NWSA College artists join MTV Latin America in "Teen Age Clicks" resarch project

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MTV Latin Amecia brings “MTV Teen Age Clicks” to the art world.
Innovative art exhibit reflects the Network’s research
insights and findings on youth culture in Latin America.
 
“MTV Teen Age Clicks” to travel through Miami, Mexico, Argentina and Sao Paulo
 
Exhibit to launch at Miami’s ArtCenter/South Florida on Thursday, April 3rd at 7PM
 
Miami, Florida. March 26th, 2008 – MTV Latin America announced today the opening of a unique and innovative art exhibit Noel Gladstone titled “MTV Teen Age Clicks,” reflecting MTV’s research findings and insights on youth culture. “MTV Teen Age Clicks” will be showing at the Richard Shack Gallery at the ArtCenter/South Florida, 800 Lincoln Road, in Miami Beach, from April 3rd through 9th, 2008.
 
Designed as a way to share MTV Networks’ research findings with the public, “MTV Teen Age Clicks” was first conceived by MTV Europe and has proven to be a huge success in London. The latest “MTV Teen Age Clicks” exhibit will use MTV Latin America’s research insights and findings and will travel through Miami in April; Mexico City at FEMACO (Feria México Arte Contemporáneo) from April 23rd- 27th; Buenos Aires at ArteBA (Arte Buenos Aires) from May 28th through June 2nd and São Paulo (venue and date to be announced shortly). At each exhibit, local artists will enliven the atmosphere with their own personal touch. Anyone interested in understanding today’s youth culture should attend this exhibit.   
 
In an effort to further understand the diversity of kids and young people throughout the world, MTV Networks International spoke to 24,000 teens in more than 20 countries via different research methodologies. Young people were surveyed in Argentina, Brazil, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Sweden, the UK and the USA. “MTV’s Teen Age Clicks” exhibit is a visual recap and interpretation of MTV Latin America’s findings and will showcase a developing world where young people are optimistic and hopeful despite facing great challenges.
 
Contrary to what adults may believe, young people today are conservative, smart, influential, image conscious, immersed in technology, surrounded by music, stressed to be cool, connected to one another like never before and yet face many hurdles.
 
“We met and spoke with an amazing set of young people in conducting this research and we felt inspired by their natural creativity and exuberance for life,” said Noel Gladstone, Vice President of Research for MTV Networks Latin America. “As experts in television and entertainment, we have an ongoing interest in better understanding youth’s core concerns and perspectives on the world and this exhibit is a true reflection of that.”  
 
MTV Latin America is working with Miami based independent curator Mariangela Capuzzo, to select local contemporary artists, senior BFA candidates of New World School of the Arts of Miami, Florida, to help express MTV’s research findings.
 
Subject matters and participating artists will include:
 
Stressed for success: Addresses the intense pressure which young people experience concerning morality, their future and having to take responsibility for their successes and/or failures.
 
Fear Factor: Young people’s fears about crime, kidnapping, jobs, education and a general distrust in the government and the police; it turns out that what they really want for Christmas is a good job!
 
Teenage bedroom: Their safe haven, but also a place where they feel connected to the world.
 
Sex:  Young people’s premature exposure to all things sexual.  Today, thanks to the web, most 12-year olds have seen more illicit material online than an older generation did in a lifetime.
 
Brand Me: Young people have evolved from being just marketing savvy to being active marketers themselves, being always on display like never before.
 
Communication Explosion: Technology has enabled young people to have closer friendships and more friends than ever before, courtesy of constant connectivity via instant messaging, e-mail, cell phones and SMS. This digital communication complements television, but does not substitute it, as television is still very much a part of young people’s digital conversations.
 
Following is the list of the selected artists / students of New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida, subjects and mediums.
 
1.   My World: Farhana Hoque (Installation)
 
2.   Well-being: Juan Camilo Rojas (Installation)
 
3.   Stressed for Success: Victor Vázquez & Jordan Service (Painting / Multimedia)
 
4.   Fear Factor: Patricia Hernández (Video)
 
5.   Teenage Bedroom: Monica de Miguel (Installation / Multimedia)
 
6.   Teenage Toilet / Sex: Samantha Kocking (Painting), Sophia Londono
      (Sculpture / Photography), Monica de Miguel (Installation)
 
7.   Needs: Lisa Torske (Painting / Collage)
                                                                                            
8.   Brand "Me": Kelly Williams (Installation / Collage)
 
9.   Communication Explosion: Kelly Williams (Installation / Sculpture)
 
10. Music: Patricia Hernández (Video)
 
11. MTV Logo: Farhana Hoque, Michelle Mancriffe, Raquel Ortiz (Sculpture / Installation)
 
Art Center/South Florida is open Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
 
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MTV Networks Latin America, Inc., a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), owns and operates MTV Latin America, Nickelodeon Latin America, VH1 Latin America, Viacom Networks Brazil and the MTV Networks Digital Suite, a package of three digital services – MTV Jams, MTV Hits, and VH1 Soul. Customized versions of the brands in Spanish and Portuguese can be seen throughout Latin America in more than 20 countries. MTV Networks Latin America  also connects with its audiences interactively through its websites: www.mtvla.com, www.mundonick.com and www.vh1la.com, as well as through its broadband and community sites:  www.mtvrevolution.com, www.mundonick.com/nickturbo and www.lazona.com.
 
About Art Center/ South Florida., established in 1984, ArtCenter/South Florida (located at 800, 810 and 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach) is a non-profit 502(C)(3) organization that  provides subsidized studio and exhibition space as well as teaching opportunities for emerging and career artists in their facilities at 800, 810 and 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.  The mission of the ArtCenter is to advance the knowledge and practice of contemporary visual arts and culture in South Florida while providing affordable programming and work-space for professional artists.  For further information please call (305) 674-8278 or visit the website at www.artcentersf.org.
 
New World School of the Arts was created in 1984 by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts.  It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida with the mission of providing artistically talented high school and college students the means for achieving both an academic education and artistic training. Through its gifted, emerging artists and unique programs, New World School of the Arts has become an educational and creative beacon of the arts. Trained by nationally renowned practicing artists, students are encouraged to develop a personal, artistic and aesthetic vision while mastering their own technical skills in traditional and new media. Areas of concentration for students seeking a BFA degree include drawing, electronic media, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.
 
Mariangela Capuzzo, independent curator, has been involved in numerous facets of Miami’s arts community since the 1980’s.  She holds a degree in Psychology, Art History and Marketing from Florida International University.  Her experience includes working for Christie’s Auction House Miami, Executive Director of Palm Beach Contemporary Art Fair, and as Artistic Director of the inaugural edition of Balelatina, a fair of Latin Art in Switzerland.  An art consultant and freelance writer, Capuzzo has promoted artists internationally and curated numerous venues; most recently, “Tracing Misfits” for Galeria Sicart (Barcelona) at Bridge Art Fair 2008, “Fenomena”, at Galleri August in Reykjavik, Iceland and “Intervenciones” at Museo Marte, El Salvador. In addition, Capuzzo serves as Vice-chair of Miami Beach’s Art in Public Places committee and is a member of the Junior Host Committee for Art Basel Miami Beach.   Currently, she is associated with ICArt, an international art consulting and art project management company with operations in Oslo, London and Miami.