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Instructor Info:Bill Brand
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Jacqueline Hayden
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Billie Mandle
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TA Info:John Gunther
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Emily Drummer
Ilya Bronchtein
Michail Charalampidis
Term: 2013F
Meeting Info: Wednesday
01:00 PM - 05:00 PM Jerome Liebling Center 120
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM Jerome Liebling Center 131
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM Jerome Liebling Center 120

This course is the foundation for the core curriculum in media arts at Hampshire College in Film/Video, Photography, Performance and Installation art centering on the analysis and production of visual images. Students are expected to learn to read visual images by focusing on the development of art forms and their relationship to their historical and cultural context (economic, historical, political, intellectual and artistic) from which they came. Areas explored in depth will include the beginning of photography and cinema, from the camera obscura to the Lumiere brothers; Pictorialism, Documentary, Dada, Surrealism, Russian Constructivism, Experimental and Structuralist filmmaking, Feminist Performance Art and Identity Politics. Faculty members in the media arts will present their own work as producers/artists/critics and thinkers. Students will read a variety of seminal text including: Walter Benjamin on "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction;" Susan Sontag's ""On Photography; several chapters of Eisentein's Film Form, Bazin's "What is Cinema"; Laura Mulvey's "Visual Pleassure and the Narrative Cinema" etc.

Evaluation Criteria:

Attendance:  Attendance and on-time arrival is expected for every class and lab/screening.  IF YOU MISS MORE THAN ONE WEEK’S CLASSES (INCLUDING LAB/SCREENINGS) WITHOUT EXPLICIT PERMISSION, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE AN EVALUATION IN THIS CLASS. Make you are marked in attendance as you enter the classroom for each session.

Visual Assignments: Most assignments ask you to make something.  The assignments are purposefully open-ended but still need to be followed carefully.  Some assignments involve group collaboration.  You are expected to complete all assignments. It is important to complete them by the due date.

Reading Assignments:   Readings are mostly available for download on this Moodle site.  Read carefully and respond to each essay in writing with one to three paragraphs.  Post your responses on Moodle. Begin each response with the correct title and author of the essay.

Screenings:  Keep a journal of responses to all films and videos screened in class. Post your responses on Moodle. Begin each response with the correct title, author and date of the film or video.

Additional Info:

Note:  This course syllabus is a work-in-progress and will change regularly during the semester.  Keep checking to follow changes.