An introduction to experimental video art. This course
provides a theoretical and practical foundation for creating video for
installation, performance or screen, set within a context of historical and
contemporary video art and experimental film. Students attend lectures, take
workshops to learn skills individually and in small groups, and complete assignments
to create original video works.
Course Leader: Yolande Harris
TA: HaNa Lee
Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 - 11:20
Raitt Hall, Room 129
- Attendance is crucial. This includes all lectures, workshops, labs and critiques.
- Participate in critiques- speak up and think critically. The critique is only successful if everyone participates.
- Complete weekly readings and participate in reading discussions. Each student will have to lead at least one reading discussion- dates for these discussions will be determined during the first week of class.
- Complete working assignments, both in and out of class.
- Complete final project, either using live feed performance, installation, sculpture, or a video short.
- Documenting your work and ideas is an important part of this course and your grade. Because some of the labs are performance based, you will be responsible for backing up your ideas with preproduction notes and short essays in response to assigned questions.
GRADING & EVALUATION
Lecture attendance and participation in class activities will be weighted 20% of the overall grade. Assignments 1 and 2 are weighted 20% each, and the Final Assignment counts for 40% of the entire grade. The work is evaluated by standard University guidelines, with special emphasis on the specific criteria for each assignment.
There will be 2 working assignments and 1 final project assigned during the quarter. Participation in labs is very important to complete the working assignments and engage with the material of the course. All of these must be attended, completed, participated in or presented for critique to pass this course. All work must be presented on the due date as scheduled. Overdue assignments will result in grade penalties.
RECOMMENDED MATERIALS & COURSE FEE
- There is $110.00 materials cost for this class (equipment maintenance, cables, adaptors, light bulbs, etc.)
- A minimum of 80GB Firewire or USB2 drive is required for the class. The 80GB could be a portion of a larger drive.
The course has it own equipment set aside for your use. Because the first half of this course will be taught in experimental production lab settings your coursework will not require you to check out cameras and other materials until later in the course when production begins for the final project.
You can have access to check out equipment sooner if it supports your research or preproduction for in-class activities. Liberal access to video production technology & equipment for class assignments and research is available through the dxarts checkout system. Please let us know if you have your own equipment so we can be aware of what technology you are using and we can help you troubleshoot.
You are responsible for the purchase and delivery of all other materials beyond technical equipment that you may need for class. The amount of money you spend on materials depends on your resourcefulness and the nature of your ideas. Try to use what you learn about traditional production methods to think creatively about how you can develop your own processes in inventive and affordable ways.
- No smoking in building or any DXARTS facilities. No eating or drinking from open top containers in Raitt 129. No storage of valuable personal belongings in Raitt 129.
- Arriving late to the class will result in reduced marks for participation.
- Use of computer, cell phones and other social media are not allowed during the lecture, discussions and critiques and their use will result in reduced marks for participation.
- When applicable, each student is required to be oriented before being allowed to use certain the equipment. A list of oriented students names will be given to the lab assistant. Only those students will be allowed to use equipment. All students must sign a lend/lease form before they are allowed use of both equipment and classroom laboratories.
- Back up your data. No excuses for losing papers, web documents, images, etc. Keep at least two copies of everything: one on your usb/firewire hard drive, and one somewhere else just in case.
- Clean-up your materials after each class period and out-of-class work sessions. Return all tools and equipment at the end of your work period or appointed time for proper storage and safekeeping.
- Report any and all malfunctions, damage, problems, etc. with tools or equipment immediately to the TA.
- Remember, you are responsible. This is part of your grade. You will be liable and responsible for the cost of repairs due to any damage beyond normal wear and tear incurred during use of equipment. Handle all equipment with utmost care. Deliberate and negligent use of equipment and tools can result in lowering your grade or even legal action by the University.
- No noxious chemicals in the lab.
- If you have a disability that you think may impact your participation in this class, please contact your instructor and Disabled Student Services. Every effort will be made to accommodate your needs.
Syllabus and this website are subject to change based on new developments related to the class.