Making + Meaning: Video Essay and Autobiography

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

M + M: Video Essay & Autobio

Spring 2021

Taught By: Mev Luna

Section: A

CRN: 8428

Credits: 3

This course will chart the trajectory of video essay from its roots in cinema to the contemporary phenomena of post-internet and new media. As an experimental form that pushes against traditional documentary, video essay is a migratory practice, finding its home everywhere and nowhere, from the screen to installation to online interactive platforms. Students will use a wide variety of documentation, research strategies and editing techniques to critically engage this medium. We will look at the works of Trinh T. Minh-ha, Walid Ra’ad, Harun Farocki, Chris Marker, Tony Cokes, Camilo Restrepo, Howardena Pindell, Ursula Biemann, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Laura Huertas Millán, Sky Hopinka, among others. Our consideration of video essay as a material form will intersect with the methodological practice of autobiography. Auto-Ethnography, as it’s often described, offers a praxis within cultural production to counter the prevalence of official histories that often facilitate the erasure of non-normative and non-dominant narratives. Within this space of positional expansion, interventions such as speculative fiction and re-enactment can be realized. We will pay particular attention to transnational essay films of the Global South and the ways in which translation or its refusal, creates added meaning within time-based works. This course considers how these methods can circumvent rendering social groups as monolithic and the trappings of sentimentality. Instead, how can hyperspecificity recuperate the nuances of the global subject–and in taking up this starting point–work towards a sense of collective and community authorship? Weekly viewings outside of class time will be required. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a screening of their short video-essays at the end of the semester.

This course fulfills the Materials inflection of the Meaning and Making requirements for BFA DHP majors.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

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: 1:27pm 3/3/2021 EST

Meeting Info::

Days: Thursday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/21/2021 - 5/6/2021