Caroline McCaw, SUNY Canton (Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, 2016–17)
Kathleen Mahoney, SUNY Canton


Anei Au (Here I am) was a collaborative student project – an interactive exhibition produced between two courses in Graphic and Multimedia Design at SUNY Canton in 2016. This paper discusses the intercultural collaborative processes and digital tools employed through the concept and development stages of this exhibition, the project’s challenges and its unique outcomes. It reflects on how the project helped us to consider our own identity, our place in the world, and to compare the fleeting nature of digital and social media within a deeper investigation into media ecologies as they offer an approach to reconsidering our place in a complex contemporary system.

 

Caroline McCaw usually lives in Dunedin, New Zealand. She was a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at SUNY Canton in Northern New York for the 2016-17 academic year. Caroline’s research considers the role of art and design research in reconceiving landscapes as social. She loves project-based learning. caroline.mccaw@op.ac.nz

Kathleen Mahoney is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Canton’s Graphic and Multimedia Department. She has 20 years experience as a graphic designer and artist working in New York City. Kathleen teaches graphic design and programming interactive media for artists and designers.  mahoneyk@canton.edu

A huge thanks to New Zealand artist Vicki Lenihan and her role in the project: for reminding us of the importance of Ancestors across cultures, for her involvement with the students in developing their exhibition concept, and for editing this initial paper.