Projects From The Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago

Age of Blossoms

Fire Escape Films presents “Age of Blossoms,” directed by Grace McLeod. A girl finds herself caught in between a college party and a children’s birthday party in this surrealist homage to director Wong Kar-wai. This film utilized the Logan Media Center’s Glidecam and ARRI lighting as well as the audio mix suite for the editing…

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The Peace House

Fire Escape Films presents “The Peace House,” directed by Alanna DePinto. This documentary short is a portrait of Peace House, a community center and nonprofit organization in the heart of Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. This film utilized DSLR cameras and a variety of rigs from the Logan Media Center.  Peace House Doc from Fire Escape Films on Vimeo.

Anna’s MFA thesis work

Anna Showers-Cruser fabricated the steel armatures for her work in the 2016 MFA thesis exhibition And No One Fish In The Middle in the Logan metal shop! Come see this work in the Logan Center Exhibitions Gallery and in the Gidwitz lobby until June 12!

Run For Cover- Gold

Uchicago A Cappella group Run For Cover recently recorded a cover of Gold, a song by Adventure Club, at the Logan Center. This track was awarded a perfect score of 5.0 by the Recorded A Cappella Review Board, and won catgory runner-up in the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards, 2016.

Ari’s Book Wheel

Ari Feldman’s book wheel creation was based on Agostino Ramelli’s designs, published in 1588. This construction uses a system of gears to rotate several books in front of a stationary reader. Quite a way to get your reading done!

Voices In Your Head: Show Me How You Burlesque

The new single by UChicago a cappella group Voices In Your Head, “Show Me How You Burlesque,” was recorded at the Logan Center using equipment and resources from the media center. A cover of a Christina Aguilera song, it was the opener of the 2015 International Championship of A Cappella set for which Voices were…

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Healing Home

Fire Escape Films presents Healing Home, directed by Anna Gregg and released in April 2016. Grace McLeod of Fire Escape Films says, “Two young women experience the effects of divorce as they cope with living in separated households. This short film utilized LED panels, ARRI lights, and Glidecam technology from the Logan Media Center.”  …

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With Family

Fire Escape Films presents With Family, directed by directed by Sean Raju and Mimi Wilcox, and released in April 2016. Grace McLeod of Fire Escape Films explains, “After the passing of their parents, an older sister loses sight of what is best for her two younger siblings. This short film utilized lighting and sound equipment…

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By The Bog of Cats

By The Bog of Cats, a University Theater production, featured this tree scenic element. Constructed in the Logan Shop, it consists of an OSB (wood) armature covered with chicken wire, burlap, muslin, and rosin paper. The structure was embedded with lights that were controlled through the console as part of the overall lighting design. Lighting…

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Yellow Wallpaper

All of us at the Logan Center were deeply saddened by the loss of Renata Horowitz. Renata was a vibrant presence around the building, and at the Logan Media Center in particular. Yellow Wallpaper is a video piece Renata made using LMC equipment. It is exemplary of her creative spirit. For more on how Renata…

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The Creator

The Creator is a stop-motion animation piece by DoVA major Anna Tropnikova. It was featured in the 2016 DoVA BA Thesis Exhibition, and created using digital tools at the Logan Media Center. Anna says: “This project was created using a Canon T3i (DSLR camera), Photoshop and Final Cut Pro 10. To create an unmodulated lighting…

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Fabricated in the Logan Shop, SUNBOX was a project completed by Logan Shop staffer Zoe Kauder Nalebuff on the UChicago Main Quad in front of Swift Hall from February 23-March 1, 2015. The 8×8” room had internally lit walls and no roof, so the light shined upwards at night like a beacon. The project was in the…

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Clayton’s Mandolin

Clayton Norris shows off his luthier-abilities with this gorgeous curly maple mandolin. Instrument building requires patience, problem solving and quite a bit of hard work / clamps. This is definitely not your average cigar box guitar:

Unsuspending Disbelief Lobby Installation

The Logan Shop student staff worked tirelessly to fabricate and install Thansai Sethaseree’s ambitious installation in the Gidwitz Lobby for Unsuspending Disbelief, an exhibition of international artists curated by Laura Letinsky. From fabricating rigging slings for a 40′ x 17′ painting to soldering custom LED lights, this project allowed the multifaceted skills of the Logan staff…

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Shopcraft: Methods and Materials

This is some work made in the Logan Center shop as part of the DoVA course Shopcraft: Methods and Materials. Students learned about the basics of wood, hand tools, shop equipment, and basic joinery techniques. Then they were asked to design and build two different projects using these skills.