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Awakening

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I start with painting the background on a canvas or a piece of wood. After applying paint in a way I feel is aesthetically pleasing I continue working with my intuition to let the forms and shapes come from a place within. I tend to go into detail using cell resembling structures. The “cells” coming together relates to my idea of evolution and creation. I believe there is a tie between the two. I rollick the notion that one does not have to choose one but they can conjoin. To give my work a look of completion I pour resin on the finished piece that adds a vitreous look.        

Voluntary Involuntary Intimacy

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How do you communicate aliveness? Presence? Medically and metaphorically, a heartbeat is a measure of life. How do we connect to each other through our bodies across physical, psychological, linguistic, or emotional distance? This installation depends on participation. A stethoscope head hangs on a wall next to a cell phone, a wire connecting the two. Across the room, on a pedestal, is a box wrapped with felt like an envelope. When participant A puts the stethoscope head against their heart, their heartbeat can be heard coming from the envelope box across the room. When participant B picks up the envelope box they can feel the lub-dub of Participant A’s heart beating from the speaker they hold in their hands. It is the shared body, disembodied. It is the involuntary intimacy of the heart pumping, volunteered. The first iteration of this installation was shown on December 3, 2015...

Before dawn

By Anh Ta

I silk-screen my father’s emails sent to me over the past few years on fabric, pour 80 pounds of rice on the floor, and project window blind silhouettes all together to compose this installation, which I address as an examination of my biological home. The act of repetitive silk-screening reintroduces a clearer view into old things and old days that I overlooked and perhaps forgot. Fabric became significant in my life since the earliest memory of watching my mother hand-sewing clothes for the family. Hence, these fabric sheets, cut out in letter shape and hung together in space by cotton thread, form a dialogue between geographical, emotional distance, and family ties. The element of rice emerges as a momentous perception. From personal viewpoint, a circle of rice suggests the need to be fed, to be supported, to be whole. While aiming to use this element as part of the...

Splat!

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Video Compositing is a lot of fun. It is the main editing technique in the creation of a film, Splat!, I am creating as a thesis project. The process involves recording various videos and stitching them together like a collage of moving images.¬†Experimentation with the process has largely revolved around reassembling a human face. In the story, this face lives in a puddle, that is stepped on by a horde of marathon runners. What is visible in the attached photos are disconnected parts of the body mashed into one another.   Being able to break up essential facial features is crucial because this gives greater control in the editing room to reconstruct human reactions to specific events in the story. Seeing a face smiling gives one impression for an audience member, but if the smile can be isolated and combined with eyes that are closed, the association made by the viewer has changed...

Headshots, Locations and Let’s Plays

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I’m very guilty (as many of us are) of becoming stagnant and lazy over breaks. I think that one of the most important things we can do as creatives is to keep making things. The only way I’ve learned anything is by completing work. It doesn’t have to be the best. I think that, for me, it is simply a matter of making things consistently. I worked on a number of projects over winter break, using a Blackmagic Pocket, some Zeiss lenses and a Shure mic. 1) BTS for location scouting I’m currently in pre-production for a short film and I visited a few locations (Catholic cathedrals, apartments, coffee shops) with my crew. I took some b-roll of our trip, both because we can use it later and because I wanted some good footage to practice color correcting. 2) Helping out some friends I helped set up and light portrait stills for a friend who needed headshots for Theater....

Talking Heads: Two Men, A Missing Woman, A Town and a Movie

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A young woman is missing. Correction: A woman is missing. She’s been missing for an undetermined amount of time. Two filmmakers and their small crew visit a small Appalachian town to document her disappearance. Or so they claim. They interview several of the town folk, who knew the missing woman. They are no closer to the truth, when strange things begin to happen. The movie ends. Talking Heads: Two Men, A Missing Woman, A Town and A Movie is a mockumentary about a documentary or a documentary about a mockumentary. There and thereabouts.. This unscripted, improvised, horrifying, comedic take on the true crime genre, film making, small towns, the movie Jaws, and pretty much everything in between is not written or directed by Vinay Choudary. It was filmed over the winter break in December 2015 in Athens, Ohio, by by John Kerfoot, Wenting Deng and Kramer Ditty. It features two very...

Jazz Standards

By Seth M. Alexander

With the help of the Ohio University Jazz Combo- comprised of Dr. Sean Parsons (piano), Stephanie Allaire (vocals), Ryan Kerwin (trumpet), Justin Kevan (alto saxophone), Daniel Spencer (electric & acoustic bass), and myself on drums- I was able to record the ensemble playing four widely known jazz “standards.” Our professor graciously opened his home to us, equipped with his personal piano and Logic set-up. Using microphones and other audio equipment from the CreateSpace, we were able to capture our own interpretations of these classic jazz tunes. The tunes will be used for our own professional records, as well as audition material for those in the ensemble looking to further their education in ensembles and programs after graduating Ohio University. https://soundcloud.com/seth-m-alexander/sets/jazz-combos  ...

Design, Materiality, & Sustainability: Final Wall Project

By Charlotte Klimovich

The final project of Mona Ghandi’s Design, Materiality, and Sustainability class was to design and fabricate a section of a wall. This should be done both using 3D printing technology and a more traditional method of fabrication (i.e. molding and casting), to illustrate the benefits and drawbacks of both methods. I used the CREATE_space Replicator 2 3D printer to fabricate four 4″x4″ tiles to satisfy the 3D printing requirement of the project. The wall section we created had to stand on its own, be able to be viewed from both sides, and have some kind of porosity. My overarching concepts to explore were depth and movement. I had explored in other ways how natural objects (such as hair or water) exemplified these concepts, and so in the program Rhinoceros, I created a tile with a shape reminiscent of a leaf. I also liked how the spaces between the tiles could create...

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