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The Seed: MFA Thesis Exhibition by Alvaro Jordan

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"The Seed," a Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition by Alvaro Jordan will be on display March 20-24 in Penn State School of Visual Arts Edwin W. Zoller Gallery. Jordan's work explores the question "Where are our origins, and can they be found in particular memories?". He will give a public artist talk Monday, March 20, 2:00 p.m. A reception will take place Thursday, March 23, 5:30 p.m.

Where are our origins? Can they be found in particular memories? A group of volunteers embraces the task of exploring their personal origins in Alvaro Jordan's show, sharing their intimate memories as a series of video images, which are later edited by the artist. The personal connection that can be found in the act of editing someone else's images is explored in the show in two instances: first, the artist relates to his participants by editing their stories, and then viewers in the gallery can also relate to them through an interactive video editing device. Will a personal connection appear between participants and viewers? Will it appear as they watch Jordan's version of the stories, or when they edit their own? These are the main questions presented by the show.

The Seed also inquires about video language itself: where is the origin of its current success? Jordan explores the idea that it is in the editing where this seed may be found, as he also rehearses a question about the future of this language through a virtual reality piece, where he explores his own origins.



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