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2010.01.05 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

New UNO Exhibit to Feature Video Installation Artists

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Art Gallery will welcome “Interact,” works by internationally renowned video installation artists Lynn Lukkas and Cynthia Pachikara.

The exhibition runs Jan. 15 through Feb. 19. A lecture by both artists is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14. The opening reception will be held 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15.

The UNO Art Gallery is located inside the Weber Fine Arts Building on the west end of campus. For the exhibition, Lukkas will exhibit Touch Me/Don’t Touch Me, 2009, an interactive digital media installation employing the user’s heartbeat to trigger video and audio projected into two galleries. Touch Me/Don’t Touch Me is the sixth work in the BioSensor Series, which began in 2001. The group of interactive media installations poetically explores phenomenal relationships between mind and body, interior and exterior, and emotional and physical human experience. Housing two interactive user controlled interfaces, the visitor is invited to lay their hands on (to touch) the interface. As they do so, their body’s pulse activates the video image, the audio and the text projected into the gallery environment.

The UNO exhibition will also present two of Pachikara’s recent works. In the installationVertical Horizon(tal), Pachikara combines moving images of headlights, streetlights and starlight to create a puzzle about spatial boundaries. Viewers are invited to interact with the light. “Interact” will also exhibit the project Shadow Catching, where the artist isolated light phenomena from the urban environment and recorded it on tape. In this work, Pachikara represents a city using solely shadows caught on site.

Lukkas is a media artist and associate professor of Experimental and Media Arts in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota. Spanning filmmaking, video installation, interactive media and photography, Lukkas works broadly across media and traditions, weaving forms and ideas into artworks that elucidate subjective human experience.

Pachikara is associate professor of Art and Design at the University of Michigan, where she also holds a joint appointment in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. She has exhibited internationally in venues that include the Mackintosh Museum of Glasgow, Scotland, the Forum for Contemporary Art in St. Louis, Consolidated Works in Seattle, the Fassbender Gallery in Chicago, SPACES in Cleveland, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax, and the Ann Arbor International Film Festival. The UNO Art Gallery, UNO’s Department of Art and Art History and Echotrope are hosting the “Interact” exhibition.

Echotrope, which curated the exhibition, is a nomadic arts group co-founded and co-directed by Jody Boyer and Russ Nordman, faculty in the Department of Art and Art History at UNO. For more information contact Jody Boyer (712-309-5603, jlboyer@unomaha.edu) or Russ Nordman (402-554-3757, rnordman@unomaha.edu).

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