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Media as Medium

October 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Center For Visual Arts Gallery (CVA)

Social media is unavoidable in 2022. We are all in different social media spaces every day. For some of us it’s texting or Zoom, while others use Snapchat or Instagram. Social media has shaped culture from its inception, but in recent years it has become increasingly tempestuous in often dangerous ways. Just like abstaining from voting is an affirmation of the status quo, disengaging from social media cultures signals an
acceptance of its voices and where it is today.

For our civility week project, we will create space for collaborations that imagine social media space for what it could be, not what it has become. Our workshop will invite participants to help us generate a list of the most damaging aspects of social media. Using lectures, case studies, readings, and discussion, we will then learn about the ideas, hopes and questions cultural figures had about digital design in the early days of the internet. Will we use that to address the social media issues we identified with for a renewed optimism that civic and civil space if we create them together.

The conversations and ideas generated in the workshop will become the basis for a gallery exhibition in Spring 2023. Students will use our Civility Week workshop as a starting point to create models that represent their ideal vision for social media space. Building on the traditional ideas of space that designers are taught, we will imagine that the space of social media can be approached as a medium, a material with an interiority and exteriority. We are curious to see if social media spaces that have created divisive and polarizing conditions can be creatively engaged by us, together, to imagine more equitable, innovative, hopeful, and loving social possibilities that we want our future
generations to inherit.

We invite you to join our discussion in this upcoming Fall 2022 Civility Week and the collectively conceived gallery show at the Center for Visual Arts, Spring 2023 that will take your contributions and unfold them into a wonderful gallery experience to ponder the possibilities.

*Registration Required: Limited by Gallery seating

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Presented by: Elisa Elorza, Professor, Art
Trent Welcome, Professor, Graphic Design

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October 20
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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