Communication and Art, 2012
  • Bringing the Corpse to Life: Collaboratively Creating Theatre Using Surrealist Games
    Ernie Cottrell, Byron Mitchell, Kerstin Schumacher, Joshua Woods
    Mentor: Daniel Heaton

    We were selected to co-direct the Capital University Theatre production “The Exquisite Corpse: Live!” The performance script was collaboratively created by the co-directors and the cast. We used multiple games and techniques for creating art that were developed by surrealists in the early-to-mid twentieth century. We also included parts of cast member dreams since surrealists advocate using a “dream logic” when creating art. We had two main goals: 1) to show that although these techniques are usually used by visual and verbal artists, they could also be used in the creation of theatrical art; and 2) to help our audience see that they need not be afraid of surrealism. We believe, as the early surrealists did, that the capacity to collaboratively create art is within us all. This presentation is about the process of creating, staging, performing, and evaluating the production.

    Hope Quilt
    Jennifer Davis, Daston Campell, Brooke Fox, Jesi Howell, Courtney Otto, Jennie Pabst, Ryan Ross, Mary-Helen Skowronski, Ashley Stotesbery, Jessica Woodruff
    Mentor: Michelle Barsnack, Sharon Stout-Shaffer, Deborah Shields, Amy Oehlschlaeger, Andrea Thomas, Renda Ross, Dina Lentsner, Janette McDonald, Andrea M. Karkowski

    Art has been used as a way to inspire hope in people through times of crisis. The purpose of this project was to create a hope quilt. Students studying hope imagined what hope looked like and portrayed hope through a symbol or an image. Students were asked to think of a color that represented hope for them and then were asked to think of a symbol that represented hope for them. Students then designed the image that incorporated their color of hope and used different quilting techniques. Each piece was stitched together to create an enlarged quilted wall hanging. This project expands our understanding of hope by exploring the colors, images and symbols associated with hope.

    Women in Politics: Guidelines for a More Successful Campaign (Honors Capstone Project)
    Megan Jenkins
    Mentor: Lois Foreman-Wernet

    My research examined the obstacles women face in running for political office and the ways in which they can overcome those obstacles in order to run a more successful campaign. The purpose of my work was to put together a set of campaign guidelines for women and then analyze the performance of select female politicians according to those guidelines. The majority of the research has been done through reading secondary sources that speak on the broader topic of women in politics. In applying the results of my research, I expected to find that the women whose behaviors I analyzed have a firm grasp of the guidelines. My research and analysis help lay the foundation for further studies of gender and communication in politics.

    Development of a Book as a Component of a Liberal Education (Honors Capstone Project)
    Patricia Morrison
    Mentors: Jeffrey Shaw, Alan Stam

    Award-winning designers report “books that communicate using a variety of things–photography, illustration, production, paper, and printing” as the most engaging. With this view in mind, I wanted to take my experiences studying tropical ecology and turn them into a book that engages the reader at every turn while challenging me throughout the production process. I became the writer who traveled to Costa Rica and researched the facts, the illustrator who painted and photographed tropical scenes, and the designer and publisher who made decisions about size and color, layout and binding. I found that writing, illustrating, and designing a consistent yet interesting book – both factually and visually – was more difficult and more rewarding than I had imagined. Producing every component of this book allowed for the exploration of my liberal education while producing a finished product that both educates and engages.

    A Box of Hope, a Case of Despair
    Jennie Pabst
    Mentors: Janette McDonald, Deborah Shields, Sharron Stout-Shaffer, Michaele Barsnack, Renda Ross

    Hope and despair are important aspects of the human experience and different people see these emotions in different objects and images. The purpose of this display is to depict the variety of images that represent hope and despair. I created a display that incorporates items and images that symbolized both hope and despair and I have analyzed these in the context of the literature about hope. I found both similarities and differences in the images that people reported to me. This research contributes to our understanding the interrelationships between hope and despair and how those interrelationship manifest through visual imagery.

    Performing Postmodern Texts
    Kerstin Schumacher, Katie DiPietro, Adam Huffman, Alex Broshious
    Mentor: Daniel Heaton

    These performances offer a mix of multi-media and live performance techniques that hope to entertain and intrigue the audience. Each person selected a non-traditional “postmodern” text to serve as the starting point for creating a performance inspired by the text, though not necessarily an exact representation of the content of the text. The source texts were unusual because of their non-linear structure (House of Leaves), pop culture references (Coyote vs. Acme), nonsensical visual amalgamations (Happy Kitty Bunny Pony), or hyper-violent cuteness (Teddy Bear Cannibal Massacre). Our performances feature these unusual textual characteristics and perhaps make them even more unusual. We invite the audience to question these texts as we did.

    Exploring Hope through Play
    Mary-Helen Skowronski
    Mentors: Janette McDonald, Andrea M. Karkowski, Deborah Shields, Sharron Stout-Shaffer, Michaele Barsnack, Renda Ross, Dina Lentsner, Andrea Thomas

    Research has shown that having hope enables the individual to successfully deal with the inevitable challenges encountered in life. Hope may allow us to have a clear sense of what our potential is and how we can make things better. Hopeful individuals feel that they have an important role to play in their family, community and world. By creating a "toy with purpose", I aim to highlight that children can develop an understanding of hope through the creative process of play. To that end, I used fabric to make a wall-hanging with various pieces that can be detached and reattached in a way that encourages children to develop self-awareness and to explore the notion of hope. This project extends our understanding of hope by examining hope through child's play.

    The Relationship between Capital University and the Bexley Community (Honors Capstone Project)
    Michael Tyson
    Mentor: Steven Bruning

    I investigated the Bexley community’s perception of Capital University as well as the relationship between the two parties. It was my aim to understand how the Bexley community perceives Capital University and why the community feels this way. I used a mailed survey partnered with executive interviews to analyze a community’s relationship with a university. The survey was developed in consultation with the Bexley City Council to better evaluate both resident needs with regards to city services. In addition to surveying residents on their attitudes about city services, I included questions specific to my investigation. That is, I examined resident perceptions of their relationship with Capital University. In order to determine how the relationship might be improved, I interviewed several Capital University students who live off campus to obtain their opinions about the relationship between Bexley and Capital University. Capital University offers students the advantage of the Columbus location, which provides industry opportunities and a hub for networking. Within Columbus, the City of Bexley, offers a safe and sophisticated area to explore and learn. It is my goal to improve awareness of this advantage and also improve Capital University’s relationship within the Bexley community.

    Figures of Hope
    Jessica Woodruff
    Mentors: Janette McDonald, Deborah Shields, Sharron Stout-Shaffer, Michaele Barsnack, Renda Ross, Dina Lentsner, Andrea Thomas

    Hope can mean different things to different people. Because hope is associated with creative process, I created a visual piece of artwork that allowed me to explore hope in the various contexts of my life and to develop a sense of personal awareness and self-knowing. I took 24 photographs of objects that describe hope to me and make me hopeful. I then developed a book from those photographs which I entitled "Figures of Hope." This visual depiction of my personal definition of hope has given me a deeper understanding myself. The process of sharing explorations of hope has a two-fold outcome: (1) to enhance my personal hope through self-explorations, and (2) to foster others’ hope by sharing these explorations with others. This work can empower others to be more conscious and self-reflective.

    Poetry in Performance: From Intertext to Interpretation
    Joshua Woods, Briana Black, Rachel Flenner, Kimberly Mollett, Andrew Protopapas
    Mentor: Daniel Heaton

    In the field of performance studies, performer/scholars seek to explore, understand, and appreciate literary texts by embodying the texts on stage. In this case, we selected poems as our genre to investigate through performance. Using a basic theory of intertextuality, the notion that we know the world through a series of connections we make between “texts,” we created these performances based on our personal and popular culture connections to each poem. We hope our audience is able to see these connections and make intertextual connections of their own. Our performances range from traditional presentations to more abstract embodiments.