STUDENT PORTFOLIO

Class: Performance: Live/Photo/Video (400-level)
Assignment: You Remind Me of Somebody
Media: Video Installation

Students were challenged to develop a live performance work, a performance-related video, or an installation with a performative element for an exhibition that simultaneously continued to push their current direction, but that also responded to or reacted against another living artist's work.

Class: Performance: Live/Photo/Video (400-level)
Assignment: You Remind Me of Somebody
Media: Performance Art

Class: Performance: Live/Photo/Video (400-level)
Assignment: Rabble Rousers in the Rubble
Media: Performance Art

For Rabble Rousers in the Rubble, students created a live performance or a performative-object or video, that addressed place, activated space, changed space, or denied space. They were asked to rabble rouse in the rubble, to the rubble, about the rubble, or against the rubble--in this case, "rubble" was symbolic of the geography beneath their feet.

Class: Performance: Live/Photo/Video (400-level)
Assignment: Rabble Rousers in the Rubble
Media: Performance Art

Class: Artist's Video (300-level)
Assignment: Minimal / Maximal
Media: Video Art

For this project students had to generate a series of three (or more) visually unified single-channel video artworks using Final Cut Pro that engaged with ideas relating to the minimal and/or the maximal. (The above example is one of the three videos the student produced in response). The students were required to create their own sounds and score using Logic Pro.

Class: Artist's Video (300-level)
Assignment: I Confess, I Obsess
Media: Video Art

Using color towards a metaphoric end, students were asked to create a single-channel video (and an accompanying score) about obsession.

Class: Artist's Video (300-level)
Assignment: That D.I.Y. Pie in the Sky
Media: Video Art

I use this prompt as the final project in my video art classes. The objective is to prepare students for their senior year, as well as their eventual life as an artist outside of the academy. That D.I.Y. Pie in the Sky called on the students to carefully design the "ideal" project for themselves, while adhering to a set of guidelines I provide. I meet with them independently to collaboratively generate and refine their assignments--which they then complete. The goal is to establish creatively independent self-starters who can recognize what is unique about their vision.

Class: Performance: Live/Photo/Video (400-level)
Assignment: You Remind Me of Somebody
Media: Performance Art

Class: Performance: Live/Photo/Video (400-level)
Assignment: You Remind Me of Somebody
Media: Performance Art

Class: Experience (100-level new media)
Assignment: Genre Pirates
Media: Video Art

I divided the class into teams of four and had them choose both a genre of film and a general conceptual theme from a matrix. The student groups collectively developed storyboards and shot footage taking visual and auditory cues from the film genre they chose, while creating a video artwork that addressed their theme. For the post-production stage (editing and scoring) the students all worked individually--which meant that there would be four different cuts of each project. This enabled students to better comprehend the significance of post-production, seeing how their classmates decision making differed from their own.

Class: Experience (100-level new media)
Assignment: Genre Pirates
Media: Video Art

Class: Experience (100-level new media)
Assignment: Genre Pirates
Media: Video Art

Class: Experience (100-level new media)
Assignment: Genre Pirates
Media: Video Art

Class: Experience (100-level new media)
Assignment: With Your Heart on Your Sleeve, Your Foot in Your Mouth, and Your Head in the Clouds
Media: Performance Art

Addressing a formative moment in their lives, the students were asked to generate a performance that incorporated three primary elements: a costume, a metaphoric action, and a site-specific location.

Class: Experience (100-level new media)
Assignment: With Your Heart on Your Sleeve, Your Foot in Your Mouth, and Your Head in the Clouds
Media: Performance Art

Class: Experience (100-level new media)
Assignment: Minced Words
Media: Sound Art

Choosing one sentence from a novel or text that they have read, the students recorded themselves reading that passage. Using a digital audio workstation to splice, layer, distort, and transform their voices they were challenged to create a non-narrative sound experience that would relay the tone of the underlying literary source using only their recorded voice.