Week 7

Finish critique of videos


Optional Reading: Listening as Activism, Pauline Oliveiros


Demo excercise from Pauline Olivieros:


Thurs. Oct. 19  
Audio recording demo
*Roundtable – present ideas
Student examples
Audio editing demo Editing and uploading videos to blog   NOTE: FIELD TRIP SATURDAY OCT 21 – 9:30 am to approx. 5pm (make up for Tuesday’s class) *

Audio recording demo

*Roundtable – present ideas!

Audio editing demo


Field Trip Itinerary

Saturday Oct. 21, 2023

****BRING THIS ITINERARY WITH YOU. Share phone numbers with another classmate or class bus supervisor.

Bus departs UC loop at 9:30 am

Arrives at MOCA at 10:30 am

*Under 18 admission is free

* Student admission is $10 with ID

158 Sterling Road, Toronto, Ontario.

Admission PWYC (note main exhibit closed)

Also: Art Metropole

Bus departs MOCA at noon

Bus arrives at TPW at 12:15pm

170 St Helens Ave, Toronto, 

Also: Daniel Faria Gallery/Clint Roenisch Gallery

But departs TPW at 12:45

Arrives at Kensington Market at 1:15

Corner of Augusta and Baldwin

Bus departs Kensington Market at 2:30pm

Bus arrives at Mercer Union at 3pm

1286 Bloor St. W

Bus departs Mercer Union at 3:30 pm

Bus arrives at U of Guelph UC Loop at approx. 5:00pm

Week 5


*Final Cut Pro Editing demonstration – bring footage Bring props for group work in class
Studio bookings
Work in Progress for discussion Editing
*Show work in progress      


Work time in class

Consultations on editing*

Show work in progress *Show work in progress

Week 4


*Reading notes due on blog

Assign: One Feat Three Ways

Assignment: One Feat, Three Ways video project

Video Art: One FEAT, Three Ways*

You will work with a partner to make three videos less than 2-minutes each in length each.

Your videos should be shot at the studio in controlled, illuminated conditions.

Pick yourFEAT. You will repeat variations on your “FEAT” in each video below.

Your FEAT should be an everyday gesture or activity that you can push to its limits. Push yourself to your limits. Push a material to its limits. Do not take ANY risks with your safety – subtle, quiet, funny risks are better and more interesting anyway. Just watching someone smiling as long as they can as hard as you can is fascinating and even painful to watch for its duration.

Examples of gestures from past students include: Eating something, Juggling, Kissing, Blowing up a Balloon, Smiling, Holding an Awkward Pose, Reaching for Things out of Reach… etc.

It might be an absurd thing – something pointless, or an impossible feat that you can’t actually do   

The object is to try to do the thing, not to “act” – and what happens… happens! You, your partner, or someone else may perform. Maintain your concentration and explore how a simple gesture becomes interesting when performed with commitment and intention.

NOTE: Add titles to each video, and videos should be approximately 1-2 minutes in length.

Video #1: The One-Shot 

The video will consist of “one shot” – there will be no editing, other than a black screen to mark the beginning and end of the video. You may focus on camera function, unusual points of view, and framing. You will also add titles and end credits to your videos.

Video #2: The Sequence

The object of this video exercise is to shoot a series of shots with the intention to edit them into a sequence. It may require 5 minutes, an hour, a day, or a week, and you can show it in a series of stills or a time lapse.  Edit your footage to be less than two minutes.

Video #3: The Loop

The object of this video exercise is to create a video that is meant to be played over and over again indefinitely, without stopping. Consider the content of the video when you are shooting your feat, and use looping to complete the meaning of the work. Don’t make a short GIF type video – think of a longer loop – something that could play in a gallery without end.

Edit your loop footage to be less than 2 minutes long, and then play on a loop for the critique.


Videos will be graded by the degree to which students demonstrate understanding of the key concepts in the assignment including the clarity and originality of ideas, investment of time and contributions to the group, consideration of context for the video, technical success using lighting and professional camera equipment in works, technical success using editing software and exporting gallery-quality video, presentation and openness to feedback during critique.

Students are also expected to post a final work (including any revisions after critique) to the class blog with a title, artist names, and a short description of the work within ONE WEEK of the critique for final marks.

Videos will not receive a grade until a work is posted on the class blog.

Video Artist references:

Yoko Ono

Bruce Nauman

Adrian Piper

Pipilotti Rist

Michelle Pearson Clarke

Lee Walton

William Wegman

Jon Sasaki

Camille Turner

Marina Abramovic

Kelly Mark

Euan MacDonald

Wood and Harrison

Erwin Wurm

Maria Hupfield

**Be safe and respectful to yourself and others at all times! Talk with me if you have any questions about your project. Never perform unsafe activities for your projects in this or any class in Studio Art.

Camera Demo

Lighting Demo

Booking studio time

Lecture: Simple Instruction Videos

Camera demonstration with Nathan


Lighting demo in studio with Nathan

Reading and exercise:

Turning the Gestures of Everyday Life into Art, Katja Heitmann


Movement workshop:

(from Yoga, and dance)

Habits of of movement exchange:

  1. Describe the habitual movements/unconscious gestures, tics etc. of 3 people you know well. How do individual body parts move, and how does the whole body interact? What about facial expressions, and emotional valence of the movement? How does body type inform the movement?
  2. WARM UP EXERCISE all together – breathing, bouncing on knees, shaking it out, breathing together.
  3. Teach your partner one of the choreographies. Rehearse, and record 30 seconds of video of each performance.
  4. CHANGE PARTNERS. Repeat – Teach another partner another choreography. Rehearse, and record 30 seconds of video of each performance.
  5. CHANGE PARTNERS. Repeat – Teach another partner another choreography. Rehearse, and record 30 seconds of video of each performance.

At the end, you should have three, 30-second videos of other students performing an archive of movements. Use this footage for your editing workshop.


See Nathan to book studios and lighting, and for technical and camera assistance.

Talk to Rachelle for bookings in the Photo studio – in 406

Booking studio time