PIMA 7020G Artistic Process in Contemporary Community /
FILM7032G Special Topics in Film History
Weds:9:30-1:10 Feirstein School of Cinema, Spring 2018
Lecture Hall 2 and Lab: 514
Alexandra Juhasz: Alexandra.Juhasz@brooklyn.cuny.edu
Office Hours: Thursdays 1-2 (Feirstein); Tuesdays 2-3 (Brooklyn College, WEB)Jennifer McCoy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Mondays 1pm-2pm, 5144 Boylan and by appointment
Spring 2018: This cross disciplinary course, “VHS Archives,” considers how to store, transfer, share, research, and reactivate media collections facing obsolescence. Theories and practices of media and digital archives and queer and feminist media will undergird close interaction with 12 VHS AIDS activist videotapes culled from Professor Alexandra Juhasz’s larger (300+) research and activist collection, focusing on women, AIDS and sexuality, a digitized corpus from which students will research and build new resources, including original interviews, writing about historical context, media analysis, community-based and interactive media programming, and creative praxis.
Students will learn to work with an original archive as scholars and artists.
Student will learn to use one or more forms of media annotating software.
Students will research and author elements from a shared archive (Juhasz collection) that will be used by further classes and researchers and housed in the BC Library and available online.
Students will work directly with communities whose interests are expressed in the archive.
Drawing from archival work above, students will create art, writing, and media.
Complete all class assignments related to the class website including annotation assignments, blogging, and discussion forums.
Participate in classroom discussion and critiques
Attend class regularly and show works in progress.
Create original artwork (sound, video, performance, writing) or research in conjunction with community groups and/or groups formed within the class.
Document artwork or writing on class website.
Grading Rubric and Values
Presentations 5, ungraded: 20%
Final Project: 50%
Link to Course Syllabus :