Hampshire Media Arts

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Humanities Arts Cultural Stu

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Hampshire College
This course is the foundation for the core curriculum in media arts at Hampshire College in Film/Video, Photography, Performance and Installation art centering on the analysis and production of visual images. Students are expected to learn to read visual images by focusing on the development of art forms and their relationship to their historical and cultural context (economic, historical, political, intellectual and artistic) from which they came. Areas explored in depth will include the beginning of photography and cinema, from the camera obscura to the Lumiere brothers; Pictorialism, Documentary, Dada, Surrealism, Russian Constructivism, Experimental and Structuralist filmmaking, Feminist Performance Art and Identity Politics. Faculty members in the media arts will present their own work as producers/artists/critics and thinkers. Students will read a variety of seminal text including: Walter Benjamin on "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction;" Susan Sontag's ""On Photography; several chapters of Eisentein's Film Form, Bazin's "What is Cinema"; Laura Mulvey's "Visual Pleassure and the Narrative Cinema" etc.
Arts, Design, and Media Independent Work Attendance at weekly technical workshops and film screenings is required. Technical workshops will include video cameras, sound recording, lighting, Photoshop and Final Cut Pro editing. Class assignment/projects will all be visually based.
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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Hampshire Media Arts
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0

William Brand;Jacqueline Hayden


01:00PM-05:00PM W;04:00PM-05:00PM W;04:00PM-05:00PM T

Jerome Liebling Center 120;Jerome Liebling Center 131;Jerome Liebling Center 120