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Art Meets Technology in Electronics Alive VII

Published: January 25, 2013

The use of technology is the common thread between the varied works in Electronics Alive VII, a biennial invitational exhibition at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at The University of Tampa.

The exhibition will run Jan. 29 through Feb. 23 and includes computer animations, interactive digital works and virtual spaces. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The exhibition features works by UT professors as well as artists from across the globe, including Australia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, Taiwan, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States.

UT Assistant Professor of Art Donald Sutherland is exhibiting RoboChrist with Thieves, a still image from a computer animation he is working on. The work consists of eight 12-inch by 13-inch digital prints.

“Each print is part of the completed image, sort of like a mosaic,” said Sutherland, who will also be showing the source animation. “The concept came from a book of published lectures by Lewis Munford titled Art and Technics. It makes a case for worshiping machines and the cost on the human spirit.”

Dozens of short and experimental films will be on continuous view throughout the exhibition, including the 2012 Academy Award winner for Best Animated Short Film, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg of Moonbot Studios.

In addition, several exhibiting artists will offer lectures or presentations during the exhibition:

  • Jan. 29, 6 p.m., Gallery Talk by DPrime Research’s Biopoiesis project researchers Carlos Castellanos and Steven Barnes.
  • Jan. 31, 2 p.m., Gallery Talk by German artist Philipp Engelhardt.
  • Feb. 7, 7 p.m., UT Associate Professor of Art Santiago Echeverry will curate an evening of innovative films and projects at Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City Campus.
  • Feb. 19, 2 p.m., Gallery Talk by Colombian artist, lecturer and writer Carmen Gil Vrolijk.
  • Feb. 22, 6 p.m. Gallery Talk by Theory Animation animator and UT alumnus David Andrade.
The gallery is located at the R.K. Bailey Art Studios, 310 North Boulevard, and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. There is no charge for admission.

For more information, go to or contact Dorothy Cowden, gallery director, at or (813) 253-6217.