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    Workshop led by Rachel James and Georgia Wall

    Dates: February 12-March 26 (8 weeks)
    Public screening at Spectacle Theater on April 9
    Time: Mondays, 7-9pm
    Cost: Sliding scale $25-50 per session ($200-400 total)
    Capacity: 12 participants
    Registration deadline: January 31
    Register here

    First offered in the fall of 2017, IMAGE SPEAK is back by popular demand! This 8-week course 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, Peggy Ahwesh, Hito Steryl, Martine Syms, Ismail Bahri, Trinh T. Minh-ha, and Harun Farocki. The course will culminate in a public showcase of student work at Spectacle Theater. 

    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 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 Wendy’s Subway (programs@wendyssubway.com) 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, ARTnews, 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.