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Splat! an Interactive Presentation at the Student Expo 2016

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Splat! is both a short film and an interactive film. The latter was presented at the Ohio University Student Expo for all ages to enter the whimsical world of the film in which Bubbles and Puddles are real. The project began with the image of a person stuck in the 2D plane of a puddle. Passersby ride over, stomp and poke until the Puddle Person boils in rage, sending Bubble People all throughout the air. The film was made by means of video compositing, which involves a layering of video a lot like collage. With the amazing capability of green screen key technology, we were able to eliminate swathes of the real world to build a fictional fragmented universe. The interactive version of the film was presented at the Expo April 14 2016. Community members bounced on a trampoline covered in green fabric, which was digitally remastered to appear as a reactive Puddle Person on-screen. The more...

Illuminated Gown

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For this exploration of incorporating LED technology into a stage costume I made use of an Arduino LilyPad, a small microphone, several LEDS, EL-wire, and fiber optic fabric to make a gown light up in response to sound. The microphone hidden in the front of the dress takes the input audio signal sends it to the Arduino which is running a Fast Fourier Transform. The program breaks the signal down into a range of frequencies that will trigger an LED if over a certain threshold. The CREATE_space was instrumental in providing equipment that allowed me to test the idea as well as putting me in contact with knowledgeable Arduino programmers. The initial idea of the gown was to also have it be DMX compatible. In the theatre world, the stage lights all respond to a DMX system, so it would be beneficial to have the lighting elements in the dress respond wirelessly to the same type of signal....

I Searched for Satisfaction Through Destruction

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I Searched For Satisfaction Through Destruction (2016) is a project in which I buried myself under nearly 800 lbs of quartz. My intent for this piece was to put myself in a situation where I had no control, but rather the control lied in the hands of someone else. I would be buried to the point that I could no longer move, and once fear and panic set in, I would have no other choice but to be contemplative in order to remain calm, while the assistant unburied me. But I did have control, and I could move. So it turned into a question of endurance because I felt like I was being force-fed rocks. And I tried to pull my head away from the earth that entered my mouth and the worms that wriggled on my neck But there was nowhere to go. And in that hour my body disappeared, and I became everyone else— A surrogate for humiliation, naked and convulsing in the grass. Through struggle, I aim to...

Thread for Filth

By Rachel Bender

Drag is an act of gender disruption. It mocks rigid views of gender by pulling back the curtain and forcing us to acknowledge the performative aspects of gender presentation. It parodies the social expectations placed on men and women by taking conventions to their extremes and reveling in the ridiculousness of what we’re left with. My current work explores gender, how we teach children about gender, the prejudices we all have within us relating to gender, and the incredible influence that the environments we were raised in have on what we consider to be ideal, acceptable, and improper on those topics. As a consumer of drag culture, I see the potential of using the visually stunning and attention grabbing aspects of drag as a means of enticing viewers, who may be resistant otherwise, into the conversation about our culture’s rigid parameters on gender and what is deemed appropriate for...

Cake Tent Projection

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I used a pocket projector to create projections inside of a tent for my final critique. The tent was made out of fake fur and was about 6 feet long. The observer could see the projection by looking into the opening of the tent, or crawling inside the tent. The projection was a 2-minute loop of a google search for certain photographs of different cakes. With this piece I explored liminality, personal motives, shame, ritual, and shared experience.        

Zeno

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How can we discern the exact point in time during which one moment transitions into the next? The philosopher Zeno of Elea developed four paradoxes querying the contradictory nature of space and time. If one moment can be broken down infinitely, how is transition possible? This is Zeno at its core: straddling the boundary between motion and stillness, between existence and nonexistence. Zeno combines an inaccessible, large-scale world with its microscopic counterpart, available solely through the representation of a past moment. Although the viewer’s visual access to the objects is limited he or she can nevertheless change how they are seen simply by observing them. By referencing the human body in this interaction, Zeno asks, “How does the act of observation change how we view ourselves and others?”          ...

Someone/Anyone

By Steph Wadman

Someone/Anyone acts as both the title of my MFA thesis exhibition and as qualifier for any individual that you may meet. My thesis exhibition combined object making that challenged my audience to make eye contact with each other with a textual piece gathered from Craigslist. The Craigslist project uses personal ‘strictly platonic’ seeking ads from Craigslist to highlight the vast need for human intimacy and contact, and highlights a small local percentage of people who seek to find it by divertive means. Using Craigslist ads I search the words ‘someone’ and ‘anyone’ to narrow the search down to those that are in search of basic human interaction and the possibilities that it holds. I then collect contextualized areas of the bodies of text, as well as the web addresses, and compose a poem/list out of the contextualized ‘someone’ or...

Quidditch World Cup

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I am a proud member of the OU Quidditch team and last fall we qualified in regionals to travel to Columbia, South Carolina in April for the US Quidditch Cup. Since it was the first year that we were able to qualify on our own, and because I thought it would be fun, I decided to document our trip by bringing down a few cameras. As I only owned one DSLR, I turned to CREATE_space for another camera as well as a tripod that could steady some of the video. I captured over 75 min of footage including the trip down, a few of our games and our interactions off field. I will be happy to share once it’s been completed!        

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