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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.    

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?    

Colorscapes (01)

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Leander Edmiston and myself(Dan Manion) have begun to experiment with a series of color-based video projects. Our aim is to explore the many facets of color, including its incorporation into storytelling and its emotional associations. Ambiguous and undulating inks confront the viewer with an escape from reality. Together we have begun creating organic-esque, complex, and abstract “colorscapes” that reference the natural world.      

The day I watched my Dad pull his gun

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During my second year as an MFA candidate in the ceramics department here at OU, I am exploring childhood recollections through recreation and adaptation. My hope with this work is not only to recall memories that are significant to my development, but also to revisit times in my life when important people (such as my father, grandparents, etc.) were still living and, in turn, still a source of comfort and safety. On to the project… For this iteration of the piece I’ve titled “The day I watched my Dad pull his gun”, I moved my studio into the installation space up at the Ridges for 2 days. During this time, I built loosely constructed wooden supports out of 2x4s that would eventually hold raw clay constructions of the human hand. I enjoyed working with raw clay in this manner because it allowed me to construct these pieces free of the anxieties most often...

eMotion

By Kyle Hannon

We live in a world over-saturated with stimulation. Many people are overwhelmed by this stimulation, whereas others thrive on it. I am exploring the influence of stimulation in the form of color, light, and motion on a person’s emotional states, and the potential of fabricating it with design principles in mind. My goal is to create a dynamic environment to convey stimulation, through the use of projected imagery.        

Black Peter — Reexamining Santa Claus

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Black Peter is a video that presents a disturbing view of Santa Claus. The world is unlocked to this sinister man when we find ourselves stuck in a roundabout listening to Christmas music on repeat. The piece employed video from multiple camera sources to illicit different responses to the visuals presented. Enjoy!    

The Myth of Stardaddy Dixie

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Stardaddy Dixie is a musical persona pursued separately by two experimental rock musicians from cities hundreds of miles a part. My thesis film builds a narrative around the lives of these two individuals and brings them clashing together for a performance of a lifetime. The pseudo documentary collects footage of their lives and other performances to be woven into the story. Here, we decorated a space at a house show in Athens and brought lights and cameras to catch the unexpected. <a href=”http://humanconduct.bandcamp.com/album/stardaddy-dixie-tennessee”>Stardaddy Dixie – Tennessee by Human Conduct...

Babel III

By Ryan

Babel is a working series of works that is constantly growing as culture shifts. The objective of this research is to display the extremities that create a complex notion of Blackness. In addition its function is to create a space that allows everyone to engage in the conversation of Blackness and ultimately address and deal ones own social and inner conflicts. How I conduct this project is by coordinating a series of interviews with four Black individuals at various locations. The audio goes through an editing process of layering to create flux and frustration for the listener. For this particular set of interviews I chose four Black students from Ohio State University. These interviews took place on Feb 11th and the audio piece was presented Feb 17th. I added an additional component that has not been used in my previous interviews which is jazz music. The purpose of this is to set a...

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?  ...

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