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The Sky Over Lake Erie: My Husband and Me

By Gregory Hatch

Using the digital printer on found fabric I was able to print out the family photos of my husband and myself to create the base material for this project. The Sky Over Lake Erie: My Husband and Me is a textile piece that subtly explores notions of queer space and personal memory. The title refers to the lake that is geographically between my husband’s and my family homes. It is a piece that is meant to allow the viewer only limited viewership to the printed photos as they are obscured by the bright rainbow pattern. This is much like how queer identity can often distract away from the everyday person.    

Behind The Mask

By Nick Poulos

We all know about our favorite wall crawler, Spider-Man and some of us wish we could be him. But without great power comes… a need for a super awesome costume. Now being that we aren’t movie stars or millionaires it’s not that easy to get our hands on a professionally made or movie used costume. So what do we do when a $30 costumes just won’t cut it? Well there’s actually a lot that goes into it from the trial and error of fabrics and colors to screen printing on a miniscule brick pattern that most people aren’t even going to notice. Well there’s one more component you many want to consider investing in. A face-shell. That’s right, I know you all think it’s just a face underneath the mask but you would be mistaken, the movie star and stunt doubles all wear a face-shell under the mask to keep the shape of the head clean and smooth, rather than seeing a wrinkled fabric and the actors...

nostalgia

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I decided to explore light and projection, showcasing nature photos and videos onto moving sheets, using those clips to create a psychedelic music video.

Anxious Unease

By Nicole Krystofik

Anxiety is an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behavior. It is the emotionally unpleasant feelings of dread over something unlikely to occur. It is a feeling of fear, worry, and uneasiness, usually generalized and unfocused as an overreaction to a situation that is only personally seen as menacing. Anxiety is often accompanied by restlessness, fatigue, problems in concentration, and muscular tension. My goal for this video is to not only encompass the emotions and feelings one goes through while enduring an anxiety attack, but to also allow the viewer to visually experience the causes and affects of anxiety. Additionally, the audio track accompanying the video is used to contribute to the sense of anxiety and fear felt among the viewer while watching.  ...

Machine

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My objective for this project was to create a short animation featuring both cut-out and puppet stop-motion techniques. After creating a shot list and constructing my puppet–a strange robotic creature–I consulted with CREATE_space to acquire a camera and studio space to shoot. The idea for this project was inspired from an interest in the contrast between mechanical and natural aesthetics. The puppet is largely built from scrap metal and defunct electronic equipment: rusted nails, wires, and the guts of an obsolete computer. Even the set design comprises a balance of natural and manufactured, blending a stark clay landscape with burlap fabric and paint. The machine’s actions remain relatively minimal throughout the animation. It simply observes its surroundings and, quite literally, consumes the elements it finds. The first two of these represent systems that are...

Mobile Recording and Experimentation

By Eric Ruhl

My creative research was for a final project for one of my Music Production classes. Unfortunately, the same day my band was all set to make the trip down to record, the studio at the RTV building was shut down due to a problem. With this news I frantically began searching for an alternative means to make this project happen. Upon learning the news, two of the band members decided not to make the trip down, so I was left with another producer and the drummer of the band. Due to being unable to find a large enough space to record on such short notice, we decided to get experimental in our approach. My personal bedroom studio was used in order to create new sounds, and explore the possibilities of recorded sounds. We stayed up all night looking for anything we could around the house in order to create music with. From the bell of my toaster oven to the gong-like sound of a wok lid, if it...

Graduate Candidacy Review Presentation

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Recently I had and passed my Candidacy Review which allows me to continue in the program. The review consisted of me presenting work that I have done since being at OU. The images attached is a few of the images that I presented. The presentation as well gave me an opportunity for me to inform my review committee how I have developed my concepts and the kind of research I have done to this point. Also attached is an audio recording that is part of the Babel of Roselawn & Reading – second video of the Babel series.  ...

8080 – BFA Thesis Exhibition

By Drew Michael

“The first video games consisted of a joystick and one or two buttons. They created a competitive frenzy to achieve the highest score, and immersed the player in a virtual world filled with colored pixels. The games emerged from huge machines in local arcades and had no 3-Dimensional graphics. Now these games that are more complex and colorful, can fit into our pockets traveling wherever we go.” This piece was created to show the evolution in technology. I reanimated old video games and projected them over wood burnings of abstract circuit boards. These burnings were cut to match the screen sizes of modern portable devices, i.e. phones, tablets, and laptops. The video games were animated so they seem like they are playing by themselves and do not make mistakes. I feel that this gives the viewer a strange feeling because they might want to be able to control them and make different...

The Water Skater

By Ian Campbell

The Water Skater is a short film inspired by Howard Mallison, my grandma’s uncle. The original footage was shot on Super 8, transferred to digital video, and then edited at the Create Space. It will be playing at the Athens International Film and Video Festival on Sunday, April 13, 3pm (in “Memory Games”). A sneak peek is available here, and on vimeo:     All I had to go on when reconstructing the life of Uncle Howard were the biographical fragments passed on by my grandma (in her inimitably elliptical storytelling style), a few photographs, and a bayonet Howard brought back from World War 1. This bayonet, which weaves its way through the film, is a relic: an object dislocated from its original traumatic context. In The Water Skater history is inaccessible but ever present. As the film slowly wraps itself around the take-up reel of the projector, there is the sense that...

Architecture Embodies – The Meet and Greet

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The environment around us shapes us, just as we shape it. We are not given a blank slate on which to build our houses, cities, and communities. Much is beyond our control. Often our own needs and desires conflict with those of other people and compete with one another. This constitutes an imperfect landscape on which to build, a foundation to which we adapt in order to build off of. When I first arrived in Athens, I was struck by the cobbled together aesthetic of much of its architecture. These structures and the necessities that shaped them express a kind of poetry, for if you take the time to read them, buildings tell stories. I am particularly interested in the ways in which the built environment reflects those moments where needs, resources, and circumstances merge into tactics. The traces left by these moments are inscribed on the physical landscape as well as our individual and...

It’s All About the Barn

By The Dairy Barn Arts Center

A historical, interactive exhibition that celebrated the Dairy Barn’s 100th birthday, “It’s All About the Barn” featured a physical timeline that spanned 1914 through to 2014. This exhibition showcased the history of the Dairy Barn, it’s relationship to the Athens State Hospital, and being saved from near destruction to become the non-profit arts organization it is today. Far from a typical art exhibition, this show featured information in photography, video, audio, digital projection, analog projection, and physical representation. For more information visit: www.dairybarn.org

Binge

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For Binge, my goal was to bring attention to the rise in alcoholism among Hispanic Americans in the United States over the last two decades. I implemented the use of projection to alter the appearance of a small space and over stimulate the view with statistical data and, in contrast, video of actual inebriated Hispanic people. This juxtaposition of concrete statistics and personal experiences elevated the sense of over stimulation and put the information into a digestible context. My goals are to continue expanding on these ideas and present my work on a national level and bring this issue to the forefront of mainstream America.

The Residue of Everyday Action (working Title)

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By using processes that reference various tasks necessary for the upkeep of a home, and materials used in the structure of a home, my work addresses the binary within social and familial expectations. This stop motion video is part of a larger body of work that examines the ways in which the surfaces in homes are affected by our daily lives, and our memories and experiences leave their mark. Drywall is cut down to fit a wall that will never exist, and then painted and stained, washed and repainted so a history constructed by the artist becomes apparent. Cleaning, removing, destroying, and then building back up are actions utilized to reference the domestic cycle. By performing these actions in a studio setting as opposed to a home setting, their practical value becomes nonexistent. Within this specific piece, a stain that has been washed off and painted over surfaces again and then...

Babel Series #1

By Ryan Davis

For my experimental project series “Babel” I am exploring identity and exceptionality. Particularly I am interested in how how views on these two components alter based on social constructs – that being the ways we label other to allow ourselves to most identify someone(s). In the image you see I am conducting an interview which is the first step of the process. Inevitably this one of several interviews will be merged together creating tension in sound and visual that will exclude the audience from comprehending what is being said or seen. Only when I isolate a sound will the audience have context to what is being said. As the project progresses I will have more photo examples for this series.

Collective

By Carlos Pacheco

Carlos Pacheco, graduate student in Photography + Integrated Media at Ohio University, will exhibit his work titled Collective at the Ohio University. The exhibition is a new media installation that invites the viewer to witness the formation of a single, collective memory. Pacheco makes books and videos using images made from live webcams overlooking culturally significant locations around the world, like Times Square, Dealey Plaza, and Abbey Road. This narrative investigates our use of photography in an increasingly digital and interconnected world, at the same time bridging the gap between the seemingly unrelated events that unfold at these sites. The show opens Tuesday March 11th and closes March 14th with a reception Friday March 14th from 6pm – 8pm. Can’t be there in-person? View the live stream at carlosrenepacheco.com Carlos Pacheco is an artist and photographer from...

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