Friday, March 07, 2008

Video Project 7: Bonus Assignment

Attend the California Video exhibition at the Getty Center, scheduled to open this spring. Create a video in response to/inspired by the exhibition or one of the works presented in the exhibition. If the latter, take your time selecting a work that inspires/motivates/compels you -- this may be positively or negatively.

Your video may require further research to explore background information on the artist or particular work of art you choose. Think about what kind of treatment you plan to apply, will your response be rhetorical or abstract? What techniques might you use; repeating elements as a motif? Setting up differences to create conflict?

You may but are not required to include footage of the pieces you select in your video. Be sure to check with the institution’s policy regarding taping should you decide to include such footage (The Getty’s general policy allows video cameras). The video for this assignment should be no longer than 10 minutes
and no shorter than 1 minute. Please include some form of representation; video, photo, drawing, of the original piece of artwork you select as the point of departure for your video.

The bonus assignment is optional. If you do this assignment, it can be applied toward your grade as extra credit. Or it can be applied toward your grade as the equivalent of two reading assignments. This means the bonus assignment could boost your grade by 6% at most.

More information about the exhibit:

California Video
March 15 2008 - June 8, 2008 at the Getty Center
The first comprehensive survey of California video art from 1968 to the present, this exhibition includes important examples of single-channel video, video sculpture, and video installation. Featuring the work of fifty-eight artists, duos, and collectives, California Video locates a distinctively West Coast aesthetic within the broader history of video art while highlighting the Getty's major commitment to the preservation and exhibition of a young but vital artistic medium. This exhibition is co-organized by the Getty Research Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Potential Calendar Synchronicity:

Otis Night at The Getty
Thursday, April 3, 2008

Join the Otis community at this free event celebrating the exhibition “California Video”. The evening includes an opportunity to view the exhibition plus tickets (if you reserve them) to:

The David Ross Show at 7 pm
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center
Admission: Free. Reservation required

David Ross, former director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, welcomes special guest John Baldessari, as well as Glenn Phillips, curator of the California Video exhibition. Other artists featured in the Getty exhibition, including Suzanne Lacy, Paul McCarthy, Ilene Segalove, and Bill Viola, stop by for really good conversation. Complements the exhibition California Video. The exhibition also includes Ulysses Jenkins (’79) and Bruce Yonemoto (’79) and faculty member Meg Cranston.

For more info go to:

Round-trip bus transportation from Otis to the Getty and refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Getty Museum. To reserve space on the bus for yourself or for an entire class, please contact Dr. Carol Branch, Director of Learning Resources, at: x2554 or Don’t wait – reserve your bus seats today!

Video Project 3: Editing

Due: Monday, March 10, 2008

After your Project 2 tape is presented for screening and class critique, it will be passed on to another student or pair of students to be edited and you will receive another student’s or students’ tape for you to edit. In editing this tape demonstrate your facility with one or more particular aspects of editing. You may choose to intercut two scenes or stories (parallel editing), expand or contract time through dissolves or jump cuts, or experiment with various effects.

You may choose more than one movie as source material for your editing project.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Screening subjects, 3/3/2008

Here is reference information on the pieces that were screened in class:

Shahzia Sikander
("View the artworks" > "Animations")

Aaron Koblin

Paul Chan

Mike Estabrook
(click on the picture of the South Vietnamese soldier)