In its 5th year, the Artist-in-Residency program (ARS) brings top media artists to share expertise with WSUV and the local Southwest Washington community. Housed for a semester-length period as "Visiting Artists" with The CMDC Program, these artists teach much needed skills in advanced media art forms, like interactive media, sound-video installations, and 3D visualizations/simulations; mentor local artists in honing careers in digital media; and offer learning opportunities to the local community through workshops, exhibits, and performances. Students who have interacted with these artists have gone on to create 3D simulations for the Vancouver's Downtown Association, high-definition videos for non-profits like the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and advanced programming projects needed for event websites like the Turkey Trot. Besides its educational value, ARS also provides much needed leadership in the media arts through hosted events like the sound installation "Placing", the site specific performance "Between Rooms and Voices" (December 2010); the gallery show, "mediartz" (October 2009); the interactive performance-installation event, "VJ Fleet" (November 2008); and the workshops and artist talks (Fall 2007).
Staying true to its experimental focus, the 2012 DTC Artists in Residence has as its theme "Electronic Music + Indigineous Cultures." Joining us in spring 2012 are performer and composer Rob Melton, visual-audio artist Matt Brislawn, and Canadian multimedia performance musician Jackson 2bears. While at WSUV the three musicians will teach MUS 452 "Electronic Music," teaching students in the CMDC Program how to compose, stage, and perform a multimedia electronic event. Jackson will also host an exhibit of his work and that of his students'at North Bank Artists Gallery, teach a workshop in indigineous culture and music to the SW Washington community, and mentor students interested in pursuing advanced study in music.
The 2012 ARS Program has received support from the the WSU Foundation's CougParents fund; WSUV's College of Liberal Arts and The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program; and North Bank Artists Gallery
Jackson 2bears performing "Iron Tomahawks 2008" at the Banff Centre