.”
LeJeune hopes those who come to the exhibit see what kind of imagery they can make with the sounds they create.
“In the gallery you have this wonderful cacophony of sounds,” he said. “Different people coming in and having different timbres of their voice. Various size people make different sounds and it all comes together. A wonderful interactive experience is what I want everybody to have.”
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday noon-7 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or by special request.
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