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Total Limbo

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Collective Springboard (Danny Crump, Sarah Dalhinger, Micah Snyder, and Steph Wadman) bounce back from their day jobs as serious artists. They do so by creating collaborative and improvisational art, with a sharp eye for rando stuff salvaged from the appalachian landscape. In a full scale transformation of the Dairy Barn Art Center, Total Limbo imagines a space between worlds. Participants are immersed in audio, visual and physical dreamscape, including a modernist gridlock maze, a soft environment, a spaceship, and a strobe light fueled infinity room. Alongside the installation was a triple channel video projection, a shifting audio soundscape, and interactive sculptures such as a human slingshot, and a teepee made from plastic shopping bags. Participants choose their own path, level of engagement, and are encouraged to connect with their own liminal space of discovery. In the spirit of ephemeral art, everyone must leave Total Limbo and return to their regular life on earth.      ...

Space Humanities Department

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I had the privilege to be TA for Space humanities Department at the International Space University during the summer 2015 in Athens, Ohio. This years the department had to make a short movie about space for their project, something really challenging for people that never work in movie making. The CREATE_space was the best environment with great equipment, infrastructure and staff to help.Without the creative research support, these movies was never be possible. Here are the 3 shorts movies created and showcased at the Athens Cinema:  ...

Transcribing Light & Motion

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How do we recognize the reality of physical phenomena that we cannot touch? Light and motion are two such experiences, elusive in our understanding of them. The following project is a twofold creative examination of physical concepts. The first component concerns motion: how does our motion through physical spaces hold continued presence, even after the motion has passed? Why are certain motions repeated by certain people to create unique patterns of action? How do our bodies relate to nature and physical phenomena? To address these questions, I created a video of myself dancing, one of my favorite types of motion, past 3 lines. The lines follow one after the other, related by the golden ratio. This relationship was chosen because of its mysterious connection to repetition in nature. I recorded each part of my body as it passed a line. Obviously the motions of my body differed each time, but I recorded the same body parts passing a similar portion of the line. These same body parts were represented by a code. I created this code by scanning different parts of my body, developing it into a topographical map, and printing it with a 3D printer. In order to more successfully explain this process, I will provide the example of the knee. Although it may have crossed the line multiple times, it was in a different physical position each time. However, one of my goals was to use a sort of mapping system, a translation, to examine how we measure physical reality, and what is gained and lost through this translation. So I scanned my knee with a 3D scanner, in one set position. I developed this scan with a technique used in traditional mapping of landscapes, topography. I then 3D printed this knee. The print became a code that I transcribed onto sheets of plastic. Each sheet represented a line I passed. I transcribed multiple codes of different body parts onto these sheets as a way of visualizing how space is impacted by motion, how motion is repeated, how codes are used to help us make sense of the complex world, and how these codes differ from reality. The second component of my research examined light and how physical environments and objects change. First I created crystalline formations and melted plastics with solvents. These two processes differed in that the formation of the crystals was already determined by their physically ordered structure, while the plastic represented a non ordered, amorphous structure, one whose change could not be determined. I hung the structures in a formation suggesting landscape and then projected video of the structures’ creation through the whole formation itself. The light reacted to the white and translucent objects in different ways that can be seen in the photos. The light’s reaction raises further questions about untouchable physical phenomena. How does light interact with its environment in different ways? These are questions whose answers quantum physicists still ponder over, as do I....

Home Salty Home

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In the spring of 2013, I was standing in line for concessions at the Angola Prison Rodeo in Louisiana. I had received a grant to conduct research on the controversial spectacle of the rodeo. A friendly man next to me suggested I try the fried pig tail and reminisced about his favorite snack. His t-shirt read RODEO WORKER. I recognized the t-shirt as the same worn by men behind booths at the rodeo’s craft fair, where they sold their art. The rodeo was held on the grounds of a maximum security prison. The men behind the booths were inmates. I bought a pig tail, found a seat on the bleachers, and gnawed on the deep-fried cartilage and bone. Dressed in black and white striped costumes, the inmates commenced the theatrical events of the rodeo as hordes of spectators cheered on. I couldn’t figure out how to eat my pigtail. Eventually, I grew tired of the rodeo’s pageantry, left my seat, and spent the rest of the day talking to the rodeo workers. ______________________________________________ Spectacles are difficult to overlook (or underlook). Fiction has formed my personal ideologies as much as real people and experiences have. Illusions can reveal great truths, provide escape, and offer an excuse to look at things a little differently, if only momentarily. I find that even when the veils of these mirages are lifted, there exists some underlying magnetism. These moments punctuate life, generating an unpredictable fluctuation that sheds light on the complexities of our social experience, upholds cultural idiosyncrasies and acknowledges collective vices. This body of work embraces the theatrical cues of flashy venues and their tools of trickery while simultaneously admitting their fantastic fallacy. The video works document various embodiments of temporary pleasure, intrigue, and thrill. Bars, strip clubs, theme parks, arcades and other fabricated environments begin to represent a greater relationship between moments of extraordinary circumstance and the inevitable return to daily routine. The sculptural pile of lit-arrows attempts to put the universal icon of direction at risk of becoming futile. ________________________________ This exhibition was made possible thanks to many resources provided by the Create Space, Nathan Berger’s expertise…two short-throw projectors, an iPad mini mac, three iPads, a nexus phone, an LCD TV, a Pyle audio mini amp, surround sound speakers and a partridge in a pear tree, to be exact!      ...

Dodecahedra

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‘Dodecahedra’ is an installation utilizing sculptural object and projection to transform a space through refracted light. The concept for ‘Dodecahedra’ originated from Plato’s assignment of the five platonic solids to the elements that construct the universe, including fire, water, earth, and air. The dodecahedron, or 12-sided solid, is representative of the cosmos itself. The dodecahedra in my installation have been constructed from cut and folded plastic material, and a projected animation of changing color and light creates moving and changing refractions on the walls and ceiling. I am interested in creating a transformed space for the viewer to enter into and instill a sense of meditative calm similar to what I feel during the repetitious creation of these objects. I hope to evoke in the viewer ideas of creation, existence, and the truth of our perception.      ...

In and Around The Barn – Red Projection

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This is a continuation of my previous “Color Experimentation” project. {Leander Edmiston and myself(Dan Manion) have begun to experiment with a series of color-based video projects. Our aim is to explore the many facets of color, including its incorporation into storytelling and its emotional associations. Ambiguous and undulating inks confront the viewer with an escape from reality. Together we have begun creating organic-esque, complex, and abstract “colorscapes” that reference the natural world.}     This first edited video entitled “RED” is an example of my fascination with back and forth submergence into a created dreamlike space. With help from Nathan from the Create_Space, I was able to project this video at the gallery show entitled “In And Around The Barn” held this past month at The Dairy Barn.  ...

eMotion

By Kyle Hannon

This project focuses on creating an experience which combats the overwhelming amount of digital and social stimulation that exists in the world today. I wanted to create a tranquil environment with light and color, that viewers could escape to, ignoring their phones and computers for a time. The pattern is dynamically generated in Processing. The program is designed so that every frame of time is unique and no moment will ever be repeated, giving the viewer a new and different experience every time they interact with it. This also provides more context to the piece, as it exists within the same digital medium as the negative stimulation I explored.            

Urban Body

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This project interrogates the interchangeability of space and place. It tries to play with the fluid relationship that we have with the built environment. The strategy I have chosen is to claim spaces in the built environment that seem to exist as non-places as they usually stay undisturbed or underutilized. Here I employ temporary constructions possessing international forms (i.e. the curvature of a curb rounding a corner) adaptable to local conditions. The Locations are limited to downtown areas in various cities across the United States and, hopefully, will be expanded to other countries. The hidden motif behind the work is the issue of displacement and creation of strategies to transform space into place. In placing my body in a piece of foam with my 3D scanned body carved into it using a mechanical process, CNC, and, then, placing both into a curvature that almost perfectly fits the 5 by 6 feet dimension of the foam, I am looking for infusing my body into the urban landscape where a constantly displaced human being belongs. The 3D scanning was done through 123D catch software and was prepared for CNC cutting by using Rhino3D and RhinoCAM, with the scanning process being done at Create-Space blue room. The 3D scan model can be found here: http://www.123dapp.com/catch/3D-body-scan/2771175      ...

The World Is Flat

By Todd Kunkler

sometimes you search for video coverage of recent tragedies (genocide, mass shootings, and so forth) to see what sort of emotion it will generate within you—to see whether or not you are the kind of person you’d like to believe you are—and the video will be preceded by an advertisement for a brand of toothpaste which offers you a “brighter, healthier, and more confident smile” and then you realize that you are out of toothpaste [This body of work is an investigation into the chaotic visual language of our increasingly image-saturated post-digital society. Through techniques of collage, appropriation, and photo manipulation I disband image and ideology, thereby calling into question the veracity of the multitude of images we consume daily, and revealing undercurrents of violence and control at the heart of representation.] http://newhive.com/toddkunkler/the-world-is-flat http://newhive.com/toddkunkler/digitaldesert http://newhive.com/toddkunkler/walmart-at-2-00-am        ...

Spectral

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For Spectral, I have created a video from still images from a previous blog entry, titled Elliptical Orbits. This video is then projected onto strips of painted Dura-Lar, a plastic material, which are installed hanging throughout the space. The images of the projection are fragmented between the painted strips and the back wall, creating multiple layers of images within the space while disrupting the large image with cast shadow. The colors of projected light from the images interact with the colors painted on the plastic pieces, either enhancing or negating it. The plastic pieces also reflect colored light onto the surrounding walls, encompassing the entire space into the environment of the piece. The viewer is encouraged to walk through and in the installation, allowing their own shadows to disrupt the projection and becoming a part of the piece by being projected on.      ...

The Sailing Cart

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This work explores the relationship between everyday items and life as performance. By slightly transforming disregarded and forgotten objects, there is a sense of wonder and a newfound appreciation. As an object’s utility changes, so does its relationship with the world around it. Through observation and report transcending objects’ set functions leaves the viewer with a hymn to the limits of our existence as well as the limits of the world around us.   http://www.aesthetictechnologies.org/atlab/wp-content/uploads/tdomf/11643/CARTAUDIOMP3.mp3  ...

The day I watched my Dad pull his gun

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During my second year as an MFA candidate in the ceramics department here at OU, I am exploring childhood recollections through recreation and adaptation. My hope with this work is not only to recall memories that are significant to my development, but also to revisit times in my life when important people (such as my father, grandparents, etc.) were still living and, in turn, still a source of comfort and safety. On to the project… For this iteration of the piece I’ve titled “The day I watched my Dad pull his gun”, I moved my studio into the installation space up at the Ridges for 2 days. During this time, I built loosely constructed wooden supports out of 2x4s that would eventually hold raw clay constructions of the human hand. I enjoyed working with raw clay in this manner because it allowed me to construct these pieces free of the anxieties most often accompanying ceramic media (for me, anyway). Since these pieces were never meant to be fired, I didn’t have to concern myself with the integrity of the construction, and was able to loosely push, attach, and slap the clay around in ways that I enjoy most. The second element of this piece was a running video of the original Nintendo game, Duck Hunt. Each time the duck was ‘killed’ in the game, I dubbed over the rifle sound with a more realistic amplification of a .45 automatic handgun. Lastly, I pulled imagery from Duck Hunt (grass and a tree/bush), recreating it 2-dimensionally in wood. These wooden elements were then displayed in the foreground of this 3-dimensional installation, giving the viewer the sense of a stage set, or some other temporary type of display. I am excited with the direction of this piece and, hopefully, the work that will follow this new mode of working. Thank you for reading about my project, and I welcome any feedback through email. -SH      ...

eMotion

By Kyle Hannon

We live in a world over-saturated with stimulation. Many people are overwhelmed by this stimulation, whereas others thrive on it. I am exploring the influence of stimulation in the form of color, light, and motion on a person’s emotional states, and the potential of fabricating it with design principles in mind. My goal is to create a dynamic environment to convey stimulation, through the use of projected imagery.        

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 the bumping sounds of DJ Charmin (Todd Irwin). Equipment from the Create Space was used for the video documentation and projection in both projects. The GoPro Hero 3 was used to capture video footage while jumping on a trampoline and a pogo stick. Projected using the Short Throw projector in A Soft Surplus and the Ultra Short Throw projector in Soft Surplus+, the projection underscored the fearless, child-like action of jumping and bounced with the viewers as they interacted with the space.   Photo documentation is from Soft Surplus+      ...

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 as a bearer of bad news as it whispers in the ear of whoever approaches it. I hope the audio track causes the audience to become uncomfortable as they abstractly experience the suspense as a result of investigating, followed by the anxiety that one feels after receiving news about them, but that is not meant for their ears. I hope that they discover the potency of sound, especially as it relates to this installation. This work was birthed from the audio played off of an iPod, newspaper, nylon, pastel, plaster, speakers, t-pins, and wire. Audio was created with the help of a CREAT_space recorder and adobe software.  ...

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