Study VJ-related in NYC

March 29, 2010 | Posted by Joel Dittrich | Comment
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As of what I know there are no education packaged as a VJ- or live audio visual artist-education, although there are of course an unlimited amount of courses out there fitting our area of expression. (Me and Martin Söderblom have a workshop/lecture series coming up in Stockholm, and possibly other cities.)

What I want to tell you about today is the theory course I took at School of Visual Arts in New York City. A very good lecturer and artist, Ofri Cnaani, gives two interesting lecture series. The one I chose was The Fourth Dimension: Video, Space and The Broken Screen. Her own description:

“This course offers pathways through the visual language of nonlinear narratives, split screens, fragmentary visual planes and their relationships with space and spatial design. We will read, view and discuss contemporary examples from selected projects made by artists, filmmakers, designers and architects that speak to these issues. Through critical discussions students will gain a fresh look at new practices of art-making that make use of emerging technologies.

Topics include: object and projection, video and sound installation, multichannel video work, digital media and architectural space, non-traditional spaces, and video art in public spaces. The course is guided by the work of artists such as Bruce Nauman, Joan Jonas, Doug Aitken, Lars Von Trier, Jane and Louise Wilson, Olafur Eliasson, Pipilotti Rist, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Robert Wilson, Douglas Gordon, and Matthew Barney as well as by concepts and pronouncements by critics and visionaries such as Rosalind Krauss, Lev Manovich, Walter Benjamin, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Rem Koolhaas.”

The course is more focused on the aesthetics of film, and not so much motion graphics/what we usually see by “VJs”, but when it comes to theory the course is spot on for us working with visuals/VJ-ing. The reading and viewing really gave me new words on several things I have beeIn trying to discuss within both academics and practicing artists. That is sometimes complicated within a relatively new and emerging art form, not having a very developed set of definitions. In short, highly recommended!

Register for this class here.

Another interesting course by the same teacher is The Fourth Dimension: Between The Cinematic and The Theatrical

Ofri Cnaanis website.

Additionally, you can find VJ-related hands on courses in NYC at 3rd Ward.

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