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evaporation walks

By Lori Esposito

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 body transitioning from life to death. Along the way, perceived boundaries between body and space are softened.  

Participatory Art and Urban Space: Taipei, 2010-2014

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Through various Participatory Art case studies in Taipei, my dissertation explores the use of art as a critique on Taiwan’s current urban (re)development policies. Two interdisciplinary works, Operation Little Barbarossa and Cooking at the Front Line stand out in particular as protest against exclusive and inequitable urban renewal. Both projects demonstrate the collaboration between artists, students, residents, and other professionals to create performance art in order to rally for housing rights and increased civic participation in urban planning. Operation Little Barbarossa utilizes a hand-built car, a man-powered BMW318 with a tandem bike ‘engine’, to distribute educational literature that encourages citizens to critically examine the effects of 2010 International Taipei Flora Exposition on Taipei’s natural and living environment. (fig. 1) Cooking at the...

Cactus-By-Proxy

By Todd Kunkler

“Cactus-By-Proxy” is the first in a series of interactive, web-based artworks examining the unique discourses, fabricated personas, and crippling loneliness of subterranean online communities. Though part send-up of PPV camgirl sites, part critique of the heavily mediated interactions made commonplace by the internet, “Cactus-By-Proxy” is, at its core, a loving pastiche of the weirdest, most disconcerting corners of the web and all of their inhabitants.    

Projected Definitions

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“My work utilizes the iconography of women and animals to discuss commodity culture, feminism, and the power and ownership. Self-worth is often dictated by the items we own and the trophies of our existence. Due to my own personal experiences in a capitalist society I view consumer culture as gender-biased, framing the woman as the predominant consumer. The idea of consumer as trophy collector, commodities as trophies, woman as trophy, and animal as trophy is the germination of my work. The use of animals, the subject of mans domination, and the female, are portrayed as the trophies that are coveted for prestige and self-satisfaction. Much of my work juxtaposes human and animal/taxidermy forms in an effort to understand the American landscape of consumerism and its desire for acquisition of the commodity. In my sculptural works, I depict animals absorbed and regurgitated by the...

Sonic Fiction (Dark Water)

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An exercise in absurdity: using a home-made hydrophone to listen under the waves for a sea monster that may or may not have swam into Gloucester harbor almost 200 years ago. Also, perhaps, a meditation on change, loss, and the relentless passage of time. The landscape has shifted several times over since the so-called “Sea Serpent” was last seen here. In Gloucester, MA, I made a number of field recordings that capture a working seaport still in the throes of change as tourism muscles in alongside industrial fishing. A fish packing plant is torn down to make way for a waterfront resort. The sea is emptied of cod, refills itself, and is emptied again. Endlessly the waves pound the shore into sand. These sound recordings are part of my MFA thesis project in progress, Dark Water. They may become part of an audio tour to accompany a series of photos I made Gloucester over the...

The Housing of a Modular Robot for Colonoscopy

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Since most of the readers might not be professionals in this area. I would make it as easily understandable as possible. Thus there might be terms that are not technically accurate. Introduction: Colonoscopy is a procedure that checks the entire large intestine, which is the last part of human digestive system. During the process, the colonoscopist inserts a scope (basically a rubber tube with camera, water/air supply tubes and biopsy forceps inside, measures about 160 cm in length and 12mm in diameter) into the patient’s rectum (last part of the large intestine) to check the colon for abnormality (such as tumor or polyp) and perform surgery if needed. The scope has a flexible distal tip that can be bent upward and downward (0 to 160 degrees) and left and right (0 to 180 degrees) manipulated by the doctor with a control head at the proximal end. Generally, due to the complexity...

Mapping San Francisco II

By Astrid Kaemmerling

My recent work explores the impact of gentrification upon San Francisco’s Mission District. How is gentrification transforming the material and social relations of SF’s historically charged district? Through this long term project it is my intention to map the district’s rapidly changing fabric which will provide tools to analyze the impact of gentrification upon the material and social fabric of the district. Through regular drifts through the district I was able to continue my research – collecting no longer merely visual but also audio files. To be continued…      

Hints of Her

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Hints of Her is a short film that looks into the life of a widower that lost his wife during the birth of their first child. On the brink of his 3rd birthday, Derek’s son has started to ask the question “where is mommy?”. Derek is pressured by his wife’s parents, friends and family in how to handle the sensitive situation. Derek and his son have a strong bond. This bond is structured through father/son interactions of learning and play while Derek deals with situations that arise such as which preschool and the decision to date. This film sets out to explore the emotions of becoming a father and widower in the same day. Can a birthday be a celebration when it is the anniversary of a death? Exploring the life of a single father is complicated in the reliance Derek has on his wife’s family for financial and emotional support. By complicating the notion of a...

Development of an Android Controlled Colonoscope

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Fatigue injuries within the left thumb and forearm are common in physicians performing colonoscopy procedures. These arise from stabilizing the scope, as well as steering the scopes distal tip using two steering knobs. In an attempt to reduce those risks, I have built a mounted, Android controlled prototype colonoscope. This allows the physician to control the scope through a touchscreen device, reducing thumb fatigue from steering, while eliminating the need to hold and stabilize the scope (reducing forearm fatigue from gripping the scope). The base on which the scope is mounted on consists of metal sheet with clamps underneath it in order to clamp it to a table (more specifically the operation table). Two pieces, seen in blue, were printed to hold and stabilize the scope onto the base. A third piece, seen in gray, mounts the two motors that rotate the steering knobs. This piece is...

The Sky Over Lake Erie: My Husband and Me

By Gregory Hatch

Using the digital printer on found fabric I was able to print out the family photos of my husband and myself to create the base material for this project. The Sky Over Lake Erie: My Husband and Me is a textile piece that subtly explores notions of queer space and personal memory. The title refers to the lake that is geographically between my husband’s and my family homes. It is a piece that is meant to allow the viewer only limited viewership to the printed photos as they are obscured by the bright rainbow pattern. This is much like how queer identity can often distract away from the everyday person.    

The History of Football: An Odyssey

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“The History of Football: An Odyssey” is one man’s journey to find the roots of the game he loves so very much. Written and created by Media Student/Stand-up Comedian Michael Robenalt and produced and directed by myself (Film student Luke Porst), The History of Football is a five part web series. The series is something of a parody of the “Cosmos” programs of Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson, but of course, it’s about football rather than the universe. This series is at its roots a parody, a genre that hasn’t had the audience that it used to. By bringing it to a shorter form and made for the web, we hope to find a way to bring this genre to a new audience.      

Circular Logic

By Andrew Gross

This was a recording project of my original compositions. Some of the music is acoustic, and was performed by my friends. Others are videos of me with electronics and a few other musicians. Circular Logic was the title of my graduate composition recital....

reconstructed recollections

By Brett Barton

These paintings explore the divide between memory and experience. People take pictures to commemorate experiences, but the experiences are not in those pictures. If someone prints a photograph, it can evoke the experience but can’t bring the experience back. Printed images are typically made with four colors, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and blacK (CMYK). I have taken the role of a human printer. Using this same vocabulary of color, I have reconstructed the experience of remembrance through gestural application of paint. Painting one color at a time, I combine the transparent colors into a single image. Earlier works in the series leaned more representational. The results became less about a recognizable landscape and more about the motions of applying the paint.        

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.

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