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Temporal Landscape

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In the junior level course, Place, Space, and Landscape our class was given the task of showing the passage of time. I decided to do this by showing the otherwise overlooked changes in Athens by accelerating a day to be shown in a matter of minutes.      

The Machinery Audio Essay

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This piece explores questions of machinery, the human body, masculinity, and health. Its jumping-off point is sounds made by machines, and the piece includes such sounds. The voice-overs narrate stories of men (mis)using and repairing machines. This research is being conducting to ask questions about preparedness and care. Its process was one of shaping elements personal narrative which were combined with sound. I created it mostly in the winter of 2014-15 in Athens, with great help from The Create Space’s Portabooth. This portable sound booth silenced air conditioners and other background noises so that voice-overs could be smooth.      

Babel Portrait Series #4

By Ryan Davis

The Babel Portrait project is a continuation of a year-long investigation in what Blackness means in the current cultural landscape. This work has manifested itself through audio works and paintings. For this particular creative research I am doing portraits and full figure paintings of Black Americans between 18-26. This age represents the current generation that is coming into fruition through social and political environments. The first part of this project is to find a person and make photographic references. I will create paintings from these reference photographs. The intent of the paintings are to generate a conversation around the idea of Black as a predominant label that warps our perception of the perception as an individual. On March 21st I photographed a young lady who is a senior undergraduate student of Ohio University.    

The Sailing Cart

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This work explores the relationship between everyday items and life as performance. By slightly transforming disregarded and forgotten objects, there is a sense of wonder and a newfound appreciation. As an object’s utility changes, so does its relationship with the world around it. Through observation and report transcending objects’ set functions leaves the viewer with a hymn to the limits of our existence as well as the limits of the world around us.      

Love and the Nasty

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A film about the pains of sexual and emotional desire in a cold and alienating world. Love and the Nasty is a short narrative film written and directed by Sam Stewart, a 2nd Year MFA film student in the OU School of Film, Theater, and Dance. The film was produced over two consecutive weekends in March of 2015, for a total of five shoot days across two apartment locations.  Throughout the film we follow the story of Bill, a young male protagonist, whose loneliness and sexual dissatisfaction has led him to the services of Mindy, a dominatrix prostitute.  But is Mindy the answer to Bill’s problems, or is she just another distraction from a life without easy answers?  Shot using Bolex lenses, the images have been white balanced for color correction with the intent of further saturating the world in rich, stylized color schemes that accentuate the dysfunctional lives of the...

The Universe Will Provide

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The Universe Will Provide is a short experimental video that explores the relationship between people and a greater entity. Similarly to how a person might achieve something or meet a goal and give the glory and praise to a divine being, the Universe is that greater karmic entity exhibited. The Universe is personified in the video and I play this role, and the role of the mortal being who puts their faith in it, simultaneously. I discard the stresses of my life under the guise of giving them up to something greater, and trust that opportunity will find its way back to me as a reward for hard work. I therefore avoid harboring the anxieties of the future.        ...

Rocks

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“Rocks” is a short film in progress, written and directed by OU MFA student Daniel Aguera. It is being filmed in black and white 16mm film. It consists of a nameless character who has created a musical system in which certain rocks represent certain musical notes, and through this system he composes melodies. He kidnaps a blind man and forces him to engage with this intricate system. As times goes on they develop a complicated yet somewhat endearing relationship.    

Static

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“Static” is an audio essay written, recorded and edited by Sarah Minor, PhD candidate in Creative Nonfiction Writing in February of 2015. The audio text was recorded using a portable sound booth in a home office, and edited using stock audio clips in GarageBand. This project is investigating the genre of the audio essay, which involves texts that are specifically composed for the ear. Audio essays are language-based, nonfiction recordings that employ sound to achieve what two-dimensional, visual text cannot do on its own. The writing of an audio essay is only one in the process–an essay might be prompted by a sound-based experience, or a certain text might require the inclusion of sounds to express its central idea fully. The intention behind this piece was to prompt the listener to consider the nuances behind experiencing aural and visual static, and what these...

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