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ISU’s Space Humanities Project – The lost Astronaut

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This short video was submitted as a final project of the International Space University Space Studies Program 2015 Space Humanities Department. (ISU SSP15 HUM) Held at Ohio University in Athens. The project aim was to create a short space movie to engage the public. We effectively had 3 days for shooting and post production editing. (While being busy with other activities as well) The story tells the adventures of a lost astronaut who crashes near Athens, Ohio and tries to connect with society again (and to find a way back to Houston) We filmed on a Saturday mostly in Athens and engaged the public with our (somewhat cheesy) astronaut. Crew: Minkang Chen, Ryan Clement & Reinhard Tlustos    ...

The Retiree

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This film was working with a budget of about $5,000. It was raised through an IndieGoGo campaign as well as a letter writing campaign to friends and family. Using the Create Space saved us about $1,000 in camera equipment rentals, as we were able to get lenses, LED lights, and a mattebox all through this resource. We had to rent a wider lens for one weekend which we could not get through the Create Space, which totaled to around $100 for a 3 day rental.        

The Ticklemonster Battle in the Sky VS. Duane “The Committee Chair” McDiarmid

By Broooks Wenzel

“First he had to face his arch nemesis, Clowny, on land and in the sky. Now he’s going after his makers. And it ain’t gonna tickle.” The Ticklemonster is calling out his adult male role models in a no gravity barred brawl in the sky. Wielding horse heads on-a-stick he will unleash a lashing worthy of the depths of a well fostered imagination. This is a very serious and masculine challenge to those who shaped his development. Whatever, he can totally beat them up. The results will be useful and definitive as The Ticklemonster conquers the law of gravity, and shows his mentors who the bigger man is. Video documentation to follow… Special thanks to collaborators: Duane McDiarmid Daniel King Michael Rutushin LJ The Bell Ringer The Dairy Barn Art Center Lydia McDonald Shane West      ...

Transcribing Light & Motion

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How do we recognize the reality of physical phenomena that we cannot touch? Light and motion are two such experiences, elusive in our understanding of them. The following project is a twofold creative examination of physical concepts. The first component concerns motion: how does our motion through physical spaces hold continued presence, even after the motion has passed? Why are certain motions repeated by certain people to create unique patterns of action? How do our bodies relate to nature and physical phenomena? To address these questions, I created a video of myself dancing, one of my favorite types of motion, past 3 lines. The lines follow one after the other, related by the golden ratio. This relationship was chosen because of its mysterious connection to repetition in nature. I recorded each part of my body as it passed a line. Obviously the motions of my body differed each time, but I recorded the same body parts passing a similar portion of the line. These same body parts were represented by a code. I created this code by scanning different parts of my body, developing it into a topographical map, and printing it with a 3D printer. In order to more successfully explain this process, I will provide the example of the knee. Although it may have crossed the line multiple times, it was in a different physical position each time. However, one of my goals was to use a sort of mapping system, a translation, to examine how we measure physical reality, and what is gained and lost through this translation. So I scanned my knee with a 3D scanner, in one set position. I developed this scan with a technique used in traditional mapping of landscapes, topography. I then 3D printed this knee. The print became a code that I transcribed onto sheets of plastic. Each sheet represented a line I passed. I transcribed multiple codes of different body parts onto these sheets as a way of visualizing how space is impacted by motion, how motion is repeated, how codes are used to help us make sense of the complex world, and how these codes differ from reality. The second component of my research examined light and how physical environments and objects change. First I created crystalline formations and melted plastics with solvents. These two processes differed in that the formation of the crystals was already determined by their physically ordered structure, while the plastic represented a non ordered, amorphous structure, one whose change could not be determined. I hung the structures in a formation suggesting landscape and then projected video of the structures’ creation through the whole formation itself. The light reacted to the white and translucent objects in different ways that can be seen in the photos. The light’s reaction raises further questions about untouchable physical phenomena. How does light interact with its environment in different ways? These are questions whose answers quantum physicists still ponder over, as do I....

Home Salty Home

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In the spring of 2013, I was standing in line for concessions at the Angola Prison Rodeo in Louisiana. I had received a grant to conduct research on the controversial spectacle of the rodeo. A friendly man next to me suggested I try the fried pig tail and reminisced about his favorite snack. His t-shirt read RODEO WORKER. I recognized the t-shirt as the same worn by men behind booths at the rodeo’s craft fair, where they sold their art. The rodeo was held on the grounds of a maximum security prison. The men behind the booths were inmates. I bought a pig tail, found a seat on the bleachers, and gnawed on the deep-fried cartilage and bone. Dressed in black and white striped costumes, the inmates commenced the theatrical events of the rodeo as hordes of spectators cheered on. I couldn’t figure out how to eat my pigtail. Eventually, I grew tired of the rodeo’s pageantry, left my seat, and spent the rest of the day talking to the rodeo workers. ______________________________________________ Spectacles are difficult to overlook (or underlook). Fiction has formed my personal ideologies as much as real people and experiences have. Illusions can reveal great truths, provide escape, and offer an excuse to look at things a little differently, if only momentarily. I find that even when the veils of these mirages are lifted, there exists some underlying magnetism. These moments punctuate life, generating an unpredictable fluctuation that sheds light on the complexities of our social experience, upholds cultural idiosyncrasies and acknowledges collective vices. This body of work embraces the theatrical cues of flashy venues and their tools of trickery while simultaneously admitting their fantastic fallacy. The video works document various embodiments of temporary pleasure, intrigue, and thrill. Bars, strip clubs, theme parks, arcades and other fabricated environments begin to represent a greater relationship between moments of extraordinary circumstance and the inevitable return to daily routine. The sculptural pile of lit-arrows attempts to put the universal icon of direction at risk of becoming futile. ________________________________ This exhibition was made possible thanks to many resources provided by the Create Space, Nathan Berger’s expertise…two short-throw projectors, an iPad mini mac, three iPads, a nexus phone, an LCD TV, a Pyle audio mini amp, surround sound speakers and a partridge in a pear tree, to be exact!      ...

Dysphoria

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Dysphoria is an experimental film that explores the everyday experiences of someone living with body dysphoria, specifically as it relates to gender, through visual representation. Shots of everyday activities like showering and brushing teeth are intercut with shots meant to induce anxiety and create discomfort. My plans for the sound include a reading of medical definitions and diagnoses about gender identity disorder. The clinical text will be a stark juxtaposition to the emotional images.    ...

Documentary

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These are interviews that I shot on my Blackmagic camera with rappers, I LOVE MAKONNEN and G-Eazy from The Number Fest on April 18th, 2015. I was in charge of covering the interviews between these hip hop stars and the Billboard Top 100 representatives. These  interviews are going to be placed strategically in my Documentary, falling nicely  under the section where  I  relate socializing and stereotypes.  My documentary topic covers the status of Greek Life here at Ohio University. I am producing this documentary through my class called, Documentary and Storytelling.​ I am taking this class through the School of Media Arts and Studies. These are interviews with I LOVE MAKONNEN and G-Eazy. These artists are being interviewed by a representative from Billboard Top 100.  

In and Around The Barn – Red Projection

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This is a continuation of my previous “Color Experimentation” project. {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.}     This first edited video entitled “RED” is an example of my fascination with back and forth submergence into a created dreamlike space. With help from Nathan from the Create_Space, I was able to project this video at the gallery show entitled “In And Around The Barn” held this past month at The Dairy Barn.  ...

Meadow Bridge

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Meadow Bridge is a small town located in Fayette County, West Virginia. A population of 379 was recorded for the 2010 census. At the heart of this small town is Meadow Bridge High School. Because of the small population that continues to decrease, the threat of consolidation constantly looms over the school. If consolidation were to transpire the school would not be the only loss…the small town would go with it. On June 13th, 2015 Fayette County will vote on a bond that will decide the fate of the school and in doing so, the fate of the town. This short film documents the struggle of a community that is fighting to keep their children, students, friends, etc. in their local school. The debates are heated as opponents and proponents to the bond battle out opinions on social media, community meetings, and political stages. With this short documentary I hope to capture the commitment of a small town that fights for what they believe in. What does it mean to be a small town school? What is the role of community for a small town school? The questions are explored as I interview students, teachers, community members and capture footage of how the town functions in relation to the school. This relation is seen as church members makes hundreds of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for students that have after school practice for extracurricular activities. Capturing these intimate moments will weave into the interviews as a portrait of small town life on the brink of consolidation and closure.      ...

eMotion

By Kyle Hannon

This project focuses on creating an experience which combats the overwhelming amount of digital and social stimulation that exists in the world today. I wanted to create a tranquil environment with light and color, that viewers could escape to, ignoring their phones and computers for a time. The pattern is dynamically generated in Processing. The program is designed so that every frame of time is unique and no moment will ever be repeated, giving the viewer a new and different experience every time they interact with it. This also provides more context to the piece, as it exists within the same digital medium as the negative stimulation I explored.            

Sanctuary

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For as long as I can remember, music has played a big part in my life. I have always deeply connected with it whether I’m at a concert, listening while driving, writing a song, or playing guitar. I love the sense of community and the bond that exists between fans of musicians. Music can be somewhat of an escape or a sanctuary. I listen to music when I’m happy, sad, stressed, working, walking; I constantly have a song in my head. I want to bring to light the similarities between how I and so many others interact with music and how people find the same comforts in their faith and religion. There are many facets of music that seem to completely align with how people celebrate their faith. Faith and organized religion can give a person a sense of belonging, happiness, solace, comfort, and uplift them. I find transcendence when I experience music.    ...

Music Video (Violent Kind)

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On March 16th I shot live video for the Dayton OH pop-punk band, Violent Kind. I recorded a live video of their hit song Composure, in the Double Happiness venue in Columbus, OH. The video was then cut and edited for a promotional music video to be distributed by the band. I did not pay anything out-of-pocket to complete this project, but had support from the CREATE_space by way of access to their Zeiss 50mm lens, which if I were to rent elsewhere, I would pay anywhere from $100 – $200.      

Water Treatment

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For my Ethnography Research Methods class I have focused on Athens Water Treatment Plant and Athens Waste Water Treatment Plant. The research began with a desire to know more about the city’s water systems. By focusing on the two plants, the project highlights the supply and disposal of Athens’ water. As part of the research I made visual and audio recordings. These recordings at times serve to document the process and infrastructure of the plants and others open a new way to comprehend the sensorial aspects of the plants. Below is a video clip that was shot on the HD HERO2 camera. The camera was used to extend perception of the water within the plant by submerging it into the water.    ...

The World Is Flat

By Todd Kunkler

sometimes you search for video coverage of recent tragedies (genocide, mass shootings, and so forth) to see what sort of emotion it will generate within you—to see whether or not you are the kind of person you’d like to believe you are—and the video will be preceded by an advertisement for a brand of toothpaste which offers you a “brighter, healthier, and more confident smile” and then you realize that you are out of toothpaste [This body of work is an investigation into the chaotic visual language of our increasingly image-saturated post-digital society. Through techniques of collage, appropriation, and photo manipulation I disband image and ideology, thereby calling into question the veracity of the multitude of images we consume daily, and revealing undercurrents of violence and control at the heart of representation.] http://newhive.com/toddkunkler/the-world-is-flat http://newhive.com/toddkunkler/digitaldesert http://newhive.com/toddkunkler/walmart-at-2-00-am        ...

Perspective

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“Perspective” is a video essay composed by Sarah Minor, a first year PhD candidate in Creative Nonfiction Writing, in the Spring of 2015 in response to an assigned video essay project.     This project was built through WeVideo using footage taken on an iPhone5 in Arizona, Iowa, and Ohio. The footage in the essay that depicts a close-up shot of an eye, and scenes of hand-drawn diagrams were shot using a Panasonic AG-AF100 Camera and a Manfrotto Tripod‪. The audio was recorded and edited through Audacity. This project is investigating the larger concept of “Perspective” as a loose term applying to physical processes, artistic theory, and personal experience. The essay explores how perspective is literally shaped in the human body, as well as how optical shifts influence the narrator and her perspective on herself and her family. The genre of the Video Essay is a literary form that utilizes video footage to explore a range of nonfictive subjects. Some examples that demonstrate the variety of work within this genre can be found online at Triquarterly Review: https://www.triquarterly.org/issue-archive?field_genre_tid%5B0%5D=8. As with other multimedia literary work, the intent of the Video Essay is to develop projects that require the presence of both video and language. The balance of the two mediums can be highly varied, and among filmmakers a video essay might involve much more video than it does text or language. Examples of such work coming from film-based communities can be found online at Audiovisualcy: https://vimeo.com/groups/audiovisualcy In editing this draft further, the author is considering how silence might be used to open up the dense nature of the work of text and image. Additionally, she hopes to develop a clearer through-line that moves the work of the piece forward from exploration and imagination and into a clearer idea by its conclusion.  ...

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