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Never Again, Every Year

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Intention shapes human perception of actions. A simple gesture can become a powerful movement when it is executed with mindfulness. Dance movement devoid of intention and internal motivation quickly becomes calisthenics, slipping from the realm of art into what would be more appropriately defined as aerobics or virtuosic athletic activity. In my piece Never Again, Every Year, I investigated the possibility that the reverse of this dialogue could also be true: that utilitarian movement could be made into art through focused attention. The piece used light, shadow, fabric, and a unique movement vocabulary to examine the potential of the human conscience to transform banal, task-like movements into an emotionally resonant performative experience. I collaborated with composer D. Turner Matthews to create a multi-sensory audience experience. “Never Again, Every Year” was a 20...

Benjamin Has a Brilliant Idea

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As part of second year MFA film production requirements I wrote and created a 12 minute short film titled “Benjamin Has a Brilliant Idea”. It is an attempt to combine noir, kid’s film and mildly ironic melodrama genres in a novel manner. Using various genre tropes and clichés, including hard-boiled voice over and black and white rotoscoping, I attempted to create a world with consistent rules that would otherwise not scan. All while remaining gently tongue in cheek.    

“Cool Beans” – Observational Documentary

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In a world with so many demands on time and resources, I was lucky enough to find an individual that used his time and resources to live off of…literally. “Cool beans” is an observational documentary that sees the world through the eyes of Caleb Brown, a small entrepreneur that lives off of his artisan talents. From roasting imported coffee to social activism on social media, Caleb is a man of many hats that has chosen to use his talents to put food on his table and pay the bills through his “simple living”. At 27 years old, Caleb has no steady flow of income and practically lives the artists’ dream by living off the sweat of his brow comfortably. Not only has he found a way to live fully, but he’s also tapped into using and sharing his gifts to challenge those around him to do the same and to be less stressed by the keeping up with the trends of the world. His only source of income is...

Odd Conversations

By Aaron Butler

Lately my work (be it my own creative projects or compositions other have written for me) has explored two things: 1) the use of field recordings 2) the use of speaker drivers to turn instruments into a sounding body for the playback of audio In my most recent piece I’m combing these. I’m attaching a speaker driver to both heads of a large bass drum; one plays back field recordings I’ve made (the Hocking River at 3am/the sound of a busy bar/the Cleveland Museum of Art’s atrium/etc…) while the other amplifies a guitar. The guitar sound is then manipulated through my performance on the head of the drum. I can change the pitch of the head to attenuate certain frequencies of the guitar signal, create vibrato effects, or rest objects on the head that will create various textures (wire brushes, etc..). I found it interesting that after performances of noise...

Babel III

By Ryan

The working title for my most recent project is Babel II. It is the second rendition of my Babel Series project. The project addresses the discussion of post-blackness within contemporary society. In this rendition I interviewed 3 women on November 23rd at The Ridges graduate studio about issues if race and ultimately what blackness means today. The initial dialogue is formal and informative in regards to who these people are and as it progresses we learn more about the individuals opinions on the issue of race today. The objective in this is to gauge the shift in Black identity and whether or not it actually has. For this particular rendition I interviewed three Black females. All are students of Ohio University. This made for a unique investigation because it naturally became a critique of not just culture widespread but directly about Ohio University.      ...

Elliptical Interactions

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In my recent work I have been interested in the systems and structures occurring in nature that control and create function as well as beauty within it. The physical laws or rules repeating throughout nature often go unnoticed in lieu of the aesthetic appeal of an object or phenomenon, despite that many of our conceptions of beauty are based in these rules or systems. By exploring areas of intersection between the systems within our own existence and the systems or laws that control the universe at a cosmic level, I am able to fulfill my own longing for connection to the universe as a whole and to make those ideas of extreme scale and unknown closer to our own conceivable reality. My inspiration for Elliptical Interactions comes from the similarity in the shape of orbits of planets and of electrons around a nucleus, making a connection between the cosmos and the physics of our own...

Composition Thesis

By Jake Schlaerth

I am attempting to traverse the fields of both music and visual art via the realm of computer programming. I have always been interested in alternative midi controllers, and with my recent interest in Max and OpenGL, I have begun to work with the Haken Continuum Fingerboard. Our school’s fingerboard is an older model, meaning that it has no on-board synthesizer. I have had to work with raw midi data in max in order to design my own working translation of the numbers from the fingerboard into a system of digital signal processing, and then use that signal processing to control OpenGL rendering software (through Jitter). The culmination of this work will be my Composition Thesis Recital in late April. A preview of the work :      ...

focus grid, Jung

By Michael Jung

In its most basic form, the grid is a network of components that cross each other to form a series of shapes and patterns. When used as system to create footing instead of order the grid connotes a specific attitude in which ideas are fluid, uninhibited, and able to exist in any orientation. This is an active process, dependent upon learning by doing, in which the designer uses sensory input and constructs meaning out of it. Thus the grid acts as a vehicle for expansion in exploration. One of the ways we as designers are able to understand complex conditions within the practice of professional graphic design is by placing restrictions on our visual research. The research presented here requires a simple condition—that of taking away. In practice this method allows the designer to develop diverse results while maintain a harmonic intellectual and visual relationship This process,...

My Home(land) Video

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Almost a year ago I headed back to Kiev, Ukraine to figure out what was happening in my homeland. Dazed and confused, just like many other Ukrainians back in February and March 2014, I found myself looking for the answers on Maidan, the main city square where a such called Revolution of Dignity changed the entire country and its future. I befriended a few activists who’d seen it all and survived numerous violent clashes with the police. I’d experienced an ecstatic feeling of being a part of something larger than I myself. Just like 16-year-old Vovka who’s proudly marching with the Ukrainian flag in his hands (see the video I uploaded). I let the camera to be my eyes and ears so I took it everywhere I went. I ended up filming my friend’s mom’s art gallery where John Lenon’s photograph sat on the same shelf with a menorah, as well as the food I ate and...

New Work

By Amy DeSitter

I am currently in my first year at Ohio University in their 3 year MFA program with a focus in painting. My most recent body of work is a series of large 9’x7′ paintings. My imaginative landscapes are both surreal as well as pastoral. I am activating these spaces through pattern and perspective. I have an interest in play between color, shape and complex systems. I feel like it is important to highlight these relationships, drawing attention to shared biological qualities across species and land formations, so they do not go unnoticed. There is an element of seduction through the use of color or noncolor which indicates whimsy, but does not indicate the pieces are less serious. These pieces give me permission to be human while creating passageways of play. There is a two-fold viewing experience. The viewer’s eye is drawn in while standing back and taking in the entirety of...

If you see something…

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“If you see something…” is a group of paintings in which the viewer is placed in the role of witness through the mediation of a first-hand experience. Rather than existing as a passive voyeuristic consumer of the images of violence routinely displayed in popular media, the viewer who occupies the role of witness in the public space of the gallery has both something at stake through their proximity to others, and an opportunity to action through an engagement in a dialogue.    

The Sailing Cart

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This work is based on the idea of childhood memories and a sense of forgotten nostalgia. A child’s mind is an expansive, limitless field of play which can compose the most fantastical ideas. Often times, children seem to have overlapping memories and past times. My goal of this work is to spark these memories in adult viewers so that they are brought back to a childlike state as they view the art. By creating playful scenarios from childhood, the viewer is revisited with the whimsical world of their own childhood and allows them to reminisce about their past. So much of a child’s play in society today is derived from technology. Imagination does not play as much of a role as it did in the past. This exploration into my past memories also allows for a comparison of child’s play today versus child’s play 15-20 years ago.    

The priest

By Matt Herbertz

In a world where organized religion has become violently persecuted, an aged priest, Father McNalley, searches for a safe place to start a new church. After a long journey, the priest collapses on the doorstep of a family farm. The family takes the priest in for the night without knowing his true identity. Father McNalley must decide whether or not he should trust the family enough to let them know who he really is. Will the family help the old man continue his ministry or will they hold his faith against him? The Priest is a second year MFA film by Matthew Herbertz and after a successful shoot is now in post production set to be released fall 2015. Through the intense collaboration with fellow peers and faculty The Priest was able to succeed in a Kickstarter campaign helping fund the project. As Matthew moves forward in post production he hopes the story he feels so passionately about...

Kaleidoscope (I Believe In Us)

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This creative project was a music video for a local band out of Cleveland, Ohio for their original song “I Believe In Us” This was a one day shoot that took place in a local church and on the lake front in Mentor Headlands. We were immediately presented with a problem: How do you shoot inside a church without it looking like the inside of a church as it would send mixed messages about the song. To deal with this issue, we decided to frame most of the shots within one portion of the church’s stage and to focus primarily on tight framings, a lot of medium close-ups and close-ups to frame out as much of the church as possible. We also experimented with strong backlighting and placing film lights as practicals within the frame. This created lens flares and slightly washed out the background, leading the eye away from the less desirable aspects of the frame. Since the...

Performance / Perpetual Drift

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Perpetual Drift is an in progress, original creative writing, sound and performance work which explores a futuristic dystopian environment. In this work, I’m interested in exploring environmental issues through fantasy and narrative. The sound was created in a home studio using electro-acoustic recordings and digital synths. Perpetual Drift was performed at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY as part of the 2014/15 Performing Media Exhibition.  

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