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Black Hands Reaching Toward Black Space Continued….

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The original project under this title was ruminating on my exhibited physical reactions to social constraints that exist within a controlled population. In other words, I was attempting to understand my place within my childhood community. These works take that concept a little further, in that, I am considering my tendency to be both hyper visible and invisible. With this particular work I am attempting to understand how my body functions within an entirely dark or well-lit space. What does it mean to be both invisible and hyper visible? Is there any room for physical ambiguity?    

In and Around The Barn – Red Projection

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This is a continuation of my previous “Color Experimentation” project. {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.}     This first edited video entitled “RED” is an example of my fascination with back and forth submergence into a created dreamlike space. With help from Nathan from the Create_Space, I was able to project this video at the gallery show entitled “In And Around The Barn” held this past month at The Dairy Barn.  ...

Meadow Bridge

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Meadow Bridge is a small town located in Fayette County, West Virginia. A population of 379 was recorded for the 2010 census. At the heart of this small town is Meadow Bridge High School. Because of the small population that continues to decrease, the threat of consolidation constantly looms over the school. If consolidation were to transpire the school would not be the only loss…the small town would go with it. On June 13th, 2015 Fayette County will vote on a bond that will decide the fate of the school and in doing so, the fate of the town. This short film documents the struggle of a community that is fighting to keep their children, students, friends, etc. in their local school. The debates are heated as opponents and proponents to the bond battle out opinions on social media, community meetings, and political stages. With this short documentary I hope to capture the...

Precarious Places in the Established Order

By Daniel King

As part of my MFA Thesis research and production I created an exhibition called “Precarious Places in the Established Order,” on view in the Ohio University Art Gallery March 30-April 4, 2015. The work created for this show encompassed a variety of material and conceptual practices, using analog tradition black & White photography, Multi-channel HD video, carefully designed audio components and wall projections. Artist Statement: The limited access highway system plays a ubiquitous function in activating experiences of both the mundane and the exceptional. Considering the highway as conduit architecture means recognizing its design promotes efficiency and industry over geographic awareness and sensitivity to place. My goal was to embark on a journey to become sensitized to periphi, to allow the act of framing the visible world to curl in on itself, to include the role...

Distance Photography Project

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The idea behind this project was to do a series of nature shots in locations that were unsuitable for a macro lens (hills and such). One of the challenges of this project was to decide the depth of field of the composed image. This required several experiments and reshoots to come out with a series that I was happy with. To do this I borrowed the Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera and the EF 70-300 mm lens. The flower image attached to this write-up was taken with: aperture-11 shutter-1/320 and ISO-200 on manual focus. The other sculpture picture was shoot with: aperture-16 shutter-1/125 and ISO-200 on manual focus.    

The Method behind the madness

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Every Friday evening, the playwrights of OU write a script from scratch from Monday evening to Thursday Afternoon to have produced and executed as a full stage play on Friday at 11AM. This process has turned itself into a great tradition and academic class called ‘Midnight Madness’. This short cut to theatre plays call for flowing playwrights, willing actors and available tech staff. After the writing process this entire fly by night script must resemble a full fledge play inclusive a technical rehearsal. No wonder it got that name! This project follows the process behind the scenes of this fly by night production project. Ryan Dolan – 2nd yr MFA – Playwright student is the one that takes us through the paces. From conception to perception we follow a day in the life of midnight madness through the eyes of Ryan Dolan.  ...

eMotion

By Kyle Hannon

This project focuses on creating an experience which combats the overwhelming amount of digital and social stimulation that exists in the world today. I wanted to create a tranquil environment with light and color, that viewers could escape to, ignoring their phones and computers for a time. The pattern is dynamically generated in Processing. The program is designed so that every frame of time is unique and no moment will ever be repeated, giving the viewer a new and different experience every time they interact with it. This also provides more context to the piece, as it exists within the same digital medium as the negative stimulation I explored.          ...

Sanctuary

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For as long as I can remember, music has played a big part in my life. I have always deeply connected with it whether I’m at a concert, listening while driving, writing a song, or playing guitar. I love the sense of community and the bond that exists between fans of musicians. Music can be somewhat of an escape or a sanctuary. I listen to music when I’m happy, sad, stressed, working, walking; I constantly have a song in my head. I want to bring to light the similarities between how I and so many others interact with music and how people find the same comforts in their faith and religion. There are many facets of music that seem to completely align with how people celebrate their faith. Faith and organized religion can give a person a sense of belonging, happiness, solace, comfort, and uplift them. I find transcendence when I experience music.    ...

Urban Body

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This project interrogates the interchangeability of space and place. It tries to play with the fluid relationship that we have with the built environment. The strategy I have chosen is to claim spaces in the built environment that seem to exist as non-places as they usually stay undisturbed or underutilized. Here I employ temporary constructions possessing international forms (i.e. the curvature of a curb rounding a corner) adaptable to local conditions. The Locations are limited to downtown areas in various cities across the United States and, hopefully, will be expanded to other countries. The hidden motif behind the work is the issue of displacement and creation of strategies to transform space into place. In placing my body in a piece of foam with my 3D scanned body carved into it using a mechanical process, CNC, and, then, placing both into a curvature that almost perfectly fits...

Carnivalesque Documentary

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Documentary film making is one of my passions. I’ve always been drawn to “real things” and the non-fictional spectrum of storytelling. I think that’s where authentic moments come to life. Although I have this urge to go out document the world around me, I’ve encountered roadblocks in regards to obtaining necessary gear at Ohio University. Because of the Create_Space I was able to heighten the production on my documentary on Carnivalesque 2015, a DIY music festival that took place the last weekend of March. My goal for shooting the fest included shooting from a bunch of different perspectives. We accomplished this by utilizing the GoPro HERO 3 in interesting places, such as the microphone stand. We also needed decent audio to capture the sound of the bands and the crowds in cramped spaces. We were able to do so with the audio gear that we check out. All in all, our experience with the...

Music Video (Violent Kind)

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On March 16th I shot live video for the Dayton OH pop-punk band, Violent Kind. I recorded a live video of their hit song Composure, in the Double Happiness venue in Columbus, OH. The video was then cut and edited for a promotional music video to be distributed by the band. I did not pay anything out-of-pocket to complete this project, but had support from the CREATE_space by way of access to their Zeiss 50mm lens, which if I were to rent elsewhere, I would pay anywhere from $100 – $200.    ...

Pranking Ohio Presents: Intercosmic Love

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Intercosmic Love is a musical designed to test the limits of brevity in regard to preparation, and tolerance in regard to those in the audience. For one night only, the Pranking Ohio team along with a few actors entertained a group of about forty individuals in the Baker lounge with a story of romance between a man and an alien dog. While this may sound like any ordinary space romance musical, it differs in the fact that it introduces a subtle communistic message in the beginning of the first act that blossoms into full-on communist propaganda by the close. It was a shocking and entertaining experience for our audience. Pranking Ohio is an AVW web series. We are not a pranking show, rather an absurdist comedy show. The now-defunct name was carried over from the previous year. We decided to put on a musical because we felt we hadn’t yet had something to show for our name and efforts,...

Lets Play – Black Ops 2 Zombies – Buried

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For this project, I was asked to simply produce a Lets Play. This was for my Media and Creative Process class. I used the Elgato HD Capture card from the Create Space, along with my Panasonic GH-4. I set up the capture card, connecting it to my Xbox 360 and my computer. I downloaded the software and recorded the game-play separate from the face cam. I then added the face cam in editing. Below is the link to the project. Enjoy! https://seelio.com/w/1bwh/lets-play-_-black-ops-2-zombies-unit-6?student=patrickevans This project was completed along with many others for my Media and Creative Process class. This class is the Scripps bootcamp class. I have spent many hours on projects just like the one above. If you want to see some other projects, I have provided a link to my portfolio. I hope to utilize more within the Create Space in the future....

Ohio Against The World

By Ryan Davis

Ohio Against The World is becoming a leading clothing brand as a representative of Ohio. It’s popularity among youth and young adults has spread through the country fairly quickly. I was recruited to assist in developing new marketing material. For a new video I was requested to write and record a prompt that would apply to their mission. The mission of OATW is to exemplify the importance of journey and having a mission. The focus of my prompt dealt with pride but not exclusive to Ohio. It concerns itself with the concept of pride and how OATW chooses to accept it without interest in humility or arrogance. I used pride as a way to explain how a journey and mission correlate to finding ones truth. I recorded the prompt April 11th using my condenser mic and the porta booth owned by the CREATE Space.  

Water Treatment

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For my Ethnography Research Methods class I have focused on Athens Water Treatment Plant and Athens Waste Water Treatment Plant. The research began with a desire to know more about the city’s water systems. By focusing on the two plants, the project highlights the supply and disposal of Athens’ water. As part of the research I made visual and audio recordings. These recordings at times serve to document the process and infrastructure of the plants and others open a new way to comprehend the sensorial aspects of the plants. Below is a video clip that was shot on the HD HERO2 camera. The camera was used to extend perception of the water within the plant by submerging it into the water.    ...

Painting Documentation

By Ryan Davis

This create research is the documentation process of my Blackness & Babel series. My Blackness series is an investigation into a redefining of what Blackness means is todays culture. We are living in a period where the notions of what Blackness means is becoming more inclusive in accepting all different forms of defining Black identity. I have done multiple paintings and audio works to express the claims of Blackness. This is also in preparation for a lecture I will be giving in the Artist Appreciation course April 6th 2015. These documented works along the rest of my Blackness & Babel works can be viewed on my website. ryandavistheartist.com    

The World Is Flat

By Todd Kunkler

sometimes you search for video coverage of recent tragedies (genocide, mass shootings, and so forth) to see what sort of emotion it will generate within you—to see whether or not you are the kind of person you’d like to believe you are—and the video will be preceded by an advertisement for a brand of toothpaste which offers you a “brighter, healthier, and more confident smile” and then you realize that you are out of toothpaste [This body of work is an investigation into the chaotic visual language of our increasingly image-saturated post-digital society. Through techniques of collage, appropriation, and photo manipulation I disband image and ideology, thereby calling into question the veracity of the multitude of images we consume daily, and revealing undercurrents of violence and control at the heart of representation.] http://newhive.com/toddkunkler/the-world-is-flat...

Thesis Review Presentation

By Barry O'Keefe

In mid spring semester of our second year, grad students in the School of Art + Design meet with the professors on our committees to discuss our thesis projects. I used a projector to tell the story of my work so far, and describe how my proposed thesis extends this research. The abstract of my project is included below. The featured images are of past, related work. You can read more about my work so far at my website: www.barryokeefe.com Open Inbox | Abstract “I propose to create a series of five public art installations in Richmond, Virginia. These sculptures will act both as monuments to neighborhood history and identity, and as functional community message boards and meeting points. At a time in our culture when traditional models of community are under threat, these sculptures will provide neighbors a way to connect, communicate and construct shared identity. Each message...

Spectral

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For Spectral, I have created a video from still images from a previous blog entry, titled Elliptical Orbits. This video is then projected onto strips of painted Dura-Lar, a plastic material, which are installed hanging throughout the space. The images of the projection are fragmented between the painted strips and the back wall, creating multiple layers of images within the space while disrupting the large image with cast shadow. The colors of projected light from the images interact with the colors painted on the plastic pieces, either enhancing or negating it. The plastic pieces also reflect colored light onto the surrounding walls, encompassing the entire space into the environment of the piece. The viewer is encouraged to walk through and in the installation, allowing their own shadows to disrupt the projection and becoming a part of the piece by being projected on.    ...

Perspective

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“Perspective” is a video essay composed by Sarah Minor, a first year PhD candidate in Creative Nonfiction Writing, in the Spring of 2015 in response to an assigned video essay project.     This project was built through WeVideo using footage taken on an iPhone5 in Arizona, Iowa, and Ohio. The footage in the essay that depicts a close-up shot of an eye, and scenes of hand-drawn diagrams were shot using a Panasonic AG-AF100 Camera and a Manfrotto Tripod‪. The audio was recorded and edited through Audacity. This project is investigating the larger concept of “Perspective” as a loose term applying to physical processes, artistic theory, and personal experience. The essay explores how perspective is literally shaped in the human body, as well as how optical shifts influence the narrator and her perspective on herself and her family. The genre of the Video Essay is a literary form...

An Act

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I am conducting a creative research with the goal of writing a neo-neo realist feature screenplay hybrid of documentary and fiction: An Act is a feature-length narrative film exploring the aftermath of unsubstantiated accusations of sexual harassment that damaged a career of a young student actor. The fictionalized story is inspired by real life’s events that tore apart an idealistic theatre community and broke the dreams and lives of those involved. The real persons in the incident will work with me closely to help capture the nuances and complexities of the issues surrounding it. I will be utilizing the neo-neo realist model in my writing and directing the film to deliver an authentic portrayal of the characters and events. Stylistically, the film will blend narrative fiction and documentary. I’ve already received the CoFA Creative Research Award (October 2014) for the purpose of...

Soldier Daughter

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Soldier Daughter takes an oral history approach to examining the lives of two individuals, myself and my father, in order to create a historical record, as well as broaden the definition of what it is to be a “soldier”. This project takes a glimpse into my father’s life, as well as my life, in an effort to discover newfound insights about how our pasts shape us and uncover the driving forces in our lives. These investigations result in a fresh, thoughtful view on our father-daughter relationship and a deeper understanding of the trials we overcame to become who we are today: soldiers. Soldier Daughter accomplishes the task of preserving my father’s story, specifically, his military service in the Vietnam War. This was obviously a significant period in his life, and one that I knew very little about. Not only was it important for me to understand my father’s experiences in the war, but...

Temporal Landscape

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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 Machinery Audio Essay

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This piece explores questions of machinery, the human body, masculinity, and health. Its jumping-off point is sounds made by machines, and the piece includes such sounds. The voice-overs narrate stories of men (mis)using and repairing machines. This research is being conducting to ask questions about preparedness and care. Its process was one of shaping elements personal narrative which were combined with sound. I created it mostly in the winter of 2014-15 in Athens, with great help from The Create Space’s Portabooth. This portable sound booth silenced air conditioners and other background noises so that voice-overs could be smooth.   http://www.aesthetictechnologies.org/atlab/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/care-engine-textured.mp3 http://www.aesthetictechnologies.org/atlab/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/carstart.wav...

Babel Portrait Series #4

By Ryan Davis

The Babel Portrait project is a continuation of a year-long investigation in what Blackness means in the current cultural landscape. This work has manifested itself through audio works and paintings. For this particular creative research I am doing portraits and full figure paintings of Black Americans between 18-26. This age represents the current generation that is coming into fruition through social and political environments. The first part of this project is to find a person and make photographic references. I will create paintings from these reference photographs. The intent of the paintings are to generate a conversation around the idea of Black as a predominant label that warps our perception of the perception as an individual. On March 21st I photographed a young lady who is a senior undergraduate student of Ohio University.    

The Sailing Cart

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This work explores the relationship between everyday items and life as performance. By slightly transforming disregarded and forgotten objects, there is a sense of wonder and a newfound appreciation. As an object’s utility changes, so does its relationship with the world around it. Through observation and report transcending objects’ set functions leaves the viewer with a hymn to the limits of our existence as well as the limits of the world around us.   http://www.aesthetictechnologies.org/atlab/wp-content/uploads/tdomf/11643/CARTAUDIOMP3.mp3  ...

Love and the Nasty

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A film about the pains of sexual and emotional desire in a cold and alienating world. Love and the Nasty is a short narrative film written and directed by Sam Stewart, a 2nd Year MFA film student in the OU School of Film, Theater, and Dance. The film was produced over two consecutive weekends in March of 2015, for a total of five shoot days across two apartment locations.  Throughout the film we follow the story of Bill, a young male protagonist, whose loneliness and sexual dissatisfaction has led him to the services of Mindy, a dominatrix prostitute.  But is Mindy the answer to Bill’s problems, or is she just another distraction from a life without easy answers?  Shot using Bolex lenses, the images have been white balanced for color correction with the intent of further saturating the world in rich, stylized color schemes that accentuate the dysfunctional lives of the...

The Universe Will Provide

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The Universe Will Provide is a short experimental video that explores the relationship between people and a greater entity. Similarly to how a person might achieve something or meet a goal and give the glory and praise to a divine being, the Universe is that greater karmic entity exhibited. The Universe is personified in the video and I play this role, and the role of the mortal being who puts their faith in it, simultaneously. I discard the stresses of my life under the guise of giving them up to something greater, and trust that opportunity will find its way back to me as a reward for hard work. I therefore avoid harboring the anxieties of the future.        ...

Rocks

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“Rocks” is a short film in progress, written and directed by OU MFA student Daniel Aguera. It is being filmed in black and white 16mm film. It consists of a nameless character who has created a musical system in which certain rocks represent certain musical notes, and through this system he composes melodies. He kidnaps a blind man and forces him to engage with this intricate system. As times goes on they develop a complicated yet somewhat endearing relationship.    

Static

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“Static” is an audio essay written, recorded and edited by Sarah Minor, PhD candidate in Creative Nonfiction Writing in February of 2015. The audio text was recorded using a portable sound booth in a home office, and edited using stock audio clips in GarageBand. This project is investigating the genre of the audio essay, which involves texts that are specifically composed for the ear. Audio essays are language-based, nonfiction recordings that employ sound to achieve what two-dimensional, visual text cannot do on its own. The writing of an audio essay is only one in the process–an essay might be prompted by a sound-based experience, or a certain text might require the inclusion of sounds to express its central idea fully. The intention behind this piece was to prompt the listener to consider the nuances behind experiencing aural and visual static, and what these...

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