COLLIDER 4: SPECTACLE presents merging subtexts of high culture and mass culture performance within the interactive realm of New Media. An umbrella term encompassing a vast genre conjoining design practices and fine art, New Media is struggling to contain its continuously expanding and evolving definition. SPECTACLE is the fourth exhibition and latest presentation in the COLLIDER series. Immersing visitors in contemporary interactive and media artwork, inviting all to participate, play, and ponder.


COLLIDER 4: SPECTACLE kinect cube:
Kinect, Microsoft’s motion sensing input device for the Xbox 360, was launched in November 2010. Gameplay was forever changed as the controller-free device enable full body gaming – the body is the controller. Adafruit industries offered a bounty to the first person who would create an open-source driver for the Kinect. The potential for the device extended beyond Microsoft’s original scope. The democratization of the drivers allowed for the paradigm shift created by the Kinect to transcend from just a game controller to a medium for exploration allowing the creation of interactivevisuals, sublime performances and immersive experience in the context of art, dance, theatre and design.


The works showcased at the Kinect Cube during COLLIDER4: SPECTACLE are a sampling of the incredible projects being developed for the Kinect by artists, designers, makers and technologists worldwide. At the center of all the works in the Kinect Cube is the body of the viewer. SwimBrowser explores the alternate navigation of an internet browser thru the metaphor of swimming. BodyType allows the creation of a typeface with your body. Earth Terrain: Efecto Mariposa explores the butterfly effect and poetically links the actions of the viewer to a virtual landscape. Visit COLLIDER4: SPECTACLE to see these and other works showcased on rotation at the Kinect Cube.


Myers School of Art, The University of Akron


The nationally known Emily Davis Gallery has a long history of presenting engaging exhibitions of emerging and established contemporary artists. It is the main visual, fine arts exhibition space of The University of Akron. The gallery is located in the center of Folk Hall which houses the Myers School of Art. Comprised of two, separate exhibition levels, the Emily Davis Gallery programs about 12 exhibitions every year. The exhibitions are curated by the director of the galleries, a faculty exhibitions committee, guest curators, and usually includes one all-faculty and one juried student exhibition per year.


Gallery Address:
150 E. Exchange St.
Akron, OH 44325


Gallery Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Wednesday, Thursday: 10am to 8pm


Co-curator – Tony Samangy


Tony Samangy is Assistant Professor in Graphic design at The University of Akron with a focus in Interface, Interaction and
Motion Design.


Co-curator – Rod Bengston
Director of University Galleries


Co-curator – Markus Vogl


Markus Vogl is Assistant Professor in Graphic design at The University of Akron with a focus in interactive art and design, web design and New Media Art.


Guest-curator – Kinect cube – Margarita Benitez


Margarita Benitez is Assistant Professor in Fashion design and the Fashion technologist at Kent State University with a focus in interactive art, art and technology, wearables, fibers, and Fashion Design.


Melissa Dunfee
Graduate Assistant


Roza Haidet
Graduate Assistant


Crystal Davis
Graduate Assistant


Erica Thompson
Graduate Assistant


Dominic Falcione
Sculpture and Metals Instructional Support


Kareem Taftaf
Web Support


Exhibition Support


The University of Akron’s Department of Computer Science
The University of Akron’s School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration
The University of Akron’s Myers School of Art
The Fashion School – Kent State University


Thanks to:


Bob Huff – Director – Myers School of Art
Neil Sapienza – Dean – Wayne College
Frances Donatelli – School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration
Cyndee Snider – Office of the Dean – Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
Stacey Ketcham
design x nine – Justin, Adam, David, Joe, Chris
Megan, Sammie and Lauren

And all the COLLIDER artists and alumni.





Myers School of Art
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325

Primary Gallery:

Emily Davis Gallery
Folk Hall
150 E Exchange St, Akron OH 44325

Satelite Location A:

Honors College
Orr Residence Hall
180 S College St, Akron OH 44325

Satelite Location B:

Emerging Technologies Lab
Bierce Library
Buchtel Common, Akron OH 44325


The Collider Exhibition Series examines the impact, implications and inspiration of the phenomenon generally categorized under the umbrella term New Media within the design practice and fine arts.

The theme for Collider :: C4 this year is spectacle.

spectacle refers to an event that is memorable for the appearance it creates.

Spectacle operates in two contexts simultaneously. On the one hand, it refers to high culture (drama, movies) performances where the draw for an audience is the impressive visual accomplishment. On the other hand, it refers to low cultural shows operating in a folk environment. These can range from the freak show to folk drama to tableau and beast-plays.


Exhibition Dates:

March 19, 2012 - April 13, 2012

Opening Reception Emily Davis Gallery:

March 20, 2012 at 4:30 - 8:00 P.M.

Elliot Earls Lecture:

March 26, 2012 at 7:30 P.M.

Golan Levin Lecture:

April 3, 2012 at 7:30 P.M.

Mark Amerika Lecture:

April 9, 2012 at 7:30 P.M.