New Techcetera Gallery Celebrates Technology, Media and Design

Dr. Ann Rondeau at Techcetera opening

By Jennifer Duda

Techcetera, the new student gallery space at College of DuPage, features in its inaugural exhibit “Fracture,” a video game designed by students Lexie Wilterdink, Tucker Wolf, Sam Wohlrab and Adel Labadi.

“Fracture” is a 3D, interactive thriller that emphasizes item interaction as a key component of gameplay. The game, which won a gold medal at the national SkillsUSA competition earlier this year, is available to play alongside conceptual drawings created during the game’s development. Read more.

In the game, players wake up as James Johnson, a local high school teacher and family man, as he comes to in his home’s bathroom soaked in blood. Looking around, it is quickly deduced that some horrific accident has taken place, due to the multiple cleaning rags, soaked in blood, scattered along the floor. Players then need to navigate throughout the house, interacting with objects in order to piece together exactly what happened.

Throughout the year, Techcetera will feature the work of COD’s technical students and will help prepare them to excel in their creative and innovative careers. The unique space, conceived by College of DuPage President Dr. Ann Rondeau, celebrates the interdependence of technology, media and design, and will feature work by students in disciplines that fall outside the traditional art fields.

“Our students produce amazing works across all disciplines and Techcetera gives the College community and beyond and opportunity to learn about their processes and appreciate the beauty in fields oftentimes overlooked,” Dr. Rondeau said. “I anticipate this gallery space will highlight creations from many programs, including our tech and manufacturing fields.”

Techcetera is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and is located across from the Wings Gallery in Student Services Center, Room 2211, on the Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd. The current exhibition runs through Nov. 24. The next exhibit, featuring chocolate displays created by COD Culinary students, runs Nov. 30 to Dec. 15.

For more information, contact Director Justin Witte at (630) 942-3206.

Pictured: College of DuPage President Dr. Ann Rondeau navigates “Fracture,” an interactive 3D game developed by COD students, at the opening reception for the Techcetera Gallery. (Photo by Press Photography Network/Special to College of DuPage)

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