Colorscapes (01)


Leander Edmiston and myself(Dan Manion) have begun to experiment with a series of color-based video projects. Our aim is to explore the many facets of color, including its incorporation into storytelling and its emotional associations. Ambiguous and undulating inks confront the viewer with an escape from reality. Together we have begun creating organic-esque, complex, and abstract “colorscapes” that reference the natural world.      

Black Hands Reaching Toward Black Space


This work is beginning to ruminate on my environmental influences in relation to my interpretation of the world, an interpretation that is constantly morphing. This work attempts to address a communal need to define humanity. In other words, it addresses the ambiguity of the definition if the word “human”, by confronting the viewer with an uncomfortable and slightly manipulated image of a part of the human body.  I use the experience of returning to my childhood home and feeling as if I can no longer exist comfortably in that space, because I exist outside of that community’s definition of “human”. I am categorized as “other”, which I think is an experience that can be universal. ​  

Temporal Landscape


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 day I watched my Dad pull his gun


During my second year as an MFA candidate in the ceramics department here at OU, I am exploring childhood recollections through recreation and adaptation. My hope with this work is not only to recall memories that are significant to my development, but also to revisit times in my life when important people (such as my father, grandparents, etc.) were still living and, in turn, still a source of comfort and safety. On to the project… For this iteration of the piece I’ve titled “The day I watched my Dad pull his gun”, I moved my studio into the installation space up at the Ridges for 2 days. During this time, I built loosely constructed wooden supports out of 2x4s that would eventually hold raw clay constructions of the human hand. I enjoyed working with raw clay in this manner because it allowed me to construct these pieces free of the anxieties most often...



In Mitochondrial, I am investigating areas of intersection between the systems of our own experience and existence and the systems or laws that control the universe at a cosmic level. By doing this, I am able to take areas of extreme unknown, wonder, and awe and bring them into my own sense of control by filtering them through a system of rules and guidelines. These intersections of existence also help to fulfill my own longing for connection to the universe as a whole and to make those ideas of extreme scale and unknown closer to our own conceivable reality. By viewing our existence in relation to the rest of the cosmos, I hope to create a sense of connection for the viewer to the universe as our home, but also to create a connection to one another. The spiral design of Mitochondrial is based on the golden spiral, or Fibonacci spiral, which exists as the structure for the arms of the...


By Kyle Hannon

We live in a world over-saturated with stimulation. Many people are overwhelmed by this stimulation, whereas others thrive on it. I am exploring the influence of stimulation in the form of color, light, and motion on a person’s emotional states, and the potential of fabricating it with design principles in mind. My goal is to create a dynamic environment to convey stimulation, through the use of projected imagery.        



In this contemporary culture, the meaning and method of tradition is always in flux. As humans, we continuously strive to achieve a level of understanding of something bigger than ourselves. For some, this is religion, by definition: (A particular system of faith and worship). For some, it’s a scientific understanding of the world around us. I find transcendence in music, whether it be listening, playing instruments, or connecting with fellow fans of music. I want to dissect the parts and methods of music and religion and find similarities in their ability to transcend people.      



My name is Leander Edmiston, I am a sophomore strategic communication major, with a minor in film. Throughout the last year I’ve found a real passion in storytelling, typically through film. I have been lucky enough to find a great crew of undergraduate students who share my passion. These people include: Daniel Manion, Eric Bishop, Cody Zumbro, Jordan Allen, Aaron Intrater, Jack Hughes, Caroline Bresnahan and Ryan Scott. All of these people make up MILK PRODUCTIONS. Each of us enjoy participating in competitions, such as Ohio University’s annual 48 Hour Shootout. Due to unforeseen complications my team and I were in need of a camera, lenses and sound equipment. At 5 pm on a Friday the shootout assigns each group a genre, prop and line of dialogue they must use in the film. Each group has 48 hours to write, film and edit their movie. It is a rush, full of quick thinking, on the...

To Define One’s Self in Five Images


For this piece I was faced with the challenge of capturing my being in five photographs. It has been said that “a picture is worth 1,000 words”, but I have yet to meet a person that can be defined in 5,000. The multilayered quality of humanity is infinitely complex and indescribable. So I created a collage with the five photographs. The different aspects of self interact with each other to further evoke the layers of person that each of us hold within us. Placing, spacing, scale and color come together to create a single image of self. Whatever that may be. I created this piece in late January of 2015 in my studio at Ohio University.      

Soldiering Shadows


Oral history is a powerful tool in documenting not only historical events, but also in preserving personal stories for future generations. My research explores the idea of “soldier” with an oral history technique, in an effort to inform, inspire and empower others. My early research showed that the average American strongly associates the word “soldier” with an individual enlisted in the military, which is consistent with the most common dictionary definition of the word. However, this project is not one that will focus on the military soldier; it’s the everyday soldier I am interested in. So, at this point in my research, I have begun to define exactly what a soldier is to me through written exercises and spoken word. Through different combinations of audio files using the aforementioned documentation, I believe I have achieved a quite impactful auditory message regarding the true...

Black Peter — Reexamining Santa Claus


Black Peter is a video that presents a disturbing view of Santa Claus. The world is unlocked to this sinister man when we find ourselves stuck in a roundabout listening to Christmas music on repeat. The piece employed video from multiple camera sources to illicit different responses to the visuals presented. Enjoy!    

The Myth of Stardaddy Dixie


Stardaddy Dixie is a musical persona pursued separately by two experimental rock musicians from cities hundreds of miles a part. My thesis film builds a narrative around the lives of these two individuals and brings them clashing together for a performance of a lifetime. The pseudo documentary collects footage of their lives and other performances to be woven into the story. Here, we decorated a space at a house show in Athens and brought lights and cameras to catch the unexpected. <a href=”http://humanconduct.bandcamp.com/album/stardaddy-dixie-tennessee”>Stardaddy Dixie – Tennessee by Human Conduct...

Never Again, Every Year


Intention shapes human perception of actions. A simple gesture can become a powerful movement when it is executed with mindfulness. Dance movement devoid of intention and internal motivation quickly becomes calisthenics, slipping from the realm of art into what would be more appropriately defined as aerobics or virtuosic athletic activity. In my piece Never Again, Every Year, I investigated the possibility that the reverse of this dialogue could also be true: that utilitarian movement could be made into art through focused attention. The piece used light, shadow, fabric, and a unique movement vocabulary to examine the potential of the human conscience to transform banal, task-like movements into an emotionally resonant performative experience. I collaborated with composer D. Turner Matthews to create a multi-sensory audience experience. “Never Again, Every Year” was a 20...

Benjamin Has a Brilliant Idea


As part of second year MFA film production requirements I wrote and created a 12 minute short film titled “Benjamin Has a Brilliant Idea”. It is an attempt to combine noir, kid’s film and mildly ironic melodrama genres in a novel manner. Using various genre tropes and clichés, including hard-boiled voice over and black and white rotoscoping, I attempted to create a world with consistent rules that would otherwise not scan. All while remaining gently tongue in cheek.      

“Cool Beans” – Observational Documentary


In a world with so many demands on time and resources, I was lucky enough to find an individual that used his time and resources to live off of…literally. “Cool beans” is an observational documentary that sees the world through the eyes of Caleb Brown, a small entrepreneur that lives off of his artisan talents. From roasting imported coffee to social activism on social media, Caleb is a man of many hats that has chosen to use his talents to put food on his table and pay the bills through his “simple living”. At 27 years old, Caleb has no steady flow of income and practically lives the artists’ dream by living off the sweat of his brow comfortably. Not only has he found a way to live fully, but he’s also tapped into using and sharing his gifts to challenge those around him to do the same and to be less stressed by the keeping up with the trends of the world. His only source of income is...

Odd Conversations

By Aaron Butler

Lately my work (be it my own creative projects or compositions other have written for me) has explored two things: 1) the use of field recordings 2) the use of speaker drivers to turn instruments into a sounding body for the playback of audio In my most recent piece I’m combing these. I’m attaching a speaker driver to both heads of a large bass drum; one plays back field recordings I’ve made (the Hocking River at 3am/the sound of a busy bar/the Cleveland Museum of Art’s atrium/etc…) while the other amplifies a guitar. The guitar sound is then manipulated through my performance on the head of the drum. I can change the pitch of the head to attenuate certain frequencies of the guitar signal, create vibrato effects, or rest objects on the head that will create various textures (wire brushes, etc..). I found it interesting that after performances of noise...

Babel III

By Ryan

Babel is a working series of works that is constantly growing as culture shifts. The objective of this research is to display the extremities that create a complex notion of Blackness. In addition its function is to create a space that allows everyone to engage in the conversation of Blackness and ultimately address and deal ones own social and inner conflicts. How I conduct this project is by coordinating a series of interviews with four Black individuals at various locations. The audio goes through an editing process of layering to create flux and frustration for the listener. For this particular set of interviews I chose four Black students from Ohio State University. These interviews took place on Feb 11th and the audio piece was presented Feb 17th. I added an additional component that has not been used in my previous interviews which is jazz music. The purpose of this is to set a...

Elliptical Interactions


In my recent work I have been interested in the systems and structures occurring in nature that control and create function as well as beauty within it. The physical laws or rules repeating throughout nature often go unnoticed in lieu of the aesthetic appeal of an object or phenomenon, despite that many of our conceptions of beauty are based in these rules or systems. By exploring areas of intersection between the systems within our own existence and the systems or laws that control the universe at a cosmic level, I am able to fulfill my own longing for connection to the universe as a whole and to make those ideas of extreme scale and unknown closer to our own conceivable reality. My inspiration for Elliptical Interactions comes from the similarity in the shape of orbits of planets and of electrons around a nucleus, making a connection between the cosmos and the physics of our own...

Composition Thesis

By Jake Schlaerth

I am attempting to traverse the fields of both music and visual art via the realm of computer programming. I have always been interested in alternative midi controllers, and with my recent interest in Max and OpenGL, I have begun to work with the Haken Continuum Fingerboard. Our school’s fingerboard is an older model, meaning that it has no on-board synthesizer. I have had to work with raw midi data in max in order to design my own working translation of the numbers from the fingerboard into a system of digital signal processing, and then use that signal processing to control OpenGL rendering software (through Jitter). The culmination of this work will be my Composition Thesis Recital in late April. A preview of the work :      ...

focus grid, Jung

By Michael Jung

In its most basic form, the grid is a network of components that cross each other to form a series of shapes and patterns. When used as system to create footing instead of order the grid connotes a specific attitude in which ideas are fluid, uninhibited, and able to exist in any orientation. This is an active process, dependent upon learning by doing, in which the designer uses sensory input and constructs meaning out of it. Thus the grid acts as a vehicle for expansion in exploration. One of the ways we as designers are able to understand complex conditions within the practice of professional graphic design is by placing restrictions on our visual research. The research presented here requires a simple condition—that of taking away. In practice this method allows the designer to develop diverse results while maintain a harmonic intellectual and visual relationship This process,...

My Home(land) Video


Almost a year ago I headed back to Kiev, Ukraine to figure out what was happening in my homeland. Dazed and confused, just like many other Ukrainians back in February and March 2014, I found myself looking for the answers on Maidan, the main city square where a such called Revolution of Dignity changed the entire country and its future. I befriended a few activists who’d seen it all and survived numerous violent clashes with the police. I’d experienced an ecstatic feeling of being a part of something larger than I myself. Just like 16-year-old Vovka who’s proudly marching with the Ukrainian flag in his hands (see the video I uploaded). I let the camera to be my eyes and ears so I took it everywhere I went. I ended up filming my friend’s mom’s art gallery where John Lenon’s photograph sat on the same shelf with a menorah, as well as the food I ate and...

New Work

By Amy DeSitter

I am currently in my first year at Ohio University in their 3 year MFA program with a focus in painting. My most recent body of work is a series of large 9’x7′ paintings. My imaginative landscapes are both surreal as well as pastoral. I am activating these spaces through pattern and perspective. I have an interest in play between color, shape and complex systems. I feel like it is important to highlight these relationships, drawing attention to shared biological qualities across species and land formations, so they do not go unnoticed. There is an element of seduction through the use of color or noncolor which indicates whimsy, but does not indicate the pieces are less serious. These pieces give me permission to be human while creating passageways of play. There is a two-fold viewing experience. The viewer’s eye is drawn in while standing back and taking in the entirety of...

If you see something…


“If you see something…” is a group of paintings in which the viewer is placed in the role of witness through the mediation of a first-hand experience. Rather than existing as a passive voyeuristic consumer of the images of violence routinely displayed in popular media, the viewer who occupies the role of witness in the public space of the gallery has both something at stake through their proximity to others, and an opportunity to action through an engagement in a dialogue.    

The Sailing Cart


This work is based on the idea of childhood memories and a sense of forgotten nostalgia. A child’s mind is an expansive, limitless field of play which can compose the most fantastical ideas. Often times, children seem to have overlapping memories and past times. My goal of this work is to spark these memories in adult viewers so that they are brought back to a childlike state as they view the art. By creating playful scenarios from childhood, the viewer is revisited with the whimsical world of their own childhood and allows them to reminisce about their past. So much of a child’s play in society today is derived from technology. Imagination does not play as much of a role as it did in the past. This exploration into my past memories also allows for a comparison of child’s play today versus child’s play 15-20 years ago.    

The priest

By Matt Herbertz

In a world where organized religion has become violently persecuted, an aged priest, Father McNalley, searches for a safe place to start a new church. After a long journey, the priest collapses on the doorstep of a family farm. The family takes the priest in for the night without knowing his true identity. Father McNalley must decide whether or not he should trust the family enough to let them know who he really is. Will the family help the old man continue his ministry or will they hold his faith against him? The Priest is a second year MFA film by Matthew Herbertz and after a successful shoot is now in post production set to be released fall 2015. Through the intense collaboration with fellow peers and faculty The Priest was able to succeed in a Kickstarter campaign helping fund the project. As Matthew moves forward in post production he hopes the story he feels so passionately about...

Kaleidoscope (I Believe In Us)


This creative project was a music video for a local band out of Cleveland, Ohio for their original song “I Believe In Us” This was a one day shoot that took place in a local church and on the lake front in Mentor Headlands. We were immediately presented with a problem: How do you shoot inside a church without it looking like the inside of a church as it would send mixed messages about the song. To deal with this issue, we decided to frame most of the shots within one portion of the church’s stage and to focus primarily on tight framings, a lot of medium close-ups and close-ups to frame out as much of the church as possible. We also experimented with strong backlighting and placing film lights as practicals within the frame. This created lens flares and slightly washed out the background, leading the eye away from the less desirable aspects of the frame. Since the...

Performance / Perpetual Drift


Perpetual Drift is an in progress, original creative writing, sound and performance work which explores a futuristic dystopian environment. In this work, I’m interested in exploring environmental issues through fantasy and narrative. The sound was created in a home studio using electro-acoustic recordings and digital synths. Perpetual Drift was performed at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY as part of the 2014/15 Performing Media Exhibition.  

evolution of cookware


In the process of evolution. We strive for perfection and in that pursuit we try to discard flaws but sometimes there still benefits and beauty in those flaws. The reason I have been focusing on the pot is that as a form of technology, boiling is far away from obvious. It transformed the possibilities of cooking with a big step up from fire alone. Recoding this whole processing as a documents and therefore appreciate how many dishes we owe to this basic form of equipment.      

A Soft Surplus and Soft Surplus+


A Soft Surplus was the first collaborative installation by Collective Springboard (Micah Snyder, Stephanie Wadman, Danny Crump, Siavash Tohidi, Todd Irwin, Barry O’Keefe and Sarah Dahlinger). Held at the School of Art+Design’s Ridges graduate studios, the handmade bouncy castle constructed from recycled and found materials imagined the possibility of an inclusive playland. The interactive art installation invited the public to jump inside the soft sculpture and explore their relationship with fun. In conjunction with Athens’ Nuit Blanche Festival, Collective Springboard bounced back with Soft Surplus+. Installed at the busy intersection by Howard park, the sculpture attracted a diverse range of jumpers from families and children to undergrad bar-goers and professional dancers. Soft Surplus+ created a venue where participants embraced their high flying spirit and bounced to...

The Use of Outdoor Lighting


I created this project because I have been thinking about changing my major to photography and integrated media. I have quite a bit of experience with photography and I know that outdoor lighting was one of the things I wanted to improve on. Therefore, I asked a couple of my friends if they would be interested in modeling for me and they said they’d love to. First, my friend Becca and I walked around campus one day and I took individual pictures of her. I chose places that would be perfect to work with outdoor lighting. We stayed on East Green and took photos on the stairs behind Lincoln Hall, on the road towards Shively and outside of Putnam. The second time I used outdoor lighting, I was with my friends Becca, Chrissy, and Barrett. We took a trip to the Ridges on a sunny day; I took them into the woods to a few spots where the sun was shining through the trees. I decided to paint...

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