ARTC 400 / ART 586, Fall 2003
Digital Video Art
Heather Elliott-Famularo

Project #4:
Expanding video: Installation / performance

DUE: TUESDAY, November 18

Working in teams of two or three, you are to collaborate on a video work that leaves the 2D realm and extends into the viewer's PHYSICAL space. This might be done using monitors in a sculptural installation, projection of video or stills onto sculptural surfaces, enveloping the viewer in a confrontational projection space, video used in a performance or event "happening", etc.

Another important aspect of this project is to select a space that will house the work and focus on site-specificity: the installation or performance should relate specifically to this chosen space. A gallery-like neutral space may be the ideal, but consider a night performance outdoors or re-injecting meaning into a space otherwise used for another purpose.

You must choose a collaborator for this project. Look for someone who has similar aesthetic or conceptual ideas or likewise a very different perspective that could complement your work. Sometimes the best collaborations result from people with very different art styles!

You may create a totally NEW video for this project, or rework a previous class project. The subject matter and style are completely up to you.

Walk around the School of Art and/or Bowling Green to find the ideal space for your piece. If it is a classroom you will need to schedule the room. If it is privately owned space, you will need to gain permission from the owner. The area in front of the Gallery is available until Thursday, November 20. You will be responsible for all equipment that you check out for the piece.

You must professionally document the piece using video. If it is a performance that you will be part of, you will need to ask someone to help record the work. This documentation will later be edited and included on your final video art compilation tape of your semester's work that you submit during finals week (due 12/17).

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Professional Proposal & Schematic Drawing: (due Thursday, November 6)
You must write a professional, well-written Project Proposal. It can be in paragraph form, spell checked, grammar checked, and typed. You only need to submit ONE proposal for your group. This must include:

  1. your concept clearly stated,
  2. what type of footage you intend to use including details about the sound, editing, timing, and text if used
  3. where you will install / perform the piece and why you chose that space
  4. If it is a one-time performance or happening, WHEN you intend to have it.
  5. what EQUIPMENT you need and if you can provide it
  6. your intention for the piece (what you want the audience to think about with the piece)
  7. what role each collaborator will have in the piece (who does what)
You also must create a PROFESSIONAL schematic drawing that represents the space and all of the equipment you will be using. Include electrical sources and clearly label all elements. Try to draw it to scale. You can also choose to create it in Photoshop or Maya.

Available Equipment in Media Cage:
(14) 13" color monitors
(4) 19"-27" monitors with VCRs
(2) VHS VCRs
(2) 27" monitors
(3) Mini-DV camcorders
(8) Hi-8 Camcorders
(9) slide projectors

Digital Arts or Faculty Equipment
(3) LCD projectors
(2-4) LCD projectors (night only)
(2-4) VCRs (night only)

** we may be able to find / reserve other equipment once we have the proposals.

Tuesday, November 4: INSTALLATION WORKSHOP! Everyone must bring in a MINIMUM ONE material or prop to experiment with projection and a sample videotape to project.
Thursday, November 6: Proposal and Schematic DUE! (one per group)
Thursday, November 11: NO CLASS - VETERAN'S DAY
Tuesday, November 18: Projects due installed for Class Critique. (unless other arrangements made previously)


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