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  1. Image Speak
    Led by Rachel James and Georgia Wall
    In collaboration with The School of Making Thinking 

    Dates: October 16-December (8 weeks)
    Time: Mondays, 7-9pm
    Cost: $25 per session ($200 total)
    Capacity: 15 participants

    Sign up here.

    Image Speak delves into the world of video art, specifically works with little hierarchical delineation between text and the moving image. In addition to making video essays, we will discuss texts that address the theoretical underpinnings of the medium and screen seminal and experimental works in the field. Examples include videos by Moyra Davey, Ismail Bahri, Anicka Yi, Trinh T minh ha, and Chris Marker. The course will culminate in a public showcase of student work at Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn.  

    Does the moving image become an illustration of text, or is text created in response to footage? What does a process look like in which the text and image is being developed simultaneously? Exploring these processes together, the eight weeks will include many experimentations in writing and image making. Students will be asked to self-generate material as well as respond using the video essay form. Each participant will have the opportunity for group critique. By the end of Image Speak students will have produced at least one video essay for public screening at Spectacle Theater and a series of written, video, and response pieces as potential material to develop in the future. 

    Participants will ideally have access to:

    • a computer with video editing software (iMovie or another free video editing software)
    • a device to record footage (smartphone or camera)

    If you would like to sign up for this course yet access to equipment is prohibitive, please contact The School of Making Thinking as limited equipment is available. 

    Rachel James is an artist and poet with a background in cultural anthropology and experimental ethnography. She has exhibited or performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, including at Essex Flowers, La MaMa, Situations, Spectacle, and Recess in New York City, The New Gallery in Calgary, Totaldobze, in Riga, and Kamppi Chapel in Helsinki. She is an MFA Candidate at Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts and curates exhibitions and performance events in Mexico City and New York, where she lives and works.

    Georgia Wall is an artist based in New York. Wall’s videos have been exhibited at Team Gallery, Document Space, Faena Art Center, Anthology Film Archives, Spectacle Theater and Flux Factory. In New York she has presented her performance work at New York Live Arts, HERE, US Blues, Dixon Place, Movement Research at Judson Church, Ortega y Gasset Projects and CATCH at The Invisible Dog. Her work has been written about in publications including, ART-News, Mousse Magazine Online, The New Yorker, Hemispheric Institute E-Misférica and Time Out Chicago. Wall also has a curatorial practice and is part of Bottom which has organized events at Abrons Art Center, Spectacle Theater, Glasshouse Projects and Essex Flowers. Wall holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

  2. Introduction to Oral History for Writers
    Led by Svetlana Kitto

    Date: Saturday, October 21

    Time: 2-5pm (3 hours)
    Cost: $100
    Capacity: 12 participants 
    Registration deadline: October 15
    Register here.

    Oral history is an interdisciplinary tool that has the power to bring more complexity, multivocality and urgency to writing of any genre. For writers interested in documenting unheard voices, undertold stories, or generally enlivening their work with the historical phenomenon of everyday speech, this workshop will introduce oral history interviewing techniques as both a theoretical and practical mode of writing about the world. Students will practice interviewing and writing using oral history methods, as well as read texts from a variety of periods and perspectives to get them thinking about their own complex points-of-view in this historical moment.

    Svetlana Kitto is a writer and oral historian in New York City. Her fiction, journalism and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Salon, VICE, the New York Observer, the Huffington Post, ART21, BOMB, Buzzfeed and the book Occupy (Verso, 2012) among other publications and anthologies. She has contributed interviews to oral history projects with the Museum of Arts and Design, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, and the Brooklyn Historical Society, where she developed and taught a writing workshop called Racial Realities: Writing About Race in the First Person. Additionally, she has taught or lectured at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, and Rutgers University - Newark. She co-curates the reading and performance series Adult Contemporary, which will be releasing its first book in the fall. In early 2017, her oral history for the book Ken Tisa: Objects/Time/Offerings, published by Gordon Robichaux and Pre-Echo Press, was called a "genius catalog" by Holland Cotter of the New York Times.