‘Artists’ Film and Video: from Idea to Moving Image’ is a new Fine Art course designed for students and artists who want to develop ideas in moving image media or add a strong contemporary dimension to their application portfolios. Tutors Mark Aerial Waller and Marc Hulson currently teach on the BA and MA Fine Art courses at Central Saint Martins and met on the artist-run gallery and film-screening scene in London in the early 2000s. Below they talk about teaching, working together and their inspiration for the course.
We put together a performance / video piece for a major public event (the Big Draw at Granary Square) in October 2015 and afterward we were editing footage from that. We’d invited students to work with us as performers on the piece and we realised we had something that could be developed into a dynamic educational experience. We noticed that the Short Course programme didn’t cover moving image / new media from a Fine Art perspective and we thought this was a missing link: you’ll find that Fine Art programmes at BA and MA levels place a strong emphasis on expanding practice through performance and video for example, but most short courses focus on traditional media. So we set about designing something where students can develop ideas in moving-image media through workshop scenarios, individual mentoring and screenings.
On the course students will be immersed in film and video culture. We are making screenings a key element, with seminal work by Mike Kelley, Vito Acconci, Valie Export and others. Watching and discussing influential work plays a vital role in getting ideas going, and that will feed directly into the workshop and mentoring aspects where students will develop their own work. By the end of it each participant will have an ambitious, fully developed project.
We’ll be bringing a wealth of our own professional experience to the course – we first worked together in 2002 when Mark presented an all-night screening as part of his Wayward Canon project at Five Years, an artist-run space that Marc co-founded. Since then we’ve collaborated in various contexts in Berlin and London.
The next Artist’s Film and Video – from idea to moving image course starts in October. Please visit our website for further information and to book your place.
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