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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.      ...

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.    

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...

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.      

Topfreedom

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This performance calls attention to gender inequalities. I am advocating the right for women to choose to be topless and still be seen in a non-sexual way, without fear of detainment or judgment, and given the same rights and respect as men. In preparation for this social experiment, I spoke with an attorney about state law, and the Associate Director, Office of Student Conduct, who had to speak with a hierarchy of faculty to ensure I was not violating the school code. I executed the performance for nearly two hours on South Green on a nice April day when I knew there would be lots of people out, especially topless males, as there usually are. I tried to act the same as I would have been if I was not topless, to show that female toplessness should be seen no differently than male. At first, I felt scared of what people would say or think, but after I started, I felt confident and happy...

Dump Bucket Aquarium

By Sarah Dahlinger

Dump Bucket Aquarium is a multi-media work in progress that immerses the viewer into the interior of a bar’s drink dump bucket as it fills to the brim. The splashing landscape of fruit garnishes, straws and ice cubes transforms into an underwater oceanic oasis. The video is projected on a shaped projection screen that references an aquarium tunnel. Such architectural innovations enable the magical experience of walking underwater–surrounded by whale bellies and bottom feeders. The attraction and repulsion of the video underscores the duality of indulgence itself as the playful, tranquil, landscape becomes progressively indecipherable and ominous.  

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...

Anxious Unease

By Nicole Krystofik

Anxiety is an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behavior. It is the emotionally unpleasant feelings of dread over something unlikely to occur. It is a feeling of fear, worry, and uneasiness, usually generalized and unfocused as an overreaction to a situation that is only personally seen as menacing. Anxiety is often accompanied by restlessness, fatigue, problems in concentration, and muscular tension. My goal for this video is to not only encompass the emotions and feelings one goes through while enduring an anxiety attack, but to also allow the viewer to visually experience the causes and affects of anxiety. Additionally, the audio track accompanying the video is used to contribute to the sense of anxiety and fear felt among the viewer while watching.  ...

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.      

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