Ozge Samanci at Mason Gross


As an artist, Ozge often tells stories about an individual’s battle to stay true to herself against a larger entity such as a government, corporations, capitalism, society, patriarchy, and the inevitable passage of time. In her artwork, she pushes the boundaries of traditional and digital media in order to create new ways of making meaning.


The Soldier’s Tale (L’histoire du soldat)

The Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University celebrates its 40th anniversary year with a presentation of The Soldier’s Tale (L’histoire du soldat) 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 20, 2016, at Nicholas Music Center.

The fully staged production, a school-wide collaboration of the Dance, Digital Filmmaking, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts programs, includes a score composed by Igor Stravinsky and text by Swiss writer C.F. Ramuz.

The Soldier’s Tale is a “remash of a few Russian folktales that are put into one story of a soldier who sells the devil his violin, which in a sense represents his soul,” explains theater faculty member Christopher Cartmill, who voices the narrator. “And you can’t cheat the devil.”

An ensemble of seven musicians, led by Rutgers Symphony Orchestra conductor Kynan Johns, will perform Stravinsky’s score, which was created “in a moment of incredible adversity for both the world and the composer,” says Cartmill.

“World War I was going on and Stravinsky was at a pivotal point in his own career where his work was changing,” Cartmill says. “Instead of being stopped by it, he created something of lasting power. There’s something really extraordinary about that as we work to teach and to learn.”

“Stravinsky himself was so enthusiastic about this work and its dance idiom that he wanted to dance the role of the devil himself,” adds George B. Stauffer, dean of the Mason Gross School. “The director urged restraint.”

Artistic director and music faculty member Elena Chernova-Davis says the production’s use of video projections, created by faculty and students from the Visual Arts Department, establishes a fresh take on previous performances of the tale.

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“The projections use abstract animations to evoke the mood of each scene–flowing ripples of blue when the action takes place by a brook, chaotic swirls of yellow and purple to depict the hectic scene inside the castle,” explains Chernova-Davis. “These projections allow a freedom of expression to the dancers who are interacting with them that would not be possible using traditional physical sets.”

Stauffer says The Soldier’s Tale is the “perfect work” for the 40th anniversary celebration of the school, founded in 1976 as the arts conservatory of Rutgers University.

“Stravinsky and Ramuz conceived this piece for actors, musicians, and dancers, with a strong visual element,” says Stauffer. “The Mason Gross School’s production stays true to that interdisciplinary spirit.”

Following the performance on campus, The Soldier’s Tale will be presented February 21 at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, with an opening showcase of short pieces performed by Rutgers’ Helix! New Music Ensemble.

The Soldier’s Tale will be presented 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 20, 2016, at Nicholas Music Center. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for Rutgers alumni and employees and seniors, and only $5 for students with valid ID. Nicholas Music Center is in the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center, 85 George Street (between Route 18 and Ryders Lane), on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in New Brunswick. The production will also be presented 7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 21, 2016, at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Tickets are $15 to $20 and are available here. For more information about any Mason Gross event, visit www.masongross.rutgers.edu or call the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center ticket office at 848-932-7511.

7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 21, 2016. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
A fully staged performance of Igor Stravinsky’s 1918 classic. This collaboration between our theater, digital film, dance, visual arts, and music programs, featuring full narration by Christopher Cartmill, as well as dancers, and multimedia elements, is presented in honor of the Mason Gross School’s 40th anniversary.

Helix! New Music Ensemble, devoted to the presentation of classical styles of 20th-century music, with an emphasis on music composed since 1950, begins the program with short pieces by John Adams, Andrew Norman, Thomas Ades and the recently deceased Pierre Boulez. Conducted by Kynan Johns.
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York City
Tickets ($15 to $20) are available here.

Have a Macbook? Want to use an iMac as an external monitor?












If you have a macbook with a thunderbolt connection (newer then mid 2011), you can use a lab iMac as an external monitor.












To make it happen:

1. Attach a thunderbolt cable between the iMac and macbook in rooms 224 or room 229. Any of the larger 27” iMacs.

2. Simultaneously press the Command key along with the F2 key. You should now see your laptop screen extended to the iMac. Mirror display if desired.

3. When finished, simply disconnect cable.


Graduating? You will have your account until May 31 FYI

lyndaCampus for Visual Arts






lyndaCampus is a school-wide version of lynda.com, an online training library of over 80,000 video-based tutorials on over 1400 software titles.

As a Visual Arts instructor, staff member or student, you have access to the full lynda.com library including exercise files.




Xerox landscape two sided printing!

Visual Arts Calendar. Subscribe!

Keep informed. Subscribe to the Mason Gross Visual Arts Calendar.

If you are on a lab computer, you can launch the “subscribe to visual arts calendar” application to subscribe

If you are not on a computer lab computer, you can subscribe to the following public calendar:


  • https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/masongrossvisualarts%40gmail.com/public/basic.ics
  • iPhone instructions:
  1. Navigate to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars -> Add Account
  2. Select Other -> Add CalDAV Account or Add Subscribed Calendar
  3. Enter: 


Touch Save

Mac instructions:

  1. In the Calendar application, choose “New Calendar Subscribtion” from the file menu.
  2. Enter: https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/masongrossvisualarts%40gmail.com/public/basic.ics
  3. Adjust settings as desired.



The Poetics of Circuitry

As the third and final event of Spring 2013 Design Area Lectures + Workshops at Visual Arts Department at the School of Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, Taeyoon Choi will lead a workshop titled Poetics of Circuitry.

Tae is an artist, writer, hacker, teacher and some other things, but most importantly he is an activist with political concerns. Please take a look at Occu-Bot that he designed for Zucotti Park last Fall. He is also been an Eyebeam resident in 2008 and fellow in 2011.

His artistic research is focused on urban space, structural violence and collective behavior. He creates site specific intervention, new media performance and participatory experience in collaboration with community, art spaces and activist groups.

Taeyoon Choi

March 15, Friday 4:00 pm. – 8:00 pm.
CSB 224

for further inquiries please write to:

33 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Procedural Drawing with Graphic Programming

This hands on workshop aims at introducing participants to graphic coding with Processing to create procedural drawing systems with reference to art historical predecessors of the genre. Workshop is open to anyone who is interested in developing a system, coding and printing drawings, there are no prerequisites or background information needed.

Designing Ideologically Modified Organisms

workshop and presentation by

Orkan Telhan

February 27, Wednesday 4:00 pm. – 8:00 pm.
CSB 224

Orkan Telhan is interdisciplinary artist, designer and researcher whose investigations focus on the design of interrogative objects, interfaces, and media, engaging with critical issues in social, cultural, and environmental responsibility.

Telhan is Assistant Professor of Fine Arts – Emerging Design Practices at University of Pennsylvania, School of Design. He was part of the Sociable Media Group at the MIT Media Laboratory and the Mobile Experience Lab at the MIT Design Laboratory. He studied Media Arts at the State University of New York at Buffalo and theories of media and representation, visual studies and graphic design at Bilkent University, Ankara. Telhan is working towards his PhD in Design and Computation at MIT’s Department of Architecture.

Telhan’s individual and collaborative work has been exhibited in a number of venues including the Istanbul Design Biennial, Ars Electronica, ISEA, LABoral, Archilab, Architectural Association, Architectural League/ NYC, and the MIT Museum.

Suggested reading before the event:
I. States of Design 07: Bio-design by Paola Antonelli

II.Catts, O., Zurr, I. 2010, ‘The Illusions of control Radical Engineers and Reactionary Artists’, Thresholds (Cambridge), NA, pp. 26

III. Calvert, Jane. 2010. “Synthetic biology: constructing nature?” The Sociological Review 58 (May 1): 95-112.

for further inquiries please write to: Atif Akin
poster and e-flier designed by James Brehm.