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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?  ...

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.    

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