Alumni Snapshot – Charles Hairston

Charles Hairston graduated in 2013 with a BFA in Art, focused in Art & Technology. He is a Producer and Motion Graphics Designer at the Ohio Channel, a service of Ohio’s public broadcasting stations. He is also the Creative Director and Founder of Faesis.

Charles recently presented his work and his career path at “Art & Tech Career Talk” for the undergraduate students in Studio Practice, taught by Amy Youngs. He discussed the work he does at his day job, how he landed that job, which began as a paid internship, and how he slowly, but surely, built his own creative content agency in Columbus, Ohio. He started before he even graduated from Ohio State University and, though he recently changed its name from Nuge to Faesis, the focus is still on producing visual storytelling content in the form of videos, motion graphics, branding, and illustration.

Charles Hairston shared his journey with the students, his philosophy of networking, and the importance of valuing – and getting paid for – the creative work one does.

An example of a video story he has made for the musician Andy Milne. His company’s list of clients includes The Columbus Foundation, Making Midwest Fest, Medical Mutual, Artfluential, and The Ohio State University.

 

Jacklyn Brickman presents “Spellbreaker”

Jacklyn Brickman, MFA student in Art & Technology, was awarded a Tech Hub grant to produce an art installation that connects the human body to black walnut trees. She discusses her finished work Spellbreaker and her thoughts on the role that technology can play in helping us understand living systems.

BioPresence Exhibition documentation

Visit the online catalog and video that documents the work of the artists who presented work in the BioPresence exhibition December 2015. This non-human animal themed exhibition, included Art and Tech faculty, graduates and undergraduates as well as other invited artists and international sound artists.

Biopresence exhibition website and catalog

Where Rocks are Fed to Trees

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The faculty and students of the Underground Symbiosis class are ready to show you something you’ve never seen before.

We invite you to experience Where Rocks are Fed to Trees, an art installation inspired by the subterranean, fungal communication networks that enable the sharing and transport of nutrients between different species.

This multi-channel video projection environment was collaboratively created within the context of an Art/Science course at the Ohio State University, Art 5001: Underground Symbiosis: the art and science of mycorrhizal networks. This co-taught course built on synergies between Professor Iris Meier’s research in Arbuscular Mycorrhizae and Professor Amy Youngs’ ecosystem installation artworks. Together, with 16 undergraduate students, we performed scientific experiments such as microscopy, staining, chemical analysis and plant growth trials, to better understand mycorrhizae. Artistic methods, such as observation, speculation, synthesis, manipulation, construction and presentation, were also employed throughout our investigations, which have culminated in this co-created, immersive, art/science installation.

It will be presented as part of the Art and Technology exhibition, Loving the Obligate Symbiont, in Hopkins Hall, at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. We invite the public to join us for the reception on Monday, April 25th, 5 – 8pm. Or visit during open hours on April 21, 22 or 25th. More info.

Artists: 

Trent Bailey, Brandon Ball, Katherine Beigel, Gaopeng Chen, Tyler Collins, Sarah Hockman, Shatae Johnson, Eric Lo, Jacob Markusic, Iris Meier, Yoni Mizrachi, Julianne Panzo, Edwin Rice, Ethan Schaefer, Aaron Theesfeld, Robert Ward, and Amy Youngs.

Special thanks to our supporters:

  • The Department of Molecular Genetics
  • The Department of Art
  • College of Arts and Sciences Small Grant Program
  • Biological Sciences Greenhouse
  • Chadwick Arboretum

And thanks to the following individuals, for inspiring our class with presentations and technical assistance: Eduardo Acosta, Dr. Ana Alonso, Jean-Christophe Cocuron, Dr. Dobritsa, Anna Griffis, Norman Groves, Kim Landsbergen, Joan Leonard, Galen Rask, and Emily Yoders-Horn.

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More class photos here.

 

Student Work featured in BioPresence Screening

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BioPresence Film Screening Event

April 28, 2015 6pm to 7pm Hagerty Hall Theater

Created by undergraduate students in Art & Technology courses in the Department of Art, each of these films presents a unique perspective on non-human animals on the Ohio State University campus. The BioPresence project is an interdisciplinary, campus-wide project that considers our co-presence with animals as important to notice, document, map, discuss and actively plan for. #AnimalOSU

Fallen Flyers, Michael Matches (5’ 26”) – A horror drama exploring the issue of bird deaths caused by windows in our human structures.

Worms, Taryn Ely (2’ 30”) – To encourage environmental change and create a more sustainable world, it is important to address younger generations and to suggest tangible solutions.

Homo Sapiens: Bipedal Beasts, Brian Li (4’ 35”) – Our furry friends on the Oval are explored from a more “intimate” perspective.

Transitions, Sarah Hockman (1’ 19”) – Comparing and contrasting an animal’s natural habitat with the urban environment they become surrounded by due to human presence.

Unnoticed Gentrification, Ricardo Jared Partida (2’ 53”) – How can we know the other? How can we learn how to live with them?

Bird Skinning, Daniel Denoble (7’ 46”) – Documenting the Museum of Biological Diversity’s process of preserving dead birds found on campus for education and research.

Sushi Feeds, Gaopeng Chen (4’ 00”) – This humorous video documents an experimental performance of cooking and feeding sushi to wild ducks on campus.

Off Campus Feral Cats, Samantha Walker (1’ 28”) – Attempting to understand the relationships forged between humans and feral cats through the eyes of the cats.

ShadowStract, Maggie Willis (1’ 22”) – Animals remind us of their presence through the marks they leave behind as they pass through, leaving abstract “shadows” in their wakes.

Two Empty Mugs, James Psathas (5’ 20”) – An unusually informal interview with PHD researcher Samuel Bolton who discovered a new mite species on the Ohio State University Campus.

Squirrel Eyes, Zach Poltor (1’ 10”) – A minute from the perspective of a squirrel on Ohio State’s campus.

Ugly Duckling, Gaopeng Chen (2’ 00”) – Can we design objects that help us get closer views of the wildlife we share space with?

Wetlands, Greg Smith (3’ 24”) – A video highlighting the environmental issues surrounding wetlands and introducing the research of the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park.

Present, Past, & Future of Campus Wildlife, Jake Woodruff (2’ 27”) – A perspective on what we think about campus life and maybe what campus life thinks about us.

Interview with Stanley D. Gehrt, Michael deLaubenfels (3’ 00”) – Questions are answered concerning the lack of wildlife on the OSU grounds.

To view the videos visit the Biopresence Vimeo Channel