Memory House: Video & Sound Installation

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

Reading/Writing assignments:
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.

Other information:
KAZ PHILLIPS-SAFER is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and internationally-presented video artist |
HEATHER CHRISTIAN is an Obie Award-winning composer/performer and songstress with NYC-based ensemble Heather Christian & the Arbornauts |




Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m.
185 Nassau St., Rm. 219