BioPresence Exhibition Fall 2015


This themed, new media art exhibition will include animations, robotic art, internet art, tactical media, sound artworks, maps, digital art, installation, video and algorithmic approaches to sensing and representing non-human beings. It will be held at the Ohio State University main campus and the Mote Galleries on High Street, in Columbus, Ohio.

The exhibition will begin at the Mote Galleries on November 16, 2015 with selected, invited artists. From December 9th through the 16th, BioPresence will expand into a large-scale exhibition in the Hopkins Hall Gallery and throughout the building. It will include a listening room for audio artworks selected for the juried show: BioPresence – Bioacoustic Urbanscapes. Opening celebration 5pm – 8pm, Wednesday December 9th  in the lobby of Hopkins Hall.

Participating artists include: Jessica Ann, Katherine BennettAllison Semele Blair, Matt Lewis, William RandallKen Rinaldo, TrademarkDoo-Sung YooAmy Youngs and many more.

Students, staff and faculty are invited to submit artwork to this new media art exhibition that reveals and considers the presence of biological beings in the unique urban habitat of the Ohio State University. Apply to the Audio Art portion of the show here by December 3. Jurying of the new media art show will take place in Hopkins Hall on December 8th, 2015.

Learn more about the BioPresence #AnimalOSU project and the people involved.

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Map Detailing Locations of the Works




Scholarship Opportunity!

Apply for this, you could win money and a show!

Call for Entries: John Fergus Family Scholarship Application

Application Deadline: December 1, 2015 at 5:00PM

The John Fergus Family Scholarship is available to full time undergraduate (12 credit hours) and graduate students (8 credit hours) at The Ohio State University, with all fees paid in full for Autumn Semester of this year. Eligible students must be enrolled in a degree-granting, studio based major in the Departments of Art; Arts Administration, Education and Policy; History of Art; or Design. All undergraduate students must have passed the portfolio review for an Art BA or BFA or for a Design BSD; or have been formally accepted into the Art Education BAE, BA in Arts Management program; or declared an Art BA Major prior to Spring Semester of this academic year.

Finalists will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship applied to their student account for materials and will exhibit selected work in a group exhibition in January 2016 at Urban Arts Space. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit works that will not be, or have not been, exhibited in The Arts Initiative galleries, Urban Arts Space and Hopkins Hall Gallery. Selected work must be available for the exhibit on January 19 – 30, 2016. Inability to provide work selected for the exhibition could result in disqualification and your award being rescinded. Information regarding participation in the exhibition will be emailed to the student’s Ohio State email address after the selection process. Awards will be determined through a blind-review by a jury of faculty members from the Arts.

Your eligibility and adherence to these guidelines will be verified prior to adjudication. Make sure you carefully read and follow all guidelines and instructions. Submissions that do not adhere to each aspect of these guidelines, or are submitted after the deadline, will not be eligible. A list of award recipients will be posted once adjudication is complete.


Questions: Please contact Kelly McNicholas at or 614 292 8095.

Events This Week

There is a free workshop that we (​BioPresence<> and Art Department) are hosting for students, faculty and staff. Thursday, Oct 29, 2pm – 4pm – Making Music With Animal Recordings – David Rothenberg will teach us how to transform digitized animal vocalizations into electronic music for humans to enjoy. Meet us in the Department of Art computer lab in Hopkins Hall, room 180. He will be using audio samples from the Borror Lab of Bioacoustics and manipulating them with the software Ableton Live and Amadeus, which we have installed on the lab computers temporarily. Please share with your students and friends who have an interest in this. It will be first come, first served. We have 20 seats in the computer lab. You are welcome to bring your own laptop – just download the free demo versions of Ableton Live and Amadeus.

And there are so many great art events happening this week!

WED & THURS – talk and workshop by David Rothenberg:

Making Music With Animals

Lecture/Performance: Oct 28th, 2015 at 4:30pm –  Music More than Human –  David Rothenberg will be presenting a free lecture on his work at the Wexner Center for the Arts<>.

Workshop: Oct 29, 2015 from 2pm – 4pm – Making Music With Animal Recordings – David Rothenberg will teach us how to transform digitized animal vocalizations into electronic music for humans to enjoy. Meet us in the Department of Art computer lab in Hopkins Hall, room 180.

Philosopher, musician and long­time editor of the ecological journal T​erra Nova,​ David Rothenberg<> has, for many years now, been pursuing a project to play music with other living species: birds, whales, insects and others. He has written about the project in a series of award­ winning books, including W​hy Birds Sing​ (2006), T​housand ­Mile  Song​(2010),​ [rothenberg] Survival of the Beautiful: Art, Science and Evolution​(2013), and B​ug Music (2014). H​is latest CD featuring live performances with nightingales is​ B​erlin Bülbül,​made together with​ Korhan Erel,​ came out in June of 2015.

Rothenberg’s visit is sponsored by the Humanities Institute as part of the 2015­16 COMPAS discussion theme on Sustainability. It is co­sponsored by the Living Culture Initiative (Art), the School of Music, ​BioPresence<> (a project of Animal Worlds in the Arts, Sciences and the Humanities), and the Borror Laboratory of BioAcoustics.

FRIDAY – closing reception & performances of Interventions at the Pearl Conrad Gallery in Mansfield, OH:

The Fuse Factory’s annual juried exhibition proudly presents technology-based new media and digital arts, along with a series of hand-on art workshops and lectures. The exhibition runs from Friday, September 28 2015 to October 30 2015 at the Pearl Conard Art Gallery, located on The Ohio State University at Mansfield campus. The exhibition’s closing reception is Friday, October 30 2015 at the Pearl Conard Art Gallery from 7-9pm.

Our 2015 exhibition explores the theme of INTERVENTIONS featuring artists’ works that examine how scientific methodology intervenes between art and science; how art contributes to scientific research; how technological interventions create artistic spectacles within the intersection of art and technology; the aesthetic discourses between the natural and the technological/”unnatural”; and the use of technological interventions in which organic objects/beings integrate with inorganic mechanical systems and interspecies, to name a few.