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Poetronics (Video Poetry) J-Term course ventured to Chicago

  • Poetronics class pose with Felix sculpture
    Poetronics class pose with Felix sculpture


Jojin Van Winkle

January 30, 2018

The J-Term Poetronics (Video Poetry) class traveled to downtown Chicago on Tuesday, Jan. 23 with art instructor Jojin Van Winkle. They visited the Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago (MCA) and the Video Data Bank (VDB), a video archive located within the School of the Art Institute.

At the MCA, they experienced a range of contemporary art exhibitions: We Are Here, part-three of a major survey exhibition from the Museum’s collection in honor of the Museum’s 50th Anniversary; Paul Pieffer’s two-channel video, Three Figures in a Room; Chicago artist Paul Heyer’s exhibition of paintings and sculptures; Michael Rakowitz’s Backstroke of the West; and Maurizio Cattelan’s large-scale sculpture, Felix (featured in the group photo). The Poetronics students have a wide range of majors including: history, marketing, chemistry, biology, physics, computer science, and psychology. For many of the students, the MCA was their first art museum venture.

In the afternoon, the students met with Zachary Vanes, VBD’s distribution manager, to learn more about this digital media-based archive. They also had a private screening of selected works from the archives, including videos by contemporary artists: Ezra Wube, Julian Isaac, Miranda July, Zhengan Yang, Vanesa Renick, and Akram Zaatrari.

Are you curious about Poetronics? If so, you are invited to attend the screening of selected works created by Poetronics class from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1 in the Christman Pavilion Theater of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences. The artworks include the use of moving images with text, voice, audio effects, and music. Some of the artworks are narrative, some address social concerns, others are visually lyrical, humorous and/or conceptual. The students created the videos in Adobe Spark and Adobe Premiere Pro.