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With 'SENSATIONALIZE,' ArtStreet Challenges Narratives Lost in Space

The White Box Gallery at ArtStreet presents SENSATIONALIZE, the first installation in the 2016-17 series, from September 6 through 27. The installation will open at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6.

Life often presents us with choices that appear to be binary. Black or white. Left or right. But is it really that simple?

Decision-making becomes a process of personal choice, reflecting the majority in a community. Eventually, majority consumes the voice of minority. This is SENSATIONALIZE. The first installation in the six-part 2016-17 IAN Installation Series will look at the overall value systems in our community. By using three themed components that challenge visitors to reflect on their own personal philosophy, an individual can both become anonymous and have their opinions muted. The more visitors engage with these components, the more dramatic the forming of a communal decision. SENSATIONALIZE will reveal the reality and consequence of choice-making by individuals in community-building. The evidence will be left behind as a type of mirror to gauge one’s local community.

The installation’s components, or “kits,” highlight the ethics of decision-making for individual visitors. This includes prompts such as “Are We Good People? How Do We Value Life? Do I Know Myself?” These three aspects of the installation will press upon subjects that confront personal, political or social areas. Ultimately, the visitor’s journey of self-discovery will help to understand his or her own decisions as they relate to the larger whole of the community.

“The comparison and contrast between the answers will really highlight if there is a discrepancy between how we view ourselves and how we care for others, or how we view the climate of certain sociopolitical constructs,” said Sean Foster, Creative Lead Ambassador.

Cincinnati-based artist Kate Tepe, the Creative Lead behind SENSATIONALIZE, calls for participants to take ownership in their experience and invites them to share responsibly in the creative process, while dually behaving as potential social critics. Tepe commented, “These ideologies influence how we see ourselves and the person we believe we project to our broader community.” Tepe received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the University of Cincinnati. With a strong interest in community engagement and artist lead instruction, she has developed programming for the Contemporary Arts Center, the Art Institute of Chicago and Cincinnati Public Schools.

The White Box Gallery is where curriculum for the Institute for Arts Nexus comes to life. These  4-D immersive experiences transfer information – in this case, creative theory – into space for the students to absorb and apply. Hosting six world premiere installations annually, the White Box Gallery’s mission is to bring vision to reality through 4-D (sight, sound, space and emotion) immersions that challenge social, industrial, cultural and academic perspectives.

The 2016-17 installation series will take us on a connected journey from one’s own selfish “I” to the need for a collaborative “we.” Join us in the QUEST from problem space to solution as we creatively grapple with this generation’s greatest obstacle — one’s self.

The White Box Gallery is located within the ArtStreet facility on the 300 block of Kiefaber Street at the University of Dayton. ArtStreet is open 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday. For more information about ArtStreet events, call 937-229-5101 or visit

September 6 - 27, 2016
White Box Gallery
ArtStreet, University of Dayton

OPENING EVENT: Tuesday, September 6, 5-7 p.m.

Life often presents us with what appear to be binary choices. Is it really that simple? The 2016-17 IAN Installation Series will take us on a connected journey from one’s own selfish “I” to the need for a collaborative “we.” Join us in the QUEST from problem space to solution as we creatively grapple with this generation’s greatest obstacle — one’s self. Creative Lead: Kate Tepe

Press release written by Kiersten Remster '17. 

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