Intermediate Video: Sensorium (FV4324.01)

Mariam Ghani

Intermediate Video builds on the concepts and technical skills introduced in Intro to Video, and has a different theme each term. This semester of Intermediate Video will be focused on the following thematic, conceptual and formal questions. Video (etymology: I see) has historically been a medium dominated by the visual. What other senses can be evoked through moving images? What happens if we focus on sound or on the bodily effects of electromagnetic signals? If we mine the underlying geo-data embedded in so many of the videos we make or find? And how can we expand our approach to the visual itself? We will explore moving image works that operate at the limits of attention, or tune into non-human modes of perception, as well as artworks where image follows sound and expanded acoustic frequency ranges are tapped. We will dive into the technical aspects of sound and image production that underlie these experiments. And we will look at how these ideas and formal innovations are surfacing in more mainstream narrative and non-narrative work. Students will be expected to produce two assigned projects and one final project of their own design; projects can be discrete or form parts of a series. They will also work in groups to complete several in-class technical exercises.

Learning Outcomes:
Across this term, students will:
- become more proficient in the use of cameras, lighting, sound equipment, and editing software, including more advanced cameras and more complex post-production workflows, through technical workshops, collaborative in-class exercises, and practical application;
- build their visual and aural composition skills and their understanding of form and structure;
- engage with ideas and works important to both historical and contemporary discourse around the medium;
- continue to develop the vocabulary to critique each other's work;
- create two assigned projects and one project of their own design, after meeting with the instructor to discuss their final project proposal.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Introduction to Video. Please email the instructor ( to express interest in enrolling and include a link to work produced in previous film/video courses. Preference will be given to students who have Plans in film/video or related to the course theme; please include this information in your statement of interest if relevant. Intermediate Video may be taken more than once; if you are proposing to take it again, please note why.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
T 2:10PM - 5:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 14
Course Frequency: Every Term

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Film and Video , Four Credit , Fully In-Person , Media Arts
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