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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.
Nepal Art Council
Established in 1962 as a national institution, Nepal Art Council is a leading non-profit organization focused on promoting arts in Nepal. Spread over an expansive 28,423 sq. ft, NAC provides the finest and most central state-of-the-art gallery space in Kathmandu today.
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.
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/
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
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
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
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.
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.
Loading Dock Gallery
Located in the Western Avenue Studios historic mill complex, the front showcase gallery features a new show every month which highlights the work of 1-2 members, or exhibits a broader spectrum of work in a juried or themed show.
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.
Stormwater Infrastructure Matters (SWIM) is a coalition dedicated to ensuring swimmable and fishable waters around New York City through natural, sustainable stormwater management practices – called green infrastructure – in our neighborhoods. This approach is environmentally and fiscally responsible because it utilizes stormwater, currently viewed as waste, as a resource.
Two public art projects, Cerulean Waters and Listening to Dutch Kills, launched on June 29th, 2019 as part of our Getting to Zero in Dutch Kills Community Action Plan. The two complimentary projects will help build public awareness of the Action Plan and help visualize the current conditions and the community’s vision of a healthier future for the Dutch Kills tributary.
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.
Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics
My article, "Novel Perceptual Phenomena in Reading Mutable Inscription Systems" is currently under review for the journal's special edition in Electronic Literature.
The Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics (also known as JCLA) is a bi-annual academic journal published from India in the field of literature, philosophy and related areas. The journal, published by Vishvanatha Kaviraja Institute of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics since 1977 as its official organ, addresses interdisciplinary and cross-cultural issues in literary understanding and interpretation, aesthetic theories, conceptual analysis of art, literature, philosophy, religion, mythology, history of ideas, literary theory, history, and criticism. It publishes peer-reviewed essays and book reviews ranging across the literary and philosophical traditions of the East and the West.
Co-authored with Dr. Mark Juszczak, the article "Emergence of Manichean Political Rhetoric – Theoretical modeling of Predictive Frameworks" is currently under review for the Society Register.
Society Register is an international peer reviewed journal that publishes in English empirical, conceptual, and theoretical articles that make substantial contributions to the field in all areas of social sciences including sociology, economics, political science, psychology, cultural studies, education, and social policy. SOCIETY REGISTER is published in partnership with the Department of Sociology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. The journal has received honorary patronage of Polish Society of Comparative Pedagogy and Sociological Committee of Poznan Society of Friends of Arts and Sciences.
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