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Franklin Pierce University: Interactive art installation on exhibit one night only

  • Jordana Korsen, a glassblowing instructor at Franklin Pierce University, has been exploring alternate art forms as she obtains a post-graduate degree at Goddard College. She'll be exploring those art forms with an interactive art installation at Franklin Pierce University on Friday.

    Jordana Korsen, a glassblowing instructor at Franklin Pierce University, has been exploring alternate art forms as she obtains a post-graduate degree at Goddard College. She'll be exploring those art forms with an interactive art installation at Franklin Pierce University on Friday. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Although she is a glass blowing instructor at Franklin Pierce University, Jordana Korsen of Harrisville has always had a strong love of music, which she displayed in a photographic series earlier this year entitled "Music Gives Me Strength."

    Although she is a glass blowing instructor at Franklin Pierce University, Jordana Korsen of Harrisville has always had a strong love of music, which she displayed in a photographic series earlier this year entitled "Music Gives Me Strength." Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Jordana Korsen, a glassblowing instructor at Franklin Pierce University, has been exploring alternate art forms as she obtains a post-graduate degree at Goddard College. She'll be exploring those art forms with an interactive art installation at Franklin Pierce University on Friday.

    Jordana Korsen, a glassblowing instructor at Franklin Pierce University, has been exploring alternate art forms as she obtains a post-graduate degree at Goddard College. She'll be exploring those art forms with an interactive art installation at Franklin Pierce University on Friday. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Jordana Korsen of Harrisville will be exploring the impermanence of music and art with a one-night interactive art installation at Franklin Pierce University on Friday night.

    Jordana Korsen of Harrisville will be exploring the impermanence of music and art with a one-night interactive art installation at Franklin Pierce University on Friday night. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Jordana Korsen, a glassblowing instructor at Franklin Pierce University, has been exploring alternate art forms as she obtains a post-graduate degree at Goddard College. She'll be exploring those art forms with an interactive art installation at Franklin Pierce University on Friday.

    Jordana Korsen, a glassblowing instructor at Franklin Pierce University, has been exploring alternate art forms as she obtains a post-graduate degree at Goddard College. She'll be exploring those art forms with an interactive art installation at Franklin Pierce University on Friday. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Jordana Korsen, a glassblowing instructor at Franklin Pierce University, has been exploring alternate art forms as she obtains a post-graduate degree at Goddard College. She'll be exploring those art forms with an interactive art installation at Franklin Pierce University on Friday.
  • Although she is a glass blowing instructor at Franklin Pierce University, Jordana Korsen of Harrisville has always had a strong love of music, which she displayed in a photographic series earlier this year entitled "Music Gives Me Strength."
  • Jordana Korsen, a glassblowing instructor at Franklin Pierce University, has been exploring alternate art forms as she obtains a post-graduate degree at Goddard College. She'll be exploring those art forms with an interactive art installation at Franklin Pierce University on Friday.
  • Jordana Korsen of Harrisville will be exploring the impermanence of music and art with a one-night interactive art installation at Franklin Pierce University on Friday night.
  • Jordana Korsen, a glassblowing instructor at Franklin Pierce University, has been exploring alternate art forms as she obtains a post-graduate degree at Goddard College. She'll be exploring those art forms with an interactive art installation at Franklin Pierce University on Friday.

Jordana Korsen has always felt the power of music. From the time she was a child watching Merry Melodies cartoons, she has always felt a fascination for the way sound and movement are connected. Korsen, a Harrisville resident, continued her love of music throughout her life, but found a way to express her artistry through a different medium — glass blowing, which she teaches at Franklin Pierce University. But that hasn’t stopped her from keeping her ties with other art mediums, and she’s been pursuing a master’s degree in interdisciplinary arts at Goddard College. On Friday night at FPU, she’ll be bringing together a myriad of art forms in a medium completely different for her: An interactive art installation.

The event is one night only. That’s a deliberate choice on Korsen’s part, because a big part of the installation is being in the moment and with the impermanence of sound.

These days, everyone keeps their music collection on iPods, CDs or records, but Korsen is a big believer in live music. That performance can only be experienced once, and then it’s gone, she said. She wants Friday’s event to emulate that same feel.

“You have one night to be there, or not be there,” she said. “Just like a live music performance. Music, especially live music, is so awesome when you’re there. The experience of something in real time is so personal, and that’s what I’m trying to create here.”

Korsen has only been developing her conceptual art in the last three years, as she’s strived to get a post-graduate degree.

She has based most of her work on things that affect social environments, such as drugs or alcohol or processed foods, she said. But one of the things that has affected her the most throughout her life, music, is what she decided to focus on in her final semester of study.

A song can tell a story, she said, and a soundtrack can tell a life story. With that idea in mind, Korsen interviewed 12 people in her community to find out what musical instances had stood out for them throughout their lives, and recorded the results onto vinyl records.

These records will serve as the soundtrack for the arts installation, along with the songs identified by those she interviewed as important in their lives. But that’s just the beginning, Korsen said. Korsen’s created multiple records of those phrases people hear all the time, and often hate to hear — “take out the trash,” “Get a job,” “Stand up straight.”

At the installation, people can don safety glasses and smash the records in a metal can, creating a literal “broken record.”

Photos, video and glass objects representing music and movement will be placed around Cheney Hall, and people are encouraged to interact with them, and touch and pick up musical instruments to play.

The whole thing will be recorded, and the piece is not complete until she has people in that space, interacting with the things inside, she said.

Korsen plans to set up the installation with a dance club feel, with open space, and she said she hopes people are moved by the music and start dancing.

But she said that’s just a hope — she has no idea whether the installation will turn into a dance party, or be more like a gallery walkthrough, whether people will throw themselves into the spirit of improvisation, or be more reserved.

“I have planned to have no plan,” Korsen laughed. “I hope people are willing to come, have an open mind and being willing to participate. Without the audience, I don’t have the piece,” she said. “I can’t plan, I don’t know who’s coming, or how they’ll react to the energy of the space. That’s the wonder and excitement, and the scary thing about this.”

The event will take place Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Cheney Hall at Franklin Pierce University, and is open to both students and residents.

There is no charge.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @AshleySaari.

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