Time-Based Media/Video I

This upper division/graduate level introductory seminar explores time-based media-including video, sound, installation, performance, locative media and Web-based production–and its expanding critical role in contemporary art and society. The course is designed to provide a laboratory/workshop opportunity for students to develop their time-based creative practice, focusing on individual production, group projects and critical discussion. In creative projects and short reading and writing assignments, students will look at the impact of time-based media in culture. Time-based media art history screenings and discussion are a routine part of the class. Informal and formal critiques of work are central to the seminar and a high level of personal engagement and initiative is expected. Technical workshops will be offered routinely during the semester. One-on-one tutorial help will be arranged as needed.

Download as PDF: Fall 2008 Time-Based Media/Video I Syllabus

Level: Upper-Division Undergraduate/Graduate

Student Work: Soundwalk

Create an audio piece that guides the listener through an experience of space. Your piece may must employ location recordings and/or voice; it is up to you whether you wish to employ music or non-location audio. Your piece may be a narrative that unfolds in space, a guide to the history or culture of a particular place, or a phenomenological experiment.

Download as PDF: Soundwalk Assignment

David Rogers (MFA, Graphic Design), “Untitled Soundwalk”, Fall 2008.
Chris Shortway (PhD, Music Composition), “Clinton Street Music Building,” Fall 2008.
Jennifer Zoble (MFA, Literary Translation), Seneca on Noise, Fall 2008

Student Work: Two Minutes/Two Edits

Create a single channel video with sound using at least two sources of strongly contrasting footage. Then, using only the same shots and sounds as in the first piece, create a second video whose pacing, tone, and meaning vary dramatically from the first piece. You do not need to use all the shots and sounds from the first video but should avoid introducing new materials into the second piece. Each video should be approximately two minutes long.

Consider Eisenstein’s concepts of montage in creating your video, centering around the conflict and collision of two unlike images. Consider contrasts of directionality, scale, volume, mass, depth, distance, light, and time in your work. Consider also how manipulating color and speed and removing or reordering frames might change the video’s meaning. Remember to think about how sound can converge or diverge from what is happening on the screen.

Download as PDF: Two Edits Assignment


Jean-Patrick Mahoney (BA, Film/Video Production), “Real American Ninja,” Fall 2008.


Jean-Patrick Mahoney (BA, Film/Video Production), “The Cobra Strikes,” Fall 2008.


Max Radl (BFA, Intermedia), “Untitled II,” Fall 2008.


Max Radl (BFA, Intermedia), “Untitled II,” Fall 2008.

Select Student Comments

“This has been a wonderful course that greatly improved my understanding of time-based art. I felt I developed many skills that I will apply to my art area. I was also very impressed with how well Sarah was able to create a community environment with the class. All students thoughts were respected – as was their work.” (Fall 2008)

“Great class! Sarah is very knowledgeable and helpful. I learned much about current technological devices/formats and was pushed to be as creative as possible.” (Fall 2008)

Cover image: Jean-Patrick Mahoney (BA, Film/Video Production), “Real American Ninja,” Time-Based Media I – Fall 2008