Brett Vander Wielen

“Ope!” strives to place the Midwestern accent on the printed page by comparing audio recordings of common phrases from the Midwest. The waveforms of the  audio recordings are then overlaid one another to see the similarities and differences; the pairs are ordered in a specific way to create the waveform of the phrase “ope”.

Having a fascination with the Midwest and how different people communicate based on region, “Ope!” views the Midwestern accent in a visual sense. Placing the accent on the printed page by first recording 16 different people across the Midwest and asking them a series of questions. The audio recordings are converted into waveforms and are compared by question. Two waveforms are overlaid on one another to see the similarities and differences. These pairs are then ordered in a specific way to create the waveform of the phrase “ope”. A key is also provided so the audience is able to see what phrase the waveform pair is comparing.

Ideally “Ope!” would be printed out and framed on a wall in a gallery, allowing it to be in a physical space. It would be large scale and take up most of the wall; in which small details of the waveforms would be visible as well as showing the piece as a whole.

Brett Vander Wielen 
Brett Vander Wielen was born and raised in a small town in Rural Wisconsin, and moved to Chicago to attend DePaul University. He graduated in 2020 with a BFA in Graphic Design as well as two minors: User Experience Design & Animation.

When he isn't designing, Brett is always listening to new music or going to concerts. His passion for music led to him writing and producing his own award winning radio show, "What We Did Last Night"

Brett also loves talking long walks around Chicago to discover new areas, hanging out with friends discussing video games and TV, and trying new restaurants with his partner.

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