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Sidekick and Genre Blending with Fantasy

By on Apr 14, 2014

I’ve been spending the year working on a short film titled Sidekick and an accompanying paper exploring genre blending and fantasy films. I wrote about Sidekick earlier this year here on the site. When I first started exploring the fantasy film genre it seemed so restrictive. Audiences have so many ideas about what a fantasy film should be. However what I’ve discovered that to deliver on the fantasy film promise a filmmaker only has to incorporate magic, creatures, make-believe, or supernatural events. Once the filmmaker incorporates one of those elements the filmmaker can then go anywhere and do anything with the story from there. This makes fantasy one of the most flexible film genres allowing other genres to easily play into the story.  

IF (Imaginary Friend)

By on Apr 14, 2014

My research was fairly short. To summarize, I looked at the TED Talks Video with Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius.     In watching this video, I took some time to think about imaginary friends and their impact on creative thinking. I wanted to show the depth creativity can take, so I set a specific threshold of characters to draw. The set number was one thousand and I reached one thousand and one on a page miscount for the better. I made one slideshow including all one thousand original characters spanning 22 minutes, a booklet featuring eighty characters a page, and one thousand stickers each with an imaginary friend on them. My project statement: I have a strong relationship with my imaginary friend (IF). He aids my creative thinking. Having his input constantly helps me with my ideas. Having conversations with him presents possibilities much like mind...

Graduate Candidacy Review Presentation

By on Apr 14, 2014

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.  ...

Babel of Roselawn & Reading

By Ryan Davis on Apr 14, 2014

Babel of Roselawn & Reading is my second video of the Babel series. My agenda with these videos is to create a space visually and sonically that breaks down the social constructs of identity built around what is exceptional and what is not as well to establish the notion that exceptionality is based in the basic nature of existing.

Petrarch’s Ascent

By Ray Klimek on Apr 10, 2014

Petrarch’s ascent of Mount Ventoux in Provence, southern France, in 1336 represents a turning point in the history of landscape. Both a physical journey and an occasion for spiritual contemplation, the ascent embodies tensions that informed discussions of landscape aesthetics and ideology in the centuries that followed. In particular Petrarch’s account of his ascent outlines a set of oppositions between spirit and matter; religious and secular sensibilities; tactile and visual modes of perception. In collaboration with the poet Judson Evans, I am making a video about Mount Ventoux that explores these oppositions through a documentary framework. We treat Mount Ventoux as an object of both secular and religious importance and as a site that both constitutes a view and makes a view possible. Mount Ventoux becomes the pivot around which Western assumptions regarding territory, surveillance...

Brass Quartet Recording at St. Paul’s Church

By on Apr 8, 2014

In any sort of music recording, capturing the style of the music in its natural environment is key. Classical orchestras are best suited to the sound of a concert hall, while a punk rock band is most at home in a small, stuffy dive bar. I’ve always been fascinated by the natural echo found in traditionally designed churches, and as a player of a brass instrument myself, I knew that a quartet of tubas and euphoniums would sound amazing played in that space. So I tried to capture that sound. The recording of the Ohio University Tuba-Euphonium Quartet took place at St. Paul’s Church. The players sat in a close semicircle facing the altar of the church, with euphoniums on one side and tubas on the other. The sound that came out of the instruments was projected up, so I placed one pair of microphones at close range above the instruments, while another pair was placed about ten...

Untitled

By on Apr 8, 2014

Lately I have been exploring the idea of sensory deprivation and sensory overload. A common experience in a sensory deprived or over stimulated situation is that your mind compensates. I am interested in the reactions that individuals have to a situation that both isolates and overloads. By recording and editing a simple sound I hope to create the sensation of a happening inside of the viewers head.   http://www.aesthetictechnologies.org/atlab/wp-content/uploads/tdomf/9983/expectation%20shorten.mp3  

Tracing thoughts: Capturing processes of (anti)academic artistic research 

By Astrid Kaemmerling on Apr 7, 2014

Thought to speech to text to action, ideas spilled out upon surfaces, extended conversation, writing about speaking, recording language, stopping time, finding sound, taping voices, between art and research, research and art; technically speaking, poetically writing, breaking ground; reflecting, collecting, creating, materials exchanging; stimulation, simulation, extending experience, wished-for- collaborations, unpredictable structures, systems without rules, spirit appreciated, exile, nostalgia, history, tradition, fascination, education, experimentation, emotion, united, ratio; art-based research behavior; participation, pinning papers to snakes, inheriting spaces, sonic waves of interference, thought exchange, performative action, exploration, sound cognition, artistic scholarship; writers, musicians; seeking art adventure; space reshaped, audio-visual, propulsive sonic movement,...

Spatial Topologies

By Astrid Kaemmerling on Apr 3, 2014

Our show at The Majestic Galleries Spatial Topologies, was a collaborative exhibition bringing together four multi-disciplinary artists. Brian Harnetty, a sound artist from Ohio, Astrid Kaemmerling, a painter and installation artist from North Rhine Westfalia, Germany, Josh Ottum, a musician from California, and Jena Seiler, a video artist from New Mexico. What brought us together is our particular interest in collaborative interdisciplinary activity. With emphases on process and site-specific renderings, we aimed to explore (de)generative characteristics of spatial experience(s). Viewers were invited to immerse themselves in our production and exploration of place. The experiments manifested themselves in visual depictions of urban intersections, aural documentation of the area, and physical transformations of the gallery space itself.

8080 – BFA Thesis Exhibition

By Drew Michael on Apr 1, 2014

“The first video games consisted of a joystick and one or two buttons. They created a competitive frenzy to achieve the highest score, and immersed the player in a virtual world filled with colored pixels. The games emerged from huge machines in local arcades and had no 3-Dimensional graphics. Now these games that are more complex and colorful, can fit into our pockets traveling wherever we go.” This piece was created to show the evolution in technology. I reanimated old video games and projected them over wood burnings of abstract circuit boards. These burnings were cut to match the screen sizes of modern portable devices, i.e. phones, tablets, and laptops. The video games were animated so they seem like they are playing by themselves and do not make mistakes. I feel that this gives the viewer a strange feeling because they might want to be able to control them and make different...

The Water Skater

By Ian Campbell on Mar 31, 2014

The Water Skater is a short film inspired by Howard Mallison, my grandma’s uncle. The original footage was shot on Super 8, transferred to digital video, and then edited at the Create Space. It will be playing at the Athens International Film and Video Festival on Sunday, April 13, 3pm (in “Memory Games”). A sneak peek is available here, and on vimeo:     All I had to go on when reconstructing the life of Uncle Howard were the biographical fragments passed on by my grandma (in her inimitably elliptical storytelling style), a few photographs, and a bayonet Howard brought back from World War 1. This bayonet, which weaves its way through the film, is a relic: an object dislocated from its original traumatic context. In The Water Skater history is inaccessible but ever present. As the film slowly wraps itself around the take-up reel of the projector, there is the sense that...

My Homeland Video

By on Mar 31, 2014

So in the end of February I booked a one way ticket to Ukraine and went back home to make a documentary. Upon my arrival I hardly had any sort of shooting plan. I just put the camera in my backpack and went to Independence Square where most clashes between protesters and police had happened. I met a lot of people who had gone through three months of violent protests and overcome their fear of death. I saw the rise of patriotism in response to Russian military intervention. I felt as a part of something bigger than myself and realized that the same feeling was keeping people in the opposition camp in the Kiyv city center. I ended up having 18 tapes of interviews and footage of what I saw or found interesting including my friends and mom cooking Ukrainian food.

Mother

By Stephen Blahut on Mar 28, 2014

Set in WWII Ukraine under the Nazi occupation, Mother recounts a widowed woman’s struggle for survival with her two children while remaining hidden within the confines of an old barn. Iryna Zhygalyuk (MFA Film) thoughtfully directs this harrowing tale which draws influence from the Soviet works of director Larisa Shepitko’s The Ascent (1977) and Andrei Tarkovsky’s Ivan’s Childhood (1962) The film stars New York based actors Yelena Shmulenson, Stella Stark, and Zenon...

Architecture Embodies – The Meet and Greet

By on Mar 26, 2014

The environment around us shapes us, just as we shape it. We are not given a blank slate on which to build our houses, cities, and communities. Much is beyond our control. Often our own needs and desires conflict with those of other people and compete with one another. This constitutes an imperfect landscape on which to build, a foundation to which we adapt in order to build off of. When I first arrived in Athens, I was struck by the cobbled together aesthetic of much of its architecture. These structures and the necessities that shaped them express a kind of poetry, for if you take the time to read them, buildings tell stories. I am particularly interested in the ways in which the built environment reflects those moments where needs, resources, and circumstances merge into tactics. The traces left by these moments are inscribed on the physical landscape as well as our individual and...

It’s All About the Barn

By The Dairy Barn Arts Center on Mar 25, 2014

A historical, interactive exhibition that celebrated the Dairy Barn’s 100th birthday, “It’s All About the Barn” featured a physical timeline that spanned 1914 through to 2014. This exhibition showcased the history of the Dairy Barn, it’s relationship to the Athens State Hospital, and being saved from near destruction to become the non-profit arts organization it is today. Far from a typical art exhibition, this show featured information in photography, video, audio, digital projection, analog projection, and physical representation. For more information visit: www.dairybarn.org