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Empathic Living for the Couch Potato

By Steph Wadman

Empathic Viewing for the Couch Potato uses a selection of material, food, and video as a means to equate two separate experiences to another, the physical sensation of pressure from a baby. Using two experiences that are relatable to anyone, sit-ups until exhaustion and eating gaseous foods, the viewer is asked to add them in their mind to equate to the experience of a mother. Realizing that this is an approximation, and not an equalization, I aim to invoke empathy through the effort of the audience participating in metaphysical experiences.    

Beta Testing

By Broooks Wenzel

Transform your space and project yourself to another site. Are your movements only art if you say they are art? Does mark making only include gestures that leave a lasting imprint? Dancers are not the only athletes that understand the highly refined movements of their bodies. What things do you “sacrifice” to lead the life important to you? Do you exist in your physical location or mental location? (Dis)connect with your surroundings.

Go Away Everywhere

By Jacob Koestler

There is almost never an investigation when a fly on the wall disappears. He’s assumed to be out who knows where or just gone away who cares where. No one stops for the guy on the berm with his back to the road; it’s probably a wet dog or something else half domesticated. A year of moving tired with open eyes ends where the rust belt meets Appalachia—where everybody’s forgotten and no one is looking. This dead heart of industry is tucked in a series of lobbed-off mountains, blanketed by overgrown invasive species and reduced to orange currents flowing out along the creek beds. Shrouded in off-air static, this is a place to disappear, fall out, stay inside and grow blurry in a scarred and confusing landscape.

Suspended Communication

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This project, a hanging wood-and-wire sculpture onto which I projected words.  I ideated and constructed it in response to a multifaceted prompt that included demonstrating a concept I had learned, assembling cosmetic features of our pieces–patterns, segments, media, etc.–into groups of three or six. Here, the projector displays a looping .GIF over my structure so that the content of the iMessage-like text bubbles would cycle rapidly through visual examples of communication (e.g. a clipping from an ASL learner’s manual, a video of smoke signals from the Vatican).  

nostalgia

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I decided to explore light and projection, showcasing nature photos and videos onto moving sheets, using those clips to create a psychedelic music video.

Confused?

By Eric Tiu

“Confused?” is a children’s educational television show that is distributed over the internet and aired locally on WOUBII. The show is produced entirely by students under the blanket organization AVW Productions. Each episode consists of separate segments all pertaining to an overarching theme. These segments are broken up by banter performed by our three hosts. Early in the semester we came up with the idea of doing a live show for our latest episode, which was all about how people predict the weather. The banter would be performed by our hosts live on stage in front of the audience, while the pre-recorded segments would play on a screen in between the banter. The ambition of doing such a project was nearly unparalleled in AVW history, especially considering how small our crew is compared to other AVW shows. After weeks of brainstorming and negotiating, we received...

Babel of Roselawn & Reading

By Ryan Davis

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.

8080 – BFA Thesis Exhibition

By Drew Michael

“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...

Collective

By Carlos Pacheco

Carlos Pacheco, graduate student in Photography + Integrated Media at Ohio University, will exhibit his work titled Collective at the Ohio University. The exhibition is a new media installation that invites the viewer to witness the formation of a single, collective memory. Pacheco makes books and videos using images made from live webcams overlooking culturally significant locations around the world, like Times Square, Dealey Plaza, and Abbey Road. This narrative investigates our use of photography in an increasingly digital and interconnected world, at the same time bridging the gap between the seemingly unrelated events that unfold at these sites. The show opens Tuesday March 11th and closes March 14th with a reception Friday March 14th from 6pm – 8pm. Can’t be there in-person? View the live stream at carlosrenepacheco.com Carlos Pacheco is an artist and photographer from...

Black Bodies

By Jacob Koestler

Over the last two years, I have been working on a collection of videos and photographs called Black Bodies. Since the work has culminated in several different installations, CREATE_space has supplied a variety of tools ranging from field recorders, video cameras and projectors. This equipment is imperative in every step, as each finished piece is comprised of multiple digital and analog processes, distortions and re-recordings. Recently, I was able to show five new photographs and videos at this year’s Image OHIO at the Shot Tower Gallery in Columbus, OH. The annual exhibition is hosted by ROY G BIV Gallery, also in Columbus. CREATE_space’s short-throw projector allowed for a full-wall sized viewing of Black Body (single-channel video projection, 7m 19s,...

Bravery/Hero

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Hello! I am an OU senior studying sculpture. Currently, I am working on stop motion animation & performance video art. My thesis show is in the spring, so I am in much need of technological guidance. I am grateful to Nathan Berger, for lending me camera equipment and a projector. I have started to explore a sort of personal narrative style of filming, one I hope to refine for my thesis show. In Bravery/Hero, my most recent piece, I am breaking down formal associations within Western culture by montaging together stop motion animation, found footage, and personal footage. In my work, a frequent theme is the exploring the female experience. The installation, Bravery/Hero, was located in Seigfred Hall, room 123. Objects that appeared in the video were featured alongside the projection,casting shadow onto the moving image. Thus oscillating between the virtual in the real and the real...

Exploration in Isadora

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In the Special Topics in Theater class offered this past Spring semester, we were assigned a final capstone project with a very open-ended format. My partner (Julian Stapleton) and I decided to use this opportunity to explore a piece of software called Isadora (developed by Troikatronix). The ultimate goal of our work was to develop a functional understanding of both live video editing and show control for theatrical applications, as the School of Theater plans to run projections for future shows via the program. We began by simply watching numerous tutorials and reading the user manual cover to cover, and then completing a LOT of experimental programming (coupled with dozens of screenshots, as the demo version of Isadora does not allow for saving files). Some examples of these screenshots can be seen below. For my own purposes, I decided to focus on mapping parameter control of images...

Projection Piano

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Recently I have had the opportunity to be involved in courses and work that allow me to use new technologies to create new and exciting things. The beginning of the projections class was no different. From day one, we began talking about how people have started using projections, how they can be involved in theater, and how they can be used in new ways even outside of theater. I immediately started thinking of ways that I wanted to use projections in the future and began exploring different videos online or reading about different projects people had put together. Once I began starting to look for ideas for my final project, I began to think more about what I actually wanted to accomplish. I have always thought of myself as more of a technical person than an artist when it comes to these topics that can blur the line and so for this project I wanted to challenge myself to try to stay...

Three Documents

By Jacob Koestler

A document on screen is always fiction: Bigfoot is found to be a more dedicated journalist disguised as the crytid and seen first-person through the amateur lens. The projection screen (within the screen) catches fire and one myth is set ablaze. The camera pulls focus to a television screen littered with Appalachian detritus set against a foggy mystic sunrise along a gravel road. The tracking is adjusted, and the landscape disappears into the static void.    

Spectroscopy

By Suits Artist Group

It didn’t go off without a hitch, but our tight group managed to pull together and overcome the obstacles in our way. The end result? A solid performance that 50+ unsuspecting Faire-goers of all ages got to experience, each leaving with their own unique reaction to what we created. One nervous participant, unaware of what to expect, was affected so greatly by the atmosphere of our performance that he asked, with a scared crack in his voice, to leave in the middle of it. Suits is the collaborative effort of Sculpture and Expanded Practices MFA candidates, Basil Masri Zada and Kathleen Williams, and Photography and Integrated Media MFA candidate, Carlos Pacheco. A Syrian Fulbright recipient, an Ohio-based mixed media artist, and an Arizona-born photographer- Masri Zada, Williams, and Pacheco utilize their collective and varied experiences to create conceptually-based, interactive...

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