Avant-Garde and Experimental Cinema

Parsons Paris: Paris Visual Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Avant Garde Film

Fall 2022 - Paris

Taught By: Frances Guerin

Section: PC1

CRN: 9887

Credits: 3

This course examines the history, aesthetic innovation, and exploitation of what avant-garde and experimental film and moving images. Avant-garde and Experimental cinema self-consciously formulates different images and aesthetics from those of conventional feature films. In the films, videos and digital images that we will be studying, the narrative is either radically reshaped, or displaced altogether by pressing concerns. The course will begin by exploring films of the historical avant-garde movements of Europe in the 1920s. When experimentation in the visual and other arts was curtailed by World War II in the late 1930s, film innovation moved to the United States. Therefore, we will follow the development of avant-garde film and moving images to post-war America. In the second half of the course, we will be looking at examples of film and image-making that have developed over the past 30 years. We will examine how artists and filmmakers have used experimental forms for concerns such as sexual and gender identity, racial empowerment, and working-class protest. In addition, we will discover the attraction and exploitation of avant-garde moving image forms for the critique of war, incarceration, and industrial capitalism’s devastation of the human and natural environments.

College: Parsons Paris (CP)

Department: Paris Visual Studies (APVS)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 20, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 9:05am 5/25/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 8/29/2022 - 12/18/2022