colloquium

Have you ever been involved in a conversation so painful you were scraping for excuses to leave? Or found yourself so involved in a discussion you lost track of time? Every day we use our body, voice, and technology to communicate with family, friends, and colleagues. Seventeen senior Graphic Design students would like to invite you to explore these relationships through the use of sight and sound in the exhibit: Colloquium.

Curated by: Markus V. Vogl

EXHIBITION

11/22/10 - 11/30/10

RECEPTION

11/30/10 - 6:30-9:00

ARTISTS

Craig Bramlett

Craig Bramlett

We use computers in our everyday conversations from from talking on the phone, to texting, to having a conversation with someone via a social network. I want to use these modern tools for communicating to visually express the humble beginnings of todays conversations, that we take for granted what it took to understand dots & dashes.

Nicole Brewer

Nicole Brewer

Vent lets you express your wildest inhibitions and your deepest secrets in a  confined anonymous surrounding. There is no pressure with Vent, it will not  judge nor will it discriminate your thoughts or desires. Feelfree to talk to Vent about anything and everything.

Nicole and Ted are collaborating together.

Nick Dyko

Nick Dyko

Conversation is about the rhythm and flow of information and ideas. My piece directs the viewer and encourages an exchange of thought and emotion. Much like a real conversation there is a contrast between the individual and the underlining structure. Voiced is merely an illusion of interaction resembling the organic and intangible nature of an actual conversation. As you visually move around my piece you are socializing with it and sharing ideas about yourself as well as learning from the work and its content.

Alissa Fortune

Alissa Fortune

When it comes to separating fact from fiction humans are fairly hopeless. People lie about the mundane and the extraordinary. There is deliberate, targeted dishonesty of criminals and common day-to-day white lies that ease our existence. Are you good at detecting deceit? Reading body langauage? Are you a good judge of character? Most of us think we are good at detecting a lie when really we are good at recognizing deceit. Lying has played a key role in our evolution. It is an amazing advanced cognitive ability. All evidence indicates that we are genetically programmed to lie. Lying is one of the basic skills we learn early in life. My work uses mixed media to represent the art of lying. This work examines at the most basic level "an untrue statement made with the intent to deceive."

Garrett Haas

Garrett Haas

Non verbal expression augments verbal communication. My piece titled Word Less, emphasizes the two non verbal forms; distance and facial expression. By presenting these expressions in addition to the primary verbal exchange, it furthers the understanding of the complexity of communication.

Alex Kocher

Alex Kocher

In our contemporary time technology has largely consumed our modern world. With all that man has created it is easy to forget our place among the natural world. However I believe there are still people who see that we are a part of and not separate from this earth. From the typography to the very shape of the sculpture, even down to the fibers, this piece exemplifies the interconnectedness of our world and the life within it.

Randy Leighton

Randy Leighton

This piece has one purpose: to illustrate how difficult it can be to have your voice heard when a group of people are having a conversation. My intention is to show, through creative illustration and sculpture, how it can feel when you're "lost in the conversation."

Ashley Matejka

Ashley Matejka

To create an interactive display of how volumes of sounds are percieved. This project should engage students and visitors in testing/experimenting with how volumes of sound affect everday conversations. Students will be able to speak into a microphone and view words on a screen. This will allow them to see how different tones of their voice affect what is really being said.

Ashley and Kevin are collaborating together.

Ted Meltok

Ted Meltok

Vent lets you express your wildest inhibitions and your deepest secrets in a  confined anonymous surrounding. There is no pressure with Vent, it will not  judge nor will it discriminate your thoughts or desires. Feelfree to talk to Vent about anything and everything.

Ted and Nicole are collaborating together.

Adam Remark

Adam Remark

When exploring conversation, I wanted to involve the relationship between past and present.  The relationship I began to explore was the way conversation has changed throughout the years, evolving into something far less formal. My piece is a painting using a series of current internet slang terms that are used everyday in conversation. I chose to use the terms to recreate the alphabet giving a sense that these terms have become so common they are used everyday. I overlayed these terms on newsprint, giving the feel of new covering old as the terms are juxtaposed in a relationship of past and present. This visual representation gives a sense of past vs present and shows how easily things can change. The piece is entitled NetLingo.

Sanjin Rosic

Sanjin Rosic

War all the time! How many conversational topics can that word, "WAR" ignite? How does a generation that lived through such a brutal conflict view war? I am in a unique position to document opinions on war by listening to the people that lived through it. My piece is an audio book exploring thoughts of a generation that spent their youth dodging bullets. What did my peers think of warfare then? How do they feel about it today? Join me, as I hope to enlighten you on a quickly forgotten conflict and maybe spark conversations on the current one.

Eric Schwendler

Eric Schwendler

The purpose of this piece is to explore how one's personality or inner self can be represented visually and also how it relates to other personalities in a conversation. I plan to show this through a series of screens containing graphic elements and three dimensional objectsthat abstractly represent an individuals thoughts and emotions. I will also be using a light or a series of lights passing through the screens to illustrate how conversation is changed and manipulated by different personalities based on the subjects involved. The shadows that result on the wall behind the screens will represent the memoryof a conversation and how after the initial act of conversing, theconversation lingers and only exists in the minds of the individuals involved.

Samantha Shuttleworth

Samantha Shuttleworth

In this piece, I introduce a different kind of communication most people have never used. It brings you back to the old times of using simple dits and dahs to send a message. My work tends to be simple and straightforward. It's very much a "what you see is what you get" situation. What you'll see is a sheet of vellum, with the alphabet translated in morse code printed on it, and a laser. What you'll get is an opportunity to explore and communicate with others in a different language.

 

Trevor Sneck

Trevor Sneck

My piece is about the conversation held between a person and their automobile. No words are ever spoken but through a series of movements by the driver, the car is guided to ones destination. Through abstract graphic symbols I will show the dialogue from one place to another.

Kevin Stalder

Kevin Stalder

To create an interactive display of how volumes of sounds are percieved. This project should engage students and visitors in testing/experimenting with how volumes of sound affect everday conversations. Students will be able to speak into a microphone and view words on a screen. This will allow them to see how different tones of their voice affect what is really being said.

Kevin and Ashley are collaborating together.

Cephorah Yanke

Cephorah Yanke

I'd like to explore communication by means of an online chat conversation.  I took an verbal conversation between two people and translated it using Leet, acronyms, abbreviations and emoticons.  My aim is to make this point:  a conversation can be held and emotion expressed without ever actually spelling out a real word or seeing someone face to face.

 

Lulu Zhuang

Lulu Zhuang

My project is called Introjection conversation. I try to use illustrations and text to talk about the difference of two languages (English and Chinese) in conversation.  I use illustrations to tell viewers the different emotions from those two languages, and how they impact each other.

 

Markus V. Vogl

Markus V. Vogl: Curator

Markus V. Vogl is a NE Ohio based multimedia artist experimenting in multiple sensory experiences combining sound, environments and interactive installation. He currently is an Assistant Professor in the Graphic Design Department of the University of Akron.