Since joining the Media Activism and Participatory Politics (MAPP) project in Spring, 2013, I have had great opportunities to contribute to work focused on youth driven activism and civic engagement. Continue Reading →
In Fall 2013 I co-taught the inaugural offering of IML 102: Digital Studies Studio with Steve Anderson. This 4-unit course was a core requirement for the first cohort of students admitted to the Bachelor of Arts of Media Arts + Practice degree program. Continue Reading →
In 2013, I worked with my colleagues from the Media Arts + Practice Division (then IML) to develop the Visual Digital Production Program at Effat University in Saudi Arabia. Continue Reading →
I just finished a video piece for this year’s iMappening show at USC. iMappening is an annual opportunity for iMAP PhD students to share their ongoing creative and scholarly pursuits with the public. This year’s event is being held on stage 3 at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. The opening reception is May 9th from 6-9PM. May 10th will include panel talks from iMAP scholars as well as an opportunity to visit the exhibition space from 10AM-7PM. Continue Reading →
It took me just under an hour to write 2 minutes of voice over for the introduction of a video piece I’m working on.
I’ve been thinking a lot about my own process, especially in terms of the solitary academic tasks of reading and writing. I’ve been trying to think how to link them more with the satisfyingly embodied experience of my filmmaking art practice. When I’m up and shooting, I don’t get tired or lose focus. But when I sit and read and write, it’s easy to drift and lapse into habits of procrastination and distraction.
So I felt compelled today to pull my video camera out, to put on a wireless lapel microphone, and to document myself writing this little piece of text. I tried not to think about how this would be the most boring piece of video ever recorded. Tried not to think about what the point of it was and if it would be worth the disk space required to shoot it and store it. I just setup the shot, turned it on, sat down and did my writing. And in a way, I think it worked. Some part of myself knew it was a performance, and I could let the distractable part of my brain inhabit that space, so that the thinking writing part could stay focused on the task.
It also motivated me to read back what I had written outloud, to feel less silly doing that, and to really pare my words down to the essentials. This was particularly necessary since I was writing voice over, but I find that to be a helpful practice whenever I want to write clearly and succinctly. So all the time.
But what do I do with the video? I have a phobia against erasing anything. Once a piece of data exists, I’m loath to annihilate it. It’s an extension of me now, a new body of my body that has the potential to live forever. So I guess I’ll just let it live here for now. Why not?
This interdisciplinary program is made up of an outstanding group of media arts scholars and practitioners working on a wide variety of topics and projects. The iMAP PhD is a practice-based PhD wherein students craft a digital dissertation that expands upon the traditional text-based dissertation project, supporting rigorous scholarship with dynamic digital artistry and craft. Continue Reading →