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by Lela Scott MacNeil
October 20th, 2011

Have you ever wandered around your neighborhood and wished you had a video camera to record that precise place and time? This happens to us all the time, so we’re excited about our Alum Mark Street’s inventive and intimate video making workshop this Sunday.

Using the immediate neighborhood as subject, this workshop and outdoor screening event will ask: what happens when moving images crop up unexpectedly outside of traditional venues, on the street? How does video operate as street art? What mix of representation and abstraction best serves and challenges an audience that encounters moving images as they go about their daily life?

The group will shoot documentary vignettes, and then project the edited images onto a building in the milieu where they were filmed. Outside Image Project will bring beautiful, poetic and inviting images back to the place where they were created for all to contemplate.

Here’s what you need to know:

Outside Image Project

Date:
Sunday, October 23

Time:
3:00-6:15pm workshop and shooting,
7:00-8:30pm screening/discussion,
$20 suggested donation.

Capacity is EXTREMELY limited, so register online now!

This event combines the finely observed urban vignette with a desire to move out of the movie theatre and into the arena of public art. With a funky, low fi aesthetic and an exalted, performative reclamation of public space, this collaborative project will consider the fine line between private expression and public consumption and role of art in contemporary quotidian life.

The first hour will be a presentation with clips relating to street video art. Following that, the group will break off in pairs to shoot scenes from the neighborhood. You will then gather to quickly edit and sequence the work, and then have a break to eat. Following this will be a publicly projected screening and discussion at 306 Union Avenue.

There will be some cameras available, but we encourage you to bring something to record with if you have access.

Mark Street graduated from Bard College (B.A, 1986) and the San Francisco Art Institute (MFA 1992). He has shown work in the New York Museum of Modern Art Cineprobe series (1991, 1994), at Anthology Film Archives (1993, 2006, 2009), Millennium (1990,1996), and the San Francisco Cinematheque (1986, 1992, 2009). His work has appeared at the Tribeca (5 times), Sundance, Rotterdam, New York, London, San Francisco, New York Underground, Sarajevo, Viennale, Ourense(Spain), Mill Valley, South by Southwest, and other film festivals.

His work ranges from the abstract (Winterwheat, 1989; Echo Anthem 1992; Fulton Fish Market, 2004, Trailer Trash, 2008) to improvised narrative feature films (At Home and Asea, 2000; Rockaway 2005), He has led community workshops a variety of venues (Echo Park Film Center in LA, Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, NC, Fondacion d’Arte Contemporaneo in Montevideo Uruguay) on a variety of topics, including “The Devil is in the Details: Urban Street Videography.” He is Associate Professor of Film in the Visual Art Department at Fordham University– Lincoln Center where he teaches film/video production and other courses that engage contemporary artistic practice.

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