Screen Capture


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Screen Capture

From the first moment that fire projected shadows onto the cave wall, people have used various types of screens to exhibit images and information. Today, we live in a society dominated by “screen culture.” We spend our days with screens: working with computers, texting on cell phones, relaxing with television, navigating by GPS, being distracted by moving billboards, and going to the movies. The ubiquity of screens in our lives obscures how different types of screens actually operate, both technologically and culturally. This exhibition explores the evolution of this screen culture and its myriad possibilities in transmission.

Screen Capture will present artwork that utilizes and explores the development of the screen as a platform for exhibition. This encompasses both low-tech and high-tech methods for transmitting images to a viewer via a “screen,” from flashlights, shadow puppets, and slide projectors, to computer monitors, cell phone screens, and large scale film projection. We encourage submissions from all artists using a screen to exhibit their work, and welcome artwork that pushes the boundaries with new and creative interpretations of the format.

The curators also welcome proposals for a very special BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) event on the closing night of the exhibition. Participants in this salon-style event are asked to bring their own mode of projection.

This exhibition runs May 2 through May 8, 2012 in the Media Theater in Art Building West on the University of Iowa Campus.

Submissions must be received by email March 31, 2012 and include:

• A project description of no more than 250 words.
• List of tech needs; please note if you can provide your own equipment.
• 1-2 page CV/resume
• Notification by April 11 and confirmation required by April 20. Work must be delivered by April 30.
• Digital support materials, such as URLs (preferred), images, and video files sent by email. Larger submissions may be sent using an online file transfer service such as DropSend.

Curated by students in Media Art Lab, a course in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa.