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Feb 16, 2017 at 7:08 pm

Staging Encounters – An Intensive Seminar on Film and Media Curatorial Practice

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Staging Encounters:

an intensive seminar on film and media curatorial practice

The contempt Godard

In recent years, curatorial practice has become a key site for staging encounters between film and other artistic forms, and for developing non-traditional exhibition formats. As a practice, curating demands the simultaneous cultivation of a number of skills and competencies, including archival research, conceptual analysis, administration, collaboration, discussion facilitation, and familiarity with the contemporary independent film and art landscape.

This workshop introduces the practice and theories of critical film and media curation. For the purposes of this seminar, curation refers to the practice of selecting, organizing, and presenting audiovisual materials for an audience, in forms such as a film series, festival, gallery, or public installation.

New and experienced programmers are welcome to participate. Over the course of two days, we will encounter a variety of conceptual, theoretical, and scholarly issues pertaining to audiovisual curation, including the histories and institutional distinctions between art and film exhibition contexts, the discursive spaces surrounding film programs, methods of cultivating of productive juxtapositions, and the ethical and political demands of showing documentary work. Participants will have the opportunity to work with two guest presenters, programmers Chi-hui Yang and Rachael Rakes.

Film programmer, educator and editor Genevieve Yue will be leading the seminar. 




When: Saturday, May 9th to Sunday, May 10th, 10:00am – 5:30pm

Where: UnionDocs, 322 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211


Who is eligible?

Open to the public. We are looking for programmers as well as educators, artists, producers and students. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Give us an idea of who you are and why you are coming. When you register you will be asked for a short statement of interest that should briefly describe your experience and interest in this seminar, plus a bio. There’s a spot for a link to a work sample and CV, which would also be nice, but is not required. 

This workshop is two full days, please only enroll if you can commit to the entire schedule. 

$285 early bird registration by April 27, 2015 at 5PM
$315 regular

Please note that the service charge is waived if payment is made via check.
Checks can be made out to UnionDocs and mailed to 322 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211.

Participants coming from outside NYC are responsible for their own transportation and room and board during the intensive. UnionDocs can provide assistance in locating housing and guidance for getting around town for those not native to New York. 

Refund Policy:
The deposit is non-refundable. Should you need to cancel, you’ll receive half of your registration fee back until May 1st. After May 1st, the fee is non-refundable.




Saturday, May 9

10:00-11:00AM: Introductions and presentation of individual projects

11:00-1:00PM: Mediums and Spaces of Exhibition discussion (texts by Erika Balsom, Walter Benjamin and Margaret Lindauer)

1:00-2:00PM: Lunch break

2:00-4:00PM: Guest presentation by Chi-hui Yang

4:00-5:00PM: Discussion


Sunday, May 10

10:00-11:00AM: Discussion of screening

11:00AM-1:00PM: Practices of Curation (texts by Scott MacDonald, Liam Gillick and Allan Sekula)

1:00-2:00PM: Lunch break

2:00-3:30PM: Guest presentation by Rachael Rakes

3:30-4:00PM: Screening and discussion

4:30-5:30PM: Conclusion and discussion of individual projects

7:30PM: Screening – “Refracting Lumiere: Avant Garde Revisions of the Lumiere Brothers,” curated by Josh Guilford



RachaelBWRachael Rakes has worked as a programmer and curator for the past 14 years, most recently as Programmer At Large at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and as Assistant Curator of Film at the Museum of the Moving Image. She has organized exhibitions, events, and screenings for institutions such as Millennium Film Workshop, UnionDocs, Heliopolis Project Space, 92Y Tribeca, ArteEast, Artists Television Access, Monkeytown, Studio X, and elsewhere.  She is currently editor of the film section for The Brooklyn Rail, and writes about art and film for Artforum, Art Papers, BOMB, and Hyperallergic. For the past 14 years, she has also worked in independent book publishing as an editor, publicist, and marketing manager at various presses including Verso Books, The Feminist Press, and AK Press, and independently for small presses and authors.

Chi-hui-YangChi-hui Yang is a film programmer, lecturer and writer based in New York. As a guest curator, Yang has presented film and video series at film festivals and events internationally, including the MoMA Documentary Fortnight, Robert Flaherty Film Seminar (“The Age of Migration”), Seattle International Film Festival, Washington D.C. International Film Festival and Barcelona Asian Film Festival. From 2000–2010 he was the Director and Programmer of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the largest showcase of its kind in the U.S. Yang is also the programmer of “Cinema Asian America,” a new On-Demand service offered by Comcast.

IMG_0030-sq-sm2Genevieve Yue is an assistant professor of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts. She received her Ph.D. in the Critical Studies program at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, and completed a Consortium for Faculty Diversity postdoctoral fellowship at Macalester College. She is co-editor of Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, and her essays and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in October, Grey Room, Reverse Shot, The Times Literary Supplement, Artforum.com, Film Comment, and Film Quarterly. She programs films independently and from 2009–2012 was an associate programmer at Los Angeles Filmforum.

Workshop Policies:
Registration & Cancellation: To register for a workshop, students must pay in full via PayPal. After the registration deadline of May 1st, course fees are not refundable or transferable and any withdrawals or deadlines will result in the full cost of the class being forfeit. There will be no exceptions. To withdraw from a course please email info-at-uniondocs.org.

In the event that a workshop does not receive sufficient enrollment, it may be canceled. Students will be notified at least 48 hours prior to the start of a cancelled workshop and will be refunded within 5 business days. If we reschedule a workshop to another date, students are also entitled to a full refund. UnionDocs reserves the right to change instructors without prior notification, and to change class location and meeting times by up to an hour with 48 hours prior notice.


Feb 16, 2017
7:08 pm

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