Digital Nocturne Hailed by Studio Art Majors, Criticized by Parents with Newly Fingerpainted Bathrooms


This year’s digital Nocturne art festival proves that the artistic genius of Middlebury students transcends the boundary of the college’s campus.

Middlebury students worldwide gathered yesterday on Zoom for the first-ever digital edition of Nocturne, the college’s annual award-winning arts festival and 24-hour drug rave. Although students in certain time zones claimed that “the vibes were off” as the festival started at six in the morning for them, the event was generally hailed a success by the student body. 

Nate Gutterball ‘21 was elated that Nocturne went digital. “I was really scared and in the dark because I thought Nocturne was canceled this year. Then I realized I was just on acid and it was fucking fantastic!”  

“That mysterious quiet kid from the back of my Anthropology class turned his camera on, tied his computer to his ceiling fan, and just lay naked on his bedroom floor for a couple of hours, all on Zoom! Watching that was life-changing,” Gutterball continued. 

Eleni Alt ‘20 was glad to have the space to display the piece she’d been working on for months. “I couldn’t fathom not being able to perform my interpretive dance piece about ocean acidification and sex for my peers,” she said, “but I think performing it online only made it more impactful. My viewers really got to feel the lust between me and the sea urchin.” 

However, not everyone was thrilled with the outcome of the virtual festival. Mary Beth and Karen Killjoy, parents of Studio Art major Chloe Killjoy ‘21, took issue with lasting damage done to their home. 

“Chloe told us she just needed a few hours alone, which was fine, but when we went into the bathroom the next morning we found what appeared to be finger painting all over the walls, the toilet, the sink, and, somehow, the lighting fixtures. When we asked Chloe what she was doing, all she said was that she was ‘transcending.’”

The event was also an escalation in the growing divide between students who have had access to drugs during this quarantine period and those who do not. 

Marianna Sobér ‘23 stated, “turns out, my friends might not actually be that good at art.”

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