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Reel Feel Schedule

Below is the schedule of events for the Reel Feel Media Arts Festival.


8:30pm Watch You Move, screening curated by Kemi Gbadebo & Jack Mintz
Paved area in front of 128 Forest Street (behind Lord/Saunders House)

10pm The Childhood You Never Had, screening curated by Katie Buono & Ashley Roberts
Severence Hall, Room 108 (120 West Lorain Street)


8pm The Adolescent Identity: Shifting Perceptions of the Self, screening curated by Kate Ettinger & Amanda Mummery
64 North Pleasant Street (in basement)

10pm How to Be Good at Being Human, screening curated by Solomon Turner & Katie Gleysteen
Fairchild Chapel (50 West Lorain Street)


5pm Marco Polo, screening curated by Kelly Crimmins & Eliza Koch
Robert Carr Swimming Pool, Phillips Center (200 Woodland Street)

8pm [General Theory of Relativity], screening curated by Rachel Garcia-Grossman & Christina Boland
Grassy area next to 40 North Pleasant Street

10pm OM OHM UM, screening curated by Conor Shanahan & Logan Takahashi
Grassy area next to 40 North Pleasant Street

11:30pm Exhibitionism: The REEL FEEL Closing Party!
Location TBA

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Tomorrow night in Fisher Gallery, Julia Christensen’s and Brett Kashmere’s classes will present work along with acclaimed video artist Marisa Olson.

Schedule of Events:
7-10pm Exhibition Viewing and Reception (Refreshments will be provided)
8pm Marisa Olson Artist Talk / Illustrated Lecture
10pm REEL FEEL Opening Party, with music by Teengirl Fantasy and DJ Wabberjockey

According to Wikipedia, the term SOUNDINGS “generally refers to a mechanism of probing the environment by sending out some kind of stimulus.”  The SOUNDINGS exhibition on May 12 at Oberlin College will explore this idea, through student work comprised of a range of media, from sound to video to installation. How do we, as artists and thinkers making cross-disciplinary work in the context of new media, send stimuli into the environment in order to interact with our audiences––culling a read on the response, the temperature, the landscape around us?  How does this response develop a feedback loop with our own creative processes, integrating an interactive approach into our practices?

SOUNDINGS will feature work by visiting artist Marisa Olson, who prompted the Oberlin students’ projects with the title of the show.  Olson’s piece, Performed Listening (Boomerang), explores this impulse/response duplicity while recalling the seminal work by Richard Serra and Nancy Holt, who explored a similar question with the video/sound project Boomerang in 1974.

Alongside Olson’s work, the SOUNDINGS exhibition features the work of students from Julia Christensen’s “Creative Resistance” and “Performance/Installation Technology” courses, and is produced by Brett Kashmere’s “Exhibition Practices in the Media Arts” course.  Students involved include Maira Clancy, Brooklyn Demme, Theresa DeSaltels, Vivian Gentry, Adriana Meraz, Sarah Michelson, Cooper Rogers, Susan Russ, Kevin Soulivong, Erika Zarowin, Asha Tamarisa, Ben Bacon, David Bird, Luke Lovett, Nick Weiss, Chrissi Boland, Katie Buono, Kelly Crimmins, Kate Ettinger, Rachel Garcia-Grossman, Kemi Gbadebo, Katie Gleysteen, Eliza Koch, Jack Mintz, Amanda Mummery, Ashley Roberts, Conor Shanahan, Logan Takahashi, and Solomon Turner.

Marisa Olson’s visit is co-sponsored between the departments of Studio Art, TIMARA, and Cinema Studies through the Luce Margin Release New Media Lecture Series and Sight Lines: Dialogues in Film and Media, a Cinema Studies initiative with support from the Blanchard Fund.

Image: Installation view of Performed Listening (Boomerang) (2009), by Marisa Olson.

About Marisa Olson: Marisa Olson‘s work combines performance, video, drawing & installation to address the cultural history of technology, the politics of participation in pop culture & the aesthetics of failure.  Her work has recently been presented by the Whitney Museum of American Art, Centre Pompidou-Paris, New Museum of Contemporary Art, 52nd International Biennale di Venezia, National Museum of Contemporary Art (Athens, Greece), Edith Russ-Haus fur Medienkunst, Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst/ Montevideo, the British Film Institute, the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, the Sundance Film Festival, and elsewhere. She is also a founding member of the Nasty Nets “internet surfing club” whose new DVD premiered at the New York Underground Film Festival. Her work has been written about in ArtForum, Art in America, Folha de Sao Paolo, Liberation-Paris, the Village Voice, New York Magazine, and elsewhere. While Wired has called her both funny and humorous, the New York Times has called her “anything but stupid.” Marisa studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College-London, History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz, and Rhetoric at UC Berkeley. Her critiques of contemporary art and digital visual culture have extended to writing for Flash Art, Art Review, Afterimage, Planet, and Art on Paper and to curating exhibitions and programs at the Guggenheim, SFMOMA, White Columns, Artists Space, the Performa Biennial, SF Camerawork, and Rhizome.  She has previously taught Film Studies and New Media classes at UC Berkeley and NYU’s ITP graduate program in the Tisch School of the Arts. She is Assistant Professor of New Media at SUNY-Purchase and remains a Contributing Editor at Rhizome, after several years of collaboration.  Marisa was born in Germany and lives in New York.


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Reel Feel Media Arts Festival

REEL FEEL Media Arts Festival
Oberlin College, May 12-15, 2010
Various Locations

CINEMA 062, an Oberlin-based, student-run film and video collective, is pleased to announce the premier of REEL FEEL, a four-day film and media arts festival that draws on the collaboration of artists, students, and community!

From May 12-15, join us each night for a distinct celebration including visiting artist presentations, multimedia exhibitions,
media-infused parties, and student-curated screening programs in diverse and alternative art spaces including swimming pools, parking lots, grassy nooks, chapels, and other unexpected and surprising locales!

The festival kicks off with an interactive presentation by the renowned New York-based new media artist and curator Marisa Olson (pictured above). Olson will present a performative lecture in the Allen Art Building’s Fisher Galley at 8pm on Wednesday, May 12th, which will simultaneously feature sound and video installations and new media projects by Olson and an assortment of Oberlin College students. Visitors are invited to stick around for REEL FEEL’s opening party to enjoy live music, DJ sets, and refreshments.

The next three nights promise a variety of film and media experiences, and will conclude with a special closing party for festival
participants. All events are free, and all are welcome!

CINEMA 062 began in September 2010 as a weekly series that presents specially curated alternative, independent, and experimental media every Wednesday night in Oberlin, Ohio. The series takes place in the basement of Oberlin College’s Art Building, in room 062, and has featured a variety of unique screenings, including The Blazing World, curated by Thomas Beard (Founding Director of Light Industry in Brooklyn), From the Vault: Films from the Oberlin College Collection, Aaron Dilloway: Carte Blanche, Two Films by Yoko Ono, student-curated YouTube Playlists, and more.  CINEMA 062 is an initiative of CINE 323: Exhibition Practices in the Media Arts, a course taught by Brett Kashmere in the Oberlin College Cinema Studies Program.

Marisa Olson’s artist talk is co-sponsored by the Margin Release Lecture Series, produced by the Henry Luce Visiting Assistant
Professor of the Emerging Arts, Julia Christensen, and Sight Lines: Dialogues in Film and Media, organized by Brett Kashmere for the Cinema Studies Program, with support from the Blanchard Fund.


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Kalan’s Senior Studio Show

In lieu of a traditional gallery exhibition, Senior Studio student Kalan Sherrard created a series of large, mobile sculptures composed of found and collected objects. Interested in the varied, infinite meaning behind words, the intersections of media and theoretical concepts, Kalan’s work rotated around various spaces of campus during the week of April 26th.

Each of Kalan’s moveable structures were made up of very different materials.  The variety and range of toys, electrical and plumbing supplies, technology (typewriters, cellphones), clothing, animal bones and preserved appendages, puppets made with fabric and bike parts, and melted crayons and fibrous matter all worked together to create a body of work that was decisively individual to Kalan.

Several of his objects dealt with themes of cages and pets.  The objects pictured above formed a small tableau, and another work used cell phones inside a gerbil cage.  He also found a large dog kennel and affixed it to a bier; the kennel was filled with a compliant friend on one afternoon.All photos courtesy Gary Cohen.  To see more pictures of this show and others, please visit his Flickr page.


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Honey & Wounds: Arden and Yujean’s Exhibition

Aden Surdam, a senior studio photography student, and Yujean Park, an advanced photography student, had their art opening this Friday, April 30th in Fisher Gallery.   Upon walking into the gallery it was immediately obvious that something was different; the whole gallery seemed warmer and brighter and more inviting.    Arden and Yujean had painted the floor a warm cream color, which had a striking effect on the space.  Both women are longtime students of Pipo Nguyen-Duy and their committment to the medium shows.

Arden works with a large format camera to take large, beautifully detailed portraits of people who are important to her.  She hopes to portray their personalities and authenticities through photographing them in spaces that are familiar to each person, such as a beekeeper with his bees.  Some of her subjects are students at Oberlin College and others are people she has met in the town of Oberlin or during her travels.    She also did a small series of works photographing the personal spaces of the men who did not feel comfortable being photographed.  This study of men’s desks, living rooms and bedrooms conveyed a lot of information about each person without him even needing to be there.

Yujean Park’s work deals with ideas of home and lived-in spaces.  She has a very established aesthetic that emphasizes warmth, softness and recurring imagery of lace and brocade upholstery.

Yujean also did a series of portraits that are staged in a blank, white studio space.  This is a departure from her images of home, but her use of lace and feminine symbols remain.

All photos courtesy Gary Cohen.  To see more works from this show and others, please see his flickr page.


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Gathering Story: Hannah’s Senior Exhibition

Hannah Linder-Finley’s solo show opened this Saturday, April 24 at the 167 S Pleasant Street house.  This house is part of the Building Prosperity Project- more information at the bottom of this post.  Throughout this academic year, Hannah has worked to collect stories from children in the Oberlin elementary schools and incorporate these stories into her larger body of work.  Hannah is interested in the memories that are imbedded in objects; thus, every material she uses in her pieces have a significance or prior history.  For example, one of the first pieces Hannah completed this year was a wooden chest.  The lid of this chest is a piece of wood that was carried by her parents throughout their travels.  Now this beautiful chest will carry Hannah’s belongings wherever she goes, adding onto the memories imbedded in the wood.

In addition to creating several beautiful wood pieces for her show, Hannah also illustrated a children’s story that she wrote using recycled jeans and fabric.  The story is about a young girl who finds a stone while on the beach, and begins to use the stone as something to hold onto while she recalls her memories.  Over the course of the year the girl loses the stone, and when she finds it again, she remembers all of the things that have happened to her in the past year.

This show took place off-campus in the 167 S Pleasant St house that is being rented as a part of the Building Prosperity project.  This project is a collaboration between Oberlin residents and college students to create an art and community space for the Oberlin Underground Railroad Society.  O.U.R.S. hopes to eventually buy this house; they will be holding an evening art auction May 28th to raise funding for the project.

All photos courtesy Gary Cohen.  To see more pictures of this show and others, visit his Flickr page.


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Things Turn Strange: Julia and Chrissy’s Senior Exhibition

Julia Gootzeit and Chrissy Boland had their Senior Studio exhibition opening this past Friday, April 23 in Fisher Gallery.  Julia Gootzeit’s small drawings and paintings and large, cocoon-like sculptures dealt with notions of home and place.  Her drawings, which were mostly black and white, used a variety of pens, ink and gouache washes.  They worked in conversation with her three large sculptures, as the drawings often portrayed similarly shaped pods and homes.

Julia’s sculptures were made out of found branches that were tied together and then strips of her own shredded clothing were tied tightly across the frame.

Chrissy’s work attempted to map subjective experiences onto abstract charts and graphs.  Most of her pieces were white silkscreens on vellum which were then stitched across with white thread.  Each piece attempted to chronicle a certain month or day of Chrissy’s life, and sometimes a specific area of her life, such as in “Sleep Series”.  Afraid of forgetting her own memories, Chrissy has become a dedicated diarist, and these pieces hold a much deeper significance for her than the minimal white-on-white that meets the eye.

All images courtesy Gary Cohen.  To see more images of this show and others, please see his Flickr page.


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Don Harvey exhibition opens in Cleveland

The work of Oberlin professor Don Harvey will be on display at the William Busta Gallery in Cleveland from April 30th to May 29th. Entitled Burdened Boy and Other Stories, the exhibition will open with a reception at the gallery from 5-9pm on April 30th.

For more information, visit the gallery’s website.


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Eliza and Grace’s Senior Studio Exhibition

Eliza Koch and Grace Hollander had their Senior Studio opening this Friday, April 16th in Fisher Gallery.  These two studio arts majors showed individual works as well as one piece they collaborated on.  Grace’s large color photographs were mostly portraits of singular people in large, wild landscapes.  Taken over the course of the entire academic year, these photos portrayed the changing Ohio natural world as well as the beauty of her subjects.

Eliza Koch showed work in a variety of different media, including silkscreen, drawing and digital collage.  Using collaged text, Eliza’s silkscreen prints referenced waves, the moon and cycles.

Eliza also showed some ink drawings with references to her other work in the show; moons, collages and the evanescence of time.

Grace and Eliza’s collaborative piece.  Eliza made the forms, and Grace took the photographs.

All photos courtesy of Gary Cohen.  To see more works from this show and others, visit his Flickr page.


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Perfection is a Trifle Dull: Theora and Lucy’s Senior Exhibition

Senior Studio artists Theora Kvitka and Lucy Engleman had their art opening April 9th, 2010.   Lucy Engleman’s work included assemblage sculpture, collage and video and sound pieces.  Her work was sparked by the realization of how many stories are not passed down from generation to generation, and how the colorful and fantastical nature of these stories are trapped away.  Each piece was an example of opening, breaking and revealing so that each of the abstract stories could be heard.

Shot of moving video: “Unpeel/Reveal”

Theora Kvitka’s pieces included sculpture and paintings.  Her work explores the emotions experienced while in crowded public spaces, and the feeling of amazement at the uniqueness of individuals in large populations.   Clay faces, inspired by Daumier caricature busts, covered one wall in a range of exaggerated expressions.

Her other two sculptures were composed of thousands of tiny drawings and paintings and invited the viewer to enter the population Kvitka created.

All photos courtesy Gary Cohen.  To see more photos of this show and others, visit his Flickr page.


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