2008-09 Catalog

Decorative graphic

Program Description

Mediaworks in Context: Sustainability and Justice

Revised Last Updated: 05/02/2008

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Laurie Meeker film and video production, media history and theory, Beatriz Flores Gutierrez media studies

Faculty Signature Required: Students must complete a written application available from the program secretaries in the COM Building (Com 302B or Com 303A). Applications received by the Academic Fair, May 14, 2008, will be given priority. For more information, contact Laurie Meeker at meekerl@evergreen.edu. Qualified students will be accepted until the program fills.

Major areas of study include film theory and criticism, documentary history and theory, experimental film/video history, cinematography, digital video production, audio production, independent projects in film and video, sustainability and justice, and proposal writing.

Class Standing: Sophomores or above; transfer students welcome.

Prerequisites: Core or interdisciplinary studies program. Transfer students must complete at least one quarter of interdisciplinary studies.

Mediaworks is the foundational program for moving image practices in the Expressive Arts at Evergreen. This program will continue to emphasize the study of media technology and hands-on production practices along with the study of film/video history and theory. This year we have decided to take Mediaworks in a new direction. Our work as filmmakers will be placed in the service of both sustainability and justice. A number of academic programs are centering their inquiries on important issues facing us and our planet – climate change, environmental justice, the relationship between people and the land, the sustainability of human and natural communities – issues that are vital to our well-being and the health of the planet. How do we engage these issues as filmmakers and artists? Can our work make a difference?

Engaging media history and theory will be central to developing strategies of representation in our own work as producers of media. We will examine the history of documentary filmmaking to explore the strategies filmmakers have developed to represent “reality.” We will study non-fiction filmmaking strategies through screenings, readings, research projects, writing, and seminar discussions. One thread of our inquiry will focus on media addressing sustainability and justice – how have filmmakers placed their work in the service of sustainability, justice, and the environment? Another thread of our inquiry will address critical alternatives to mainstream media – these include autobiography, the history of experimental film and video art, and essayistic video. We will also address the politics of representation in relation to race, class, and gender. Most people agree that media has the power to educate, as well as influence attitudes and behavior. Can media artists contribute to social change? As artists, how do we enter the debates around energy, the environment, and climate change?

During the fall and winter, students will develop media production skills as they engage a series of design problems thematically related to sustainability and justice, which provides a context for our work. The “sustainability and justice” framework will be broadly defined, and students can expect to create work that uses a variety of representational strategies, from documentary, to essayistic, to personal and autobiographical. We will explore a variety of production techniques, including a focus on audio production, an exploration of the image through cinematography, and the study of digital media production. Collaboration, a skill learned through practice, will be an important aspect of this learning community. Students will be expected to commit to a number of collaborative projects as well as working independently. The spring quarter will be devoted to developing independent media projects through research, proposal writing, and media production.

Credits: 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 44

Internship Possibilities: Spring only with faculty approval.

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Special Expenses: $200-$300 per quarter for media production supplies.

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in media, visual arts, communication, and education.

Planning Units: Expressive Arts

Program Revisions

Date Revision
May 2nd, 2008 Beatriz Flores Gutierrez has joined the faculty team for this program.