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Emerson College’s Urban Arts Program of the School of the Arts presents Electric Pilgrims

BOSTON, MA (September 23, 2015)—Emerson College announced today that its School of the Arts will host a video projection event titled Electric Pilgrims on Saturday, October 17, 2015, 7:00­­–9:30 pm, in conjunction with Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC) and the 36th Annual Fort Point Open Studios. An immersive visual arts experience, Electric Pilgrims will take place outside, at Midway Studioslocated at 15 Channel Center Street, Boston. It is free; no reservations are required. (Rain date: Sunday, October 18).

Electric Pilgrims will include a variety of video projections that will illuminate Channel Center Street, featuring sound, live light projections, an interactive television wall, and video and slide projections on screens and across the buildings in a spectacular installation. The centerpiece of the multimedia experience will be a main screen that will showcase four video projections by Emerson College filmmakers, alumni, and colleagues including Interim Dean of the School of the Arts Robert Sabal, visual and audio media artist Andrew Neumann, New York and Boston media artist T. Marie, and St. Louis artist Van McElwee.

Approximately 20 projections throughout Electric Pilgrims will feature works from the Urban Screen at Emerson’s Paramount Center with projections by Jim Campbell, San Francisco; Santiago Cucullu, Argentina-Milwaukee; John Craig Freeman, Boston (EC); Brian Knep, Boston; James Manning, Boston; Bruce Pearson, New York; John Powell, Boston; Erwin Redl, Austria; and Aldo Tambellini, Boston.

Electric Pilgrims launches Emerson’s Urban Arts Program, an initiative of Emerson College’s School of Arts to develop the visual arts as a vital component of the College’s arts profile. It is the first of three visual arts displays that the School of the Arts will present in 2015-2016. Joseph Ketner, Distinguished Curator-in-Residence for Visual and Media Arts (VMA) and Henry and Lois Foster Chair in Contemporary Art at Emerson College, who curates Electric Pilgrims, says, “I’m very excited to announce that Emerson College is developing its visual arts program for the public, Emerson Urban Arts. I am pleased to be spearheading this effort and introducing a new visual arts program to Boston. It is significant that our endeavor begins with a collaboration with FPAC, which operates the longest- running Open Studio program in the Commonwealth.” 

Thank you to David G. Breen and VDA Productions for their technical expertise on Electric Pilgrims and their continued support of Emerson College.

More about the featured artists of Electric Pilgrims:

7:15 pm Van McElwee, Electric Pilgrims, on the main screen Van McElwee is Professor of Electronic and Photographic Media at Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri. His body of work includes more than 50 video installations and single channel works that have been exhibited over the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has won numerous grants and awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship; The American Film Institute Independent Filmmaker Award; the National Endowment for the Arts Independent Production Fund; and a travel grant from the Government of India. McElwee’s work is represented by Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis; The Kitchen in New York; Heure Exquise! in France; Inter Media Art Institute in Germany; LUX in the United Kingdom; and Galerie Trabant, Austria.

7:30 pm Andrew Neumann, Craneology, on the main screen Andrew Neumann is a visual and audio media artist, who works in a transmedia practice. His video work involves the found and videographed sites that challenge formal and conceptual notions of video. Neumann is an alumnus of Emerson College, Class of 1981, and performs widely as a computer musician.

7:45 pm Robert Sabal, Passing Through, on the main screen Rob Sabal is the Interim Dean of the School of Arts at Emerson College. He is a filmmaker and media production educator. With an MFA from Northwestern University, he has taught film and video production at St. Edward’s University, Trinity University (San Antonio), the University of Arizona, the University of Texas-Austin, and at Emerson College. Sabal has produced more than 20 films that have been screened at national and international film festivals. 

8:00 pm T. Marie, The American, on the main screen (3-D glasses distributed) T. Marie Dudman is a transdisciplinary artist and an assistant professor in the animation program at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her recent works involve “time-based pixel painting,” which are moving digital paintings created through a unique process T. Marie developed that works with the intrinsic properties of a pixel. Her works have screened and/or exhibited internationally, including thirteen films with world premieres at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. In 2013–2014, T. Marie was awarded a Radcliffe-Harvard Film Studies Fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advance Studies at Harvard University. In 2007, T. Marie was selected as one of the “Best New Young Artist in the U.S.” by the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Arts in New York.

About Emerson College Located in Boston, Massachusetts, opposite the historic Boston Common and in the heart of the city’s Theatre District, Emerson College educates individuals who will solve problems and change the world through engaged leadership in communication and the arts, a mission informed by liberal learning. The College has 3,750 undergraduates and 750 graduate students from across the United States and 50 countries. Supported by state-of-the-art facilities and a renowned faculty, students participate in more than 90 student organizations and performance groups. Emerson is known for its study and internship programs in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, the Netherlands, London, China, and the Czech Republic. For more information, visit

About Emerson’s School of the Arts The School of the Arts at Emerson College is a community of artists, professionals, and scholars committed to educating students to bring vision, commitment, sophistication, and courage to their crafts. Students study Writing, Literature and Publishing; Visual and Media Arts; Performing Arts; or Comedic Arts.


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