FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
ON VIEW: MONDAY -THURSDAY | 9AM -10PM
FRIDAY - SATURDAY | 9AM - 5PM
SUNDAY | 1-10PM
This exhibition showcases student works produced in FILMSTUD 50Q – “The Video Essay: Writing with Video about Film and Media” (Fall 2017).
These videos explore what it means to “write with video” (rather than text alone) about historical and contemporary audiovisual media. They experiment with a variety of formal, aesthetic, and rhetorical strategies for communicating through video, and they utilize digital editing software as their primary medium through which to construct arguments, analyses, and interpretations of film, television, video games, and online media.
Compared with text, the video essay offers a remarkably direct mode of communicating critical and analytical ideas. Video essayists can simply show their viewers what they want them to see. This does not mean, however, that it is any easier to create a video essay than it is to compose an essay with ink and paper. Like the written essay, the new technology introduces its own challenges and choices, including decisions about the organization of space and time, audiovisual materials, onscreen text, voiceover commentary, and visual effects.
The works assembled here take up these challenges and offer a wide range of responses, demonstrating the versatility of the video essay as a genre or medium and illuminating, in the process, the multiple significances of our changing audiovisual cultures.
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