Friday 4 May 5-7pm
IMRC (Innovative Media Research and Commercialization center)
The risks and rewards of a connected life are the theme of the 2018 New Media Night, where New Media seniors present capstones that invite participation on the Internet and in the real world.
Interactive installations and community engagement projects explore how global forces put new pressures on mental and physical health, from the effect of climate change on coral reefs and blueberry barrens, to cyberbullying on Instagram and fear in Virtual Reality, to economics on recycling programs on Earth and colonies on Mars.
Virtual Reality is the medium for works that explore anxieties around heights and meeting someone new. Jack Rideout offers a virtual environment to explore fear of heights, while Ted Scontras and Gene Herrschaft build VR games requiring two players to collaborate. Herrschaft’s ambition to build a virtual environment in which sharing personal thoughts feels as natural as doing so in person was profiled in the recent Wareable article “Can you find love in VR?”
A number of capstones examine the positive and negative impacts of social media, including Brynee Allan’s #WordsHurt2 bracelets that link to instances of online bullying, which have been promoted by the national anti-bullying program Stand for the Silent.
The Wild Blueberry Virtual Museum by Ashley Duggan and Eli Farnham, meanwhile, hopes to preserve and save the wild low-bush blueberry and its farmers from vanishing from Maine forever by sharing the history and nutrition of this unique fruit. The custom stickers they created to promote their cause rose to number 9 in the Apple App Store in the Food & Drink category.
Other capstones explore everything from crowdsourced music production to multi-perspective cinema, to digital fashion. Refreshments will be served at the event. For more information, contact Jon Ippolito (jippolito AT maine DOT edu).