Young Talent + Technology = Impressive Showcase
Date: May 25, 2001
Story by: Mary Bridget Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Archive: General News
Imagination is on display, and it's - literally and figuratively - a real free-for-all. The best efforts of seniors from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) will be showcased citywide during "DAAPworks" at the Albert B. Sabin Convention Center June 4-9.
The professional-level projects are often colorful and fast-paced, reflecting the years of experience the students have gained in the classroom and in work settings around the world due to UC's cooperative education program.
Sure to be a pleaser is a virtual journey through a Bronze Age Greek city complete with all the nitty-gritty details of life in the ancient world. The virtual reality project as well as accompanying large-scale panels, titled "The Dirt on Midea," represents the work of UC's 39 senior graphic designers.
Visitors to the digitally designed ancient Greek city of Midea will get the "dirt" on trade, politics, religion, architecture, food, art, fashion, language and medicine from this part of the ancient world where UC classics professor Gisela Walberg has labored for many years.
The elegantly constructed virtual reality visit also contains humorous surprises. For example, as the narrator (a College-Conservatory of Music student) briefly explains medical beliefs and practices of the time, the polished visuals give way to an almost comic-book looking skull. As the narrator tells how the ancient Greeks drilled holes into patients' skulls to release evil spirits, viewers will see the cloudy spirits spew out of a virtual skull.
The Web journey through Midea is accompanied by ten 8-foot-tall panels that allow viewers to learn more about ancient life. Graphic images and brief text discuss everything from ancient warfare to ancient fashion. For instance, Greek men of 1400-1100 B.C. went bare-chested, sometimes wearing kilts or an early form of shorts. In warfare, slingers used slingshots to hurl baked-clay bullets and soldiers wore helmets of boar tusks. These are the same tools the ancient Greeks used to sack Troy.
Other individual projects to be found at DAAPworks include:
Cutting-edge fashions: bridal party fashions of Tyvek paper; free-flowing dresses with accompanying jewelry (earrings, bracelets and necklaces) of painted ziti, penne, rotelli, and other pastas; fashions that pay homage to the '80s; African-inspired fashions; and carefully crafted, melodramatic gowns.
Planning reports include a proposal for high-speed trains to connect Chicago, Indianapolis and Cincinnati and other cities; an analysis of how home-buying education programs affect a potential homebuyer in the real estate market; and a case study of community participation in Over-the-Rhine neighborhood planning.
Architecture projects including models and drawings for projects that include an aerial tramway connecting Mt. Adams and downtown (called "Cincinnati Skylift: Connecting the Spaces In Between"). Another project looks at making use of the open space created by overpasses at interstate interchanges by placing refueling stations there (called "Vehicula: an Alternative Refueling Oasis").
Industrial design models of new consumer/industrial products, including a full-scale, 12-foot long theater for children to stage their own productions as well as a scale model of a "run-about" vehicle fueled by pine needles that visitors to national parks could use. Another vehicle, also for use in parks, would enable the physically disabled to "walk" trails using a five-foot tall chair controlled by human thought. The projects are all theoretical and would require new technology.
Interior design projects include one titled "Dogtown - Doggie Daycare and Boutique" and an interactive pottery center.
Fine art representing a variety of media, including photography and film.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. DAAPworks opens at 5 p.m. Monday, June 4. It continues from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 5 through Friday, June 8 The final day of the exhibit runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 9. All displays are in Exhibit Hall C on the first floor of the convention center. For more information, call 556-4933.