New Hillestad exhibition inspired by grad seminar

Dec 13th, 2012 | By | Category: 2012, Arts & Entertainment, Dec. 13, Issue

“Parallel Circuits,” an exhibition that evolved from a graduate seminar course, Design Perspectives and Issues, is on display at the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery.

With an emphasis on the evolution of “Do It Yourself” movement and advancements in technology, students explored the DIY culture examining historical and contemporary texts, including how-to instructional magazines, online video tutorials and personal experimentation. Students learned how to create soft circuits, dissect electronic devices, and investigate new technology like muscle wire and conductive thread.

The exhibition features work by students, faculty and invited artists, emphasizing the importance of the senses: sight, hearing and touch. Wendy Weiss, professor of textiles, clothing and design and director of the Hillestad Gallery, directed the seminar. Participating students are: Adrienne Anderson and Lindsay Ducey of Omaha; Samuel Berner of Rockville, Md.; Gregory Scott Cook of Murray, Ky.; and Molly J. McPherson of Glen Lyon, Pa.; with additional work by Bryan Day, Jay Kreimer and Weiss.

Little Bits, an open source library of electronic modules that snap together, provided a starter kit for demonstration in the gallery. Visitors will have a chance to build their own snap-together circuits at a workspace set up in the gallery. The products are designed for ages 8 and older.

The collection is on display through Jan. 18. An artist reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 11. The gallery is located on the second floor of the Home Economics Building.

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