Black Studies: Black Video Division (FV4317.01)

Karthik Pandian

This intermediate video production course imagines the past, present and future of black lives at Bennington College. Through archival work on the history of the Black Music Division, research into contemporary issues of race on campus and speculative explorations of the future of these issues and the aesthetic problems they pose, students will work collaboratively to realize a substantial video project by the end of the term. Historical, theoretical and experiential research will inform our formal explorations of blackness in lighting, cinematography, performance and duration. Our work in moving image will intersect with black music, black dance and other forms of creative expression. Together we will explore the history of black collectivity, use this history to put pressure on the present and to imagine possible futures. The collaborative work from this course will be featured in an exhibition in the Usdan Gallery in the Spring of 2017,  contextualized by the research that we undertake.

Black Studies: Black Film Division (First 7 Wednesdays 6:30pm – 9:30pm) is a 2-credit corequisite and students are also strongly encouraged to take Michael Wimberly’s Black Studies: Black Music Division (Second 7 Wednesdays 6:30pm – 9:30pm) as well.

“Is it not also a fact that some can see the inclusion of Black music as a division as a possible precedent for a black art division, a black drama division, a black dance division, etc.?” – Bill Dixon, Bennington College Faculty Member in his 1974 Statement of Intent for the Black Music Division

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: A letter of interest must be submitted to by May 6th describing your motivation for enrolling in this course. It should highlight any skills or experiences you anticipate drawing upon in the collaboration. Students reflecting a range of backgrounds from video to drama to music to costume design are encouraged to apply as are students with strong interests in history, social justice and protest movements. Students will be informed of their registration status via email by May 11th.
Credits: 4
Th 8:20am - 12:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as 4000, All courses, CAPA, Film and Video, Four Credit, Karthik Pandian, Monday and/or Thursday Mornings.