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SCREENTIME: An Exhibition of Desktop Videos

January 6, 2022 to January 27, 2022
McMurtry Ground Floor Crit Space

This exhibition features student works produced in Fall 2021 as part of an experimental online collaboration between Stanford University and Occidental College. 

Students enrolled in “The Video Essay: Writing with Video about Media and Culture” (Prof. Shane Denson, Stanford) and “The Video Essay” (Prof. Allison de Fren, Occidental) explored what it means to “write with images and sounds” (rather than text alone) about contemporary culture and online life. 
Experimenting with a variety of formal, aesthetic, and rhetorical strategies for communicating through video, and thinking deeply about the ways that the world has been changed by digital screens and online networks, students met via Zoom to work through some very troublesome topics—online radicalization, election hacking, pornography, algorithmic content moderation, “cancel culture,” cultural appropriation, the construction of body images on social media, and others.
The resulting videos take the computer desktop as both medium and object of thought. They reflect on a world transformed by the desktop as an all-purpose portal for social interaction, work, education, culture and entertainment—and they respond to the turmoil of a global pandemic that intensified the presence and centrality of screens in daily life. Accordingly, these videos are often intense, raw, and deeply personal. They give us a view of what “screentime” means today.

Screentime: An Exhibition of Desktop Videos is curated by Shane Denson, Associate Professor of Film & Media Studies at Stanford, and Allison de Fren, Associate Professor of Media Arts & Culture at Occidental College.

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In response to the ongoing public health situation, this exhibition is open to Stanford affiliates only; Stanford ID required for entry. We appreciate your understanding. Please follow Stanford Health Alerts for the latest information on university policies.

The Ground Floor Crit Space is located in the McMurtry Building at 355 Roth Way, Stanford. 

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