Mixed media project lab.
Instructors: Nina Berman (image) + Elyse Blennerhassett (sound)
Dates: 11th of September to 13th of September
Time: 2.5 days – total 17 hours
1st day: 9:30 am – 1pm and 2-5:30 pm
2nd day: 9:30 am – 1pm and 2- 5:30 pm
3rd day: 10:00 am – 1pm
Location: Academy of Dramatic Art
Description: Mixed media project lab.
This workshop is designed for those working on long term photography and/or mixed media projects who want to apply sound elements to their images and engage audiences through a multi layered visual audio approach. We are open to any theme, political and/or personal, but are especially keen to work with women participants who are willing to experiment and take aesthetic and emotional risks.
This 2.5 day intensive will immerse participants in the various technical and aesthetic strategies in combining images and sounds. Through practical demonstrations (sound walking and mapping), critical discussion about storytelling techniques and field based listening participants will learn how to integrate sound recordings into their visual projects.
At the beginning, each participant will present their work and through group discussion, identify both visual and audio themes and motifs for further exploration. During the workshop, participants will then edit and sequence visual materials into a storyboard, write short scripts and gather and source sounds or record spoken word. The final output is a sound/image teaser for your project or a stand alone sound component that can exist as an installation, or as an online piece on Soundcloud, Instagram, or a video file for a personal website. Students can use their laptops to edit if they have sound and image editing software. Or we will introduce mobile editing and recording software.
Students should come with a digital presentation of 20-40 images saved as high res jpg-s. These can include original photographic images as well as drawings and found images. Please also bring a matching physical presentation of small prints around 15cm wide.
Suggested materials to bring along as well but are not mandatory
5 short audio clips
5 short video clips
Equipment: laptop, smart phone, headphones or earbuds
Software: Laptop with Adobe Premiere or Smartphone with FiLMic App
We will provide microphones and recorders, but feel free to bring your own.
Class is limited to 8 persons maximum.
Apply here and send your personal details: [email protected]
Nina Berman (USA, 1960) is a documentary photographer, filmmaker, author and educator. Her wide-ranging work looks at American politics, militarism, post-violence trauma and resistance. She is the author of three books: Purple Hearts – Back from Iraq (2004), Homeland (2008), and An Autobiography of Miss Wish (2017), a story told with a survivor of sexual violence and reported over 25 years. Her photographs and videos have been exhibited at more than 100 venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and Dublin Contemporary. Her work has been recognized with awards in art and journalism from the World Press Photo Foundation, Pictures of the Year International, Open Society Foundation, and New York Foundation for the Arts, Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies and Hasselblad. She is a member of NOOR images, a photography and film collective based in Amsterdam. And she is an associate professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she directs the photography program. Nina lives in her hometown of New York City.
Elyse Blennerhassett (Canada/USA) is a sound artist and audio producer for radio, documentaries, podcasts, film and art spaces. Her work explores the relationship between sound, memory and (in)visibility. She’s a graduate of Columbia University’s Oral History program and is currently a fellow at Union Docs in Brooklyn, New York. Her original and collaborative works have been seen/heard on the New Yorker, the Atlantic, NPR, the Tribeca Film Festival and Sundance Interactive.