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OU Film Web Team: Summer Interviews

By Natalie Hulla

The Web team for Ohio University Film recently sat down with a handful of graduate and HTC film students to interview them on their summer activities. While some students traveled abroad to teach or work professionally, others gained internship experience and worked on professional TV/film sets. One of our students connected with an Emmy-nominated cinematographer and OU Film alum, George Mooradian, while freelancing in Los Angeles. The Web team, which is a small group of graduate students who manage the program’s website and social media outlets, wanted to showcase these accomplishments and experiences in order to create a highlight reel that will accompany a feature post on our website blog. We used a Canon 5D Mark II from The CREATE_Space to hold formal, sit-down interviews.        

Splinters

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I was the one being filmed, narrating, and I wrote the poem being Narrated. I shot and wrote this poem yesterday and edited it today. This is a video of my literacy narrative how I came to have literacy in the language of writing/storytelling. The video was shot at Jefferson Hall on Ohio University Athens campus. I wanted to express in a creative way where I came from and how I came into writing poetry. So I wrote the poem as an example of my poetry writing but made the video to just reinforce the poem to give the viewer a better feel for the emotion the poem is displaying.      ...

Illustrations for the novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude”

By Kateryna Tolmachova

This project is showing magical realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by digital photo-collaging. I made 11 illustrations total – 80×60 cm. All of them are black and white with tone of old paper and some coloring added, which imitates the way photo-editors of 19-th century made black and white photos colored.        

evaporation walks

By Lori Esposito

Evaporation Walking is a practice I began in 2012 as a means for letting go of grief. In collaboration with place and time, the process of evaporation sets the duration for each walk. The gesture of carrying evaporating water is a metaphor for carrying a body transitioning from life to death. Along the way, perceived boundaries between body and space are softened.  

Participatory Art and Urban Space: Taipei, 2010-2014

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Through various Participatory Art case studies in Taipei, my dissertation explores the use of art as a critique on Taiwan’s current urban (re)development policies. Two interdisciplinary works, Operation Little Barbarossa and Cooking at the Front Line stand out in particular as protest against exclusive and inequitable urban renewal. Both projects demonstrate the collaboration between artists, students, residents, and other professionals to create performance art in order to rally for housing rights and increased civic participation in urban planning. Operation Little Barbarossa utilizes a hand-built car, a man-powered BMW318 with a tandem bike ‘engine’, to distribute educational literature that encourages citizens to critically examine the effects of 2010 International Taipei Flora Exposition on Taipei’s natural and living environment. (fig. 1) Cooking at the...

Cactus-By-Proxy

By Todd Kunkler

“Cactus-By-Proxy” is the first in a series of interactive, web-based artworks examining the unique discourses, fabricated personas, and crippling loneliness of subterranean online communities. Though part send-up of PPV camgirl sites, part critique of the heavily mediated interactions made commonplace by the internet, “Cactus-By-Proxy” is, at its core, a loving pastiche of the weirdest, most disconcerting corners of the web and all of their inhabitants.    

Projected Definitions

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“My work utilizes the iconography of women and animals to discuss commodity culture, feminism, and the power and ownership. Self-worth is often dictated by the items we own and the trophies of our existence. Due to my own personal experiences in a capitalist society I view consumer culture as gender-biased, framing the woman as the predominant consumer. The idea of consumer as trophy collector, commodities as trophies, woman as trophy, and animal as trophy is the germination of my work. The use of animals, the subject of mans domination, and the female, are portrayed as the trophies that are coveted for prestige and self-satisfaction. Much of my work juxtaposes human and animal/taxidermy forms in an effort to understand the American landscape of consumerism and its desire for acquisition of the commodity. In my sculptural works, I depict animals absorbed and regurgitated by the...

Sonic Fiction (Dark Water)

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An exercise in absurdity: using a home-made hydrophone to listen under the waves for a sea monster that may or may not have swam into Gloucester harbor almost 200 years ago. Also, perhaps, a meditation on change, loss, and the relentless passage of time. The landscape has shifted several times over since the so-called “Sea Serpent” was last seen here. In Gloucester, MA, I made a number of field recordings that capture a working seaport still in the throes of change as tourism muscles in alongside industrial fishing. A fish packing plant is torn down to make way for a waterfront resort. The sea is emptied of cod, refills itself, and is emptied again. Endlessly the waves pound the shore into sand. These sound recordings are part of my MFA thesis project in progress, Dark Water. They may become part of an audio tour to accompany a series of photos I made Gloucester over the...

The Housing of a Modular Robot for Colonoscopy

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Since most of the readers might not be professionals in this area. I would make it as easily understandable as possible. Thus there might be terms that are not technically accurate. Introduction: Colonoscopy is a procedure that checks the entire large intestine, which is the last part of human digestive system. During the process, the colonoscopist inserts a scope (basically a rubber tube with camera, water/air supply tubes and biopsy forceps inside, measures about 160 cm in length and 12mm in diameter) into the patient’s rectum (last part of the large intestine) to check the colon for abnormality (such as tumor or polyp) and perform surgery if needed. The scope has a flexible distal tip that can be bent upward and downward (0 to 160 degrees) and left and right (0 to 180 degrees) manipulated by the doctor with a control head at the proximal end. Generally, due to the complexity...

Mapping San Francisco II

By Astrid Kaemmerling

My recent work explores the impact of gentrification upon San Francisco’s Mission District. How is gentrification transforming the material and social relations of SF’s historically charged district? Through this long term project it is my intention to map the district’s rapidly changing fabric which will provide tools to analyze the impact of gentrification upon the material and social fabric of the district. Through regular drifts through the district I was able to continue my research – collecting no longer merely visual but also audio files. To be continued…      

Hints of Her

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Hints of Her is a short film that looks into the life of a widower that lost his wife during the birth of their first child. On the brink of his 3rd birthday, Derek’s son has started to ask the question “where is mommy?”. Derek is pressured by his wife’s parents, friends and family in how to handle the sensitive situation. Derek and his son have a strong bond. This bond is structured through father/son interactions of learning and play while Derek deals with situations that arise such as which preschool and the decision to date. This film sets out to explore the emotions of becoming a father and widower in the same day. Can a birthday be a celebration when it is the anniversary of a death? Exploring the life of a single father is complicated in the reliance Derek has on his wife’s family for financial and emotional support. By complicating the notion of a...

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.      ...

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