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Registration: A Collection of Digital Footprints

By Euzhan Shabazz

By definition, there are two classifications for digital footprinting: active and passive. Active digital footprinting is created when personal data is released deliberately by the user, whereas, passive digital footprinting is created when personal data is collected without the user realizing. In regards to technology, everything you say and do has the potential of leaving a digital footprint–showing where you’ve been, and where you are now. Examples of passive digital footprinting can be seen when one visits a website. The web server logs your IP address, which identifies your Internet service provider and your approximate location. A more personal facet of passive digital footprinting could be one’s browsing history, which is saved by some search engines while logged in. As for active digital footprinting, examples of this can be anything from publishing a blog, sending an email, or...

Magnolia

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For my foundations art course (Function), I decided to convert a flower (analog) into a 3-D printed model through 3-D modeling software and the advantages of the CREATE_space (digital). I thought it would be interesting to have something living, natural, and organic juxtaposing the inorganic and plastic geometric structure of that same flower. I chose the magnolia for its symbolism of beauty and also because the flower is in season and growing on campus.   After sketching my design, I went to the CREATE_space and showed Nathan what I wanted the 3-D model to look like so we searched online for a similar looking idea. Once we found that sample, I began editing and adjusting the scale, thickness, and arrangement of the petals using the Blender software application. I also had to delete a lot of the petals because the original sample did not accurately represent the number of petals...

Moon Tunnel

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Moon Tunnel is a reading series hosted by and comprised of the Ohio University’s English Department’s Creative Writing graduate students. This first series offered five open-to-the-public events throughout the 2015-2016 academic year, with the final reading on March 25, 2016, held on the main stage of Arts/West in Athens, Ohio. While the readings usually offer a mix of Master’s and Doctorate student work, the readers for the final event were: Jason Jordan (PhD Fiction), Brad Modlin (PhD Nonfiction), Patrick Swaney (PhD Poetry), and Wes Roj (PhD Nonfiction). Approximately 30-50 people attended, many of them faculty, staff, or students from the English Department. I photographed the event using one of OU Create_space’s Canon 5D mark ii cameras with the 24-105mm zoom lens. The professional capabilities of the camera and lens allowed me to take clear and detailed...

Athens, An Issue of Space

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  A year ago, I had this idea to put a park on the top floor of Athen’s uptown parking garage. I thought it could change the way we approached parking, and the issues that stem from it. That idea has become a small part of a larger project that documents and discusses the issues of space we experience in cities everyday. Issues like parking, overcrowding, lack of civic space and the misuse of space. The project ranges from modern day Athens to the suburb boom after WWI 100 years ago. We go to Dubai for its awkward displays of wealth, and New York to understand the importance of parks. I tell Charlene’s story; an often stigmatized, but kind, parking enforcement officer who’s been patrolling the streets of Athens for 30 years. And I talk to Paul Logue, Athens’ city planner who believes that self driving cars will change the way cities are built. The project combines traditional text...

The Chronicles of Pizza Boy

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There’s a new film crew in town. MTC, or the Media Theater Collaborative, is a new club at OU that gives media kids a chance to make more short films and theater kids a chance to act in more films. We recently did our first project, a funny short about a pizza delivery boy and all the crazy things he runs into during his shift. I was the producer on this project so my job mostly consisted of allocating resources for the crew. In the span of only a few short weeks we wrote a script, cast the film, produced, filmed, and edited it. It all came together very smoothly for our first project and we’re looking forward to making many more in the future.        

Thread for Filth

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I make drag queen felt dolls. They vary in size but are generally about twelve inches tall. They’re based on real drag queens who have participated in the show Rupaul’s Drag Race. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, it’s a combination of Project Runway, America’s Next Top Model, and American Idol where drag queens compete to be crowned America’s next drag super star. After I finished my first doll, I did what any millennial would do, and I posted a picture of it on the internet. Almost immediately it received a comment from someone asking about me making one for her. So I made her one, and she sent me a picture of her nine year old niece, who she requested the doll for, holding the doll and smiling. Coming from the background that I do (catholic) I was stunned that there exists a little girl who loves and is allowed to love drag queens. Well, it doesn’t surprise me that a little girl...

Splat! Flying Camera

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In this section of my thesis film, a frustrated Puddle Person has started boiling. The boiling surface creates Bubble People who fly into the sky. This video (linked below) is a rough assemblage of what the Flying Into the Sky shot would look like. Lots of cleaning up is in store to eliminate the propellers in the corners of the screen. The thesis project, “Splat!”, largely revolves around video compositing to tell the story. This entails layering video on top of each other to create new connections and an alternate world. In order to capture these types of images, we had to go to the Aquatics Center and record from the highest diving board, and used the Create Space’s Flying Camera to get a shot of the sky and sun. I really like how the sun lines up with the Flying Bubble Person’s head, creating an ora. It is extremely important that you provide an abstract of...

Grace Anatomy

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I wanted to showcase the delicate, floating, and graceful movement of ballet and the momentum of gymnastics. It goes from physical, the dancers and gymnasts performing, to digital, the video clips, to physical once more, the flip book. To achieve this, I took the video clips and took several consecutive freeze frames throughout the performance and saved them as jpeg files. I marked where each freeze frame was taken on the clip. Using Photoshop, I edited the jpegs to png files by editing out the background leaving the person’s figure behind. I inserted each png file onto the video clips in order of appearance lessening the opacity. By adding a dissolving transition to each png file, they fade away creating the illusion of leaving a trace of the image behind briefly. For the flip book I took the png files and converted them to pdf files and had them spiral bound and printed at Minuteman...

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