Room 117

Room 117

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The room was practically silent, exhausting your ears as you strained to pick up the humming of projectors against the hectic chaos that made love with the hot day on the first of May 2014.

Several short films came to life throughout the room making onlookers into trespassers consumed by creative freedom.

For the seventh year in a row, Modern Hotel has put on their Modern Art show, allotting local artists into its 33 rooms. Room 117 gave residence to Boise State University’s Art 397, a video arts class exhibiting their preferred personal film creation from the semester.

“I like to think of art as a way to understand myself more and communicate it to others,” senior fine arts major with an emphasis in printmaking Kevin
Ferney said.

Citing Matthew Barney, Ferney explained how the video medium allows artist to stretch their creative strings. For Ferney the inspiration for visual pieces draws from different corners within his mind, and he feels that artists who create content using negative habits, or thoughts driven from depression, must find a balance within themselves.

The films within Room 117 included a shot of a woman’s feet dancing, a man painting his face black and then pressing it to a blank sheet of paper, a film highlighting poverty and death by Google-searching several wars,  historical tragedies, a film of the forest floor, and an abstract projection of shapes on the ceiling.

“I still think video is a new formation and is being accepted on a wider scale,” said senior English major with a writing emphasis James Packer.

For the final video, the students were required to incorporate another medium of art in their creation.

“A cross pollination of disciplines…it is designed to push us.” Packer said.

Although Packer is still fairly new to film, he would like to continue working with the
medium.

Film allows for a wider audience to be reached because with digital options there is relatively no shipping cost, and film makers have the freedom to go back and edit whatever they would like within their film.

As compared to many other creative majors, film majors do
surprising well.

According to Forbes the graduates can make up to $77,000 annually
midcareer.

Within recent years, the global market for film has skyrocketed. Box-offices in just China reached an impressive $1.5 billion in 2013, and, according to the Economist, globally box office revenues have tripled in the last 10 years.