Film and Video Art

COM 371
Fall 2010
Hugh McCarney
B 018

Text: MacDonald, Avant-Garde film: Motion studies
Various readings on reserve or on-line
American Psychological Association. (1983). Publication manual of the APA (3rd ed.).
Washington, D.C.: Author [Latest edition preferred]
A summary is available on line at

Artists whose work is in the library
Who is Doing What

ERes Discussion

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8/31 and 9/2 Read MacDonald, "Introduction", and
Camper, "The Trouble With Video" on-line
(Tuesday)Subway (1905)
Porter, Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend (1906)

(Thursday) Richter, Rhythmus 21 (1921)
Leger, Ballet Mécanique (1924)
9/7 and 9/9 Read MacDonald, Chapter 1, and
Wikipedia, "Dada"
Submit the name of the artist
you will be writing about
(Tuesday)Bunuel/Dali, Un Chien Andalou(1928)
(Thursday)Deren, Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)
9/14 and 9/16 Read MacDonald, Chapter 2.
(Tuesday) Ono, Number 4 (1965)

(Thursday)Maas, Geography of the Body (1943) and Mechanics of Love (1955)
Mencken, Visual Variations on Noguichi (1945)
Peterson and Boughton, The Potted Psalm (1946)
Broughton, Mother's Day (1948)

9/21 and 9/23 Read MacDonald, Chapter 3, and
Submit Working Bibliography
(Tuesday) Snow, Wavelength (1966-1967)

(Thursday) Anger, Scorpio Rising (1963)

9/28 and 9/30 Read MacDonald, Chapter 6. (Tuesday)Gehr, Serene Velocity (1970)

(Thursday) Early video art--Performance

10/5 and 10/7 Read MacDonald, Chapter 9, and
Submit Filmography or Videography
(Tuesday)Frampton, Zorns Lemma (1970)

(Thursday)Brakhage, Short films.

10/12 and 10/14 Read MacDonald, Chapter 11, and
Camper, " 'On Visible Strings,' Films by
Robert Breer"
(Tuesday) Friedrich, The Ties That Bind (1984)

(Thursday)Harry Smith, selections
Breer, selections
10/19 and 10/21 Read MacDonald, Chapter 12
Submit Biographical Notes
(Tuesday) Sonbert, The Carriage Trade (1968-1972)

(Thursday)Early video art-Image processing
Paik, Selections
10/26 and 10/28 Read MacDonald, Chapter 14.
(Tuesday) Reggio, Powaqqatsi (1988)

(Thursday)Belson, Samahadi (1966-1967)
DeWitt/Ditto, selections
11/2 and 11/4 Submit Characteristics of artist

(Tuesday) Rainer, Journeys From Berlin/ 1971 (1980)

(Thursday)Minton, selections

11/9 and 11/11 Submit Survey of critical response
(Tuesday) Peter Rose, Selections

(Thursday)Rossler, Vital Statistics of a Citizen Simply Obtained (1977)
Almy, Selections
11/16 and 11/18
(Tuesday) Mouris, Frank Film

(Thursday) Hammer, selections
Birnbaum, Damnation of Faust

11/23 and Thanksgiving Submit Preliminary critical essay (Tuesday) Hill, Around and About
Viola, The Space Between the Teeth
11/30 and 12/2 Presentations
Submit Final version of critical essay
12/7 and 12/9 Presentations

Grades: The final grade is based on the on-line discussion, the papers, the presentation, and the contribution to the Web.

On-line Discussion: In order to devote some class time to viewing work, a part of the discussion will be held on-line. This also allows people at some distance from the campus to participate. You will be expected to participate in the discussion at least once a week, commenting on the works we've seen, and there is no limit to the number of comments you can make. Details of how to access the discussion and contribute to it will be covered in class.

Assignments and presentations:

Assignments are due before the beginning of class on the day they are due.

Presentations are due on the day scheduled. Missed presentations may not be able to be rescheduled.

Late work will not be accepted without a doctor's note or other official document.

Papers: Most of the work that you submit in this class will be related to the individual artist and works you select to research and explore. The assignments are scheduled to build on one another, so that completing one prepares you to do the next. All work will be submitted by email from your University account.

Presentation: Each student will discuss the work of a selected artist. The presentation will include the showing of at least a portion of one of the artist's works. The length of the presentation will depend, in part, on the length of the work chosen. Maximum time limits will be established once the number of presenters has been determined.

The Web Site: The Film and Video Art Web Site is collestion of on-line documents and links to other sites. Your contribution will include the information you have gathered on your artist, including the critical essay. Ultimately your contribution will appear on the the Film and Video Art website.

Attendance: You are expected to attend this class.

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