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Artists' Film & Video - from idea to moving image

Artists' Film & Video - from idea to moving image

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Marc Hulson, Mark Aerial Waller


This course introduces the principles of artists’ moving image through an intensive workshop across 5 sessions, where you will be guided through a personal project from inception to completion. Starting from an exploration of basic experimental approaches including observation, simple performance and the use of found footage, the course will focus on the development of ambitious ideas from simple origins.

You will have the opportunity to realise new work, informed by screenings and group discussions and with personal support through on-to-one mentoring. You will finish the week with the preliminary edit and concept for exhibition of your individual work.

Please note: Students are asked to bring basic equipment for capturing and editing moving image: i-phone (or equivalent android device) or digital camera & laptop or tablet with i-movie or equivalent.

Course level:

Who is the course aimed at?
This course would be ideal for prospective BA & MA fine art students; current fine art students wishing to expand their practice and artists wishing to develop ideas.

What will you take away from the course?
A video work and concept for exhibition

What are the key topics the course will cover?

  • Exploring personal ideas for projects in time based art
  • Developing moving image and sound through performance, observation and found footage
  • Considering the context for exhibition / the relationship between screen and exhibition environment

What you can expect to learn: 
Confidence in expression through film and video

Gain knowledge of language and conventions of artists’ moving image

How to work with relationships between sound and image

Recognising mechanisms of chance in the creative process. 

This course includes:

  • Practical workshops in observation
  • Organising written or notational preparatory material
  • Working with performers and simple editing
  • Simple independent research projects set each week
  • External visits to observation sites
  • Individual mentoring sessions

Reference Materials, books and websites that may be of interest:

  • Groom, A (2013) Time (Documents of Contemporary Art) Whitechapel Gallery
  • Kholeif, O (2015) Moving Image (Documents of Contemporary Art) Whitechapel Gallery
  • Rush, M (2007) Video Art, Thames & Hudson

To join this course you should have:

  • Basic skills in digital image capture
  • Interest in contemporary art / moving image practice
  • English language (written and speaking)

For more information you can view the Artists' Film & Video - from idea to moving image Facebook page

Read more about this course on the CSM Short Course blog

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Marc Hulson is a London based visual artist. He pursues an investigative, experimental approach to relationships between media: while working primarily with painting and drawing, he practices collaboratively in diverse fields (moving image, sound, installation, performance). He has held solo exhibitions and participated in group shows at public, private and independent galleries internationally, including the Bluecoat, Liverpool; Kunsthal KAdE in The Netherlands; Beaconsfield, London; Smack Mellon, New York and Kunstverein Heppenheim, Germany. He is an Associate Lecturer at Central St Martins on the MA Fine Art course and a Visiting Lecturer at Winchester School of Art. He is an active member and co-founder of the artists’ co-operative project Five Years.

Mark Aerial Waller's work is concerned with the transmission and interpretation of culture across time. His fine art practice explores relationships between cinema, sculpture and live performance, where the spectator, art object and its relative position in space and time become an interdisciplinary medium. He exhibits regularly, with recent screenings and commissions at Tate, Hayward Gallery, BFI Southbank and Channel 4. He publishes articles and essays on cinema and art in Artforum and Frieze magazine and is currently Associate Lecturer at Central St Martins on BA Fine Art. He is represented by Rodeo and his video work is distributed by LUX. Find out more about Mark Aerial Waller:


Please bring the following materials with you to the first session:

Basic equipment for capturing and editing moving image, this can include an iPhone (or equivalent android device) or digital camera & laptop or tablet with i-movie or equivalent

Available dates