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Soldier Daughter

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Soldier Daughter takes an oral history approach to examining the lives of two individuals, myself and my father, in order to create a historical record, as well as broaden the definition of what it is to be a “soldier”. This project takes a glimpse into my father’s life, as well as my life, in an effort to discover newfound insights about how our pasts shape us and uncover the driving forces in our lives. These investigations result in a fresh, thoughtful view on our father-daughter relationship and a deeper understanding of the trials we overcame to become who we are today: soldiers. Soldier Daughter accomplishes the task of preserving my father’s story, specifically, his military service in the Vietnam War. This was obviously a significant period in his life, and one that I knew very little about. Not only was it important for me to understand my father’s experiences in the war, but...

Temporal Landscape

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In the junior level course, Place, Space, and Landscape our class was given the task of showing the passage of time. I decided to do this by showing the otherwise overlooked changes in Athens by accelerating a day to be shown in a matter of minutes.      

The Machinery Audio Essay

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This piece explores questions of machinery, the human body, masculinity, and health. Its jumping-off point is sounds made by machines, and the piece includes such sounds. The voice-overs narrate stories of men (mis)using and repairing machines. This research is being conducting to ask questions about preparedness and care. Its process was one of shaping elements personal narrative which were combined with sound. I created it mostly in the winter of 2014-15 in Athens, with great help from The Create Space’s Portabooth. This portable sound booth silenced air conditioners and other background noises so that voice-overs could be smooth.   http://www.aesthetictechnologies.org/atlab/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/care-engine-textured.mp3 http://www.aesthetictechnologies.org/atlab/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/carstart.wav...

Babel Portrait Series #4

By Ryan Davis

The Babel Portrait project is a continuation of a year-long investigation in what Blackness means in the current cultural landscape. This work has manifested itself through audio works and paintings. For this particular creative research I am doing portraits and full figure paintings of Black Americans between 18-26. This age represents the current generation that is coming into fruition through social and political environments. The first part of this project is to find a person and make photographic references. I will create paintings from these reference photographs. The intent of the paintings are to generate a conversation around the idea of Black as a predominant label that warps our perception of the perception as an individual. On March 21st I photographed a young lady who is a senior undergraduate student of Ohio University.    

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  ...

Love and the Nasty

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A film about the pains of sexual and emotional desire in a cold and alienating world. Love and the Nasty is a short narrative film written and directed by Sam Stewart, a 2nd Year MFA film student in the OU School of Film, Theater, and Dance. The film was produced over two consecutive weekends in March of 2015, for a total of five shoot days across two apartment locations.  Throughout the film we follow the story of Bill, a young male protagonist, whose loneliness and sexual dissatisfaction has led him to the services of Mindy, a dominatrix prostitute.  But is Mindy the answer to Bill’s problems, or is she just another distraction from a life without easy answers?  Shot using Bolex lenses, the images have been white balanced for color correction with the intent of further saturating the world in rich, stylized color schemes that accentuate the dysfunctional lives of the...

The Universe Will Provide

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The Universe Will Provide is a short experimental video that explores the relationship between people and a greater entity. Similarly to how a person might achieve something or meet a goal and give the glory and praise to a divine being, the Universe is that greater karmic entity exhibited. The Universe is personified in the video and I play this role, and the role of the mortal being who puts their faith in it, simultaneously. I discard the stresses of my life under the guise of giving them up to something greater, and trust that opportunity will find its way back to me as a reward for hard work. I therefore avoid harboring the anxieties of the future.        ...

Rocks

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“Rocks” is a short film in progress, written and directed by OU MFA student Daniel Aguera. It is being filmed in black and white 16mm film. It consists of a nameless character who has created a musical system in which certain rocks represent certain musical notes, and through this system he composes melodies. He kidnaps a blind man and forces him to engage with this intricate system. As times goes on they develop a complicated yet somewhat endearing relationship.    

Static

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“Static” is an audio essay written, recorded and edited by Sarah Minor, PhD candidate in Creative Nonfiction Writing in February of 2015. The audio text was recorded using a portable sound booth in a home office, and edited using stock audio clips in GarageBand. This project is investigating the genre of the audio essay, which involves texts that are specifically composed for the ear. Audio essays are language-based, nonfiction recordings that employ sound to achieve what two-dimensional, visual text cannot do on its own. The writing of an audio essay is only one in the process–an essay might be prompted by a sound-based experience, or a certain text might require the inclusion of sounds to express its central idea fully. The intention behind this piece was to prompt the listener to consider the nuances behind experiencing aural and visual static, and what these...

Foiling the Eye (Heat Camera Tests)

By Daniel King

So goes the stereotype of those who fear big brother’s all-seeing eye – those who build safe rooms, those who build bomb shelters, who stock up on canned goods and then come the tin foil hats – fear of the unknown or paranoia. So what do we do when big brother is openly admitting, begrudgingly of course, that he IS listening to all our phone calls, reading our emails, watching our every move?    

Strictly Casual

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I’m John Kerfoot, 2nd year MFA in film, and I was Director of Photography for Josh Hanesack’s short film “Strictly Casual.” For me, the film is kind of an anti-romantic comedy. It’s a junior May/December romance that lasts all of a couple of days. A couple that in the moment get to know each other over a weekend, but years down the line will be living happily/unhappily ever after with somebody else. This is not a love story or a bitter-about-love story; this is strictly casual. The film was shot over 3 days during Spring Break. Mostly indoors in a duplex but also on the go around Athens. Josh has been influenced by the Mumblecore style – low-budget but naturalistic in production value and style. Hey, we’re student filmmakers damn it, why pretend it’s not low-budget?! But we also want it to look nice. Not pretty, but nice. And even have a...

6:5 Quartet Recording

By Seth

At the beginning of my third year as a Percussion Performance major in the School of Music, I formed a quartet with fellow colleagues known as the 6:5 Quartet. We began experimenting with new sounds with the Mallet Kat instrument, as well as advanced techniques on the vibraphone, bass guitar and drum set. I decided to record the quartet and some of our newly written material, but did not have the resources to do so. Instead of booking a recording studio, I cleared out my living room and was finally able to channel my passion for home recording.        

ONE

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This project is sort of study and analyzing of the Robert Rauchenberg’s collage-like and combines that you can also find these features in a play called Bob Rauschenberg America. In Ekphrasis the figure with the strange and unusual face references the part of the play when Allen expressed his love to Carl, saying, “I look at you and I think you’re good-natured” When I read this play, I immediately noticed the strong connection to Rauchenberg’s work. The accent of the writer of the play is sharp and choppy, like many Ruchenberg’s collages. Also, the frankness of the dialogues convey the bitterness and sadness in Raushenberg’s work when he criticizes contemporary society. I wanted to create a theatric atmosphere. The different elements are symbolic of the complexity of our modern world. The motion suggests that the world is an unpredictable place. So many conversation about the future...

Place

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This piece is an extension of previous exercises I have done in which I attempt to describe a complex notion–such as a place or self– in a small series of photographs. I then create a collage from the images in order to further communicate the notion at hand. In this investigation of “place” I set out to define the feeling of a space with three images. The space I focused on was the courtyard outside of Alden library at Ohio University. I was interested in this place because of its eddy-like nature. I felt that it is a slow place or a still place; a place that is not often inhabited or, if it is, is inhabited as a place to “be”, as opposed to a place through which to move. I also saw that it was surrounded by “through” spaces which people often traveled coming to and from the library. This created an effect not unlike the eye of a tornado...

3d Printing, Collective Open-Source Bootstrapping, and Parts for the Eventual Repair of my Solidoodle 2

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I’m currently an M.S. Environmental Studies student and am interested in closed-loop supply chains and integrated social, ecological, and economic systems. Through researching these topics and their literature , I encountered the work (academic, commercial, hobbyist) being done to develop technologies for affordable desktop 3d printing. These technologies hold awesome, existing potential with implications not only for the household scale manufacturing of some plastic products, but also already demonstrate a degree of their promise for creating objects of increasing material diversity (i.e. range of plastics, composites, ceramics, metal) and complexity (printing with multiple materials to achieve design requirements for mechanical, chemical, and electrical properties). There are machines that allow for small-scale production of recycled printer feedstocks, too. Having said that, I...

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