When four buttons were pressed simultaneously, the corresponding computer screens lit up with videos of Motil HDthe associate dean of the CAM, shaves his head.
Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Media Arts presented a faculty showcase monday april 11 from 7-9 pm as part of the Festival of the College of Arts and Media (CAM). Projects featured at the showcase ranged from those intended for the big screen to stills and video.
Motyl said he was inspired by the pandemic to make this video because his hair had grown too long and he needed to cut it.
“There is a photographer called Barbara Prost who does these stills and covers moments with two to ten cameras and I’ve always wanted to do something like that,” Motyl said.
Motyl said he had other scenarios in mind, but chose this project because he needed a haircut, had all the equipment, and no students was using.
“I had the equipment room manager, Connor Felson, to help me out and I was able to cut my hair while doing a video making experience,” Motyl said.
Artist Aidan Levoi had an art project where she installed various figurines in looping circles to represent birth, death, and chaos.
Levoi said she based the written description of the artwork on her own language.
“It is based on Middle English rules, as well as some Latin, German and Spanish rules. I really like how in Spanish there will be an upside down question mark at the start, for an upside down exclamation point at the start, because then you don’t have to go to the end of the sentence to know if it’s a question or an exclamation if you read it out loud,” Levoi said.
Acting Director of the School of Media Arts Robert Spahr had a three-piece video sequence.
The first video was called Wrong direction Cruft. Computer software retrieves images from company software and Youtube, Spahr said. The software combined car accident images uploaded to the platform and corporate images with the theme song and quotes from the sitcom”All in the family.”
Spahr said he produces a new video every day, and the three videos featured are automated.
“The next piece is a sequence of September 11th and text of At Tucker Carlson show, so it’s kind of connecting 9/11 to our present because the text is what’s happening today,” Spahr said.
Spahr said there were no images of the twin towers themselves, only people reacting to the situation. The third video consists of images of school photos of children with text from CNN headlines.
“I made this third video the day of the January 6 attack on the Capitol, and the following three videos are on my website: robertspahr.com“, Spahr said.
Gallery viewer and film teacher Cinzia Padovani said she couldn’t choose a favorite but enjoyed the videos from Motyl, Spahr and Kalayeh.
Walter Metzfilm teacher, made a presentation on the fusion of pedagogy and art for students in apprenticeship of artists.
Metz said he was surprised to see studies showing some students didn’t know how to find Mexico on a map or how to form a historical timeline.
“One of my experiences teaching civil rights is that some students place the Civil War in the 20th century and World War I in the 19th century,” Metz said.
Metz said he wanted to introduce students to ways of thinking about the world through cartography.
He presented two maps of the world and explained different geographical areas like the Middle East and Africa.
Metz said he showed a film about the world by a Ukrainian director in his Islamic film class the morning Russia invaded Ukraine.
“I said in my Islamic cinema class that I don’t know any Chechen cinema, but it’s at least a way of thinking about how Putin’s assault on civilization manifests itself in a way where the art serves as a tool to fight back against the government,” Metz said.
Metz said another useful output of cartography in geography is the teaching of international cinema, which in its most basic framework assumes that the nation-state is the primary unit of analysis, which is both unproductive and false.
Metz said he wrote an essay about a Malian film called “Genesis,” a reinterpretation of the Abrahamic story of Jacob and Esau and how the film is financed with French money.
“So on the first day of class I’m going to give the students a blank sheet of paper and ask them to draw the world for me and on the last day of class I’m going to ask them to do the same thing,” Metz said.
Metz said he hopes it will allow students to engage with different media cultures around the world.
Radio, television and design trainer Jay Needham talked about a series of sketches he created
Needham said it was his first time sharing the sketches and he started doing them when COVID-19 started and his mother was dying. He would go down to the studio, draw scenes and work on improvising them.
“And it was really kind of a fun journey in some ways and they weren’t completely finished but they started to look like scenes, just without characters,” Needham said.
Needham said he enjoyed using the piano as an instrument to accompany his sketches and appreciated the power of music.
Kalayeh said there are several ways to keep a virtual diary, including creating TikToks and collaborating with others over a thirty-day period where people contribute without seeing what others are creating.
Kalayeh talked about some projects he has done, including one called Creating Through Media where his students created spontaneous films and distributed them on the internet and social media platforms.
“One of the lessons was poetic cinema, so I started looking at Yoko Ono’s poems and found one where she talks about not saying anything negative about others for three days, thirty days, then for ninety days,” Kalayeh said.
Kalayeh said he started creating TikToks and Youtube videos based on this concept, and as people responded to them, they became characters in the movie.
“This idea of bringing TikTok to the university museum is very refreshing,” Kalayeh said.
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