Venues

My scholarly activities and exhibitions sought to engage peers and experts of media studies and the digital arts in international venues.   My work also sought sustained engagement with communities, through venues with specific programming for local areas.  The selected venues depicted below were curated exhibitions -- programmed and juried by subject matter experts.  The publications were reviewed by peers in the appropriate fields.

2014 TechFest
Mumbai, India

TechFest is one of Asia’s largest science and technology festivals promoting innovation at the intersection of academia, research, industry, and the arts.   TechFest annually draws 100,000 people, with a reach of over 2300 colleges across India and over 500 overseas.  The programming sought artwork that demonstrated experimental forms of projection and projection mapping.  Overlooked 2.0 was a featured  art installation that drew hundreds of visitors engaged in ‘sustained viewing.’  As an invited speaker, I addressed the different ways that digitally mediated forms — and in particular experimental projection — can augment or fracture perceptual experiences.



2017 Dubai Art Week
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Woven Heritage ( نسيج ثقافي ) International Miniature Printmaking Exhibition, under the patronage of Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, is hosted by Al Serkal Arts District in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  The international exhibition of fine art printmaking explored the concept of sharing and discovering unique cultures around the world. Artists creatively represented the distinct elements of their heritage from their own perspective, giving visitors a chance to discover and explore multiple cultural perspectives.  2017 Dubai Art Week is an annual event that brings art professionals together from around the globe.

 

 

Queens Museum
NYC

Chance Ecologies, 2016

Chance Ecologies: Queens is an exhibit of new works, artistic gestures and research projects engaging with the undesigned and wild growing landscapes found in post-industrial sites, landfills and other liminal spaces around Queens.  In addition to the exhibition, the series included participatory workshops and public performances (October 16th, 2016) and the Chance Ecologies Symposium (October 23rd, 2016).

Curatorial Statement:  http://www.queensmuseum.org/2016/10/chance-ecologies-queens

 

 

Open Engagement, 2018

Open Engagement 2018 takes on the theme of Sustainability.  In tandem with programming by the Metropolitan Museum of Art,  Open Engagement 2018 includes site interventions with partners across the five boroughs of NYC, and couples the Queens Museum’s conference programming with programming by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.   "While we are thinking broadly about the urgent complexities of sustainability ranging from social, economic, cultural, environmental, educational, and institutional, we are also faced with the issue of our own sustainability as an artist-led project, and in turn, what that means for all of us committed to socially engaged art and social justice practices." Curatorial Statement:  http://openengagement.info/queens-2018/curatorial-statement/

 

 

Union Docs
NYC

UnionDocs (UNDO) is a non-profit Center for Documentary Art that brings together a diverse community of activist artists, experimental media-makers, dedicated journalists, big thinkers, and local partners. The center seeks urgent expressions of the human experience, practical perspectives on the world today, and compelling visions for the future.

 

The event, "Artists and Post-Industrial Urban Wilderness," explored the role of artists and citizens in engaging the history of pollution and neglect that has shaped our current version of urban "nature." As the environment continues to be radically reshaped by human impacts, including globalization and climate change, how can we creatively investigate these fragile landscapes?  And in the face of global mass extinction, how do we create empathy for the forgotten species in our own backyards?

 

 

Barrett Art Center

Poughkeepsie, NY

Barrett Art Center fosters and perpetuates an appreciation of the visual arts in the Mid-Hudson Valley through exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and demonstrations.

 

Digitalia is a national juried exhibition of digitally-created art, including digital painting, computer-based illustration, digitally manipulated photography, fractals and algorithmic imagery, digital manipulations of traditionally-created art, digital montages and collages, mixed media with digital elements, artwork created with mobile devices and apps, and interactive installations. We are interested in work that complicate (implicitly or explicitly) perceived boundaries between "art" and "technology."

 

 

Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge | Cherry Creek Arts
Denver, CO

The Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge seeks painters, glass blowers, wood turners, new media creators, digital artists and more from all over the world who can think beyond tomorrow and see what’s coming Five Years Out.  Through a competitive and collaborative selection process, a jury of regional artists and art professionals award $5,000 commissions to seven finalists. Their pieces are displayed at the annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival and then become part of the innovation collection at Arrow.

 

Cherry Creek Arts Festival is a three-day, world-class and award-winning celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts is enjoyed by 350,000 visitors every year. Special exhibits, demonstrations and interactive family activities on "Artivity Avenue" complement the experience. Along with the annual festival, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival's 501(c)(3) non-profit mission provides art education and outreach programs in local area schools.

 

 

Sierra Arts Gallery
Reno, NV

Sierra Arts is the local regional arts organization dedicated to presenting and promoting the arts—visual, literary, music, dance, and performance—in the community. The arts organization develops new programs and provide facility management for gallery spaces, while giving financial and technical support to artists and arts organizations.

 

Radiator Gallery
Long Island City, NY

RadiatorArts (Radical Mediator for the Arts) is a venue in Long Island City that gives space to artist studios and to Radiator Gallery.  The gallery provides local and international emerging and mid-career curators and artist-curators an opportunity to work with and learn about the operations of a multi-disciplinary organization. Radiator regularly presents contemporary art exhibitions, performances and video programs.

 

 

Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology - Connecticut College
New London, CT
14th Biennial Symposium on Arts and Technology
The aim of the symposium is to create a forum for multidisciplinary dialogue at the intersection of arts, technology and contemporary culture. The symposium brings artists and researchers from a wide range of fields together to engage, interact and share ideas as they present new works, research and performances in a variety of formats.

Fontanilla, E.  "Seær.”  14th Biennial Symposium on Arts & Technology Proceedings.  2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Publications

Mediapolis Journal
Mediapolis is an online journal that creates a venue for discussion at the intersection of urban studies and media studies.  Following in the tradition of open-access scholarship and middle-state publishing, Mediapolis is a site for "small-gauge" scholarship, where contributions have been rigorously edited by subject-area experts, and original research articles have been submitted for peer review.
Fontanilla, E., & Wright, S.N. "Empathy for Place.” Mediapolis, 16 Jan. 2017,
http://www.mediapolisjournal.com/2016/09/empathy-for-place/.

 

 

Scientific Concepts Behind Happiness, Kindness and Empathy in Contemporary Society

This peer-reviewed book provides relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest empirical research findings in the area. The text offers best practices and practical ingredients for living a positive, happy, meaningful and fulfilled life. The book utilizes Positive Psychology and other empirical research from authors across the globe and offers a comprehensive lens into how we can ultimately achieve life satisfaction and success by following these principles and by being kind, gracious and giving. The text appeals to researchers, laypeople and to all those who hope to achieve a more joyful, thoughtful and intentional life.

*Silton, N., & Fontanilla, E. (2018). In N. Silton (Ed.), Scientific concepts behind happiness, kindness and empathy in contemporary society (pp. xx-xx). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

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