Video Art students hold gallery show


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Students peruse the Feldman-Horn Gallery to view their peers’ video art projects.

Kriste An

Video Art III students hosted a gallery show featuring immersive audiovisual art installations in Feldman-Horn Gallery on Jan. 19. The exhibition, titled “The DUALITY of REALITY,” showcased an array of productions, each ranging from two to 10 minutes, played back-to-back.

Visual Arts teacher Reb Limerick said the purpose of the gallery show was to provide students with an opportunity to share their work with the rest of the school community. Limerick said they are proud of their students for willingly grappling with difficult themes including gender, race and sexual assault.

“The purpose of the gallery show was to showcase socially-engaged audiovisual art installations created by each of the nine students in my [Video Art III] class,” Limerick said. “The challenge was to design immersive looping multimedia experiences that engaged with a societal issue. Students grappled with themes of gender, race, physical and mental health, police violence, sexual assault, past and present, war and peace, love, family, domesticity, companionship, stereotypes, the cultural impacts of media and perceptions and explorations of self. I hope audience members spent time engaging with the work. I am beyond proud of my students for [their work].”

Kaelyn Choi ’22, one of the nine students who were featured at the show, said her project was built to reflect her experiences with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

“My project, titled ‘Omnidirectional Communication Device,’ is centered around my experiences with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD),” Choi said. “The installation is set in an environment that resembles a therapy waiting room, featuring a futuristic device that allows you to look inside my mind and OCD’s impact on my daily life. I’ve always loved stories and video games with choose-your-own-adventure plot lines, so I wanted to replicate that [in] my project.”

Choi said she hopes her project was able to educate others and minimize stereotypes surrounding OCD.

“I hope my project was able to educate others about the various stereotypes surrounding OCD,” Choi said. “As someone who struggles with OCD on a daily basis, I wanted to do my part and help spread awareness, given the abundance of incorrect stereotypes that surround the condition.”

Sophia Vourakis ’24 said she was impressed with the quality of the projects on display, and she is grateful that the school has opened such a space for students to display their work.

“It was an inspiring experience, viewing my peers’ projects and taking a glimpse into their creative minds,” Vourakis said. “The array of projects on show [was] truly impressive, and I am glad that the school opened a space for students to share their projects with the greater community in such a manner. It was an enlightening experience, and I look forward to attending similar events in the future.”

The gallery show will be open for students and faculty members to visit in Feldman-Horn Gallery through Jan. 28.