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Ice Skating


In my creative research, I explored ice skating as a physical representation of a calming atmosphere. Using the GoPro, I took videos from different perspectives, including the perspective from the skates, to show the vast feeling of the open rink to produce a relaxing feeling. I also investigated the idea of a “trace,” leaving behind a mark on the ice to demonstrate one’s presence in the rink. But also the fleeting nature of that mark once the Zamboni clears the ice. I will continue my study.          

The Beauty of Simplicity

By Alexandria Polanosky

Sustainability has been a trending topic in some communities, including Athens, Ohio, lately. Though it is an idea based around simplicity, transitioning to and living this way does not always seem so simple. However, one man found a way to do so simply in the pursuit of beauty and peace of mind rather than thinking only in an environmental context. Dennis Miller, a resident of Coolville, Ohio, has agreed to welcome me back onto his property and into his workshop to capture his sustainable efforts and his motivations behind them. I met Dennis through the Sustainable Living Network, a local Athens, Ohio organization dedicated to providing a space to share sustainable lifestyle efforts of any kind with other community members. Many statistics support the push toward living more sustainably. In the last 45 years, the demand for natural resources has doubled. Half of the world’s rivers are...

Visit to shanty towns

By Anh Ta

After receiving feedbacks from my thesis committee as well as examining my works produced from last year, I spent a month this past summer traveling to Lima and Mexico City to primarily visit slum neighborhoods. The purpose was to find a relationship in visual and content research between these places and my works, which were tapping into the notion of third world domestic life. I picked these locations as they are ranked as two of the largest slum cities in the world. With the resources borrowed from the CREATE_space, I was able to efficiently record what I encountered during the trip.        

Coal Production: Narratives of the Appalachian Landscape


Appalachia has a long and controversial history of being invented, mapped and named by coal and coal mining. In order to extract coal, narratives mapped the region, wherein, “the coal industry’s priorities have determined the local economy, culture and geography” (Scott 137). Contention around this history and mapping continues amongst scholars, artists, environmentalists, industry and others about this history of coal as Appalachia transitions into a contemporary “post-coal” landscape. As the physical landscape—which has been scarred and manipulated by the coal industry—changes, so, too, does the cultural landscape. How is the history and contemporary moment of Appalachia told in this new cultural landscape? There are extremes of past and future Appalachia(s) represented and promoted as a demarcation of place. This project looks toward tourism/museums in the coalfields of West...

360 Pharma Group Promotional Video


This summer I have been lucky enough to work with a large and growing Cincinnati pharmaceutical businesses named 360 Pharma Group. I have been asked to make a promotional video for the company that will be featured on their website, and sent out to clients in the U.S., Asia and India. 360 is made of three separate companies, each of which deals with a specific and vital part of the industry. Pharmaceutical business isn’t the most exciting thing in the world, and so I had to find a story that I thought was interesting and that would explain the nature of the company to existing and prospective clients. I discovered that the pharmaceutical business is controlled by 3 large companies, and is in many ways a locked industry. 360 has become successful because it has brought together the separate pieces of the industry: drug distribution, storage and product creation. Today 360 is in...

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 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...

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