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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. ​  

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