Author: cozetterussell

by Andrew Littlejohn

27-minute 5.1 audio composition

Shizugawa is a sound composition constructed from unprocessed 5.1 surround sound recordings made in and around Shizugawa, the central area of Minamisanriku Town (Miyagi Prefecture, Japan), between 2013 and 2015. On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.1 undersea megathrust earthquake sent a wall of water across Minamisanriku. The tsunami destroyed much of the town, including central Shizugawa.

For residents, there are two Shizugawas today. We can no longer hear the first one, which was lost in the tsunami. The second – the subject of this piece – is not yet a town, but a town-in-the-making, reconstructed day-by-day as part of the rebuilding of the coastline post-disaster. There is little human speech in these spaces, but we hear many other voices. Shizugawa, like any place, is a sonic gestalt formed by the overlapping of many fields and trajectories. This gestalt is punctuated regularly by daily tests of the town’s emergency broadcast system (or chimes), which rings at 6am, noon, 5pm and 9pm. More than 90% of municipalities in Japan have similar systems. Like village bells, the chimes structure daily life in the town, but their official purpose is to warn people of impending disaster. During 3.11, a municipal employee called Endō Miki used the system to warn residents of the incoming tsunami. She died sounding the alarm when the waves reached the town’s Disaster Prevention Center.

All recordings were made using a DPA 5100 Mobile Surround Microphone and a Sound Devices audio recorder.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
Tozzer 203


by Joana Pimenta

2016, 13′,
Portuguese (English subtitles)

An aviation field in an unknown suburb. The lake underneath the city burns the streets. The mountains throw rock into the gardens. In the crater of a volcano in Fogo, a model Brazilian city is lifted and dissolves.

Two people find each other in this landscape, 50 years apart.

Monday, April 24, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
Sever 416


There will be an informational meeting for students about the PhD Secondary Field degree in Critical Media Practice on Tuesday Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m. in Sever 416. Critical Media Practice is open to all graduate students from around the university (not only FAS); it is designed to allow people to develop skills in the formulation of digital making projects that would complement their (written) thesis work. These complementary projects might include filmmaking or audio work, but also interactive web documentaries, virtual exhibits, and a raft of other mixed media. Co-CMP Director of Graduate Studies, Peter Galison (with Lucien Castaing-Taylor, currently on leave) will speak briefly about the program followed by short presentations by enrolled CMP students, alumni and CMP faculty advisors. Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m.
Sever 416

For more information please contact CMP Program Coordinator,
Cozette Russell

Applications for the Critical Media Practice Secondary Field degree are due on Nov. 1, 2016 for the fall semester.


CMP alum Philip Cartelli will premiere his latest film, PROMENADE at the FIDMarseille – Marseille’s International Film Festival this July.



Critical Media Practice (CMP) Capstone Defense
MANAKAMANA by STEPHANIE SPRAY (co-directed with Pacho Velez)

High above a jungle in Nepal, pilgrims make an ancient journey by cable car to worship Manakamana.

Friday, May 27, 2016
at 2:30 p.m.

CCVA Lecture Hall


Critical Media Practice (CMP) Capstone Defense

by Jared McCormick

Monday, May 9
at 3:00 p.m.
Tozzer 203

LAMPEDUSA by PHILIP CARTELLI (co-directed with Mariangela Ciccarello)
Lampedusa is composed of interwoven narratives based on a series of real events. In late 1831, a volcanic island suddenly erupted from the sea a few kilometers off the southern coast of Sicily. An international dispute ensued, during which a number of European powers laid claim to this newfound “land.” The island receded below sea level six months later, leaving only a rocky ledge under the sea…

Thursday May 5
at 3:00 p.m.
Sever 416


Into the Hinterlands is a video collaboratively produced with the Detroit-based performance ensemble, The Hinterlands who practice a form of ecstatic training which they see as a provocation towards the unknown. The “hinterlands” evokes an unknown space both physical and imaginary whose mystery is its very source of generation and from which their creativity emerges. Their practice is one of ecstatic play, of finding the edge of one’s balance, and the limits of one’s body.

Tuesday April 12, 2016 
at 5:30 p.m.
Sever 416


Julia Yezbick’s film HOW TO RUST will screen at the Ann Arbor Film Festival on March 20 at 11am.

(Julia Yezbick, 2016 25 min.)
Detroit artist Olayami Dabls’ installation “Iron Teaching Rocks How to Rust” is a metaphor for the forced assimilation of Africans to European culture and language. Here Dabls’ bricolage of the postindustrial landscape becomes a commentary on the half-life of Fordism, where the relationship between cultural production, history, and place is recast, revealing larger truths about how we mythologize a former glory and shape an imagined future.



CMP student Joana Pimenta wins the Tom Berman Most Promising Filmmaker award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival for her recent film, “The Figures Carved into the Knife by the Sap of the Banana Trees” (As Figuras Gravadas na Faca com a Seiva das Bananeiras).

“The Figures Carved Into the Knife by the Sap of the Banana Trees”
Joana Pimenta
2014, DCP, 16 minutes
The rapid turning of a light draws a circle. In the space bound by its line unravels an archive of postcards sent between the island of Madeira and the former Portuguese colony of Mozambique. The figures carved into the Knife by the Sap of the Banana Trees circulates between a fictional colonial memory, and science-fiction.