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Capturing Time: The Intersection of the Cinematic and Photographic Image - Degree Course

Capturing Time examines the close connection, similarities, and differences historically associated with the cinematic and photographic image. The reading, screening, and research component of the class will examine the specific historical, theoretical, and artistic practices, as well as technique and craftsmanship associated with both still and moving images. The studio component encourages students to experiment, develop skills in both mediums, and attempt to challenge the historically separated boundaries of moving and still imagery through class readings, exercises, an online journal, a research presentation, and a final project. Course assignments will include numerous readings from cinematic, and photographic historians, theorists, and contemporary artists. Class readings will include essays by Walter Benjamin, Sergei Eisenstein, Roland Barthe, Christian Metz, Tom Gunning, Rosalind Krauss, Rebecca Solnit, and Scott Bukatman. In addition to the weekly class readings, class screenings, and Keynote presentations are assigned each week to supplement and support the texts. They will include early cinema and photography from Muybridge, Melies, and the Lumieres, and viewings of film and photography from Maya Daren, Hollis Frampton, Robert Frank, Dwayne Michaels, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jim Cambell, Chris Marker, and installations from Andy Warhol, Bill Viola, Omer Fast, Mona Hatum, Tony Oursler, Pipilotti Rist, Gillian Wearing, and Steve McQueen. The online course structure will provide three tiers of interaction, student to instructor, student to student, and student to content. The class relies on weekly assignment-based projects, peer-to-peer feedback, and self-paced visual material. Historical and contemporary readings and screenings provide a conceptual framework for the course work, which will include weekly reading responses in an online journal, short visual exercises, a research presentation on a specific artist, and a final project. Students are expected to produce a substantial body of work consisting of either/both photographic and moving image work.

3.0 College Credits

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Class meeting time This course will be taught online through both synchronous and asynchronous modes: some interactions with the instructor, peers, and course content can happen at any time, while others will be scheduled at a specific time on a video conferencing platform.
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Building and room Online
Course number 1525
Course instructor Alan Labb