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Composition Thesis

By Jake Schlaerth

I am attempting to traverse the fields of both music and visual art via the realm of computer programming. I have always been interested in alternative midi controllers, and with my recent interest in Max and OpenGL, I have begun to work with the Haken Continuum Fingerboard. Our school’s fingerboard is an older model, meaning that it has no on-board synthesizer. I have had to work with raw midi data in max in order to design my own working translation of the numbers from the fingerboard into a system of digital signal processing, and then use that signal processing to control OpenGL rendering software (through Jitter). The culmination of this work will be my Composition Thesis Recital in late April. A preview of the work :      ...

A Soft Surplus and Soft Surplus+

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A Soft Surplus was the first collaborative installation by Collective Springboard (Micah Snyder, Stephanie Wadman, Danny Crump, Siavash Tohidi, Todd Irwin, Barry O’Keefe and Sarah Dahlinger). Held at the School of Art+Design’s Ridges graduate studios, the handmade bouncy castle constructed from recycled and found materials imagined the possibility of an inclusive playland. The interactive art installation invited the public to jump inside the soft sculpture and explore their relationship with fun. In conjunction with Athens’ Nuit Blanche Festival, Collective Springboard bounced back with Soft Surplus+. Installed at the busy intersection by Howard park, the sculpture attracted a diverse range of jumpers from families and children to undergrad bar-goers and professional dancers. Soft Surplus+ created a venue where participants embraced their high flying spirit and bounced to...

Babel II

By Ryan Davis

The working title for my most recent project is Babel II. It is the second rendition of my Babel Series project. The project addresses the discussion of post-blackness within contemporary society. In this rendition I interviewed 3 women on November 23rd at The Ridges graduate studio about issues if race and ultimately what blackness means today. The initial dialogue is formal and informative in regards to who these people are and as it progresses we learn more about the individuals opinions on the issue of race today. The objective in this is to gauge the shift in Black identity and whether or not it actually has. The project is developing into a form of its own given the nature of its relationship to the most recent events of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. This in effect has the most dramatic shift in how my piece will be interpreted. While this piece is interactive...

Maybe That’s the Point

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As part of Eric LeMay’s Creative Nonfiction Workshop, I had the privilege and challenge of creating a video essay, which is essentially an artistic multimedia project. I filmed myself walking around campus at night, added a bizarre ambient song, and inserted little blips of thought into the audio. The result is a lightly whimsical and slightly disorienting critique of consumer culture, which leaves the viewer wondering about questions like: Who is this Stevie, and why does he like cheeseburgers so much? Will Michael ever have enough stuff?  ...

Achromotrichia Pt. 2

By Tina Vu

Achromotrichia, the loss of pigmentation, results in grey hairs. Fingers look through a thick forest of dark hairs, finding and plucking strands of grey hair. These recordings play with an accompanying soundtrack of a female singing a bittersweet Vietnamese song about being twenty. She sounds like she is singing alone in a small room as I try to contain how I feel about change in my artwork. The video can stand alone as a piece, but an artwork responding to the video is currently under development. At the moment, I am working with images of the hair that was plucked and kept....

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.      

Do You Know How It Feels To Be Human?

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This piece explores the physical aspect of humanity and how it feels to live inside and as a human body. The video is meant to regard the body as an object to be experienced, both from an internal and an external perspective. It shows closeup views of myself performing bodily tasks such as swallowing, breathing, or squeezing my skin and is meant to call attention to each component of the body and how it functions as a piece of the whole, as well as how it is experienced by the individual to which it belongs. This piece was inspired by the numbness that one can fall into in today’s world. It is meant to be a reminder that we still exist as physical beings despite the disconnect that comes with technology and thought based society. It is my hope that in watching the video, viewers are brought to an awareness of their own physical self. The video was filmed in November 2014 in a...

Achromotrichia

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Fingers look through a thick forest of dark hairs, finding strands of grey hair. After a short moment of separation, the grey hair is plucked. Macro recordings combined into a looping video will accompany a sculpture (work in progress) responding to time and change, specifically the veneration of the physical changes in my own hair. Achromotrichia, the loss of pigmentation, results in grey hairs. This physical change is a common connotation of aging, which is unavoidable in human existence. Yet, today’s society seems to be in denial, always trying to slow down aging or erasing signs of aging completely. In the age of plastic surgery eager to turn back the clock, I want to focus on the positive connotations of aging. I may be plucking out grey hairs and conforming to society’s ideals, but I am keeping the hairs, and venerating them in my sculpture as a reminder of the...

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.    

A Soft Surplus and Soft Surplus+

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A Soft Surplus was the first collaborative installation by Collective Springboard (Micah Snyder, Stephanie Wadman, Danny Crump, Siavash Tohidi, Todd Irwin, Barry O’Keefe and Sarah Dahlinger). Held at the School of Art+Design’s Ridges graduate studios, the handmade bouncy castle constructed from recycled and found materials imagined the possibility of an inclusive playland. The interactive art installation invited the public to jump inside the soft sculpture and explore their relationship with fun. In conjunction with Athens’ Nuit Blanche Festival, Collective Springboard bounced back with Soft Surplus+. Installed at the busy intersection by Howard park, the sculpture attracted a diverse range of jumpers from families and children to undergrad bar-goers and professional dancers. Soft Surplus+ created a venue where participants embraced their high flying spirit and bounced to...

Untitled (bobraushenbergsamerica installation)

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This project was done to support the production of “bobrasuchenbergsamerica” performed by the OU Theatre department at the RTV Building. It was available for viewing from Oct. 2 through 13, 2014. When something has a familiar linguistic label (such as a “play”), we have certain expectations about that experience that come with that label. The idea was to change the manner in which the viewer experienced and engaged in – this case – the play. To accomplish this, I formed a set of rules – using sentences from the play’s script as discreet events – to encode the play through visualization and sonification. From there, the audio-visual installation unfolded according to those rules. Lines of text reflect the dynamics that occur throughout the play visually, with each representing a unique character and key themes related to that character. The installation space was...

Linger Longer

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This project uses the lobby of 31 S. Court St to explore the aesthetics of waiting. The nondescript furniture of waiting rooms, extreme volumes of doorways being slammed shut, and the comforting tones of background music will be used as tools to explore what it means to purposefully linger in these transitional zones. This theme is investigated through a quilting of musical pieces playing with and against each other, a free six-page pamphlet exploring the benefits of background music and its history (with special sections dedicated to listening and exercises to further one’s sense of well-being), and two exotic light sculptures to stir the imagination. Participants are invited to attend to the aesthetics of waiting through active mind/body immersion. The crystallized participatory experience opens room to ask questions like: What can be learned from staring at mass-produced,...

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...

OU Film Web Team: Summer Interviews

By Natalie Hulla

The Web team for Ohio University Film recently sat down with a handful of graduate and HTC film students to interview them on their summer activities. While some students traveled abroad to teach or work professionally, others gained internship experience and worked on professional TV/film sets. One of our students connected with an Emmy-nominated cinematographer and OU Film alum, George Mooradian, while freelancing in Los Angeles. The Web team, which is a small group of graduate students who manage the program’s website and social media outlets, wanted to showcase these accomplishments and experiences in order to create a highlight reel that will accompany a feature post on our website blog. We used a Canon 5D Mark II from The CREATE_Space to hold formal, sit-down interviews.        

Splinters

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I was the one being filmed, narrating, and I wrote the poem being Narrated. I shot and wrote this poem yesterday and edited it today. This is a video of my literacy narrative how I came to have literacy in the language of writing/storytelling. The video was shot at Jefferson Hall on Ohio University Athens campus. I wanted to express in a creative way where I came from and how I came into writing poetry. So I wrote the poem as an example of my poetry writing but made the video to just reinforce the poem to give the viewer a better feel for the emotion the poem is displaying.      ...

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