Foreman Gallery to Host 'The Trickster Project'

September 9, 2009

Duane McDiarmid, Ohio University Associate professor of art, sculpture & expanded practice will bring The Trickster Project to Hartwick College during the month of September, 2009.

With the assistance of Hartwick students, McDiarmid will assemble and install the Trickster, an autonomous solar-powered platform that runs a freezer, array of cameras and computer interface in Hartwick's Foreman Gallery exhibition space.

Through a series of interdisciplinary workshops, McDiarmid will lead students and others through the creation of new content of their own authorship based on the questions and narratives the Trickster Project provokes. Students will gain increased understanding of the use of information culture, the production of physical sculptures and technology configurations, and the development of fictional scenarios that they create through writing, digital manipulation, drawings, video, and performance.

"Trickster is a primal, almost campfire-like discourse about what we do with this almost magical technology. We can do this amazing thing: give out ice cream in the desert. But is that the right amazing thing to do?" said McDiarmid of a recent incarnation of the project at the Santa Fe Art Institute.

Workshops will be held September 15 through September 17 and September 24 in the Foreman Gallery. McDiarmid will present a formal lecture in the Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre at 4:30 p.m. on September 24. An opening reception in the Foreman Gallery will be held that evening from 5:30-7 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Foreman Gallery Exhibit Coordinator Nancy Golden at 607-431-4575 or

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,480 students, located in Oneonta, NY in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive Liberal Arts in Practice curriculum merges traditional liberal arts study, personalized teaching, and experiential learning approaches to emphasize Connecting the Classroom to the World. Add to that a wide range of off-campus internships, collaborative research, study-abroad opportunities, and a unique January Term, and Hartwick prepares students for the world ahead. Strong financial aid and scholarship programs keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Christopher Lott
Phone: 607-431-4030