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MICA Student Gives Web Users A Unique Position Of Power Through An Interactive Web-Based Performance Video

Monday, March 10 through Friday, April 11; Reception: Wednesday, March 12 from 5–7 p.m

Posted 02.22.08 by MICA Media Relations

In a new student exhibition at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), fifteen minutes gives Web surfers a unique position of power. Fifteen minutes, an interactive web-based performance created by MICA senior Rebecca Nagle, allows viewers an opportunity to choose an activity for the artist to perform within 15 minutes on video. In a comfortable living room setting, complete with a sofa and other furnishings, viewers can enjoy and experience the video installation as well as surf the project's Web site at www.fifteenminutesvideo.com. The video performance is on display from Monday, March 10 through Friday, April 11 in Bunting Center, Pinkard Student Space Gallery at 1401 Mount Royal Avenue. A reception will take place on Wednesday, March 12 from 5-7 p.m.

In fifteen minutes, viewers can submit an activity via the Web site, as well as specify the date and location of the act, that will be performed by Rebecca Nagle. All videos are uploaded to the Web site for the public to view. The requests have varied from radical to demeaning to misogynistic. She has fulfilled a number of requests including gluing M&Ms to rubber duckies while hula hooping; public bathing; playing with a noose; and dancing to Michael Jackson. According to Nagle, "The purpose of fifteen minutes is not to fulfill the desires of participants, but rather to establish a relationship by which those desires are negotiated. This negotiation complicates the typical rendering of power relationships as absolute, and puts forth an alternative view of power as malleable."

All exhibitions and receptions at MICA are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. For more information about fifteen minutes, visit www.fifteenminutesvideo.com. For more information about MICA, visit www.mica.edu or call 410-225-2300.

MICA's exhibitions and public programs receive generous support from the Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Special Programs Endowment; The Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education, Inc.; the Amalie Rothschild '34 Residency Program Endowment; The Rouse Company Endowment; the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive; and the generous contributors to MICA's Annual Fund.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.