About Invisible Ground
Based in Athens, Ohio, Invisible Ground is a multimedia project utilizing audio, augmented reality, visual elements, and place-based storytelling to engage people in the history of their communities. The Southeast Ohio History Center (SOHC) serves as Invisible Ground’s fiscal sponsor and collaborator on grants and charitable fundraising for its projects. SOHC works to collect, preserve, and share Southeast Ohio’s unique cultural and natural heritage. Grounded in a shared love for the rich history of Southeast Ohio, this partnership leverages artistic expression to make history come alive.
Invisible Ground and SOHC are collaborating on a series of nine Immersive Historic Markers in Athens County, Ohio. The first marker was placed in April 2022 and the project is continuing throughout 2023, with a total of eight markers planned right now to be finished in early 2024. Future locations planned include Tablertown, Albany Enterprise Academy, the Athens Asylum, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, and Chauncey. The project focuses on the diverse and rich history of the region, with an emphasis on the history of BIPOC communities, labor history, and the stories of the everyday people, places, and events of southeast Ohio. The accompanying Invisible Ground podcast allows these stories a spotlight through an engaging documentary storytelling format. The markers are a perfect partner to the podcast, providing an immersive opportunity to experience history through augmented reality and place-based audio storytelling.
By January 2024, we hope to have 7 markers live, and 13 episodes of the podcast. An 8th marker will arrive at Tablertown by Spring, with more planned for later in the year.
After a successful beginning, Invisible Ground is continuing to grow heading into 2024. There are more sites, stories, and communities in southeast Ohio that would benefit from these markers, and the heritage tourism that can come with a unique experience like that of augmented reality and audio storytelling.
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About Brian Koscho
Brian Koscho is the director and producer of Invisible Ground in Athens, Ohio, a project centered on place-based storytelling in local history using a podcast and a series of augmented reality Immersive Historic Markers. Koscho completed his MFA in Communication Media Arts at Ohio University in April 2022. He enjoys making all kinds of things, especially with a focus on history, storytelling, podcasts, and visual design. Brian hosts two podcasts: Invisible Ground which focuses on the rich public history and hidden stories of southeast Ohio, and The Western Reserve, which plays Ohio music. Along with his work in media, Brian is an adjunct instructor at Ohio University in the School of Media Arts and Studies and the School of Visual Communication and has previously taught in the School of Emerging Communication Technologies. Out in the community, he has taught on the topics of Community Storytelling, Audio Storytelling, and Podcasting, and helped with workshops on Documentary Film and Storytelling for high school students in Appalachian Ohio.
Koscho has produced multimedia work and collaborated in various forms with Stuart’s Opera House (where he worked from 2007-2019) and its Nelsonville Music Festival, Inside Appalachia, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, POV, WOUB Public Media, Mid Atlantic Arts, Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, Ohio History Connection, Ohio Arts Council, Rural Action, Ohio Pawpaw Festival, Mount Zion Baptist Church Preservation Society, and the Southeast Ohio History Center. Brian is also the co-founder of Aquabear Legion, an Ohio music collective and record label based in Athens since its founding in 2004.
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