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Film/Video Critique: Image Employment

Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:30pm<br>Feb. 4 - May 6

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Film/Video Critique: Image Employment explores the moving image as a tool to investigate various means of contemporary production, labor, and employment. The course considers a broad range of practices from documentary filmmaking, video art, and motion graphics. Students examine the formal and conceptual qualities of film and video and learn how contemporary artists are exploring today’s modes of production. The class will consist of short screenings, discussion of readings, and students will be encouraged to produce work related to the presented topics. Work can take the form of research, text, a film or video, a presentation etc.

In class screenings will present recent work by artists such as Hito Steyerl, Harun Farocki, Ryan Trecartin, Mark Leckey, Michael Bell Smith, Sharon Lockhart, Kevin Jerome Everson, Ben Rivers, Lucy Raven, and others that illustrate differing approaches to the subject, from observational films that avoid participation in capitalistic image creation, to videos that engage corporate omnipotence by employing its processes, as well as works that complicate these two tendencies. Texts by writers including Bruno Latour, Sven Lutticken, Hito Steyerl, Boltanski & Chiapello, Diedrich Diedrichson, will be explored and discussed. This course is an ambitious program of ideas, techniques, and self-directed exploration.

Michael Bell Smith confirmed for February 18!



Aily Nash & Andrew Norman Wilson

Aily Nash is a curator and writer. She is co-curator of the New York Film Festival’s Projections section, and has curated programs and exhibitions for MoMA PS1, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Anthology Film Archives, Northwest Film Center (Portland), FACT (Liverpool), Image Forum (Tokyo), and others. Her writing has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail,, Film Comment, de Filmkrant and elsewhere. She recently served on the jury at Media City and on the FIPRESCI Jury at Oberhausen. Nash is the film curator at Basilica Hudson, and co-editor of Berlinale Talent Press, a film criticism program at the Berlinale Film Festival. She is based in Hudson and Brooklyn, New York.
Andrew Norman Wilson is an artist. Recent exhibitions include SONE, Project Native Informant, London; Material Uncertainty, Fluxia, Milan; Scars of Our Revolution, Yvon Lambert, Paris; Art Post Internet, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Prospectif Cinema, Centre Pompidoiu, Paris; #VOICEOVER, Palais de Tokyo, Paris & KALEIDOSCOPE, Milan; Image Employment, MoMA PS1, New York; To Look is to Labor, CCS Bard/Basilica Hudson, New York His work has been featured in Aperture, Art in America, Artforum, Buzzfeed, DIS Magazine, Frieze, Gizmodo/Gawker, Kaleidescope, The New Yorker, Wired, and more.