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Experimental Sound and Dance Compisition

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There is much to be explored in the relationship between dance and sound. For this project I employed the layering of washing machine recordings in order to create a duet, capturing the relationship between humans and the machines that surround us. This piece was was performed as a work in progress in the Ohio University Division of Dance compositional lab.

Eavesdropping

By Elizabeth Boch

In my installation, I was interested in borrowing an aspect of the body. However, rather than giving it life as a part of the body, I sought to personify the wall by plastering the piece onto it. It acts as a blemish on the wall, behind which a private discussion festers. It speaks to the viewer in inaudible whispers, white noises, and other sounds which are muffled plagiarisms of a potential discussion on the other side. I hope that the viewer would be enticed by the audio streaming through the central mouth, enough to approach it out of curiosity. The wall is a barrier for the viewer of this piece, and the mouth acts as a tool to transcend it. It is my intention that through the repeating audio, the loud clang part way through startles the listener similarly to how unpleasant gossip and devastating news might shock and distress them through eavesdropping. The wall, in this case, acts...

Afterlife

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‘Afterlife’ is a floor piece consisting of two 7’x4′ ft. low-relief sculptural works that lie side-by-side in a diagonal formation on the gallery floor. One panel consists of a collection of cast plaster and white cement organic leaf forms that resemble bleached bones or perhaps seashells. The companion panel is made of a collage of large and small images, translucent vellum, and paper pressed beneath several pieces of half-inch thick, tempered glass. Around the edges of the glass, scrolls of vellum depicting gestural painted images curl around the edges of the glass. The images visible beneath the glass include several 2″ inch vintage portraits of a 1950s American woman, large photographic inkjet prints of rural landscapes, and various non-representational drawings, monotypes, and paintings on plastic vellum. The work is a mysterious visual discussion...

Achromotrichia Pt. 2

By Tina Vu

Achromotrichia, the loss of pigmentation, results in grey hairs. Fingers look through a thick forest of dark hairs, finding and plucking strands of grey hair. These recordings play with an accompanying soundtrack of a female singing a bittersweet Vietnamese song about being twenty. She sounds like she is singing alone in a small room as I try to contain how I feel about change in my artwork. The video can stand alone as a piece, but an artwork responding to the video is currently under development. At the moment, I am working with images of the hair that was plucked and kept....

The Egg

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The Egg is an installation I created to alter Ohio University’s studio spaces. As art students we have a very chaotic and creative studio space to work in, but the creative process also calls for a time of reflection. Unfortunately, we do not have a space to go to be by ourselves and clear our heads. The Egg gives easy accesses to any art student in a studio classroom to get away from the noise and chaos that each room creates. The process of creating the Egg took two weeks. I first started to work on the chair. I rounded off the sides of a piece of plywood and attached a shell of chicken wire that resembles the egg shape. I then went through a long processes of paper maching. Once I got through the structure of the chair the rest of the process was pretty simple. I finished the chair by adding four swivel wheels, sewing a cushion, painting the inside blue, and the outside white. I...

Thesis: Camp Out!

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My work primarily looks at queer identity and personal identity and their connection to a rural or blue collar setting. For my thesis I am looking at different manifestations of queer performance, from the mundane, to the campy, and to the private. It is all set around the idea of a wooded area and summer camp. For this section of the installation I am creating video pieces as the persona of the Queer. This persona/creature is constructed faux folk legend that personifies many of the campier or effeminate mannerism stereotypical attributed to gay men. The work is hoping to show how all levels of performance are a coping and survival method that are born from natural tendencies and the culture we live in.      

Destination: Hungary!

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This past summer I had the pleasure to participate at the Crescendo Summer Institute in Tokaj, Hungary. The Crescendo Summer Institute was a two-week master-course summer program from July 28 – August 11, 2014 where musicians from across the globe were offered private opera scenes and concert performances, lessons, coachings, and courses in acting, dance, diction, and sacred song. Before I was able to attend I held a benefit voice recital to raise travel funds. Create_Space helped me to stream my recital live so that patrons outside of Athens would be able to see the recital.  

Creative Relationship Series

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My goal of this series is to order the 8 images so that they may tell a story. But when the order is changed it may tell a different story using the same characters. This series depicts a relationship between a man and women at the point when their relationship takes a turn for the worse. The images can be reordered to change the story for better or worse. With eight individual images, multiple story lines may unfold. This was without a doubt the most difficult project I have ever completed. Being in charge of not only the conceptual aspect but the technical execution as well became a logistical nightmare for a two-week project. But I was very passionate about this project as it is the largest scale production I have ever directed. One valuable lesson that I learned from this project is that if I want to organize a large scale production like this again I will either need a team of at...

Do You Know How It Feels To Be Human?

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This piece explores the physical aspect of humanity and how it feels to live inside and as a human body. The video is meant to regard the body as an object to be experienced, both from an internal and an external perspective. It shows closeup views of myself performing bodily tasks such as swallowing, breathing, or squeezing my skin and is meant to call attention to each component of the body and how it functions as a piece of the whole, as well as how it is experienced by the individual to which it belongs. This piece was inspired by the numbness that one can fall into in today’s world. It is meant to be a reminder that we still exist as physical beings despite the disconnect that comes with technology and thought based society. It is my hope that in watching the video, viewers are brought to an awareness of their own physical self. The video was filmed in November 2014 in a...

Hardworking Hackers: Social Storm 4

By Kate Clausen

The CREATE_space was proud to host this year’s Social Storm Global Hackathon on November 21st & 22nd, coordinated & presented regionally by Ohio University’s Center for Entrepreneurship. International University teams were tasked with a social problem and given 24 hours to create a worthwhile solution. With six participants and four mentors, OU’s team put blood, sweat, and tears into creating a worthwhile solution to this high intensity project surrounding early access education. Competing with teams across the world, our students were described as “heroic” in their efforts. Working into the early morning, this team designed and produced a video, business canvas, and research deliverables within this very short time-span. As we await the results, we can commend these students for their hard work and dedication to this event that connects students across the...

What May Come From Observation

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I am currently documenting my body of work entitled: What May Come From Observation. This work explores birds’ nest as a subject within an emblematic sense, but upon investigation yields a poetic language in rhythmic harmony to humans and the objects we adorn and occupy. I am fascinated by how forms in nature occur and interrelate with the human experience. I believe the lack of unmediated experiences with the natural environment is the cause for much of the world’s psychological, social, and environmental ills. My desire is to bring back the lost connection with nature and the environment by mixing and merging the co-existences that parallel between the wonders of the wild and humanistic tendencies. Through this I reconsider with wonderment the value of finding interest in the ordinary things of nature, the value of rediscovery, and the contemplation of possibilities that could...

A Quiet Desperation

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My work and research concerns the nature of images within electronic media and digital technologies. In an era where communicative and semantic acts are dominated by electronic milieus I’m interested in how the interchangeability of signs function to mask the ‘real.’ This masking yields a distanced and indifferent audience towards the outcomes of political, social, artistic, personal, etc., events. Thus these events lose significance and context, which ultimately produces large-scale indifference and passivity in industrialized populations. In an environment of endless references without real referents, the distinction between appearance and object (simulation v reality) could potentially result in the loss of human existence in a virtual or holographic state. The purpose of my work is to analyze how images within media are used to create and perpetuate false understandings of the...

Study Photo: Marble Mountain Wilderness

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I am currently printing a selection of prints from my series Study Photos. As action-based photography, for this work I go to great lengths to be present in remote places, places made invisible, and spaces that are difficult to articulate or define. This work is shot at three designated areas: the wilderness, wastelands, and revolutionary autonomous spaces. The images move through different attempts of documentation of the action of witnessing these places through the body. The study in the wilderness establishes deep relentless bodily experience and violent desperation in solitude with an awareness of loss. The wasteland study depicts an anti-survivalist urge to return to the seepage and undesired spaces: a failure that can be nothing else. The frames taken revolutionary spaces also heighten the awareness of failure of representation, as these spaces are inaccessible to the viewer...

Amy Gibas Progress Review

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My current body of work presented during first year graduate reviews explores the use of light and projected shadow as a means of creating compositions. By painting on Plexiglass surfaces and suspending them at varying distances from the wall, the viewer is able to see through the suspended sculpture and to the composition that is formed on the wall behind. The cast shadows are also paired with painted elements which are attached to the wall in order to create a sense of inversion between actual object and projected image. The use of interlocking gear shapes is paired with floral and organic patterns as an exploration of organic functions that occur within nature, and the ability to break these functions down into mathematical or scientific systems. The existence of these systems links various aspects of nature and creates an interconnectedness that makes life in many forms possible....

Circle Dance: A Full Moon Ritual Performance

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This documentation is of my performance for a Title Project in Description (Foundation Art Course). I chose the title “Circle Dance” and from that seized the coincidence of class being on the same day as the full moon (November 6th, 2014). As a practicing Pagan, the title circle dance reminded me of Pagan, public rituals in which dancing around the fire to musical instruments and voice is a part of the experience with nature. As a public ritual, i had my classmates, teacher, and teaching assistant participate in the performance. The ritual consisted of cleansing the space (first video), setting up the space for the ritual (first picture), giving some background information about the full moon, respect, and logistics, calling on the gods and elements, casting the circle for the sacred space (outlined by the candles in the picture), having everyone clear their minds with a...

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