Event Title

I'm at a Loss, But Not for Words: A Multimedia Creation

Author/ Authors/ Presenter/ Presenters/ Panelists:

Rachel R. BeckmannFollow

Location

Hall of Governors

Start Date

4-8-2022 10:30 AM

End Date

4-8-2022 12:00 PM

Abstract

In my multi-media piece, I utilize vignettes—micro essays—alongside photographs as an attempt to dig into that single moment in time and to share stories surrounding one’s connection their roots in a post-COVID-19 world.

After two years of socially distancing, masking up, and little-to-no physical touch, the physical aspect of human connection remains a touchy subject, and we are left questioning where we stand with others who we once were physically close to. For myself, the pandemic had forced me to socially distance myself from my grandfather, who I lived 79 steps away from. Reflecting on this fragility of this moment, I am pushed to also think of those who I have lost in my life and those who I hope to be my future.

With vignette #3 holding a special place in my heart as the inspiration for this series, I utilize these four vignettes to expand on each digitally photographed moment to complete the unspoken stories on where I come from and who I see in my future. As a published undergraduate English student and a self-taught freelance photographer and graphic designer, I invite my audience to interpret each as a separate entity and then see where these mediums intertwine— what can one say louder than the others?

Presenter:
Rachel Beckmann
Honors Student, College of Arts and Science

Identify Grant

CSEIP Travel Funding allowed this poster to be presented at the 2021 National Collegiate Honors Council Conference.

Faculty / Staff Sponsor

Dr. David Rhea
Honors Program Director

Laura White
Faculty, College of Arts and Sciences

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Apr 8th, 10:30 AM Apr 8th, 12:00 PM

I'm at a Loss, But Not for Words: A Multimedia Creation

Hall of Governors

In my multi-media piece, I utilize vignettes—micro essays—alongside photographs as an attempt to dig into that single moment in time and to share stories surrounding one’s connection their roots in a post-COVID-19 world.

After two years of socially distancing, masking up, and little-to-no physical touch, the physical aspect of human connection remains a touchy subject, and we are left questioning where we stand with others who we once were physically close to. For myself, the pandemic had forced me to socially distance myself from my grandfather, who I lived 79 steps away from. Reflecting on this fragility of this moment, I am pushed to also think of those who I have lost in my life and those who I hope to be my future.

With vignette #3 holding a special place in my heart as the inspiration for this series, I utilize these four vignettes to expand on each digitally photographed moment to complete the unspoken stories on where I come from and who I see in my future. As a published undergraduate English student and a self-taught freelance photographer and graphic designer, I invite my audience to interpret each as a separate entity and then see where these mediums intertwine— what can one say louder than the others?

Presenter:
Rachel Beckmann
Honors Student, College of Arts and Science