The GPSA will continue this semester with the research brown bag series. Each event will feature one to two graduate and/or professional students from designated colleges who will share their research. Time will be given after each presentation for Q&A.
Shelbi Schoeder is originally from Sioux Falls South Dakota. She received her undergraduate degree from Humboldt State University in Northern California. Shelbi is in her second year of the MFA program at UNLV where she works in the mediums of photography and installation, and her ultimate goal is to become a professor of the arts as well as owning her own business.
Through her MFA project, Shelbi plans to identify ways to get as close as possible to capturing metaphysical moments. In her recent work, she has used different technologies to document the metaphysical including the use of 4 x 5 film, medium format, 35mm, iPhone, Polaroid, and digital cameras. Through these devices, Shelbi questions life on a metaphysical level, more specifically with theories of Ontology. By using these different cameras she has discovered new ways of seeing and feeling the human experience. Shelbi has not yet ventured into the video format, having so far only used still photography, however, she plans to tape a room of unknowing participants for 24 hours, obtaining permission afterward, and following this session repeat the videotaping in the same room for an additional 24 hours with the same participants, now aware that they are being recorded. The footage will then be compared to see how these individuals’ attitudes and movements change.