ARTS 225
Video Ecologies Spring 2023
Division I
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This studio course in video art investigates human connection with landscapes and multi-species worlds, developing strategies by which our environment is witnessed, altered, and negotiated through videographic acts. Video ecologies consider our environment as relational and invested with notions of identity. What can immersion in our environment as apprehended through the senses (including and beyond vision) reveal about historical and lived experience? How might video serve to open up new understandings, relationships, entanglements, accountabilities? This course will critically examine socio-political and personal dimensions of video art through readings and discussion engaging with environmentalism, intersectional feminism, feminist technoscience, queer theory, crip theory, and postcolonialism. With in-depth instruction on technical and conceptual strategies used in video art, the emphasis of the course will be on the creation of an original body of work that includes several short video assignments and a substantial final video or sound work grounded in research on a specific ecological subject chosen by the student. In-class tutorials provide hands-on experience with lens-based production strategies in the context of historical and contemporary examples of video art that explore land as a site for multiple temporalities and multi-species entanglements.
The Class: Format: studio
Limit: 14
Expected: 14
Class#: 3556
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: quality of work produced, depth and quality of investigative process, participation in critique and discussion, class citizenship, attendance.
Prerequisites: 100 level video course or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Art majors with preference to seniors, juniors, sophomores in that order.
Materials/Lab Fee: $250-$350 lab fee charged to term bill. Lab and materials fees for all studio art classes are covered by the Book Grant for all Williams financial aid recipients.
Distributions: Division I

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