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graphic for Horizons of Interference Open OHIO art exhibit

Horizons of Interference

“Horizons of Interference” is a four-piece art and science exhibit created by Ohio University faculty, staff, and students. The exhibit pieces were designed to be responsive to past Open OHIO conversations and are on display throughout March 2020.

Art installations presented by Open OHIO are meant to serve as interactive opportunities to continue dialogue and grow perspectives.

graphic representing the Repetition is Ritual art installation

"Repetition is Ritual"

Artist: Kezia Waters

An absurdist approach to performing social status as it relates to gender and race. Rituals and loops should bring you to the answer of one particular question, who is “The Man?” And how do we interfere with each other every day as a response to “The Man?” (NOT THEATRE)

Director/Writer—Kezia Waters (He/Him)
Assistant Director—Stephanie Carrillo (She/Her)
Diversity & Inclusion Coach—Janai Lashon (JL Creative Services) (She/Her)
Intimacy Coach—Courtney Abbott (She/Her)

Cast:
Andy Figueroa (They/Them)
Rhys Carr (He/ Him)
Seth Eggenschwiller (He/Him)

computer showing static on the screen

"Tuning Out the Interference"

Artist: Hope Moore

We are always looking toward the future—curious about what’s on the horizon. Often hopeful and excited for what will come, these positive feelings can be drowned out by negative ones. We are facing climate change, economic changes, international power upheaval, and more. The 24-hour media and politicians know the fear of the future will benefit them so it’s usually what we hear and talk about the most.

Tuning Out the Interference is an interactive media art project that allows participants to tune in to positive messages about our future by tuning out the negative “interference.” It promotes positive viewpoints of selected topics about the future and encourages looking at the world in a way that lowers anxiety and increases curiosity and excitement.

silhouette of a person against a background

"His Shadow Follows Me"

Artist: Cecil Houser

Cecil Houser created this film to inform people about the realities associated with childhood sexual trauma, especially in men. The reality is, men very seldom report being sexually assaulted. This work is a representation of what sexual trauma looks like throughout the life of a man as it relates to three phases of life. From child to teen to man, this film follows the mind of a man haunted by his perpetrator.

close-up of an evergreen tree leaf, almost out of focus

"Anthropocene-Scape"

Artist: Jeremy Bessoff

From horizon to horizon, the natural world shows evidence of human interference. I see humanity and nature as contrasting, dialectic arguments, crashing into one another, forever affecting and reshaping the other. Through this energetic contrast we are forming new landscapes previously unknown to ourselves and nature. I’m interested in the aesthetics of the ever-increasing effect of man-made objects in natural environments—specifically, in what it means to describe the Anthropocene era we currently live in. What are the aesthetic similarities and differences between a landscape and the ever-increasing man-made molecules that are replacing it?

The scale of a landscape horizon is shifted through perspective. Two abstract films without narration will explore how contrasting instruments, from a normal human visual perspective and from a molecular perspective, are aesthetically similar.