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Do You Know How It Feels To Be Human?

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This piece explores the physical aspect of humanity and how it feels to live inside and as a human body. The video is meant to regard the body as an object to be experienced, both from an internal and an external perspective. It shows closeup views of myself performing bodily tasks such as swallowing, breathing, or squeezing my skin and is meant to call attention to each component of the body and how it functions as a piece of the whole, as well as how it is experienced by the individual to which it belongs. This piece was inspired by the numbness that one can fall into in today’s world. It is meant to be a reminder that we still exist as physical beings despite the disconnect that comes with technology and thought based society. It is my hope that in watching the video, viewers are brought to an awareness of their own physical self. The video was filmed in November 2014 in a...

Hardworking Hackers: Social Storm 4

By Kate Clausen

The CREATE_space was proud to host this year’s Social Storm Global Hackathon on November 21st & 22nd, coordinated & presented regionally by Ohio University’s Center for Entrepreneurship. International University teams were tasked with a social problem and given 24 hours to create a worthwhile solution. With six participants and four mentors, OU’s team put blood, sweat, and tears into creating a worthwhile solution to this high intensity project surrounding early access education. Competing with teams across the world, our students were described as “heroic” in their efforts. Working into the early morning, this team designed and produced a video, business canvas, and research deliverables within this very short time-span. As we await the results, we can commend these students for their hard work and dedication to this event that connects students across the...

What May Come From Observation

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I am currently documenting my body of work entitled: What May Come From Observation. This work explores birds’ nest as a subject within an emblematic sense, but upon investigation yields a poetic language in rhythmic harmony to humans and the objects we adorn and occupy. I am fascinated by how forms in nature occur and interrelate with the human experience. I believe the lack of unmediated experiences with the natural environment is the cause for much of the world’s psychological, social, and environmental ills. My desire is to bring back the lost connection with nature and the environment by mixing and merging the co-existences that parallel between the wonders of the wild and humanistic tendencies. Through this I reconsider with wonderment the value of finding interest in the ordinary things of nature, the value of rediscovery, and the contemplation of possibilities that could...

A Quiet Desperation

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My work and research concerns the nature of images within electronic media and digital technologies. In an era where communicative and semantic acts are dominated by electronic milieus I’m interested in how the interchangeability of signs function to mask the ‘real.’ This masking yields a distanced and indifferent audience towards the outcomes of political, social, artistic, personal, etc., events. Thus these events lose significance and context, which ultimately produces large-scale indifference and passivity in industrialized populations. In an environment of endless references without real referents, the distinction between appearance and object (simulation v reality) could potentially result in the loss of human existence in a virtual or holographic state. The purpose of my work is to analyze how images within media are used to create and perpetuate false understandings of the...

Study Photo: Marble Mountain Wilderness

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I am currently printing a selection of prints from my series Study Photos. As action-based photography, for this work I go to great lengths to be present in remote places, places made invisible, and spaces that are difficult to articulate or define. This work is shot at three designated areas: the wilderness, wastelands, and revolutionary autonomous spaces. The images move through different attempts of documentation of the action of witnessing these places through the body. The study in the wilderness establishes deep relentless bodily experience and violent desperation in solitude with an awareness of loss. The wasteland study depicts an anti-survivalist urge to return to the seepage and undesired spaces: a failure that can be nothing else. The frames taken revolutionary spaces also heighten the awareness of failure of representation, as these spaces are inaccessible to the viewer...

Amy Gibas Progress Review

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My current body of work presented during first year graduate reviews explores the use of light and projected shadow as a means of creating compositions. By painting on Plexiglass surfaces and suspending them at varying distances from the wall, the viewer is able to see through the suspended sculpture and to the composition that is formed on the wall behind. The cast shadows are also paired with painted elements which are attached to the wall in order to create a sense of inversion between actual object and projected image. The use of interlocking gear shapes is paired with floral and organic patterns as an exploration of organic functions that occur within nature, and the ability to break these functions down into mathematical or scientific systems. The existence of these systems links various aspects of nature and creates an interconnectedness that makes life in many forms possible....

Circle Dance: A Full Moon Ritual Performance

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This documentation is of my performance for a Title Project in Description (Foundation Art Course). I chose the title “Circle Dance” and from that seized the coincidence of class being on the same day as the full moon (November 6th, 2014). As a practicing Pagan, the title circle dance reminded me of Pagan, public rituals in which dancing around the fire to musical instruments and voice is a part of the experience with nature. As a public ritual, i had my classmates, teacher, and teaching assistant participate in the performance. The ritual consisted of cleansing the space (first video), setting up the space for the ritual (first picture), giving some background information about the full moon, respect, and logistics, calling on the gods and elements, casting the circle for the sacred space (outlined by the candles in the picture), having everyone clear their minds with a...

Brick City Brass

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Brick City Brass is a brass quintet composed of undergraduate music students from the School of Music. Elise Armstrong and Ranga Munasinghe are the Trumpets, Zach Spivey on Horn, Dylan Chase on Trombone, and Joan Engel on Tuba. They meet twice a week to rehearse and their coach is the new Trombone professor Lucas Regos Borges. Their recital will be November 15 at 2pm in Glidden recital hall. The recital is in collaboration with Joan Engel. Joan will be playing solo on one half and the quintet will be on the other half. Brick City Brass contacted me asking to take pictures to help promote their upcoming concert and future concerts.I have not done much with incorporating themes in photography so Joan and I thought it would be a great idea to use the bricks located in Memorial Auditorium and along College Green to accent their name “ Brick City Brass”. The pictures turned out very...

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