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January 2019: New Year Horizon & Review

OBLSK Production Space

OBLSK Production Space

On the Horizon

Brain-

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It’s True.  Brain is coming to the Blockfort Gallery this March.  We are super excited for this exhibition and are really going to stretch or capacity in understanding brain activity, thresholds, infrasound, Pressure, Pleasure.

The Brain is a fascinating mechanism made up of networks upon networks of information that encode and transfer and bring cellular structures to life. OBLSK is designing a sculptural installation that incorporates sound, light, imagery, and biometric data. Using an EEG brain sensor we are looking at how the brain reacts to the sounds and images that are presented before us and how these images and sounds change based on the participants electrical activity of the brain. From a conceptual standpoint they explore how technical interfaces are being used to monitor human cognition.

Opening Reception: March 7, 2019

On view: March 7 - 31, 2019

 

Godspeed -

Godspeed is still in the works as director Celia Peters keeps experimenting with new platforms for it to exist.  She will be showing a virtual reality version at the Wonderball event at the Columbus Museum of Art on January 26th.  OBLSK has the pleasure of designing a hologram animation for the White Castle dinner scene. More to come soon...

 
 
 

OBLSK is embarking on a series of videos that encapsulate the inner workings of Phia Concept a salon based company out of Columbus, Ohio.  Both Phia Salon and Philosophi, two of their successful salons embrace their concept. We will keep you updated on the best of the best as we enter 2019 from this awesome company.

 

Wakka Wakka: Animal Riot-

Wakka Wakka is by far one of our favorite puppet companies. Their wild storytelling style with intricate puppet characters takes the audience into surreal landscapes.  Animal Riot a web based art piece that brings together their knack for storytelling through short videos and experimental workshops. We will keep you posted when the Animal Riot web page goes live!

 

Zen Genius-

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ZenGenius employs the best designers and merchandisers to elevate your space to the next level to drive consumer traffic. They provide expertise in visual merchandising, event merchandising, creative direction, visual operations, and seminars and workshops.

Wanna know a few tricks to the trade? We will be creating Visual Merchandising training video this year! If you work in the Visual Merchandising world these videos will be a must see!

 
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OBLSK Reviews

Waterfall

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The journey of water through our Earth’s landscapes is a fascinating tale. Water, the source of all living things takes on many forms and has fascinated humans since our existence.  In our current world water is on everyone’s minds as we hear of our Arctic deserts melting into the sea, raising the sea levels. The Nansen Shelf located in AntArctica is an impressive Ice Form that is telling the tale of the direct impact of climate change.  On the edge of this shelf is massive waterfall that is growing, draining the melting sheet into the ocean. The raw power of this waterfall is impressive and the impact of this cascading motion is truly noticeable and eye awakening. What are these Waterfalls telling us?

Forever in human existence we have followed the rivers.  Our ears are in tune to the sound of moving water. Waterfalls are distinct in their auditory impressions. The fullness of sound that literally fills the space with resonance and sound waves. The power of the waterfall is humbling as the sheer magnitude of Gravity and force that seems unstoppable.  The sound and sight of the waterfall creates a space of spirituality where the mind becomes inundated with the many frequencies that are playing out at equal intensities. In other words A waterfall produces white noise.

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Through projection and sound, OBLSK has created Waterfall as a space where the viewer can immerse themselves into the sight and sound of the Falling Water allowing the stress of the day to be washed away.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is Central Ohio’s premier botanical garden and home to the iconic John F. Wolfe Palm House which dates back to 1895. The experience consists of botanical biomes, lush gardens, special horticulture and art exhibitions, and seasonal offerings. A collection of glass works by artist Dale Chihuly and light art by James Turrell are also on display and included with admission.

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Eve

is a multimedia artist, working in film, performance, electronics, sculpture, and light. She is a concept storyteller who creates interdisciplinary teams that explore topical issues through research, social experiments, and community engaged artworks.

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Pelham

is a filmmaker, inventor, researcher, and artist. He uses a combination of creativity, technical know-how, and a love for working collaboratively to create finely crafted moving art and media that tells a story with a purpose.

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Annie

is a designer, filmmaker, and graphic artist. With a BFA from Columbus College of Art & Design in Film and Video, her specialty is in media and graphics.

Sarah

She sees creating art as one way humans have evolved to advertise their genetic fitness. She’s dabbled in several different mediums from painting, dance, video, performance, and so much more.

Maxwell

is a production artist who’s great at collaborating from concept to completion offering support in the structural design, problem solving, and aesthetic. His dedication to these projects made building them more manageable and more fun! His good nature and spirit really eases the heavy lifting that comes from these amazingly large installation projects!

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John

is a Production Artist and professional Painter.

Nicky - is a Textile Artist along with production and installation master!

 

SantaVille

Twas the night before Christmas and all through SantaVille, mice were stirring. Join us for a jaunt through SantaVille where you get to see how the reindeers bathe, or the bakers dance, or even how Santa does his laundry!  Be sure to check out the secret views into Santa’s workshop and if you think like a mouse and see like a mouse, you may even Spot the real Santa before he sees you!

Ignite your senses this holiday season as you journey through Santaville! The experience is brought to life through interactive rooms, light and video installations, and projection mapping.  Explore Santaville and its gallery of rooms to discover color, smells, clues, and hidden gnomes! The experience is exciting with delightful surprises leading up to the moment you meet Santa Claus.  Be sure to look through the mouse doors and through the many peepholes to find something new. Bring your family to Polaris to tell your wish list to Santa. The Holiday decor is made from sustainable materials and has been designed, produced, and manufactured here in Columbus, Ohio.  

Thank you to all the Amazing Artists that worked on this project:

eve Warnock - Creative Director/ co-founder - Producer of the Polaris Holiday installation, Pelham Johnston - Creative Director/ co-founder - Technical Director of the Polaris Holiday Installation, Lisa Woodward - Operations Manager - Facilitation and Management of OBLSK Artists and overall Polaris Holiday Project objectives and deadlines, Sarah Weinstock - Production Manager - Managed Studio Space and workshop protocols and Production artist, Stacie Sells - Marketing Manager - Managed Marketing Material and Media documenting and promoting Polaris Holiday Project, Annie Kuhn - Video and Marketing - in Charge of capturing media and content throughout the Polaris Project, Alexi Alexaieff - Media Artist - Created media for the Rotunda Projection mapping, Maxwell McEvoy - Lead Production Artist - Facilitated all areas of Artist Production. Designer of Santa's Workshop, and Elfie’s Sled Repair, Nicky Fried - Lead Production Artist - Lead in Textile Arts and the production and installation of the Snowflake Chandelier. Designer of the Candy Tower, Marque Reavly - Production Artist, Microcomputer installation, Ben Satterfield - Production Artist - Designed and CNC cut Santaville. Works out of the Idea Foundry, Claire Smith - Production Artist - Production Artist, Designer of the SugarPlum baker and Peppermint Scrub Groomers, John Rettstatt - Production Artist - Production Artist and professional Painter. Painted Santa's room and all of the Shop Signs, Miles Curtis - Production Artist - Production Artist, Designer of Dasher's Dry Cleaner, Teddy Reese - Production Artist, Anna Lemasters - Production Assistant - Snowflake Chain Making, Evan Andrews - Production Assistant - Snowflake Chain Making

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Panda Peace Warrior

Panda Peace Warrior created and designed by Pilgrim Heidi from Open Heart Creatures was an incredible process for OBLSK to observe. Pilgrim has a unique understanding of materials creating magic from the unexpected. OBLSK was delighted to conjure lighting in the Panda exploring how to mix colors and utilize texture to shade and highlight!

Written by Pilgrim Heidi:

Presenting "Peace Warrior Panda" created for the Chinese lantern light show! Huge thank you to all the amazing artists involved in helping make this happen. Special thank you to David for helping with transportation at the crack of dawn. And to Adam with @ohiobeerco for providing a truck large enough to move it. Huge thank you to Pelham and @eve_warnock with @oblskinteractive for installing the LED lights and tea light candles for the eyes, as well as providing a space large enough to build such a thing. Beautiful ridiculous things can happen when you believe!! Come join us for family fun New Year's eve celebration 8pm when we pull the strings to let all the wishes out and candy! #openheartart #openheartcreatures#pilgrimheidikambitsch #pinata #giant#newyearwishes #2019 #puppets#giantpanda #giantpuppets#dragonlightscolumbus

 
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Marketing

OBLSK has been so lucky to have so many great clients and we are just continuing to grow and nurture those relationships through research, SEO, and marketing techniques. Check them out below!

Tropical Smoothie Cafe-

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is a National Franchise that serves deliciously colorful food. From superfood smoothies to hearty wraps and flatbreads. Fresh flavorful food. Right on! OBLSK creates the digital marketing for the Tropical Smoothe Cafe’s in El Paso and San Antonio, Texas. We love creating awesome content like this video below made by OBLSK Artist Annie Kuhn. Super Credits to Maxwell and Ginger!

 

Windchimes -

The Windchimes Chinese Restaurant serves the best Chinese in Columbus. Hands down. We love The Windchimes and have supported their expansion with amazing Dital Marketing. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Blog page written by OBLSK artist Stacie Sells, it’s a must read. It really digs into the history and flavor that makes the Windchimes an experience.

We are continuing to grow and expand and we are excited for you to come along for the journey!!!

A Storm is Coming with RainCloud

RainCloud  is gearing up for a party!!

RainCloud is gearing up for a party!!

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Come see RainCloud for yourself this weekend, September 16-17, at the final Independent's Day Festival (IDX) in downtown Columbus. Check out the map of all the fun activities below and where RainCloud is located (aka the Cloud Feature).

Schedule for IDX - 

Saturday - 12:00pm-11:45pm

Sunday - 12:00pm-8:00pm

H2OHIO: Ohio's Freshwater on a Global Scale Panel - 

Saturday - 1:oopm under the RainCloud

Empathy Eyeball performance by Pilgrim Heidi of OpenHeartCreatures-

Saturday - 8:00pm under the RainCloud

 

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RainCloud is a floating augmented high-tech installation as well as a symbol of the natural environment; a reminder of the simple beauty found in our atmosphere and the never-ending cycle of water between ground and sky.

This simulated cloud floats 18 feet from the ground in an outdoor environment, and is illuminated from within using RGB LED lights. During the day, it  shimmers due to the reflective, iridescent qualities of its outer skin while at night it glows equally as brilliant by using artificial light. Glowing from within, the RainCloud changes color based on interaction from the audience (attendees of the arts festival) and/or based on environmental changes in its surroundings in real time. The RainCloud acts as a stage for performance, music, and education.  

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On Saturday September 16  at 1pm there will be OHIO H20: Ohio Freshwater on a Global Scale panel discussion. We will be talking about the state of water locally, nationally, and globally. We will focus specifically in the areas of environmental protection, economics and industry, health and well being, and the future outlook of water.  At 8pm Puppets from Pilgrim Heidi of OpenHeartCreatures will perform Empathy Eyeball followed by Thunderstorm, an interactive  multimedia light performance by OBLSK.

Pilgrim Heidi of OpenHeartCreatures

Pilgrim Heidi of OpenHeartCreatures

Artist Involved with RainCloud:

  • Eve Warnock - eve has earned an MFA from the Digital Arts and New Media program at the University of California Santa Cruz. She has worked internationally with Puppet company Wakka Wakka productions, collaborated with artist Ann Hamilton, and designed the artistic elements of Limited Brands Co. marketing designs. She is co-founder of OBLSK, a creative agency made up of artists, inventors, and entrepreneurs, HERD, a researched based creation to explore herding behaviors in humans and animals, and she is the artistic consultant for LUDIKA, a collaborative art and game company rooted in science and play. Both her performative and sculptural work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, theaters, and opera houses, but she prefers the guerilla style of public street performances where it is free for all to attend.  evewarnock.com
  • Pelham Johnson - is a filmmaker, inventor, researcher, and artist.  He uses a combination of creativity, technical know-how, and a love for working collaboratively to create finely crafted moving art and media that tells a story with a purpose.
  • Aidan Seine - Aidan resides in L.A., California and made the journey to the midwest to help build the creation that is, RainCloud. He's well versed in interactive electronics that helps bring RainCloud to life.
  • Maxwell McEvoy - is a local sculptural and installation artist who has helped make the RainCloud become, what else, but an actual raincloud, though made out of polyfilm instead of nature.
  • Marque Reavley - is an application engineer and web developer who helped create the code that allows RainCloud to be interactive with participants that enter under the cloud creating the elements of a rainstorm like lighting and thunder.

Come have fun with the whole family this weekend and celebrate the independent culture, commerce, and creativty of the community that is Columbus, Ohio!