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Basel Design

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In June of 2013, Don Adleta started a year of intensive research documenting the Advanced Class of Graphic Design at the Basel School of Design 1968-1999, his Swiss Alma mater. Supported by The CREATE____space and four research grants: one from the College of Fine Arts’ Scholarly Research Award, 2013, two from School of Art + Design Faculty Development Fund, 2013, and 2014, and one most recently from the College of Fine Arts’ Faculty Development Fund, 2014. Adleta is realizing a portion of his quest to create a reference document outlining the pedagogy initiated in Basel and practiced in numerous design programs worldwide. In 2013, Adleta created a 5 day refuge for 11 alumni and Wolfgang Weingart in the Azores to discuss the synergy resulting from theBasel Weiterbildungsklasse für Grafik (WBK). These discussions involved Jerry Kuyper, US, Hamish Muir, UK, Hamish Thompson, NZ as well as...

A Soft Surplus and Soft Surplus+

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A Soft Surplus was the first collaborative installation by Collective Springboard (Micah Snyder, Stephanie Wadman, Danny Crump, Siavash Tohidi, Todd Irwin, Barry O’Keefe and Sarah Dahlinger). Held at the School of Art+Design’s Ridges graduate studios, the handmade bouncy castle constructed from recycled and found materials imagined the possibility of an inclusive playland. The interactive art installation invited the public to jump inside the soft sculpture and explore their relationship with fun. In conjunction with Athens’ Nuit Blanche Festival, Collective Springboard bounced back with Soft Surplus+. Installed at the busy intersection by Howard park, the sculpture attracted a diverse range of jumpers from families and children to undergrad bar-goers and professional dancers. Soft Surplus+ created a venue where participants embraced their high flying spirit and bounced to...

Recreating Robert Rauschenburg’s “Monogram”

By Linda Di Bernardo

The job of the props artisan is to create the objects that enhance the believability of the world of the play. If done well, both the audience and actors willingly allow themselves to be transported and suspension of disbelief can only achieved if the props are accurate and authentic. bobrauschenburgamerica, by Charles Mee was the first show of the 2014-15 season produced by the Ohio University School of Theatre. One of the props called for was a reproduction of a well known sculpture by the artist Robert Rauschenburg called “Monogram”, which depicts a life-size goat with a tire around it’s belly and a face full of paint. This required extensive research into not only accurately depicting a life-size goat, but how to do it both cheaply and efficiently – two other important factors of being a props artisan. For roughly $120, and on a three week time frame, the...

ThinkDesign Open House

The members of ThinkDesign would like to invite y​ou to our Open House! We will be celebrating our 3rd year as a pivotal member of the Bobcat Hatchery and the Center for Entrepreneurship, as well as our new partnership with CREATE_space,Ohio University’s premiere interdisciplinary resource for Creative Research Exploring Arts, Technology, & Entrepreneurship. ThinkDesign’s team of designers work hard to take your startup company from an idea and form it into a BRAND. Come join us for a casual get together, enjoy some snacks and refreshments, and get a glimpse of our experience and what we could do for your startup! Wednesday | october 15 | 6-7pm Putnam hall | room 235

Advertisement Exploration

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How society views and stereotypes women, grasps my attention and leads to critical thinking and demonstration through art form. I am using these photographs to manifest the visual representation society has actuated to women. I find we are directly affected by the images that surround us on a daily basis. The way women are presented in advertising is strongly opposite then in men ads. I found a fashion ad for Kohls that was in Elle magazine and I tried to recreate it using a male model. In the original ad the girl is in a very vulnerable pose, which is common in fashion ads. When men are put in these same poses they come off as awkward. Men are always shown in strong assertive poses while women are are portrayed as vulnerable and child like. This project explores how gender stereotypes are portrayed in advertisement.        

Participatory Art and Urban Space: Taipei, 2010-2014

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Through various Participatory Art case studies in Taipei, my dissertation explores the use of art as a critique on Taiwan’s current urban (re)development policies. Two interdisciplinary works, Operation Little Barbarossa and Cooking at the Front Line stand out in particular as protest against exclusive and inequitable urban renewal. Both projects demonstrate the collaboration between artists, students, residents, and other professionals to create performance art in order to rally for housing rights and increased civic participation in urban planning. Operation Little Barbarossa utilizes a hand-built car, a man-powered BMW318 with a tandem bike ‘engine’, to distribute educational literature that encourages citizens to critically examine the effects of 2010 International Taipei Flora Exposition on Taipei’s natural and living environment. (fig. 1) Cooking at the...

Cactus-By-Proxy

By Todd Kunkler

“Cactus-By-Proxy” is the first in a series of interactive, web-based artworks examining the unique discourses, fabricated personas, and crippling loneliness of subterranean online communities. Though part send-up of PPV camgirl sites, part critique of the heavily mediated interactions made commonplace by the internet, “Cactus-By-Proxy” is, at its core, a loving pastiche of the weirdest, most disconcerting corners of the web and all of their inhabitants.    

Mapping San Francisco II

By Astrid Kaemmerling

My recent work explores the impact of gentrification upon San Francisco’s Mission District. How is gentrification transforming the material and social relations of SF’s historically charged district? Through this long term project it is my intention to map the district’s rapidly changing fabric which will provide tools to analyze the impact of gentrification upon the material and social fabric of the district. Through regular drifts through the district I was able to continue my research – collecting no longer merely visual but also audio files. To be continued…      

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.  ...

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