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Dates: June 2-28
4 undergraduate studio credits
Tuition: $4,000

The moving image is a ubiquitous language today. The contemporary artist should no longer ignore the power and pervasiveness of video. This is especially true of the still photographer. Still and moving imagery may be produced with the same set of tools, yet each requires very different approaches and practices. Real understanding of the moving image language is fostered through the focused study and dedicated production of video works.

This four-week engagement, led by senior faculty members of the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department, will immerse participants in all areas of video. The residency will provide a highly charged atmosphere in which talents participate in productive dialogue and collaborations, culminating in a final project. Initial sessions will alternate practical studio lab and on-location production using hardware such as the Canon 5D Mark III. Postproduction editing with Premiere and file management will follow, and we will examine current modes of exhibition and distribution.

Practical workshops will be augmented by two seminars exploring the history, theory and conceptual issues that characterize the divergences in the production practices of the still and moving image. Critiques of works-in-progress as well as screenings of films and visits to studios, galleries and museums will complement the coursework. The goal of the program is for residents to develop their own projects and realize a personal vision in this lens-arts hybrid.

Faculty and distinguished guest lecturers and critics have included Alan Berliner, Jennifer Blessing, Nat Trotman, Amy Taubin, Michelle Leftheris, Elizabeth Biondi, Neal Slavin, Chris Callis, Bob Bowen, Anthony Forma, Roger Phenix, Bob Richman, Shelly Silver, Charles Traub and Grahame Weinbren.

Participants have 24-hour access to shooting studios, installation spaces and video labs. Workshops, equipment, facilities, critiques, screenings, history/theory seminars, field trips and consultancies are all included.

PREREQUISITES: Students must have completed a minimum of two years of college and demonstrate fluency in the photographic medium.

NOTE: A portfolio is required for review and acceptance to this program. Residents who wish to borrow equipment from the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department are required to provide proof of insurance with rental endorsement, listing SVA as a co-insured. Participants will be held responsible for payment of any loss, theft or damage incurred to the equipment. SVA provides information on affordable insurance plans.

For further information or questions regarding SVA's Summer Residencies e-mail residency@sva.edu or call 212.592.2188.

Meet the Residents from mfavideo on Vimeo.

Samples of past residents' work can be viewed on our Vimeo channel.


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