In a world overloaded with visual material, accessible footage there for the taking, and endless streams of ‘content’ we encounter and generate every day, there is infinite potential towards a practice of remixing, reappropriating and rewriting. How do we organize and arrange these images towards new narratives? How can the use of archival imagery be used to challenge and create counter-narratives? What is the difference between shooting vs. finding material? And how can we approach the question and ethics of reappropriation?
Over the course of three days, join acclaimed filmmaker and artist Leslie Thornton (Luna, Peggy and Fred in Hell) and an all-star lineup of media artists creating the most compelling uses of found footage and archive materials in their work to discuss and think through various modes and approaches to the “sourcing” of images.
This workshop will unfold as an investigation into the many ways we accumulate raw material, whether through revisiting our own footage, or acquiring found imagery. We will explore a range of non-fictional practices to discuss how the use and mixing of shot and found footage expands the space of media in many potential and radical directions.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn from guest speakers including archivists, archival researchers, nonfiction filmmakers, and visual artists- as well as to present their own work during work in progress sessions- to initiate or expand their own creative journey into the archival world.
On Friday, Rebeca Cleman (Executive Director at Electronic Arts Intermix) will explore modes of presentation and curation. On Saturday, Onyeka Igwe (a so-called archive, No Dance, No Palaver) will discuss the process of recovering history through colonial archives, and Keith Sanborn will introduce workshop participants to his archival research on pioneering Soviet filmmaker Esfir Shub, the French situationists, and Putin-era Russian television. On Sunday, interested participants will be able to share a work-in-progress and receive feedback on a current project, and Sid Iandovka (horizon, signal to Noise, a minor piece of damage) will close the weekend sharing his approaches to working with archival and appropriated images.
Come spend a weekend exploring various methods of working with archives, and come away with inspiration and information to guide your own work!
Any and all questions, please reach out to [email protected].
NOTE: This workshop will require in-person participation from all participants. Each participant must present proof of vaccination. Any and all questions, please reach out to [email protected].