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Development of an Android Controlled Colonoscope

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Fatigue injuries within the left thumb and forearm are common in physicians performing colonoscopy procedures. These arise from stabilizing the scope, as well as steering the scopes distal tip using two steering knobs. In an attempt to reduce those risks, I have built a mounted, Android controlled prototype colonoscope. This allows the physician to control the scope through a touchscreen device, reducing thumb fatigue from steering, while eliminating the need to hold and stabilize the scope (reducing forearm fatigue from gripping the scope). The base on which the scope is mounted on consists of metal sheet with clamps underneath it in order to clamp it to a table (more specifically the operation table). Two pieces, seen in blue, were printed to hold and stabilize the scope onto the base. A third piece, seen in gray, mounts the two motors that rotate the steering knobs. This piece is...

The Sky Over Lake Erie: My Husband and Me

By Gregory Hatch

Using the digital printer on found fabric I was able to print out the family photos of my husband and myself to create the base material for this project. The Sky Over Lake Erie: My Husband and Me is a textile piece that subtly explores notions of queer space and personal memory. The title refers to the lake that is geographically between my husband’s and my family homes. It is a piece that is meant to allow the viewer only limited viewership to the printed photos as they are obscured by the bright rainbow pattern. This is much like how queer identity can often distract away from the everyday person.    

The History of Football: An Odyssey

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“The History of Football: An Odyssey” is one man’s journey to find the roots of the game he loves so very much. Written and created by Media Student/Stand-up Comedian Michael Robenalt and produced and directed by myself (Film student Luke Porst), The History of Football is a five part web series. The series is something of a parody of the “Cosmos” programs of Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson, but of course, it’s about football rather than the universe. This series is at its roots a parody, a genre that hasn’t had the audience that it used to. By bringing it to a shorter form and made for the web, we hope to find a way to bring this genre to a new audience.      

Circular Logic

By Andrew Gross

This was a recording project of my original compositions. Some of the music is acoustic, and was performed by my friends. Others are videos of me with electronics and a few other musicians. Circular Logic was the title of my graduate composition recital....

reconstructed recollections

By Brett Barton

These paintings explore the divide between memory and experience. People take pictures to commemorate experiences, but the experiences are not in those pictures. If someone prints a photograph, it can evoke the experience but can’t bring the experience back. Printed images are typically made with four colors, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and blacK (CMYK). I have taken the role of a human printer. Using this same vocabulary of color, I have reconstructed the experience of remembrance through gestural application of paint. Painting one color at a time, I combine the transparent colors into a single image. Earlier works in the series leaned more representational. The results became less about a recognizable landscape and more about the motions of applying the paint.        

Beta Testing

By Broooks Wenzel

Transform your space and project yourself to another site. Are your movements only art if you say they are art? Does mark making only include gestures that leave a lasting imprint? Dancers are not the only athletes that understand the highly refined movements of their bodies. What things do you “sacrifice” to lead the life important to you? Do you exist in your physical location or mental location? (Dis)connect with your surroundings.

Go Away Everywhere

By Jacob Koestler

There is almost never an investigation when a fly on the wall disappears. He’s assumed to be out who knows where or just gone away who cares where. No one stops for the guy on the berm with his back to the road; it’s probably a wet dog or something else half domesticated. A year of moving tired with open eyes ends where the rust belt meets Appalachia—where everybody’s forgotten and no one is looking. This dead heart of industry is tucked in a series of lobbed-off mountains, blanketed by overgrown invasive species and reduced to orange currents flowing out along the creek beds. Shrouded in off-air static, this is a place to disappear, fall out, stay inside and grow blurry in a scarred and confusing landscape.

Behind The Mask

By Nick Poulos

We all know about our favorite wall crawler, Spider-Man and some of us wish we could be him. But without great power comes… a need for a super awesome costume. Now being that we aren’t movie stars or millionaires it’s not that easy to get our hands on a professionally made or movie used costume. So what do we do when a $30 costumes just won’t cut it? Well there’s actually a lot that goes into it from the trial and error of fabrics and colors to screen printing on a miniscule brick pattern that most people aren’t even going to notice. Well there’s one more component you many want to consider investing in. A face-shell. That’s right, I know you all think it’s just a face underneath the mask but you would be mistaken, the movie star and stunt doubles all wear a face-shell under the mask to keep the shape of the head clean and smooth, rather than seeing a wrinkled fabric and the actors...

Topfreedom

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This performance calls attention to gender inequalities. I am advocating the right for women to choose to be topless and still be seen in a non-sexual way, without fear of detainment or judgment, and given the same rights and respect as men. In preparation for this social experiment, I spoke with an attorney about state law, and the Associate Director, Office of Student Conduct, who had to speak with a hierarchy of faculty to ensure I was not violating the school code. I executed the performance for nearly two hours on South Green on a nice April day when I knew there would be lots of people out, especially topless males, as there usually are. I tried to act the same as I would have been if I was not topless, to show that female toplessness should be seen no differently than male. At first, I felt scared of what people would say or think, but after I started, I felt confident and happy...

Dump Bucket Aquarium

By Sarah Dahlinger

Dump Bucket Aquarium is a multi-media work in progress that immerses the viewer into the interior of a bar’s drink dump bucket as it fills to the brim. The splashing landscape of fruit garnishes, straws and ice cubes transforms into an underwater oceanic oasis. The video is projected on a shaped projection screen that references an aquarium tunnel. Such architectural innovations enable the magical experience of walking underwater–surrounded by whale bellies and bottom feeders. The attraction and repulsion of the video underscores the duality of indulgence itself as the playful, tranquil, landscape becomes progressively indecipherable and ominous.  

One Square Meal

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This collaborative performance was an investigation into re-contextualizing the notion of sexual simulation. Myself and my collaborator, Kristina Stefanovski, kneeled in a 40×40″ wooden box, and ate a piece of cantaloupe simultaneously. The audio from the actions was projected outward toward to the audience, forcing them to interact with what they were hearing, rather than what they could or could not see.    

Puppetry Sound Design

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In studying a form of southeast asian performance, “Wayang Kulit,” our class was tasked to put on a shadow puppetry performance, imbued with a modern technological element. Our shows would use traditional Balinese or Javanese puppets, made from dyed leather, and we learned techniques to manipulate them. The modern technological element I included in my performance was an elaborate sound design, including music and sound effects, most of which I built or modified myself. I used a program called QLab to assemble and organize my sound cues.        

Suspended Communication

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This project, a hanging wood-and-wire sculpture onto which I projected words.  I ideated and constructed it in response to a multifaceted prompt that included demonstrating a concept I had learned, assembling cosmetic features of our pieces–patterns, segments, media, etc.–into groups of three or six. Here, the projector displays a looping .GIF over my structure so that the content of the iMessage-like text bubbles would cycle rapidly through visual examples of communication (e.g. a clipping from an ASL learner’s manual, a video of smoke signals from the Vatican).  

nostalgia

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I decided to explore light and projection, showcasing nature photos and videos onto moving sheets, using those clips to create a psychedelic music video.

Confused?

By Eric Tiu

“Confused?” is a children’s educational television show that is distributed over the internet and aired locally on WOUBII. The show is produced entirely by students under the blanket organization AVW Productions. Each episode consists of separate segments all pertaining to an overarching theme. These segments are broken up by banter performed by our three hosts. Early in the semester we came up with the idea of doing a live show for our latest episode, which was all about how people predict the weather. The banter would be performed by our hosts live on stage in front of the audience, while the pre-recorded segments would play on a screen in between the banter. The ambition of doing such a project was nearly unparalleled in AVW history, especially considering how small our crew is compared to other AVW shows. After weeks of brainstorming and negotiating, we received...

Anxious Unease

By Nicole Krystofik

Anxiety is an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behavior. It is the emotionally unpleasant feelings of dread over something unlikely to occur. It is a feeling of fear, worry, and uneasiness, usually generalized and unfocused as an overreaction to a situation that is only personally seen as menacing. Anxiety is often accompanied by restlessness, fatigue, problems in concentration, and muscular tension. My goal for this video is to not only encompass the emotions and feelings one goes through while enduring an anxiety attack, but to also allow the viewer to visually experience the causes and affects of anxiety. Additionally, the audio track accompanying the video is used to contribute to the sense of anxiety and fear felt among the viewer while watching.  ...

Catch and Release

By Mateo Galvano

In a series of installations that included drawings, photographs and assemblages alongside sculpture and a recorded sound composition, Ohio University School of Art + Design MFA, Mateo Galvano, presented a thesis exhibition entitled ‘Catch and Release’ which occurred April 2014 at Majestic Galleries in Nelsonville, Ohio. Galvano works across disciplines that extend beyond traditional forms to include collages of sound, sculpture, photography, installation and creative writing. In an examination of formal and conceptual tensions between iterations of representation and abstraction, Galvano considers themes of absence, translation, damage, and memory. The artist explored both language and its breakdown with his work, ‘Inheritance’, in which sculptural installation is accompanied by a recorded sound composition featuring indecipherable lyric texts. In Galvano’s...

#Homecoming

By Kyle Kresge

#Homecoming is a continuation of a body of work that deals with my response to visiting my hometown after a nine-year absence. This research furthers my understanding of the cultural and economic demographic of my childhood of lower middle class suburbia. Photographing locations in and around my hometown has evoked memories which helps contextualize my understanding of self within society and of where I came from. The title of this piece is a play on the slogan from the university of my hometown, one that conveys a collective mentality yet a miscommunication of a larger conversation.        

Analogous

By Maddie Cupp

Though accessibility is an essential consideration in other areas of design, the accessibility of enjoyment in visual design is lacking. This Braille learning device metaphorically closes the gap between visual and tactile language in design by physically completing a circuit between two points. Just as the completion of the circuit sparks a dialogue between two devices, the marriage of visual typography and Braille creates a relationship between people — the receivers of these two languages. This device is designed to embody universal enjoyment. By activating multiple senses (touch, sound, and sight) the user’s experience becomes more vivid as the pathways between the senses spark to life. When these two languages unite, Braille is able to exist as a beautiful formal element as well as a functional one and can be enjoyed by all as a leading element in design.      ...

Machine

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My objective for this project was to create a short animation featuring both cut-out and puppet stop-motion techniques. After creating a shot list and constructing my puppet–a strange robotic creature–I consulted with CREATE_space to acquire a camera and studio space to shoot. The idea for this project was inspired from an interest in the contrast between mechanical and natural aesthetics. The puppet is largely built from scrap metal and defunct electronic equipment: rusted nails, wires, and the guts of an obsolete computer. Even the set design comprises a balance of natural and manufactured, blending a stark clay landscape with burlap fabric and paint. The machine’s actions remain relatively minimal throughout the animation. It simply observes its surroundings and, quite literally, consumes the elements it finds. The first two of these represent systems that are...

Nissan 300ZX Commercial

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I have been thinking about making a car commercial, since I bought my 1985 Nissan 300ZX retro sports car. Motivated by a commercial photography class I’m taking this semester, I decided to make a commercial with 80s style lighting and Japanese narration as my final project. Me and my co-director Luke Fisher watched many 80s sports car commercials as research. We watched old Japanese Nissan commercials, Hasselhoff’s Knight Rider, and British car programs. We knew we wanted to play with stark lighting, fog, dutch angles, and crazy colored lights. We want the project to show off the car and look cool but also have elements of humor that point out dated effects, cheesy text, and blemishes that the car has collected over the years. In order to get better image in low light situation, we did test shoots with a few different types of cameras. We ended up using Canon C100, 5D Mark...

Spitting Image

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Liz Conway’s solo work, “Spitting Image”, fuses live and video dance. Yielding to the containment of her 8’ by 8’ square, her subtle yet decisive movements show a juxtaposed relationship between the real and virtual images. Through these accessible limitations she creates a cohesive exploration of an alternate universe.      

Brass Quintet Recording at St. Paul’s Church

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After recording a brass quartet in the chapel at St. Paul’s Church for Create_Space, I decided that I wanted to experiment some more with its ambience. The reverberations echo everywhere in the half-circle-shaped building, and I tried to find the best way to capture them. I recruited a brass quintet from the School of Music, which included two trumpets, a trombone, a french horn and a tuba, and brought them to St. Paul’s. The most striking aspect of the church from an acoustic standpoint is its large balcony in the front. Overlooking the whole church, this is where the organ and the choir is located during services. I first attempted to place four microphones, two SM-57s and two Audix condensers, equally spread out on this balcony while the quintet played from the gathering space below. This captured the reverberations of what the five musicians played, but the signal was...

Unplanning by design

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Can spontaneity be part of a plan? In creative processes, it could be one of the most valuable strategies we have. This research explores the value of letting go of control in the making process and embraces the intelligence of randomness, chance, and apparent nonsense. It speaks of the importance of cultivating creativity through observation and experimentation. The value of spontaneity in the creative process has been a focus of study in many fields, including psychology, mental health, philosophy and art. My secondary source research documents examples of movements and artists who have taken advantage of what spontaneity offers. While happenstance and chance may seem contradictory to design, these are essential parts of all creative activities, including design. My research engaged methodical processes that left room for chance. This increased my awareness and sensitivity to subtle...

Better Blaster Bureau

By Daniel Williams

The Better Blaster Bureau is developing the world’s finest foam dart blasters. Hundreds of thousands of adult urban gaming enthusiasts and Humans versus Zombies players across the US are dissatisfied with the performance metrics of Nerf® foam dart blasters. Our team of six is a startup at the Innovation Center and includes graduates of the Innovation Engine Accelerator (in Athens, OH), HvZ players, and students of engineering, marketing, and business. We have being using the Makerbot 3D printer at the CREATE_Space for early prototyping as a cost-effective alternative to traditional prototyping methods. Featured in the pictures are a couple early internals prototypes (they are plungers and cylinders that are supposed to generate enough air-pressure to launch a foam dart). We also are developing an enhanced stock attachment for existing Nerf® foam dart blasters. All products are designed...

Mobile Recording and Experimentation

By Eric Ruhl

My creative research was for a final project for one of my Music Production classes. Unfortunately, the same day my band was all set to make the trip down to record, the studio at the RTV building was shut down due to a problem. With this news I frantically began searching for an alternative means to make this project happen. Upon learning the news, two of the band members decided not to make the trip down, so I was left with another producer and the drummer of the band. Due to being unable to find a large enough space to record on such short notice, we decided to get experimental in our approach. My personal bedroom studio was used in order to create new sounds, and explore the possibilities of recorded sounds. We stayed up all night looking for anything we could around the house in order to create music with. From the bell of my toaster oven to the gong-like sound of a wok lid, if it...

Prescribed

By Brad Stimson

Our outcome in life is death. It’s what we do and overcome in between the beginning and end that makes us who we’re. Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that affects millions off people around the world of all ages. Symptoms are slow when first diagnosed and progress over time. There is no cure or known cause for it yet, though there is a lot being done through organizations and research. This disease doesnt end life, it just takes life away. I watched my grandmother struggle with Parkinson’s for the majority of my life until she passed of pancreatic cancer in 2008. Widowed she did everything on her own for years including painting, golfing, and being the best grandmother she could. This strange tremor of my grandmothers arms and uncontrollable nodding was normal in my eyes, but as I got older I noticed how others viewed it. Physically present...

Haffa’s Records

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Haffa’s is an ongoing short documentary film project about Haffa’s Records in Athens. I have been filming the store on various days since November and the project is nearly finished. My process was originally to go into the store and record anything that I could, intending to shape the film in the edit. As I began to edit each day’s footage, I began to notice patterns in the types of images I was interested in recording. These first few days in the store yielded little in terms of interesting footage, but contributed a blueprint for how I wanted to shape the rest of the project. The project focuses on the specific aspects of the store that define the space, from the building’s structural idiosyncrasies to the store’s customers and employees. Through postproduction, the aim of the finished film will be to shape individual details of the record store into a...

Sidekick and Genre Blending with Fantasy

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I’ve been spending the year working on a short film titled Sidekick and an accompanying paper exploring genre blending and fantasy films. I wrote about Sidekick earlier this year here on the site. When I first started exploring the fantasy film genre it seemed so restrictive. Audiences have so many ideas about what a fantasy film should be. However what I’ve discovered that to deliver on the fantasy film promise a filmmaker only has to incorporate magic, creatures, make-believe, or supernatural events. Once the filmmaker incorporates one of those elements the filmmaker can then go anywhere and do anything with the story from there. This makes fantasy one of the most flexible film genres allowing other genres to easily play into the story.  

IF (Imaginary Friend)

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My research was fairly short. To summarize, I looked at the TED Talks Video with Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius.     In watching this video, I took some time to think about imaginary friends and their impact on creative thinking. I wanted to show the depth creativity can take, so I set a specific threshold of characters to draw. The set number was one thousand and I reached one thousand and one on a page miscount for the better. I made one slideshow including all one thousand original characters spanning 22 minutes, a booklet featuring eighty characters a page, and one thousand stickers each with an imaginary friend on them. My project statement: I have a strong relationship with my imaginary friend (IF). He aids my creative thinking. Having his input constantly helps me with my ideas. Having conversations with him presents possibilities much like mind...

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