Hope Tucker, assistant professor of video and film, holds a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and an M.F.A. in Film and Video Production from the University of Iowa. A MacDowell and Yaddo Fellow and recent artist in residence at Phillips Academy Andover, she has taught video, film, photography, animation, new media, and visual studies in the US and the UK.
Since 2000, Tucker has worked to transform and expand what we know as a daily form of terse, text-driven, populist narrative through The Obituary Project, a compendium of moving image that gives new life to the antiquated documentary practice of salvage ethnography. She has animated cyanotypes of downwinders and instructions for making fishing nets by hand; photographed shuttered bread factories, fallen witness trees, and decaying civil rights era landmarks; recorded mobile phone footage of the last public phone booths of Finland; written the text of a video out of paper clips, a Norwegian symbol of solidarity and nonviolent resistance; and retraced the path of protest that closed the only nuclear power plant in Austria. Works from the project have screened in festivals, museums, galleries, and cultural spaces, including 21er Haus, Vienna; Ann Arbor Film Festival; Cairo Video Festival; European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück; Images Festival, Toronto; International Film Festival, Rotterdam; Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Torino; New York Film Festival; Punto de Vista, Pamplona; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Zagreb Dox.
Pigeons, balloons, kites, aircraft, satellites, telephones, webcams, carcams, and bodycams have been used to record moving images of regions, communities, and people. In this intermediate level video production workshop, we will look back at these images -- contemporary and historic examples produced by individuals, corporations, and international government surveillance programs-- that observe, track, and survey as we discuss secrecy, technology, and shifting attitudes towards privacy. Working both individually and in groups, students will create work in response using devices that document from the ground, the sky, and the body. Hands on workshops will introduce students to modes of aerial image acquisition, as well as skills such as lighting, editing, sound recording and design. We will follow a workflow that includes research and development of an idea (designing, planning, and scheduling), production (building, testing, recording) and post-production (editing and revision). Readings will include historical, theoretical, and literary texts. There are required weekly screenings and workshops.
This course teaches the basic skills of film production, including camera work, sound recording, editing, and preparation and completion of a finished work in film and video. Students will submit weekly written responses to theoretical and historical readings and to screenings of films and videotapes that represent a variety of aesthetic approaches to the moving image. There will be a series of filmmaking assignments culminating in an individual final project for the class. The development of personal vision will be stressed. The bulk of the work in the class will draw on the material of 16mm, through hand-processing, camera-less techniques, direct animation, and alternative approaches to image design and acquisition. Video formats plus digital image processing and non-linear editing will also be introduced. Prerequisite: 100-level course in media art. (Introduction to Media Arts, Hampshire Media Arts, or equivalent and must be completed and not concurrent with this course.)
Hampshire Media Arts: This course is the foundation for the core curriculum in media arts at Hampshire College in Film/Video, Photography, Performance and Installation art centering on the analysis and production of visual images. Students are expected to learn to read visual images by focusing on the development of art forms and their relationship to their historical and cultural context (economic, historical, political, intellectual and artistic) from which they came. Areas explored in depth will include the beginning of photography and cinema, from the camera obscura to the Lumiere brothers; Pictorialism, Documentary, Dada, Surrealism, Russian Constructivism, Experimental and Structuralist filmmaking, Feminist Performance Art and Identity Politics. Faculty members in the media arts will present their own work as producers/artists/critics and thinkers. Students will read a variety of seminal text including: Walter Benjamin on "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction;" Susan Sontag's ""On Photography; several chapters of Eisentein's Film Form, Bazin's "What is Cinema"; Laura Mulvey's "Visual Pleassure and the Narrative Cinema" etc. Attendance at weekly technical workshops and film screenings is required. Technical workshops will include video cameras, sound recording, lighting, Photoshop and Final Cut Pro editing. Class assignment/projects will all be visually based.
Video I is an introductory video production course. Students will gain experience in pre- production, production, and post-production techniques and in looking, listening, and thinking critically about the making of the moving image. We will approach video in relation to emerging media forms and consider the internet as a venue for engagement, production, exhibition, and distribution, historically and in the present moment. We will examine how technology has and continues to influence concepts of narrative, performance, aesthetics, identity, community, and culture. Students will complete a series of time and screen based projects designed to develop basic technical proficiency as well as the skills and mental discipline so important to a successful working process. Screenings, workshops, critiques and discussion will focus on media analysis and image/sound relationships. Prerequisite: a 100-level course in media arts (Introduction to Media Arts, Introduction to Media).
Assistant Professor of Video and Film
Mail Code PF
Jerome Liebling Center
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002