Week 13: Project Presentation

Workshop

Assessment 3 due

Presentation and critique:
Each student will to present their Moving Image Project to class and speak about their project (1 min) addressing some of the assessment criteria:

Depth and breadth of research into both conventional and experimental audiovisual works
What works have you looked at (refer to notes you took in the lectures or works you analysed in the workshop exercises)?
Which ones have been the most influential in your approach? Describe how.

Conceptual exploration of the topic and theme
What are the main ideas you worked with in this project?
How have these ideas developed through the project?
What processes have you undertaken to explore these ideas?

Effective use of audio and visual media in conveying meaning
How do you approach the relationship between audio and visual media in your work? (e.g. Audio driven, non-diagetic sounds)
What has been your process of working with the materials?

Execution and presentation of ideas through the audiovisual form
What decisions do you have to make for this project?
What are the reasons for these decisions?

Students and Tutors to provide feedback and comments

Week 12: Summary and Projection

Future Cinema: The Cinematic Imaginary After Film. - Under the direction of Jeffrey Shaw and Peter Weibel. - Karlsruhe : ZKM/Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe; Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003.

Future Cinema: The Cinematic Imaginary After Film. – Under the direction of Jeffrey Shaw and Peter Weibel. – Karlsruhe : ZKM/Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe; Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003.

Lecture

In our final lecture next week, we will conclude by looking at media art works that effectively engages with a range of technologies in order to call into questions many of our assumptions. We will also speculate what kind of future cultures media arts have the capacity to create as we project into our prospective courses offered in Spring.

Lecture links: www.aaronlburton.com/uowmeda101w12.html

Workshop:

This workshop is dedicated to project and project review

Week 12’s class is dedicated to completing and discussing on your work in progress. These will include:

  • show and discuss your work with your tutor or your classmates
  • ensure that you are clear on submission and assessment requirement by going through the project outlines and previous workshop notes;
  • do a test upload to Vimeo with a file (exported with the recommended settings), if you have not already done so;
  • work on your project statement;
  • Continue with your project edit.

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Week 11: Alternative and Experimental Cinema

Lecture

This lecture provides an introduction to the experimental and avant-garde cinema beginning with the works of Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Fernand Leger, and Walter Ruttmann of the 1920s and 30s. It presents a brief overview of the trajectory of art cinema as a significant part in developing how the moving image has been and continues to be employed as a form of expressions. We look at the legacy of these experimentation in both conventional mainstream works as well as contemporary screen art.

Lecture links: www.aaronlburton.com/uowmeda101w11.html

Workshop

This workshop:

  • provides instructions on how to craft a project statement
  • allows student to develop their project work
  • provides students the opportunity to consult with their tutors on their projects

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Week 10: Subverting Cinematic Conventions

Lecture

This lecture provides an overview of film works, movements and experimentation that deliberately challenge Hollywood narrative  cinema. This includes the French New Wave (Jean Luc Godard, Francios Truffaut, Chris Marker), New York underground (Andy Warhol, John Waters) and contemporary artist cinema (Matthew Barney, Shrin Neshat, Stan Douglas, Tacita Dean). This broad overview shows how cinematic practice is far from fixed, rather it is opened to new forms through continual experimentation. This lecture introduces the focus of a 200 level Media Arts subject MEDA201.

Lecture links: www.aaronlburton.com/uowmeda101_w10.htm

  • This workshop:

    • looks at the role of post-production in a conventional production
    • introduce some techniques used in post-production (such as colour grading, sound-sweetening)
    • provides students time to work on their projects, and consult with tutors

Week 9: Constructing Spacetime: Discontinuity Editing

Lecture

In this first of three lectures focusing on practices that deviate from conventional mainstream cinema, we begin by examining the concept of ‘discontinuity editing’. As the name suggests, this opposes continuity editing which we looked at in week 3. Soviet montage theory pioneered by Kuleshov, Sergei Eisenstein and Somebody amongst others is at the centre of discontinuity editing. We look at the writings and film works of Eisenstein most notably the Odessa Staircase sequence of his film Battleship Potempkin. We also analyse Dziga Vertov’s influential Man with the Movie Camera. We speculate on the legacy of Soviet montage theory in how discontinuity editing has entered mainstream cinema.

Lecture links: http://www.aaronlburton.com/uowmeda101w9.html

Workshop

This workshop:

  • introduces editing techniques that work with camera movement
  • Examines discontinuity editting
  • provides the opportunity for students to experiment with audio and video editing

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Week 8: Cinematography

Film still from Barry Lyndon, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1975)

Film still from Barry Lyndon, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1975)

Lecture

In week 8, we introduce the art of cinematography in narrative films. We look at the works of number of filmmakers and cinematographers including Luchino Visconti, Darius Khondji, Christopher Doyle, Clara Law, Gillian Armstrong, Andrei Tarkovsky and Stanley Kubrick. Our analysis focuses on how these images on screen create mood, convey meaning and construct a narrative space and time. We also explore the different practices used by cinematographers. The lecture argues that cinematography is an inventive endeavour where art and technology mutually transform through creative practice.

Lecture links: http://aaronlburton.com/uowmeda101w8.html

Workshop

This workshop is devoted to the presentation and critique of your assessment 2 project.

Submission and presentation

  • Your final sound file needs to be uploaded to Sound Cloud, posted onto your blog with your project statement
    The link to you submission post needs to be provided as a comment to the appropriate tutorial assessment entries BEFORE your tutorial class

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Week 7: Cinematic Language and Camera Movement

Lecture

The lecture looks at the development of camera movement in conventional motion picture films. It explores how different camera movement have been used to direct and manipulate the audience’s gaze as well as express film characters’ psychological states. We examine how the cinematic language has been pushed and expanded with the experimental and innovative use of camera movement in works such as The Blair Witch Project, Being John Malkovich, Gus van Sant’s death trilogy, Richard Linklater’s Slacker and the more recent Birdman. We ask questions how can the cinematic language be further challenged by new machine vision brought about by new technologies such as Drones.

Lecture links: http://aaronlburton.com/uowmeda101w7.html

Workshop

This workshop

  • examines the differences between composing for stills and movement
  • analyses how conventional cinematic language conveys different meanings through the use of camera movements
  • introduces storyboarding as technique to bring together

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Week 6: Cinematic Sound

Still from Jaws, directed by Steven Spielberg (1975)

Still from Jaws, directed by Steven Spielberg (1975)

Lecture

This lecture explores the use of sound in conventional cinema. It focuses on the use of diegetic sound versus non-diegetic sounds in delivering narratives. We will examine some classic examples of mainstream cinema and trace the development of audiovisual relationship in the establishment of a cinematic language. We will also look at examples of innovation where this relationship was challenged.

Lecture links: http://www.aaronlburton.com/uowmeda101w6.html

Workshop

This workshop:

  • introduces how we talk about sound
  • analyses how sound is used with moving images
  • introduces the basics of audio editing

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Week 5: Sound Art

Susan Hiller's Witness (2000)

Susan Hiller’s Witness (2000)

Lecture

In this second lecture focusing on the audio medium, we explore sound art as a discrete field of practice by identifying the common characteristics and motivation behind this label. We begin with an overview of sound art beginning from the early 20th century experiments of the Italian Futurist. The lecture takes the trajectory that examines sound art through the technologies that has enabled this practice. The rationale for doing this is to show how art and technology respond to each other in a mutually transformative relationship. The lecture’s exposition aims to relate sound art to media art in its exploration and extension of experience.

Lecture links: http://aaronlburton.com/uowmeda101w5.html

Workshop

This workshop:

  • is devoted to the presentation and critique of assessment 1 projects
  • provides further guidelines for assessment 2 project development

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Week 4: Soundscapes

Katie Paterson's Vatnajökull (the sound of) (2007-8). Listen: http://www.katiepaterson.org/vatnajokull/#

Katie Paterson’s Vatnajökull (the sound of) (2007-8). Listen: http://www.katiepaterson.org/vatnajokull/#

http://www.katiepaterson.org/vatnajokull/#

Lecture

In week 4, we shift our focus from the creation of moving images to the role of sound in creative works. In this first lecture exploring the audio medium, we begin by asking the question: what is special about the auditory sense and by extension the audio medium. We focus on soundscape as a platform that captures experiences, specifically as conceptualised by Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer. We examine the significance of sound works by Annea Lockwood, Katie Paterson and Nigel Helyer.

Lecture links: http://www.aaronlburton.com/uowmeda101w4.html

Workshop

This workshop:

  • introduces Assessment 2
  • introduces the basics of working with audio through a number of listening and sound recording exercises
  • explores how the audio medium is used as a creative platform

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