A ED 323: Dream Video (15%) Assignment & Process: Begin filming Feb. 27 with final video premiered (due) on May 1.


Video Art: Use of time-based illusion to question dominant representations of reality. The message in video art, while often implicit and sometimes metaphoric, has tended to be emphasized over formalist aesthetics. Video art often challenges institutionalized TV and films intended primarily for profit.


Reality DREAM Videos & Contemporary Art Concepts

(code-switching, double-coding, reversals/subversion, pastiche/appropriation/parody, hypersignification)


1. Palimpsest Performance: Dadist Exquisite Corpse (in-class video filming activity on January 30 & February 1 and edit in class on Feb. 13 & 15) as introduction to using iMovie (for video editing) and GarageBand (for audio editing), and for a video about your cultural artifact (podcasts created of you speaking about your cultural artifact on February 8) connected to your concept of house. These will be placed on a Web site by March 20th by me so that they will be part of the Intertextual House exhibition in the Diversity Room and viewable on a computer in the exhibition by the Ugandan and Finnish participants involved in the exhibition from afar for a cross-cultural exchange.


2. View Maya Deren's 1943 experimental film, Meshes of the Afternoon on January 30: Discuss code-switching from body to object, double-coding such as the key/knife, reversals in the relation of subject to object, subversion of normalcy, a hypersignification of domestic objects (e.g., with extreme close-ups, slow zooms, camera angles, & space constriction)


3. Bring to Class on 2/27: Make a journal of your dreams between Feb. 8-27 and select one that you would like to explore in class on 2/27. Bring a digital video cassette on which to record and a write-able DVD (-R for macs and pc compatibility) to download film from tape to computer and then save it on a DVD. You will need to reserve a digital video cameras and tripod from MTSS at 26 Willard and bring to class on 2/27. Also bring props you may need for the filming. (For further information on the supplies needed for class see the syllabus.) Bring a still digital camera to class in you have one too as still images can be imported into the edited video.


Reserve from Media & Technology Support Services (MTSS) prior to Feb. 27 by calling 865-5400 or emailing mtsseq@psulias.psu.edu. Pick up and return at 26 Willard Building. Example of email you can send in advance to reserve a digital video camera and tripod for A ED 323. You may also want an ipod to record sounds or your voice downloading the voice memo into iTunes and editing it in Garageband and then putting it into iMovie.


Dear Media Services,

I would like to reserve a digital video cameras (DV2 – Sony Handy TRV950 or HDR– Sony HDR-HC3) and a tripod (3.5 pound one if available) to pick up at Willard (room 26 is it) on Feb. 27 (Tuesday) and return on March 4 (Monday) for my A ED 323 course. Is one available?

Also, I would Iike to reserve one iPod Voice Recorder (for this same time period to pick up on Feb. 27 and return on Feb. 27.

Thank you,
your name (your ID like ktk2)

4. Performance Art Exercise on 2/27: A visualization to guide translation of dream into “telling” body movements (or reference the body with objects) in such a way to capture the essence of the dream (or main aspect of it).


Are there contradictions of objects and place, of scale, of a concept or feeling, or literal narrative in that main element of your dream? Is there a paradox of the absurdity of that aspect of your dream and the reality of your life? How could you show that element, that feeling, that sense you had in your dream in a body movement? Would it be feet running, a hand dropping something, a clenched fist. Would it be better to reference the body with a garment or other object? How can you express that main element of your dream in a performative act?


In-class on 2/27 work with your group in videotaping performative acts. Consider the raw footage as video sketches in developing content for the end of semester presentation or your dream video art.


5. Outside of class, combine, extent, and edit dream into a video that includes exploration of contemporary art concepts. To edit digital video refer to the A ED 322 how-to site for editing in iMovie or the tutorial prepared by ITS. Additionally, one-on-one assistance for specific computer projects, such as digital or web editing is available in Room 7, Sparks Bldg. No appointment is necessary.


6. Be ready to show your dream video as a QuickTime compressed movie to the class on May 1. During the critique of your video, your peers will provide their verbal interpretation for all to learn how viewers understand your video, and then you will be asked: What is your goal with this piece? Tell us what you want to express.