Video Art History: Process & Practice (online, four-session workshop)

Through the lens of video art’s emergence and proliferation, we will dissect and discuss various canonical works with the intention of gleaning a deeper understanding of artistic process and technique.

Looking at both the formal elements of the works and their artistic implementation, we will attempt to demystify the process behind making impactful video art. This investigation will be supported by artworks, texts, a history of video technology, and occasionally, big-picture walk-throughs of how to achieve similar results from today’s video tools.

Through this close interaction with video art is the opportunity for us to intimately discuss our own artistic practices. Whether looking to fine-tune your craft or invert your entire practice, we will generate a space for us to offer reflections and receive practical lessons in artistry. While we will strive to be grounded in video art throughout our approaches, students with backgrounds in other disciplines are welcome to contribute their own experience from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Special Notes

This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for spring term assistance is Friday, March 10; Notifications will be sent by Monday, March 13.

What you will learn:

  • A traceable framework of artists and influences from within and around the medium of video art

  • Knowledge of a video-centric artistic vocabulary for discussing formal elements

  • Develop an eye for deciphering the technical components of video production when viewing works of video

  • How to analyze and discuss elements of artistic process to further grow in one’s own practice

Required Supplies:

  • A notebook and something to write with.