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Video Art: An Introduction to Moving Image Practice (Weekend)

College
Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Azadeh Fatehrad

Description


This series of introductory seminars is designed to enable students to distinguish various styles of moving image practice as well as enrich their understanding and critiquing of video art pieces. We will discuss a diverse range of moving image concepts and practices. During the session the topic will be unfolded through a variety of activities - introducing the style, watching parts of films by selected artists that provide examples of the style, discussing particular scenes with students to offer a deeper reading of moving image and its visual language, etc.

A series of introductory seminars will explore a diverse range of moving image concepts and practices. Each seminar will be two hours long, during which time the topic will be unfolded through a variety of activities - introducing the style, watching parts of films by selected artists that provide examples of the style, discussing particular scenes with students to offer a deeper reading of moving image and its visual language, etc.

Level and entry requirements: These sessions is open to all levels - beginner to advanced - but we recommend that participants have a background in fine art or a moving image-related subject.

Topics covered

  • Artists’ documentary work such as diaries, film poems, polemics and agitprop.
  • Shooting style, editing tricks and levels of narration.
  • The cinematic essay as well as working towards scientific fact, or producing character-led stories from the lived world.
  • Artists’ moving image - narrative structures and ethical protocols. We would look at filmmakers using and abusing different levels of narration, borrowing from the conventions of Hollywood and from TV adverts, or creating loop structures and kaleidoscopic narrative cinema feedback.
  • Performance-based video art and the ways in which artists scrutinise the body and work with site, space, movement and duration, often making themselves the subjects of their own work.
  • An examination of phenomenological and haptic concepts, Fluxus practices, uses of the accidental and the systemic, the deployment of humour and mockery of media conventions.

We will look at a range of video artists, including:

  • Eija-Liisa Ahtila
  • Ulrich Seidl
  • Susan Hiller
  • Chantal Akerman
  • James Benning
  • Kutlug? Ataman
  • Margaret Tait
  • Andrew Kötting
  • Agnès Varda
  • Chris Marker
  • Jean Rouch
  • Hilary Koob-Sassen
  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • Peter Tscherkassky
  • Candice Breitz 

Course outcomes:

  • The confidence to start experimenting with different styles of video art practice and developing their interest further
  • Skilled in a variety of moving image practices and knowledgeable of their essential elements
  • The ability to choose an appropriate style for development of your practice
  • Students will be able to refer to the examples discussed in the sessions to build a better narrative and engage in a more sophisticated shooting and presentation of their video practice
Read more about this course on the CSM Short Course blog



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

Tutor Description


Dr. Azadeh Fatehrad is an artist and curator based at Visual and Material Culture Research Centre, Kingston University, London. She works primarily with still and moving image in the context of historical representation. Fatehrad’s artistic and curatorial practices are intertwined around a process of gathering information and generating new imagery from still and moving images. She is currently Research Supervisor at the Photography Department University for the Creative Arts . Fatehrad is co-founder of Herstoriographies: The Feminist Media Archive Research Network in London. She has been published in journals such as ‘Moving Pictures and Photoplays: New Perspectives in Silent Cinema’ at the University of York. Fatehrad has also conducted public programmes including exhibitions, conferences and workshops at the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam; Delfina Foundation, London; Parasol Unit Foundation, Royal College of Art; The Showroom, London; and Asia House, London , among others. She has exhibited her work internationally in London, Vancouver, Amsterdam, New York and Tehran. www.azadehfatehrad.com

Materials


Students will need the following materials during the course:

  • Video/ photo camera
  • Access to Video Editing software i. e. final cut pro

Available dates