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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.