Each year, Terminal awards four artists an award to help in the completion of internet based art works. Funding is made possible by the generous support of the Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University. Special thanks go to this year's jurors, xtine burrough and Stephanie Rothenberg.
Benjamin Grosser, an artist and a composer, is currently pursuing an MFA in New Media at the University of Illinois. Previously he earned degrees in music composition from Illinois before moving to the Beckman Institute, where he directed the Imaging Technology Group. His artistic work has been covered widely in the online press, including articles on Boing Boing, the Make Blog, Engadget, Fast Company, and Juxtapoz. The Huffington Post said of his Interactive Robotic Painting Machine that "Grosser may have unknowingly birthed the apocalypse." The St. Louis Riverfront Times called his music “very loud and ugly.”
project: The Facebook Demetricator
This software will enable Facebook's users to utilize the site as they always have, but without any of the parenthetical quantifiers that populate the interface. They'll see who their friends are, but would have to count them by hand to know how many the have. They'll be able to see who comments on their status, but will only see their names instead of their aggregate value.
Jillian Mcdonald lives and works in New York and Canada. Her work in performance, video, and new media has been show in venues such as Edith Russ Haus in Germany, Montehermoso in Spain, the Western Front in Canada, Lilith Performance Studio in Sweden, and Hallwalls in Buffalo. She lectures regularly about her work across North America and beyond, and teaches at Pace University. Since 2006 she has watched an unhealthy amount of horror films.
project: Horror Stories
Horror Stories is a web project that enables a personally tailored and/or collaborative film-making experience. The work is not a film per se, it is a contemporary update and visual equivalent to ghost stories told around the campfire. Web visitors are invited to make choices based on various parameters including monsters, location, mood, weather, etc, and the compiled story is displayed as a custom mini horror film.
Through an interdisciplinary practice spanning performance, video, collaborative actions, and installation, Angela Washko investigates how attitudes and stereotypes regarding the representation of women manifest in narratives within media, advertising, and video games. In response to an environment in which everything from women to sunshine have been commodified, she creates playfully critical videos which highlight the absurdity of accepting a feminine identity built on purchases and representations of women in the media. Frequently deconstructing objects that have already been introduced into culture, her works are a call-to-action, bringing light to patterns and habits we have implicitly disregarded and demanding a drastic attitude change in our collective consciousness.
project: Founding the 'Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness' in World of Warcraft.
I, among many other female gamers (2) frequently witnessed offensive, exploitative, and explicit language used to discuss women in World of Warcraft. This project aims to bring light to these isolated communities and their bizarre social climates residing in epic virtual landscapes – communities that are blatantly politically incorrect, frequently abusive, and characterized by application-based guilds filled with fascinating hierarchies. The final result will be a series of videos documenting my in-game actions and performances.
Angela Watters is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Carbondale, Illinois. She received her B.F.A. in Photography from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and her M.F.A. from Columbia College Chicago. She was a recipient of the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation fellowship in 2005 and 2006. As founding member and lead organizer of The Foster Collective she organized a collective response to the 2010 Gulf oil spill on gas station paper towels. This summer she will have a solo show at ACRE projects in Chicago and be artist-in-residence at the Luminary Center in St. Louis.
project: The Poorhouse/______Million Dollar Home
The Poorhouse/ _______Million Dollar Home is a multi- disciplinary experiment in radical wealth redistribution. The project examines the student loan debt problem and the inequities of the art market using sculpture, performance, photography, and new media.