Student Work Showcase – please explore!

I am so happy to announce our searchable student work showcase created by Leslie Vallhonrat and Kate Atkins at the Penn Libraries web unit. Each year, we post student work on the WIC website – contest entries (mashup, Sparky, other) and course showcases – and get comments from faculty and students that it is hard to find an item without already knowing where to look. It’s also difficult to find winners in a long list of  contest entries.

The new search-filter-and-sort webpage makes it easy to explore the creative works of many Penn students. The showcase lists only the contest winners and works selected by faculty as noteworthy in the context of a course they taught. Most, but by no means all, of these works were created here at the Weigle Information Commons. WIC promotes students’ creativity and development of digital literacy skills by offering course-specific support as well as sponsoring new media contests.

You can search by year of creation, by type of project (poster, video, comic book, google map, etc.), or by student or faculty name. I noticed improvement in clip and audio editing in videos across just a few years. Enjoy, and let us know your favorites!

My favorite is Video+Poem+Painting, the 2009 video mashup winner by Will Strasser. In my opinion, this is a work of art, and as such, it makes me uncomfortable and pushes me to think more deeply.

Will describes the video’s theme and purpose, “Whether in Classical mythology, Renaissance painting, 20th century poetry or modern music videos, depictions of suffering have never ceased to captivate audiences. I aim to juxtapose these depictions in order to highlight ways they have changed and ways that they remain the same, identifying something inherent to the human condition.” His video interview provides context for his work.

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