CCM Gallery Openings in January

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MATT LAROCCA: Arctic Voices

  • Champlain College Art Gallery - Center for Communication and Creative Media, 2nd Floor
  • Exhibition: Jan. 21 - Feb. 6
  • Open 10 a.m. -5 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Opening Reception: Thursday Jan 21, 5 - 7 p.m. in the gallery

Arctic Voices by Matt LaRocca chronicles an environment of almost incomprehensible scale; simultaneously alien and breathtakingly beautiful. This immersive multi-media exhibition features an orchestral symphony LaRocca composed in response to the otherworldly environment he experienced on a expeditionary residency to the high arctic in 2012. His photographic journal of the exploration of the remote archipelago of Svalbard aboard the 140 foot long sailing ship Antigua accompanies the symphony. Arctic Voices emphasizes the contemporary orchestral technique of "Extended Techniques" - unorthodox methods of playing traditional musical instruments to obtain unique sounds. Arctic Voices is performed by the Boston University Wind Ensemble.
Champlain College faculty member Matt LaRocca is a composer and performer with a B.A. from Middlebury College, a Masters in Music Composition from Carnegie Mellon University and a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Boston University.


  • Artist Talk: The Art and Complexity of Games - Thursday Jan. 21 7:30 p.m. (Reception 7 p.m. in Gallery Lounge)
  • Champlain Room - Center for Communication and Creative Media, 3rd Floor
  • Part of Generator's Big Maker Lecture Series
  • Exhibition: Jan. 21 - Feb. 6 
  • Champlain College Gallery Lounge - Center for Communication and Creative Media, 2nd Floor
  • Open 10 a.m. -5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Italian born artist-activist Paolo Pedercini creates outrageous art-videogames that confront some of the most difficult and controversial issues of our times, from gun control to religious hypocrisy and corporate greed. This exhibition includes five games produced by Pedercini under his project name Molleindustria and features the debut of a new sim-city inspired commentary on urban planning Nova Alea.
From a Marxist critique of capitalism disguised as a management simulator, to a send-up of the gun-lobby's twisted logic set to a kickin' blue-grass soundtrack, his work is wickedly humorous. Pedercini also explores alternative game forms including the experimental narrative/game Unmanned, an examination of the morally ambiguous life of drone pilots in the war on terror, and the surrealistic, stream of consciousness text-adventure game Ergon/Logos.
Pedercini is an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon where he teaches experimental game design and media production courses.

This exhibition is staged in collaboration with Generator's Big Maker Lecture Series.

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Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit