Undergraduate Course: Introduction to the Moving Image: Expanded History of Cinema (ARTX08089)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Fuelled by the digital revolution, the beginning of the 21st century witnessed a massive migration of images in motion from cinemas to exhibition and public spaces. Now that people are born into a world filled with cameras, this course will provide a framework of references to learn from the moving image outside of the film industry.
Film has had such a prevalent influence that traces of it can be found in a growing variety of disciplines. This expanded history will be presented at the crossroads of visual arts, art history, architecture, theatre and anthropology.
Through a series of lectures, seminars, screenings, and hands-on workshops informed by multiple approaches to the moving image, this course will equip students with methods of thinking in pictures that can be transferred to their own art practices or studies.
Before their first public theatrical screening in 1895, images in motion consisted of automatons, magic lanterns, optical toys, shadow puppets, fountains and fireworks. Since then, the moving image experience has predominantly been identified with the space of the modern theatre, divided between auditorium and screen. Fuelled by the digital revolution, the beginning of the 21st century witnessed a massive migration of images in motion from cinemas to exhibition spaces. It has become possible again, and necessary, to redefine film beyond its theatrical tradition. Now that people are born into a world filled with cameras, this course will provide a framework of references to learn from the moving image outside of the film industry.
Film metamorphoses when it is no longer defined by the cinema-theatre. We see everywhere the prefiguration or resurgence of its properties (transparency, fixation, projection, speed, motion, reproduction), in the façade of a building, a tapestry, a series of paintings, a sculpture, a poem, or in the layout of an exhibition. Students will learn from film as an ensemble of forms whose relations and proportions may vary considerably. This expanded history will be presented at the crossroads of visual arts, art history, architecture, theatre, and anthropology.
Through a series of lectures, seminars, screenings, and hands-on workshops, this course will equip students with methods of thinking in pictures that can be transferred to their own art practices or studies. Sessions are scheduled each week revolving around specific topics informed by multiple approaches to the moving image (for instance: origins of film; the notion of montage; the individual voice; contemporary artists films; exhibition as film). Students will be expected to engage with preparatory readings or online films to watch in advance of the sessions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| This course is primarily for Art students only, should there still be spaces available after welcome week, you can ask your personal tutor/admin team to enrol you.
First year Art students are also welcome to enrol on this course
|Additional Costs|| Field trip travel cost: £20
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 16,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 2,
External Visit Hours 3,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 1,
Other Study Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
(preparatory reading or online film to watch in advance of lectures and seminars)
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
1. A presentation of a moving image artwork of your choice. Presentation submitted via Learn. 500 words with images. This body of work will be assessed against Learning Outcome 1.
2. A visual synopsis for a moving image project. This should be conceived as a compelling montage of images and words. 10 to 20 pages, documentation submitted via Learn. This body of work will be assessed against Learning Outcome 2.
3. A short written statement presenting the underlying intentions behind your synopsis. Text only, 300-500 words, submitted via Learn. This body of work will be assessed against Learning Outcome 3.
Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:
All learning outcomes are equally weighted.
1. The formative presentation of a moving image artwork of your choice will be scheduled between week 5 and week 10 as a contribution to the course. You will receive verbal feedback.
2. The presentation of your draft for your visual synopsis will be scheduled mid-semester (10 min). You will receive verbal feedback. The draft for your visual synopsis will be uploaded to Learn.
You will receive verbal feedback for the presentation of a moving image artwork of your choice (between week 5 and week 10) and for the presentation of your visual synopsis draft (mid-semester).
Summative feedback and grade will be provided within 15 working days of your digital hand-in.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the historical and contemporary contexts of the moving image.
- Communicate and articulate ideas in an imaginative way through a compelling montage of images and words.
- Evidence how artistic intentions are translated into a visual form.
|- Curtis, David (2021, first published: 2006). Artists' Film - World of Art. London: Thames and Hudson|
- Frampton, Hollis (2015, first published: 2009). On the camera arts and consecutive matters. Cambridge: MIT Press
- Michaud, Philippe-Alain (2006). The Movement of Images. Paris: Centre Pompidou
- Leighton, Tanya (2008). Art and the Moving Image. London: Tate Publishing/Afterall
- Rees, A.L. [and others] (2011). Expanded cinema: art, performance, film. London: Tate Gallery
- Ruiz, Raul. Poetics of Cinema (2005). Paris: Dis-voir
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||- Development of observational, critical, analytical, and reflective skills.
- Ability to learn from and apply knowledge across disciplines.
- Associate complex ideas and arguments in visual forms using a range of media.
- Development of autonomous abilities in planning, and presenting a personally motivated focused moving image proposal.
|Keywords||moving image,pre cinema,paracinema,expanded cinema,visual thinking,artists films
|Course organiser||Mr Aurelien Froment
Tel: (0131 6)51 5882
|Course secretary||Miss Hannah Morrison
Tel: (0131 6)51 5763