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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...

Foiling the Eye (Heat Camera Tests)

By Daniel King

So goes the stereotype of those who fear big brother’s all-seeing eye – those who build safe rooms, those who build bomb shelters, who stock up on canned goods and then come the tin foil hats – fear of the unknown or paranoia. So what do we do when big brother is openly admitting, begrudgingly of course, that he IS listening to all our phone calls, reading our emails, watching our every move?    

Strictly Casual

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I’m John Kerfoot, 2nd year MFA in film, and I was Director of Photography for Josh Hanesack’s short film “Strictly Casual.” For me, the film is kind of an anti-romantic comedy. It’s a junior May/December romance that lasts all of a couple of days. A couple that in the moment get to know each other over a weekend, but years down the line will be living happily/unhappily ever after with somebody else. This is not a love story or a bitter-about-love story; this is strictly casual. The film was shot over 3 days during Spring Break. Mostly indoors in a duplex but also on the go around Athens. Josh has been influenced by the Mumblecore style – low-budget but naturalistic in production value and style. Hey, we’re student filmmakers damn it, why pretend it’s not low-budget?! But we also want it to look nice. Not pretty, but nice. And even have a...

6:5 Quartet Recording

By Seth

At the beginning of my third year as a Percussion Performance major in the School of Music, I formed a quartet with fellow colleagues known as the 6:5 Quartet. We began experimenting with new sounds with the Mallet Kat instrument, as well as advanced techniques on the vibraphone, bass guitar and drum set. I decided to record the quartet and some of our newly written material, but did not have the resources to do so. Instead of booking a recording studio, I cleared out my living room and was finally able to channel my passion for home recording.        

ONE

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This project is sort of study and analyzing of the Robert Rauchenberg’s collage-like and combines that you can also find these features in a play called Bob Rauschenberg America. In Ekphrasis the figure with the strange and unusual face references the part of the play when Allen expressed his love to Carl, saying, “I look at you and I think you’re good-natured” When I read this play, I immediately noticed the strong connection to Rauchenberg’s work. The accent of the writer of the play is sharp and choppy, like many Ruchenberg’s collages. Also, the frankness of the dialogues convey the bitterness and sadness in Raushenberg’s work when he criticizes contemporary society. I wanted to create a theatric atmosphere. The different elements are symbolic of the complexity of our modern world. The motion suggests that the world is an unpredictable place. So many conversation about the future...

Place

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This piece is an extension of previous exercises I have done in which I attempt to describe a complex notion–such as a place or self– in a small series of photographs. I then create a collage from the images in order to further communicate the notion at hand. In this investigation of “place” I set out to define the feeling of a space with three images. The space I focused on was the courtyard outside of Alden library at Ohio University. I was interested in this place because of its eddy-like nature. I felt that it is a slow place or a still place; a place that is not often inhabited or, if it is, is inhabited as a place to “be”, as opposed to a place through which to move. I also saw that it was surrounded by “through” spaces which people often traveled coming to and from the library. This created an effect not unlike the eye of a tornado...

3d Printing, Collective Open-Source Bootstrapping, and Parts for the Eventual Repair of my Solidoodle 2

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I’m currently an M.S. Environmental Studies student and am interested in closed-loop supply chains and integrated social, ecological, and economic systems. Through researching these topics and their literature , I encountered the work (academic, commercial, hobbyist) being done to develop technologies for affordable desktop 3d printing. These technologies hold awesome, existing potential with implications not only for the household scale manufacturing of some plastic products, but also already demonstrate a degree of their promise for creating objects of increasing material diversity (i.e. range of plastics, composites, ceramics, metal) and complexity (printing with multiple materials to achieve design requirements for mechanical, chemical, and electrical properties). There are machines that allow for small-scale production of recycled printer feedstocks, too. Having said that, I...

Colorscapes (01)

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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

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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

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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 day I watched my Dad pull his gun

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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...

Mitochondrial

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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...

eMotion

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.        

Transcendence

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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.      

48hr Shootout MILK PRODUCTIONS

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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