Communication and Culture | Production as Criticism
C335 | ALL | Ivins-Hulley, L.

Tu, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM, C2 100

Students must also enroll in a lab section:
W, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM, C2 102 (#2069)
Th, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM, C2 102 (#2070)

Requires special fee
Fulfills College A&H Requirement

Instructor: Laura Ivins-Hulley
Office: C2 281
Phone: 856-3405

At the turn of the 20th century, the world was undergoing major
changes.  Industrialization changed the nature of work for millions;
the First World War introduced a kind of mass destruction never
before seen; and increasing numbers of people migrated into urban
centers, which had both an alienating and entrancing effect.
Against this backdrop existed a surge of artistic innovation and
revolutionary spirit.  Artists and writers turned a critical eye on
the societies in which they lived, determined that major changes
were necessary, and knew that art and poetry could enact that change.

This semester in production as criticism, we will learn about some
of the avant-garde film practices that emerged toward the end of the
First World War (Dada, Surrealism, Soviet Montage and the First
American Avant-Garde).  How does such a furor of creative activity
emerge?  What were the primary social problems these filmmakers
sought to address?  What film techniques did they employ in their
critiques?  How effective is such criticism?

Moreover, you will be asked to look at your own society critically
and determine some of its core problems.  From this, you will create
both written and video projects that address these problems through
form and content.  The aim of this course is to see you integrate
your written critical work with production activity, just as
Eisenstein’s filmmaking and theoretical writings always informed –
even depended upon – each other.