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Indigenous Media Arts: Who has the Right to Tell Whose Stories?

Semester and Year FA 2015
Course Number ARTS-UG1607
Section 001
Instructor Amalia Cordova
Days R
Time 6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Units 4
Level U



How do indigenous filmmakers challenge the politics of representation? Who has the right to tell whose stories? What is the role of curators and exhibition spaces in engaging with and presenting these voices and visions? This course will study the ways that independent and Indigenous artist collectives in the Americas have turned to media arts to dispute ethnographic and Hollywood imagery, and create their own audiovisual media “from within.” We will explore notions of “imperfect” cinema, visual sovereignty and “ video indígena ” (Indigenous video) through specific authors and by developing our own media projects. We will also discuss the roles of the cultural institutions that present this work through exhibitions, and festivals, including events taking place right in New York City. The course features guest lecturers and requires class viewing of videos that are otherwise unavailable on the market. Central readings include  Wiping the War Paint Off the Lens: Native American Film and Video  by Beverly Singer, and  Global Indigenous Media: Cultures, Poetics and Politics,  edited by Pamela Wilson and Michelle Stewart. Films will include  Reel Injun  by Cree director Neil Diamond,  Atanarjuat/The Fast Runner , by Zacharias Kunuk (Inuit), and works from the Video in the Villages project in Brazil.


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Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)