New media artist Barry Jones to engage community in collaborative art statement

March 2, 2013 at 10:22 am

What are your hopes for the city’s future? What are your responsibilities to your community?

These are some of the questions that University of South Carolina Upstate students have been asking their peers and members of the Spartanburg community in a series of interviews over the past few weeks.

The answers, comments and statements will become part of an innovative and collaborative nighttime projection on the façade of Headquarters Library in downtown Spartanburg on Thursday, March 21 from 7 – 9 p.m., called CommonHope Spartanburg.

The students, together with artist Barry Jones, associate professor of new media and visual communication at Austin Peay State University, will take the responses, create typographic animations and video and project them onto the walls of the building.

“The students and I will reevaluate the role of the artist in the community and create an artwork that will celebrate the common hope of the city,” said Jones about the project.

The Spartanburg project is not Jones’ first nighttime projection piece. In Clarksville, Tenn., he projected “Tweets from Tahrir” onto the facades of businesses. The tweets used the #Jan25 hashtag and “told the story of one of the most miraculous revolutions of modern times.” He added that projecting these words as large as possible in public spaces “gave them a sense of importance and monumentality.”

The entire Spartanburg community is invited to this outdoor event. For more information, contact Jane Nodine at (864) 503-5838 or, or Michael Dickins at (864) 503-5848 or

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