Introduction to New Media / AVT 280

GMU School of Visual Arts

Fall 2019

All of your projects and or project links should be uploaded to our class dropbox in your individual folder, with your last name and project number in the title. Large videos should be uploaded to vimeo / youtube with a link uploaded to your folder.


1 Don’t Be A Tool

2 For “Performance of Self” Self Portrait: Double Consciousness, Queer Theory Comics,

3 For “Invisible Places” Sound Scape: No Borders, Indigenous Sovereignty, RADIOACTIVE, Sound Tours, Excerpt from Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino.

Answer these questions: What sounds do you hear in your daily life? Really pay attention and write them down over course of the day. Are their things you see, but don’t hear? Things you know are happening, but very little sound is made? What places/spaces are Dylan Minor and Maria calling attention to? How do they use sound to describe these places/space? What do they want you to know or consider about these places? What are you missing in your busy day about the spaces/places you occupy?

4 For

3 Read / Listen / Respond to DJ Spooky, John Cage, Self Rattling House, and Steve Connor, with at least 200 words to the philosophies being laid out by the 3 writers and the installation piece. Feel free to include personal and political speculation about external factors influencing each the creators. Please upload responses to dropbox by the morning of 2/6/19.

Optional listen: “In Silence”

4 Watch / Respond to Leviathan (documentary 2011) on Amazon Prime, Adrian Piper, Nick Cave, and Teching Hsieh. View these wildly different works listed below to assist you in your performance. 150 word reflection on how a perspective or experience like the ones expressed in the performance works listed can be communicated through the camera angles used in Leviathan? Are there limitations to the angle? 

5 Watch / Listen / Respond to Lydia Moyer, Hannah Black, This American Life, and Michael Robinson. For this response you’ll have to do a little bit of research. Try searching for the same images presented by Lydia Moyer and Hannah Black yourselves. Look up the history of the show Little House on the Prairie. Answer these questions: What happens to an idea/image/sound when it is repeated over a long period of time in media? What do we see in that image/sound when it is viewed out of context? What rules, systems, images you would like to use in order to challenge or up end their meanings? What subtle connections or contrasts would you like to highlight through placement and juxtaposition?

6 Watch / Read / Respond to Jenny Holzer, Projection Artists, Krzysztof Wodiczko, and RADIOACTIVE. Consider these and other examples of video or sound installation we have viewed in class. What is revealed about the location by installing video work in it? Is a new and temporary space created?

7 Watch / Plan your final: Choose 3 of any listed below. If have questions like: What are some ways I can represent a place? What are ways I can escalate tension? Can I create tension without dialogue or even a plot? How can I mess with different durations of cuts? THESE FILMS CAN ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS. Email me if you need recommendations for your project.

Video Essays Shot by the director: Citizen Four (American, British, German) Daughters of the Dust (American) Shame (British American) Tangerine (American, shot on an iphone 5 with external shotgun mic). The Band’s Visit (Egyptian, Israeli)

Video Essay Created with the Archive: I Am Not Your Negro (American) LA 92 (American)

Non-Linear/Collage Narrative: Mulholland Drive (American) City of God (Brazilian) Rashomon (Japanese) Thin Red Line (American)

Video/Film w/o dialogue: Koyaanisqatsi (American) Baraka (American) SweetGrass (American. same ppl who made Leviathan)


Projects 1 Gif Party / Basics in After Effects

Project 2 Sound Mixing/Sound Geography

Project 3 POV Video as Performance

Project 4 Juxtapose / Monkey Wrenching the Archive

Project 5 Taking Up Space / Making Space Together

Project 6 I Am Here! Where Are You?


1/31/19 FREE SHOWING of “Waking Life” at the Armory at 8pm, Hosted by Quasi Theater Donations excepted for People furloughed by the Government Shutdown. Come see Rotoscoping for a whole film!!!!

2/7/19 5:30 p.m. 62 KAM. Visitor Series Lecture, Matt Kenyon, "The ethics and aesthetics of accumulation and waste.” FREE

2/8/19 3:00 p.m. KAM: West Gallery. KAM Gallery Conversation: Kennedy Browne with Anita Chan and Ben Grosser. FREE

3/8/19 MFA Dance performances more to come.

4/13/19 5:00 p.m. KAM: MFA New Media Graduate Thesis Exhibition Opening!!!! Lots of food!!!! FREE!!!