For one night only, the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum hosted the UTSA New Media Collective “Slap and Tickle.” The collective was a group exhibition and performance created by our very own UTSA students. The collective was directed by Professor Mark McCoin and include undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Art and Art History. Students from the course explored the integration of live digital sound, video performance, movement and sculpture. This event was free and open to the public.
The definition of “slap” is to cause to strike sharply and loudly and “tickle” is to tease or excite pleasurably.”Slap and Tickle” explore the ways that contemporary art can both provoke and persuade the viewer into an intensified beauty or social understanding.
Through these installations, video works and live performances, artists were able to share their submissions of both “slaps and tickles.” Using individual inspirations, more than a dozen artists experimentally took on cultural topics, sound, movement, and personal narratives.
Beginning at 7 p.m., there were a series of scheduled live interdisciplinary performances, which include a group ensemble of “Slap and Tickle,” an interpretive contortionist, and creative works. This event was just the first of many to come to the Blue Star. March is CAM, Contemporary Art Month, and Blue Star will have a free opening reception Thursday, March 6 from 6-9 p.m. Blue Star will feature awe-inspiring performances and exhibitions for the public to enjoy.