Full course description
Experimental Cinema Extended
Wednesdays, 10/5-10/26/2022, 6:00-9:00pm
John Adams Campus, room TBA
Instructor: Michael Mersereau
Cinema is not just narrative, nor even film. Cinema is a language and philosophy in itself. So much so that we use the terms "like a film or movie" to describe anything more real than our everyday experience. Experimental Cinema Extended will create a lab of experimentation for students with introductions to techniques with your phone, projections, Super8, and the exploration of sound as a synesthesiac experience. This course will meet for a total of 4 weeks at 3 hours per session. A screening and gallery show will follow open to the public. Each class meeting combines the introduction to contemporary and historical artists working in the medium, technical instruction, and open lab.
Major learning outcomes include: synthesizing sound, video, and projection in dialogue with experimental film, learning site-specific projection and the relationship to an environment while you create a short film and understand the primary components of video, sound, and celluloid.
The enrollment fee includes a $25 processing fee for Super8 film and development.
Michael Mersereau (b. 1977) is a media and sound artist based in Oakland, California, and Montreal, Canada. Mersereau's work has been exhibited at festivals and galleries both nationally and internationally such as Museo de Arte Contemporaño de Oaxaca in Ciudad de Oaxaca, The Diego Rivera Anahuacali Museum in Mexico City, and Maison de la Culture Claude Léveillée in Montreal. Mersereau is faculty at Mills College and holds an MFA from Mills College and BFA from California College of the Arts.