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Gateway students participate in BLINK installation

Published on Oct 10, 2019

Gateway Community & Technical College’s Urban Metro Campus is an official BLINK location in the Covington Zone. Part of this installation includes work of four Gateway computer and information technology students, Joe Thompson, Momoka Kinder, Brandon Burnett and Nathaniel Kampsen.

The installation titled Pixels at an Exhibition was created by local artists Lisa Koepke and Patrick Down, founders of the Creative Coding meet up group. This meet up group is designed for people interested in all types of creative coding. Since 2016, the group meets regularly, examining the intersection of art and digital technologies.

Kinder and Kampsen helped create the Clappy Pig portion of the installation. This is a sound-activate game where participants can stand in front of the microphone and either clap or make a sound and try to get the high score.

Thompson and Burnett created the Video Corner, showing a series of video loops referencing colors and inspirations from the Art Works murals.

Gateway hosted a BLINK Preview event on Wednesday, October 9, where guests were able to see the installation first-hand. BLINK at Gateway was made possible through community support.

“We are a fixture of this region and this community, and as such, have a distinct pleasure of being a site for BLINK 2019,” said Dr. Fernando Figueroa, Gateway president.

Gateway faculty collaborates with industry leaders to continually improve teaching practices, curriculum, and student job placement.

“So, because of faculty relationships with industry leaders, a few of our computer information technology students had the opportunity to assist in an art installation that will be seen by millions,” said Figueroa. “With the pace of change – be it through innovation, disruption, technology evolution- now faster than ever, our faculty and students are not only keeping up, but outpacing others. BLINK is one example of that.”

Artists from all over the country work on installation concepts with a hope to have their work featured as part of BLINK. Gateway was able to give local artists and students a space to exhibit their art.

About BLINK: BLINK is one of the largest light, art and projection mapping events in the nation. Returning October 10-13, 2019, this free four-day event takes place in downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, spanning more than 30 city blocks and crossing the historic John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge over the Ohio River. BLINK will turn the region into an outdoor art museum with large-scale projection mapping installations, murals, and immersive art.

Food and beverages are available at the event. No tickets are required. Hours run from 7 – 11 p.m. each night.