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Newhouse, iSchool Partner to Host a Data-Driven Art Exhibition on Democracy in the Digital Age (Canceled)
[Update, Nov. 19, 2019: This event has been canceled.]
“Democracy in the Digital Age: Does It Exist?” is a data-driven, interactive art exhibition produced by students in the Newhouse School and the School of Information Studies (iSchool) that seeks to provide insight into university students’ consumption of news and social media habits, specifically analyzing how both of those elements intersect to construct a political identity. It is supported by a CUSE Grant.
The exhibition will open with a reception on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Miron Room, 303 Newhouse 1. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be catered by Dinosaur BBQ.
The exhibition is a continuation of last year’s three-part “Social Media and Democracy” symposium series, spearheaded by Professors Regina Luttrell and Jon Glass of Newhouse and Professor Lu Xiao of the iSchool. This year, students in Luttrell’s Public Relations Campaign Planning and Execution course surveyed more than 200 students across U.S. college campuses to understand what democracy means in a social media-driven society. Newhouse and iSchool students then visually interpreted the survey results in a variety of media to create the exhibition, which encourages students to have a conversation about the important issue surrounding the influence of digital media.
“This year, we want to do something different,” Glass says. “Instead of hosting panels about the issue, we asked students to discuss the role social media plays in democracy and politics in their own lives, allowing them to approach the subject in a fresh and personal way.”
The exhibition will also include a virtual reality experience allowing guests to see the survey data come to life, and a playlist that spans five decades of music reflecting the changes in American politics.
Students Sophie Estep, Holly Jones, Jessica Zuk, Daniela Curi and Lillee Bellia coordinated the project. Students Renée Deemer, Yiran Duan, Galen Hogan, Aaron Kassman and Isabel Munoz are the featured artists.
The exhibition will be available for viewing in the Biblio Gallery on the fourth floor of Bird Library from Nov. 19-Jan. 20.
For more information, contact Daniela Curi at 862.371.0512 or email@example.com.