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Instructor Info:John Slepian
Office Extension x6199
TA Info:Alexandra Reid
Term: 2013S
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
09:00 AM - 11:50 AM Arts Barn STUDIO 1
09:00 AM - 11:50 AM Arts Barn STUDIO 1

To quote artist and critic Catherine Elwes, "video is the default medium of the 21st Century." Today video screens and projections are everywhere from cell phones to the sides of buildings, and video has become one of the most prominent media in museum and gallery exhibitions. In particular, screens and projections are a prominent component of much contemporary sculpture and installation. Throughout this course, we will study not only the history of video as gallery art form, but also some of its most important themes, including: structuralism and the form of the moving image, depictions of the body and space, video as a representation of culture and gender, and digital imaging. Readings will include works by theorists Sergei Eisenstein, Laura Mulvey, Marshall McCluhan and Lev Manovich. We will look at the work of artists Joan Jonas, Martha Rosler, Vito Acconci, Bill Viola, Mariko Mori and Matthew Barney, among others. Mostly importantly, this is a studio critique course. During the semester students will create a number of screen-based and video installation works. Prerequisites: Some experience with basic video production and editing tools (your home camera and iMovie are fine) and at least one studio art course in any medium.

Evaluation Criteria:

This course will combine group critiques of student work, in class discussion (and written responses) to readings and screenings, one-on-one meetings with the professor, and a large amount of independent work.  There will be assigned readings for every class and four project assignments.

Note: Each student must sign up for a critique slot and present her/his work in each of the four project sections of the class. Missing more than two reading responses will result in no evaluation - these must be done by the time the reading is discussed in class. Students must present work for each of the four projects in order to receive and evaluation.

Additional Info:

Required Texts

  • Video Art, A Guided Tour, Catherine Elwes, I.B. Tauris, 2006 (Online - links below)
  • Screens, Viewing Media Installation Art, Kate Mondloch, Univ. of Minn. Press, 2010 (Online - links below)
  • Additional Online Readings

In addition, students will be required to do readings required by Media Services and then attend a scheduled (time TBA) seminar on post-production with Final Cut Pro.