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Polyvocal Mixtape: Projection 3

By Ryan Davis

This projection is a major process in a continuation of paintings towards my thesis exhibition titled Polyvocal Mixtape: Positionality. These paintings incorporate context of abstract expressionism by use of Ad Reinhardts Black Painting series. The grid in my paintings references those paintings. Over top I paint a figure in an ambiguous position. This part of the process is a projection of a photograph I took onto canvas in preparation for the painting. The projection process took place at the Ridges Studio in December.        

Black Magic Test

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This was my first time filming with the Black Magic 4k. The goal of this was to simply record in RAW and ProRes and compare the two. I wanted to gain an actual understanding of what these formats were and understand the benefits of shooting with the black magic camera. I watched a few videos on the Black Magic Camera that included a walk through of the camera components and how to navigate the settings. This took time and research. So I watched tutorials on Friday, I shot on Saturday, and began editing on Sunday.   What I found prior to shooting The Blackmagic Cinema Cameras feature wide dynamic range for shooting true digital film combined with precision EF mount optics and high quality RAW and ProRes file recording. The built in touchscreen lets you monitor, change settings, display audio and exposure metering, along with audio adjustments and many other features. I like the...

The interpretation of my dream

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The concept of my work has not been changed and is still exploring and elaborating dreams. According to my previous research, the psychologist Cain (2013) mentioned that there is no clear boundary between dreams and reality. However, at the end of the term, when I looked back to the work, I made constant changes to the artistic performance practices and details. Though the creation of my work, I did several experiments on how to present my dreams. I started with simple illustration using software combination and then I started to explore some materials and media,which might bring new inspiration of grain such as, I tried to explore different textures brought by some new materials as well as enriched and strengthened the connotation of the work itself. I tried to carve pictures on cardboard, both positive and negative sides, and draw with paint spraying instead of paintings using this...

Awakening

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I start with painting the background on a canvas or a piece of wood. After applying paint in a way I feel is aesthetically pleasing I continue working with my intuition to let the forms and shapes come from a place within. I tend to go into detail using cell resembling structures. The “cells” coming together relates to my idea of evolution and creation. I believe there is a tie between the two. I rollick the notion that one does not have to choose one but they can conjoin. To give my work a look of completion I pour resin on the finished piece that adds a vitreous look.        

Voluntary Involuntary Intimacy

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How do you communicate aliveness? Presence? Medically and metaphorically, a heartbeat is a measure of life. How do we connect to each other through our bodies across physical, psychological, linguistic, or emotional distance? This installation depends on participation. A stethoscope head hangs on a wall next to a cell phone, a wire connecting the two. Across the room, on a pedestal, is a box wrapped with felt like an envelope. When participant A puts the stethoscope head against their heart, their heartbeat can be heard coming from the envelope box across the room. When participant B picks up the envelope box they can feel the lub-dub of Participant A’s heart beating from the speaker they hold in their hands. It is the shared body, disembodied. It is the involuntary intimacy of the heart pumping, volunteered. The first iteration of this installation was shown on December 3, 2015...

Before dawn

By Anh Ta

I silk-screen my father’s emails sent to me over the past few years on fabric, pour 80 pounds of rice on the floor, and project window blind silhouettes all together to compose this installation, which I address as an examination of my biological home. The act of repetitive silk-screening reintroduces a clearer view into old things and old days that I overlooked and perhaps forgot. Fabric became significant in my life since the earliest memory of watching my mother hand-sewing clothes for the family. Hence, these fabric sheets, cut out in letter shape and hung together in space by cotton thread, form a dialogue between geographical, emotional distance, and family ties. The element of rice emerges as a momentous perception. From personal viewpoint, a circle of rice suggests the need to be fed, to be supported, to be whole. While aiming to use this element as part of the...

Splat!

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Video Compositing is a lot of fun. It is the main editing technique in the creation of a film, Splat!, I am creating as a thesis project. The process involves recording various videos and stitching them together like a collage of moving images. Experimentation with the process has largely revolved around reassembling a human face. In the story, this face lives in a puddle, that is stepped on by a horde of marathon runners. What is visible in the attached photos are disconnected parts of the body mashed into one another.   Being able to break up essential facial features is crucial because this gives greater control in the editing room to reconstruct human reactions to specific events in the story. Seeing a face smiling gives one impression for an audience member, but if the smile can be isolated and combined with eyes that are closed, the association made by the viewer has changed...

Headshots, Locations and Let’s Plays

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I’m very guilty (as many of us are) of becoming stagnant and lazy over breaks. I think that one of the most important things we can do as creatives is to keep making things. The only way I’ve learned anything is by completing work. It doesn’t have to be the best. I think that, for me, it is simply a matter of making things consistently. I worked on a number of projects over winter break, using a Blackmagic Pocket, some Zeiss lenses and a Shure mic. 1) BTS for location scouting I’m currently in pre-production for a short film and I visited a few locations (Catholic cathedrals, apartments, coffee shops) with my crew. I took some b-roll of our trip, both because we can use it later and because I wanted some good footage to practice color correcting. 2) Helping out some friends I helped set up and light portrait stills for a friend who needed headshots for Theater....

Talking Heads: Two Men, A Missing Woman, A Town and a Movie

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A young woman is missing. Correction: A woman is missing. She’s been missing for an undetermined amount of time. Two filmmakers and their small crew visit a small Appalachian town to document her disappearance. Or so they claim. They interview several of the town folk, who knew the missing woman. They are no closer to the truth, when strange things begin to happen. The movie ends. Talking Heads: Two Men, A Missing Woman, A Town and A Movie is a mockumentary about a documentary or a documentary about a mockumentary. There and thereabouts.. This unscripted, improvised, horrifying, comedic take on the true crime genre, film making, small towns, the movie Jaws, and pretty much everything in between is not written or directed by Vinay Choudary. It was filmed over the winter break in December 2015 in Athens, Ohio, by by John Kerfoot, Wenting Deng and Kramer Ditty. It features two very...

Jazz Standards

By Seth M. Alexander

With the help of the Ohio University Jazz Combo- comprised of Dr. Sean Parsons (piano), Stephanie Allaire (vocals), Ryan Kerwin (trumpet), Justin Kevan (alto saxophone), Daniel Spencer (electric & acoustic bass), and myself on drums- I was able to record the ensemble playing four widely known jazz “standards.” Our professor graciously opened his home to us, equipped with his personal piano and Logic set-up. Using microphones and other audio equipment from the CreateSpace, we were able to capture our own interpretations of these classic jazz tunes. The tunes will be used for our own professional records, as well as audition material for those in the ensemble looking to further their education in ensembles and programs after graduating Ohio University. https://soundcloud.com/seth-m-alexander/sets/jazz-combos  ...

Design, Materiality, & Sustainability: Final Wall Project

By Charlotte Klimovich

The final project of Mona Ghandi’s Design, Materiality, and Sustainability class was to design and fabricate a section of a wall. This should be done both using 3D printing technology and a more traditional method of fabrication (i.e. molding and casting), to illustrate the benefits and drawbacks of both methods. I used the CREATE_space Replicator 2 3D printer to fabricate four 4″x4″ tiles to satisfy the 3D printing requirement of the project. The wall section we created had to stand on its own, be able to be viewed from both sides, and have some kind of porosity. My overarching concepts to explore were depth and movement. I had explored in other ways how natural objects (such as hair or water) exemplified these concepts, and so in the program Rhinoceros, I created a tile with a shape reminiscent of a leaf. I also liked how the spaces between the tiles could create...

White Noize

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“White Noize” is a music video for local Athens band, Water Witches. White Noize takes the viewer through the experience of the birth of Water Witches, leading up to the formation of their fictitious cult following.   The video begins with a witch summoning Avian Goddesses, who cast a spell and tend to a giant egg. Most of the visuals chosen for the video have an occult theme. The snakes represent the temporal experience. Birds and eggs are used to represent birth, change, and feminine creative force that drives artist and magical energies. Feathers are used to represent freedom, and pay tribute to the bands’ new album titled “Feathers”.   Water Witches hatch from the giant egg, and the Avian Goddesses nurse them to health. Their story takes a dark twist when the cult followers rock out as the music becomes chaotic. A rabbit mask is worn by a...

Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Excellence in Teaching Award Nomination Video

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I am a doctoral student in Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University and my department has nominated me for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Excellence in Teaching Award. As part of my portfolio submission I am required to create a teaching video of myself in action. These stills are from the video that was shot on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 during a final examination review for the class I teach, which is Interdisciplinary Arts 1180: Objects and Events. For this project, I borrowed two Panasonic AG-AF100 cameras and two Manfrotto tripods and enlisted the help of my friend, who also happens to be an excellent videographer.      

Untitled

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On November 21st I collectively interviewed 3 people as part of my project Polyvocal Mixtape. In this interview that is treated more like a discussion, we talk about personal stories to reveal various illustrations unique to each individual. This interview is part of a series of interviews that will be exhibited in my thesis exhibition on March 25th. In the interviews of the 3 people they opened about stories ranging from being raised Catholic and it’s rarity being a Black women to even how their hair is a prominent part of their identity. These interviews are just as much for the interviewees. I’ve discovered that even though most often the people being collectively interviewed know each other, they learn new things that may not have come up in conversation otherwise. This reinforces bonds deeper then surface level connections. The three images are the three people I...

Being Bound Forces Non-Action

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Being Bound Forces Non-Action | 2015 | Animal fat, poplar | 45″X 6″X7″ Being Bound Forces Non-Action is a biographical psychological exploration, dissection, and allegory of the traumatized body. How mental bondage creates ailments in the physical body is depicted through the repetition of five single hip bones, which attach themselves to each other creating a type of chain. Through this chain, I attempt to organize experiences of physical and mental trauma by means of linear pattern. The use of fat references a literal as well as figurative cushion which suggests a type defense mechanism. While wrapping ourselves in this chain we create a knot which only becomes tighter the more we struggle. Through non-action we are able to reach a point of meditative and contemplative thought, ultimately leading us toward state of acceptance.

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