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Ice Skating

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In my creative research, I explored ice skating as a physical representation of a calming atmosphere. Using the GoPro, I took videos from different perspectives, including the perspective from the skates, to show the vast feeling of the open rink to produce a relaxing feeling. I also investigated the idea of a “trace,” leaving behind a mark on the ice to demonstrate one’s presence in the rink. But also the fleeting nature of that mark once the Zamboni clears the ice. I will continue my study.          

I Searched for Satisfaction Through Destruction

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I Searched For Satisfaction Through Destruction (2016) is a project in which I buried myself under nearly 800 lbs of quartz. My intent for this piece was to put myself in a situation where I had no control, but rather the control lied in the hands of someone else. I would be buried to the point that I could no longer move, and once fear and panic set in, I would have no other choice but to be contemplative in order to remain calm, while the assistant unburied me. But I did have control, and I could move. So it turned into a question of endurance because I felt like I was being force-fed rocks. And I tried to pull my head away from the earth that entered my mouth and the worms that wriggled on my neck But there was nowhere to go. And in that hour my body disappeared, and I became everyone else— A surrogate for humiliation, naked and convulsing in the grass. Through struggle, I aim to...

Thesis show research

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I used a Jambox speaker and media player to research and troubleshoot how to best present two videos and one audio file during my thesis exhibition March 8-12th, 2016 in the 5th Floor Seigfred Gallery. I am attempting to display a video on an old Sanyo tube television, presumably from the early 2000s. As evidenced by the attached video footage, I am having some trouble with the formatting between the media player and the television- something I need to work out in the next few weeks. The Jambox will play a file of a mourning dove call in the part of my exhibition (titled Belonging of Objects) that represents a backyard scene from my childhood, particularly my grandparents’ backyard on the south side of Chicago. Through this trial, I know I need to do quite a bit of work still with the display of these audio and video pieces. Until next time…    ...

Little Mermaid Redux

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This project is a reinterpretation of the song “Part of Your World” as performed by the character Ariel in Disney’s 1989 film, The Little Mermaid. Working with Brian MacNeel, a first year film graduate student, along with Daniel Manion, a print and film undergraduate student, we filmed these videos of a staged recitation of the lyrics from the song. Using costumes that I fabricated and the setting of my rental house here in Athens, Brian and Daniel helped me to capture a sense that this character(s) were engaged in a type of interview within a domestic setting. These video experimentations relate to themes of childhood, remembrance, and longing for what becomes lost as a person grows older- all subjects that remain present in my sculptural work. One or both of these videos will be present in my upcoming thesis exhibition, titled ‘Object Permanence’ and...

Dramatic Production: Concept to Completion

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The Student Organization of Undergraduate Playwrights’ “Trick-or-Treat: A Night of Short Plays” was a huge success, however, it was no simple task. The membership had a study of how a dramatic production is put on, from the initial concept to the actual manifestation of our goal. With the CREATE_space in mind as our performing venue, our creative research began a month before the time in the space. Through brainstorming we hatched the idea of a Halloween themed show and then through workshopping we perfected our pieces. We also researched promotional materials and strategies to get the word out about the show. We used social media as our main platform for this and utilized analytics for the optimum posting time. As time until the show dwindled, the planning got more intense. We started thinking about fundraising, finalizing actors, scripts and completing our...

The Ticklemonster Battle in the Sky VS. Duane “The Committee Chair” McDiarmid

By Broooks Wenzel

“First he had to face his arch nemesis, Clowny, on land and in the sky. Now he’s going after his makers. And it ain’t gonna tickle.” The Ticklemonster is calling out his adult male role models in a no gravity barred brawl in the sky. Wielding horse heads on-a-stick he will unleash a lashing worthy of the depths of a well fostered imagination. This is a very serious and masculine challenge to those who shaped his development. Whatever, he can totally beat them up. The results will be useful and definitive as The Ticklemonster conquers the law of gravity, and shows his mentors who the bigger man is. Video documentation to follow… Special thanks to collaborators: Duane McDiarmid Daniel King Michael Rutushin LJ The Bell Ringer The Dairy Barn Art Center Lydia McDonald Shane West      ...

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.      

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...

In the Forest

By Gregory Hatch and Connaught Cullen

A digital puppet show created for the 2014 Athens’ Nuit Blanche Festival held on October 4th. This is a playful piece that plays with narrative, pop culture, TV programing, and entertainment. A puppet show is acted out in front of a blue screen. The footage is then uploaded and heavily modified to get the final product. In the Forest is an exploration of common narratives where the storyline is compelled forward with the use of popular music as the soundtrack. Lending itself to a camp aesthetic, the work becomes an exploration of taste and a reference to how information and concepts are conveyed to younger and wider audiences.        ...

Evaporation Walks

By Lori Esposito

I want to tell you about the walks I have been taking. They help me be in my body where my experiences of the world are more direct. During these walks, my feet press firmly against the ground and I become increasingly aware of my environment. My breath connects to the pace of my walking — slow and steady. My hands carry well utilized dinner plates of pigmented water through vast and unpopulated fields, urban streets, country roads and highway ditches. The color rhythmically sways like waves on a shore until evaporated. All of existence and its complexities are reduced to a quiet task, carried out with a single intention. Presence. Evaporation Walking is a practice I began in 2012 as a means for letting go of grief. In collaboration with place and time, the process of evaporation sets the duration for each walk. The gesture of carrying evaporating water is a metaphor for carrying a...

One Square Meal

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This collaborative performance was an investigation into re-contextualizing the notion of sexual simulation. Myself and my collaborator, Kristina Stefanovski, kneeled in a 40×40″ wooden box, and ate a piece of cantaloupe simultaneously. The audio from the actions was projected outward toward to the audience, forcing them to interact with what they were hearing, rather than what they could or could not see.    

Puppetry Sound Design

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In studying a form of southeast asian performance, “Wayang Kulit,” our class was tasked to put on a shadow puppetry performance, imbued with a modern technological element. Our shows would use traditional Balinese or Javanese puppets, made from dyed leather, and we learned techniques to manipulate them. The modern technological element I included in my performance was an elaborate sound design, including music and sound effects, most of which I built or modified myself. I used a program called QLab to assemble and organize my sound cues.        

Spitting Image

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Liz Conway’s solo work, “Spitting Image”, fuses live and video dance. Yielding to the containment of her 8’ by 8’ square, her subtle yet decisive movements show a juxtaposed relationship between the real and virtual images. Through these accessible limitations she creates a cohesive exploration of an alternate universe.      

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

By Astrid Kaemmerling

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,...

MLK Skiing

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For one of my most recent projects I conducted and performed a performance piece based around the Martin Luther King Day and Skiing. Apparently MLK Day is a big day for skiing. There is no irony or coincidence to this, just simply intrigue on why this is the case and it is somewhat laughable. So for my performance I performed an acoustic guitar version of the song “Sunday Bloody Sunday” by John Lennon but I changed the words to say “Monday Bloody Monday” since MLK Day is on Monday. I also had projection of text while I performed stating “Black people do ski too.”

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