How do you construct an interactive, three-dimensional memory using video, sound and space? Taught by filmmaker/ video designer Kaz Phillips-Safer and singer/ songwriter/ composer Heather Christian, “Memory House” guides students through the creation of a site-specific immersive video and sound installation that uses the participants’ personal narratives and childhood memories as source material. The final presentation will be a fully-realized interactive environment — a “house” — incorporating video and sound as well as live performance, through which audience members are free to wander at their own pace.
Sample reading list:
Dr. Richard Lewis, A General Theory of Love
David Eagleman, Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain
Kate Atkinson, Life after Life
Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
See instructor for complete list
The majority of assignments will have to do with creating and refining content for each student’s specific installation. Early in the semester, we will explore techniques and methodologies — both creative and technological — of creating content, and also investigate the challenges of translating the thing that is in your head into something that resonates similarly for a third party.
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
This course is aimed at students interested in film and video production, video art, immersive theater/installation, experimental storytelling and visual art. Experience with basic video production, digital editing systems (Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, etc), and sound recording/editing software (ProTools, Garage Band, etc) is ideal, but definitely not required. Application required.
KAZ PHILLIPS-SAFER is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and internationally-presented video artist | www.kazps.com
HEATHER CHRISTIAN is an Obie Award-winning composer/performer and songstress with NYC-based ensemble Heather Christian & the Arbornauts | www.heatherchristian.com