Lecture14 - Week 14. Experimental Media Three types of...

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Week 14. Experimental Media
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Three types of Film/Video Narrative Corresponds to: Novels Short Stories Plays Documentary Corresponds to: Essays Histories Biographies Experimental Corresponds to: Poetry Painting Photography Installation Personal essays
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Provisional definition of Experimental Film Experimental cinema explore form and the medium without depicting a coherent fictional story world, nor a coherent nonfiction argument about the historical world. It is defined negatively rather than positively. The definition is particularly open to contestation and change.
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Avant-Garde production/distribution Whether personal or conceptual, experimental films rely on alternative means of distribution: film societies, university classrooms, galleries, and museums. Combination of self-funding and arts grant money keeps production decisions with the individual artist: avant-garde films are usually artisanal.
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Why care about the avant-garde? It sometimes develops filmic vocabulary and devices later taken up by narrative and documentary films Self-financing allows for personal and collective voices excluded from bigger budget media Can explore all ranges of artistic inspiration, not just narrative or nonfiction ones.
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Expresses emotion (Personal) Participates in ongoing art movements (High art/ Conceptual) Experimental film can run along any part of a continuum from personal to conceptual. Whatever the goal, experimental film and video
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