Born from the Chaos

STUDENT
Wanyi Chen

MEDIUM
Digital Imagery

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All my works are mixtures of hand painted figurative images and computer generated fractals, which have chaotic mathematical properties. Through this combination I hope to convey my understanding of human perception and connection. Our brains don't like uncertainty and build up concrete models from meaningless patterns. And people from different cultures and backgrounds may perceive the same chaotic images differently. The most important thing about my creation is a subconscious conversation between me and the audience. I have shown my perception and I hope to inspire others to see their own.

BREAK THROUGH

STUDENT
Rui Shen

COURSE
Comm Arts 355 -  Intro to Media Production

MEDIUM
Video

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This project was shot by Sony NX5U for Comm Arts355. We wrote our own screenplays, prepared previsualization documents and planned out all the locations and actors. It was kind of challenging for college students to make a film in a restricted time and with limited budget, but it was so much fun at the same time. My narrative film, tells the story of a breaking dancer (also a UW-Madison student) who falls into the dilemma of attending an important breaking dance battle and going to his girlfriend's film showcase as he promised before. In the end of the film, he doesn't make the competition but it comes with a bigger surprise!

Changing the Narrative

STUDENT
Melissa Behling

COURSE
J475 - Long Form Video Journalism

MEDIUM
Video, Digital Imagery

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The academic achievement gap in Madison, Wisconsin is shocking and upsetting, but constantly hearing these numbers perpetuated does not fix the problem. This is the story of defying the odds and finding solutions – of charting one’s own path to success despite systemic barriers. Shaikobie McGee is a high school student in Madison who struggled academically as a freshman. Now graduating from Madison Memorial High School, Shaikobie, with the help of an influential teacher and encouragement from Black Student Union, was able to change her narrative.

Clocks for Seeing

STUDENT
Christy Wahl

COURSE
ART 448 - Digital Imaging Studio

MEDIUM
Digital Imagery

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My image considers photographic claims of both veracity and historicity. “Clocks for Seeing,” a title borrowed from Roland Barthes’ description of a camera, takes a contemporary street scene from Palermo, Italy and attempts to confuse its place in time by manufacturing the look of a hand-colored slide. This work takes its form from William Henry Jackson’s lantern slide of 1895 that captures the junction of Queen's Road Central and Cochrane Street in what was then British-occupied Hong Kong.

Clothed and Terrified

STUDENTS
Talia Gray
Sam Wunsch (Director of Photography)
Wesley Morgan (Editor)

COURSE
CommArts 468 - Producing for Internet, TV and Video

MEDIUM
Video

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This short comedy sketch uses parody to bring to light everyday issues that women in our society face.

Complete; Man Up; Passion to Serve

STUDENT
Melissa Behling, with:
Kate Jungers
Mia Sato

COURSE
J417 - Magazines and Magazine Editing

MEDIUM
Video

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3 videos by Melissa Behling.

Creativity in Education

STUDENT
Emily Hermsen

COURSE
English 100

MEDIUM
Podcast

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I created a podcast with interviews, articles, studies, and opinions about the biggest missing aspect of education today- creativity.

CURB Magazine: Wisconsin: A Love Story

STUDENT
Sam Marchewka
Jacy Zollar
Maija Inveiss
Gabrielle DiBenedetto

COURSE
J417 - Magazines and Magazine Editing

MEDIUM
Website, Multimedia, Digital Publishing

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Over the fall semester, 21 Journalism School students produce a comprehensive print, digital and online magazine called Curb. The online team has put together the most engaging Curb website to date, complete with all stories from the magazine as well as multimedia content such as videos and interactive maps.

The digital version of Curb is available from iTunes.


The Curious Big World of Jumping Spiders

STUDENT
Natalia Lucero

MEDIUM
Video

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I strive to make recognizable of what is typically dismissed; to make minds contemplate what never has been thought of. As an artist, I do the same.

East African Working Women

STUDENTS
Kate Alfin
Lamin Keita
Lauren Maly
Leslie Sabakinu

COURSE
HIST 861 - The Global African City

MEDIUM
Website

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Full title: East African Working Women: A Comparative Study of Four Postcolonial Cities, Independence to 2000
This online dossier compares women and their roles in the economies of East African cities, from independence in the early 1960s to 2000. We compare four cities in the African Great Lakes region to see how urban women participated in the formal and informal economies. Collectively, we examine the political, economic, and social changes that occurred in East African countries during the time of independence and how these shifts influenced the participation of women within urban economies. Additionally, we identify the multitude of challenges that women in African cities faced in entering urban economies and how they overcame these impediments, drastically altering traditional gender roles within many African societies. Finally, we try to understand the feminist perspective within African urban history and highlight women's stories in the postcolonial African city context.

Food Trucks in Madison

STUDENT
Rui Shen, Jessica Rieselbach

COURSE
Comm Arts 155 - Intro to Digital Media Production

MEDIUM
Podcast

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Knowing food trucks are popular in Madison, especially among college students, Jessica and I decided to do a podcast on this topic for our project. We interviewed a number of food trunk owners as well as some customers in front of Memorial Library. Check out this podcast if you are curious about stories behind food truck business!

Fractured

STUDENT
Hayley Ganslaw

MEDIUM
Digital Imagery

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Photograph of an American flag that has been manipulated through a method of photo editing using Audacity by converting the image into a sound file

Gender Gap

STUDENT
Selia Salzsieder

COURSE
Art 448 - Illustration for Fine Artists

MEDIUM
Digital imagery

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This illustration was made for Morgridge Institute for Research's Crossroad of Ideas lecture series. The particular lecture was about the gender gap in the 2016 election. The work is a digital collage.

Her Energy

STUDENT
Rebecca Kravitz

COURSE
Art428 - 2D Animation

MEDIUM
Animation, Video

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For this music video I took and compressed a 45 minute time-lapsed video of the sunset at the UW-Madison student union and a photograph of graffiti I took from Argentina. I put these two pieces together to depict time and energy. I used the song The Land Between Solar Systems, by Mum, because I heard it in a yoga class and it made me think of life and how energy is everywhere, flowing and swarming throughout.

Humans of Cuba

STUDENT
Krystal Du

MEDIUM
Photographs/Prints

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While I was lingering in street of Cuba, I spotted many beautiful souls and used my camera to capture these wonderful moments. Some of these people invited me to take a photo of them; some of them gave me the sweetest smile when I simply pointed my camera as a symbol of asking permission.

Life Drawing of a Group

STUDENT
Lindi Shi

COURSE
Art 107 - Introduction to Digital Forms

MEDIUM
Digital Imagery, Photographs/Prints

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This is a collection of my life drawings. Though the drawings were made independent to each other, in this collage, the figures are more or less interacting to one another.

Lifetime Prisoner

STUDENT
Xiaojing Fan (Monica)

COURSE
Art 348

MEDIUM
Photographs

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I want to use art as a way to know more about myself and the world around me. To me, art is the best therapy with my mental issues.

Monroe's Nightmare

STUDENT
Lindi Shi

COURSE
Art 107 - Introduction to Digital Forms

MEDIUM
Digital Imagery

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This work is inspired by the series of photographs of Marylin Monroe in a white dress and an oil painting "Nightmare". Here the men are described as the demons staring at Monroe who is no longer treated as a woman but as a sexual being. The dead woman represents her dead spirit.

Mother Nature is Speaking

STUDENT
Fatma Ben Said

COURSE
ENVIRST 976 - The practice of conservation biology and sustainable development

MEDIUM
Video

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Examines impacts of humans on nature with the emphasis that nature does not need people to survive and that people do need nature to survive. We take the goods and services for granted and we are causing degradation and destruction of the habitats that plants and animals need to survive. We care about money and work hard to make as much as we can while we care less about the environment. A lot of people know about the environmental problems but they don't do anything to help nature. The natural capital is indispensable to our economy. We need to open our hearts and minds and look at the state of our environment that has been constantly under pressure of expanding human society. We must reflect on our behavior toward nature, our over-consumption, and the choices that we make every day and change our choices and behaviors.


My Blog

STUDENT
Alison Acker

COURSE
Journalism 202

MEDIUM
Video, Website

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While this blog began as a project in J202, it has transformed into one of my passions. As it serves as a platform to share portfolio pieces and contact information with future employers, it has allowed me to find my voice within my writing throughout the blog. It is most definitely a work in progress, but the journey has been fun nonetheless.

Red Fusion Commercial

STUDENT
Meghan Abbott-Producer
Kate Feldt-Director of Photography
Ryan Holtz-Editor

COURSE
Comm Arts 468 - Producing for Internet, TV, and Video

MEDIUM
Video

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A commercial for Red Fusion wine, a product collaboration between The Fermentation Sciences Dept. and Wollersheim Winery.

Shadow of the Bat

STUDENT
Andrew Villanueva

MEDIUM
Digital Imagery

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The title derives from a Batman series of the same name in the 90's, which was pretty wild in its exploration of character. I draw from that in this collage by composing Batman with a variety of figures from various franchises.

Things you might not know about your foreign classmates

STUDENT
Yuqing Xu

COURSE
Comm Arts 200 - Intro to Digital Communication

MEDIUM
Video

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A video to share my experience as an international student at UW-Madison and potentially help my American classmates better understand cultural differences in a funny and light-hearted way.

Tonight Program Infographic

STUDENT
Hannah Spears

COURSE
Journalism 202

MEDIUM
Multimedia

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An infographic made to show effectiveness of Tonight Program, a sexual assault prevention program.


Transformation

STUDENT
Alex Orellana

MEDIUM
Animation, video

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Using facial analysis software, I generated faces that represent hundreds of sequential steps between two people's appearances. This video shows my face morphing into my girlfriend's face and then back to mine, repeatedly. I find that this cyclical way of viewing the sequential images allows a viewer to watch specific parts of the face change and in turn they better understand the physical disparities between the two models being depicted.


Untitled

STUDENT
Manaporn Phaosricharoen

MEDIUM
Photographs

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I believe that anyone can create art and art is accessible to anyone. They do not need to rely on expensive art supplies or software. It is the matter to take an action. The art pieces do not necessary have to look aesthetically pleasing. Neither do the art pieces need to have meaning behind them. I believe that art can benefit anyone in some way in whichever way they choose to create them. Personally, most of my works have some intention and meaning behind the works. I had the intention to make these pieces for a friend.

US: How Web 2.0 Empowered a Generation

STUDENT
Nicholas Poss

COURSE
Comm Arts 346 - Critical Internet Studies

MEDIUM
Video

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Police brutality is still a very divisive topic, so I expect that not everyone will appreciate my method of explaining how empowering Web 2.0 can be, but it's important for us to talk about issues that make us uncomfortable. Nevertheless, I hope that people will view my short film with an open mind and really reflect on the inequality that plagues the United States legal system, specifically in Dane County.

USWNT Pay Gap

STUDENT
Leah Smith

COURSE
English 100

MEDIUM
Video

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This video brings the truth about the pay gap between the men and women national soccer teams to light. By having the players state the pay gap facts in their own words and voice, I thought my project would have a more personal effect. My goal for this video was to connect with my audience on an emotional level to make them realize that this is a bigger issue than most people realize. I am very passionate about this topic and wanted my viewers to feel the same way while watching my video.


View From My Window!

STUDENT
William Doty

MEDIUM
Video

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In the contemporary, ultra-atomized world, we live our lives through screens and build our realities through them. In part one of this work I wanted to show this constructed reality via a video constructed from various sources presented on a screen as life pulsates in the background. In the second half, the constructed reality begins to fall apart until it reaches critical mass and the truth is revealed. I constructed these videos out of any material that I could find: footage from my cell phone, advertisements, YouTube videos, music samples, whatever. My goal was to make these bits of “trash” into a narrative with rich, organic visuals about the constructed reality in which we live.

Water's Ecstasy

STUDENT
Xueyan Wang

COURSE
Art 529 - 3D Digital Studio II

MEDIUM
Animation, Video

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I'm interested in making a traditional hand-drawn animation and incorporating digital imaging and 3D modelling technologies into the drawings. My attempts so far seem to have gravitated towards a choreographic aspect, where I make animated drawings inspired by and based on various types of dances, figure skating, and many other dynamic patterns of body movements. I like to think of my work as animated paintings, as the emphasis is more on the drawing and painting and here the digital serves as a medium through which drawings utter their presence.

We Chase the Creatures of the Sky

STUDENT
Sandra Kinzer

COURSE
J475 - Storytelling through Sound

MEDIUM
Podcast

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You'd think the hobby of birdwatching would be pretty mild... but there's a competitive side to it. What are the lengths people will go to, in order to see a specific bird? Why do people search for birds in the first place? What's the competition like? Over three episodes, hear from Ryan Treves, a junior at Madison Memorial High School, and Tom Prestby, a researcher at UW-Green Bay. Narrated and produced by Sandra Kinzer.

World with No Barrier

STUDENT
Manaporn Phaosricharoen

COURSE
ART 428 - Digital Imaging Studio

MEDIUM
Digital Imagery

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World with No Barrier is an art piece that I created for my class. I was thinking about the idea that even though equality between classes and skin colors exists, somehow there are still some barriers in many societies whether among gender groups, skin color, or even between races. I have the intention to create a utopian world where everyone would live together peacefully, which is the result of this piece.

*Note: This piece may remind westerners of the World Fair. However, as a non-westerner, I have very limited knowledge of World Fairs. Despite many westerners view of this piece as the World Fair, I, personally do not view this piece as a World Fair.