Experimental Film: Sites and Spaces

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Experimental Film:Sites&Spaces

Spring 2020

Taught By: Genevieve Yue

Section: AX

CRN: 5587

Credits: 4

*Experimental Film: Sites and Spaces* [Track M & S] The history and scope of experimental or avant-garde cinema has been closely tied to, but also significantly separate from, the practices of the art world, on one hand, and commercial Hollywood filmmaking, on the other. Situated between these two poles, it has developed into many distinct and overlapping cultures characterized by artisanal modes of filmmaking, independent theatrical and distribution channels, auxiliary print and screening practices, and often highly charged debates concerning medium specificity, aesthetics, and politics. This course maps the multiple spaces in which experimental film has flourished, from the underground bohemia of downtown New York City and the rural isolation of Stan Brakhage’s Colorado outpost, to the “minor” and “minority” cinemas that sprung up on the outskirts of Hollywood and the found footage experiments of contemporary artists in Vienna. Additionally the course examines notions of space as articulated in experimental film and media, including city symphonies, landscape film, expanded cinema, and modes of ethnographic encounter. In each of the course’s many sites of articulation, we will pay close attention to the avant-garde’s impulse to locate, in film, video, and digital media, spaces of political resistance, personal expression, and aesthetic possibility. In addition to the F 12:10-2:50 meeting time, students are required to attend screenings that will take place at Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003, on Monday nights 7-9:30PM on the following dates: October 3, 17, 31; November 14, 28; and December 12. [Track M & S]

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 10:06pm 7/23/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/24/2020 - 5/8/2020