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Boxcar Stage

By Barry O'Keefe

On February 4th, 2016, one last freight train passed Athens County before the closing of Norfolk Southern’s West Virginia Secondary Line. The freight service was no longer needed to sustain a declining coal industry. In a region that has been defined by, and defines itself with the industries of coal and rail, this final train embodies the need to embrace different lineages of Appalachian identity. The legacy of extractive industry must be respectfully laid to rest, and revised with more sustainable relationships to the landscape and to each other. Last summer, I visited a closing branch of a coal company in Southern Ohio. They had filled a dumpster to the brim with old records and maps. I was allowed to rescue a carload, and back in Athens I poured over the haul. Beautiful aerial photographs of industrial scars, ghostly blueprints of mining equipment, and mysterious ledgers of...

Polyvocal Mixtape: Positionality

By Ryan Davis

Polyvocal Mixtape: Positionality exhibited March 23-April 17th as my graduate thesis exhibition at Majestic Galleries in Nelsonville, Ohio. This exhibition consists of a series of paintings, screenprints and audio works. I create works through various formats that display an expansion of narratives within Black identity, experimenting with how physical positioning affects the ability to unravel these narratives. Each one of the fifty-seven screenprints is an image of different Black African-American individual constructed simultaneously by negative and positive compositions. These images shift based on one’s physical positioning. The images are negative composites; however, when the Black reflective surface is caught by raking light, the inverse of the negative composite can be perceived. The reflective nature of the surface also mirrors the image of the viewer if he or she is standing...

Chantier

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Chantier is a feature length, experimental film constructed by linking together a series of six short narratives. Chantier attempts to locate possible survival strategies in the replacement of the unity of the subject with an unending process of subjectification based in multiplicity and becoming. Chantier’s narratives feature the same actress playing several different characters, raising the question of how and if these women are the same, or if the uncanny resemblance is merely coincidental.   Chantier is also an experiment in filmmaking praxis. The crew consisted of only myself and my collaborator, Megan Marzec, who wrote and stars in the film. We chose to shoot the film on outdated mini-dv and hi8 tape cameras provided by the Create Space and the OU School of Film, allowing us a high degree of mobility and a budget of $0 for our equipment. The low quality of the image...

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.        

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