Fall 2022

Filming the Non-Actor

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-413  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-432


Emily Drummer (Section 01)


(Offered as ARHA 413 and FAMS 432) Students in this fieldwork-intensive course will produce socially-engaged artworks that emerge out of collaborations with a local community. We will think expansively about the practice of using non-actors to interrogate the idea of representation and the illusion of “the real” in audiovisual art making, as well as the hazy space between fiction and documentary. The artists we will consider include Peggy Ahwesh, Basma Alsharif, Jonathanas de Andrade, Yael Bartana, Lizzie Borden, Pedro Costa, Kazuo Hara, Adam Khalil, Alison Kobayashi, Laida Lertxundi,Sharon Lockhart, Djibril Diop Mambéty, Otolith Group, Jean Rouche, and Leslie Thornton.

Two 80-minute class meetings per week and a screening.

Fall semester: Visiting Professor Drummer.

How to handle overenrollment: Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. First year students require instructor consent.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: weekly readings and screenings; independent film and video projects; in-class activities (lectures, close readings of films and other artworks, discussions); regular short writing assignments (reading responses)

ARHA 413 - LEC

Section 01
M 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM FAYE 217
M 7:00 PM - 8:20 PM FAYE 217
W 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM FAYE 217


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2022