November 4, 2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Vanserg 111
29 Francis Ave.
Cambridge, MA
Workshop: Microphone Selection and Technique

High-quality sound is one of the most frequently overlooked factors in film and video production. It’s half of the equation in audiovisual terms, yet image often plays a dominant role. The Film Study Center possesses a wide array of microphones and sonic transducers – available for loan to current FSC fellows and students of Critical Media Practice – to aid in the production of immersive and nuanced soundtracks or audio-only works.

Like any tool, one must understand how a microphone functions and which applications it is best suited for to fully reap its benefits. In this workshop, led by FSC Film and Video Technician Stefan Grabowski, we will discuss a variety of microphone designs and their ideal uses, whether you’re wanting to conduct interviews in controlled spaces, capture location sound in noisy outdoor environments, or create complex aural textures by means of less conventional tools such as hydrophones, contact microphones, or parabolic reflectors. We will discuss different pickup patterns, stereo configurations and microphone arrays, and the characteristics of each of these. We will also cover basic recording technique, dealing with placement as well as ways to avoid handling and wind noise.

This workshop aims to inform participants about the microphone resources available to them through the Film Study Center and to inspire thoughtful, creative audio projects and film sound design. For more comprehensive instruction on sound recording, editing, and mixing, please consider taking a course such as Sonic Ethnography; For training on specific microphones, individual appointments can be made with Stefan.

Note: This workshop is limited to current FSC fellows and CMP students. Please RSVP.


October 23, 2019
10:00 am - 11:45 am
Sever Hall, Rm 416
Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA
CMP Capstone Critique: Max Murray

MAX MURRAY, PhD Candidate in Music

An evening-length work for three performers, “Georgic” is a composed meditation on the slaughter of the American bison during the late nineteenth century. Each of the three performers is both musician and actor, situated in the field of a work-encompassing fixed media component — pre-recorded sound and image both engulfing and articulated by, the concentrated actions of the live performers moving within a starkly reduced scenic disposition. The finished piece will premiere on May 8, 2020 at the Harvard ArtLab. At this critique we will listen to 20 minutes of music, watch a 10-minute film piece, and hear Max’s brief presentation outlining the work’s scenic conception.  RSVP

October 21, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Menschel Hall
32 Quincy St.
Cambridge, MA
Film: Voices of the Rainforest with Steven Feld

In partnership with Documentary Educational Resources (DER), a center for documentary anthropology and ethnographic film based in nearby Watertown, the Harvard Art Museums present the new documentary film Voices of the Rainforest, in 7.1 surround sound.

Directed and produced by acclaimed ethnomusicologist Steven Feld, Voices of the Rainforest is an experiential documentary about the ecological and aesthetic coevolution of Papua New Guinea’s Bosavi rainforest region and its inhabitants. Through sound and image, the film immerses viewers in the rainforest, making myriad connections between the everyday sounds of the rainforest biosphere and the creative practices of the Bosavi people who sing to, with, and about it.

The film is based on Feld’s 1991 acousmatic composition of the same name, which condensed 24 hours of sounds of the rainforest and the Bosavi people into an hour. Produced by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, the piece was digitized and recomposed into a surround-sound experience and performed at the Harvard Art Museums in 2017. The success of the soundtrack prompted the digitization of Feld’s archive of Bosavi images and a two-month trip to Bosavi by Feld and filmmaker Jeremiah Richards, who brought high-resolution cameras and drones to renew the project.

Following the screening, Steven Feld will discuss the film with Amahl Bishara, associate professor of anthropology at Tufts University.

Co-sponsored by Documentary Educational Resources, the Peabody Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology, the Film Study Center at Harvard University, the Critical Media Practice secondary field, and the Harvard Art Museums.

October 7, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Sever Hall, M12
Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA
Lunch with McMillan Fellow Dieudo Hamadi

After you’ve watched Dieudo Hamadi’s films at the HFA Sept. 28 – Oct. 5, please join us for lunch and a discussion with the filmmaker himself.

Priority is given to CMP students and FSC fellows and seating is limited to 15. Kindly RSVP.

October 4, 2019 - October 6, 2019
All Day
Harvard Film Archive
24 Quincy St.
Cambridge, MA
Dieudo Hamadi: 2019-20 McMillan-Stewart Fellow, Oct. 4-6 at the HFA

Dieudo Hamadi is the 2019-20 McMillan-Stewart Fellow in Distinguished Filmmaking at the Film Study Center at Harvard University. Hamadi will visit Harvard from Oct. 4-9, 2019 to share his films at the Harvard Film Archive and meet with students in AFVM, CMP, and FSC fellows.

Dieudo Hamadi was born in 1984 in Kinsangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. After studying medicine, he eventually turned to documentary filmmaking and graduated from the INSAS film school in Brussels. He started working as an editor, producer, and assistant director before being awarded the Pierre and Yolande Perrault grant at Cinéma du Réel in 2010 for the film Dames en Attente, co-directed with Divita Wa Lusala. He also co-directed a segment of the documentary CONGO IN FOUR ACTS, which screened the same year at the Berlinale Forum.

In 2013, he made his feature-length debut with Atalaku, an immersive account of the 2011 Congolese presidential election campaign. The film was awarded the Joris Ivens award at Cinéma du Réel, and the Young Adults Jury Award at Black Movie. A year later, Hamadi directed his second feature, National Diploma, which followed a group of students expelled from high school for not being able to pay their teachers’ fees. National Diploma screened at the International Competition of Cinéma du Réel in 2014 where it won the Scam Award and the Potemkine Publishers’ Award.

Hamadi went on to direct Mama Colonel in 2017, documenting the struggles of Colonel Honorine at the head of the child abuse and sexual harassment police in the Kinsangani province. The film was awarded the Tagesspiegel Jury Award and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Berlinale Forum, and the Grand Prix at Cinéma du Réel.

Hamadi’s latest film Kinshasa Makambo revolves around three young activists trying to bring about a change of regime through free elections. Kinshasa Makambo was presented in 2018 at the Panorama Section of the Berlinale and the International  Competition of Cinéma du Réel. It premiered the same year in the United States at the True/False Festival, where it received the True Vision award.

October 3, 2019
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sever Hall, Rm 416
Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA
CMP Affiliated Faculty Meeting

There have been many changes in the Critical Media Practice secondary degree program over the past year and this meeting is to share what we’ve been up to. We’ll discuss new guidelines and requirements, how faculty can support their CMP students, and what we have planned for the exciting year ahead. We hope you can join us!

This event is open to all current CMP affiliated faculty.

September 26, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
24 Quincy Street, Harvard Univ
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Workshop: Accessing Unique Film and Video Resources at Harvard Libraries and Harvard Film Archive

Harvard has incredible audiovisual resources in multiple media spread across several entities on campus. In this workshop you will learn how to locate, request, and view items from Harvard’s various film collections – and about the procedures to pursue inclusion of media in your research or art projects. Amy Sloper, Collections Archivist at the Harvard Film Archive, will describe the collections and access instructions for Harvard Film Archive and other special collections on campus. Please note that if there is interest, we will hold a separate workshop for professors and teaching fellows on how to integrate film clips into courses through the Canvas teaching platform.

This workshop is limited to 30. Priority is given to CMP students and FSC fellows. Kindly RSVP.
Location: CCVA B-04


September 20, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Carpenter Center, level 2
24 Quincy Street, Harvard Univ
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Carpenter Center Woodshop Orientation

Need to build something for a sculpture, video installation, or performance? In this orientation, you will learn about the tools and equipment available at the woodshop in the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies. Woodshop coordinator Oliver Strand will explain safe working practices, introduce the shop’s equipment, and give you training and hands-on experience with some specific tools. All participants sign a training record and safety contract and upon completion of this orientation will have access to the shop for the semester whenever a shop monitor is present.

This workshop is limited to 18. Priority given to CMP students and FSC fellows. Kindly RSVP.



September 18, 2019
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Sever Hall, Rm 416
Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA
Artist Talk: Juan Maidagan

Juan Maidagan of the Berlin-based visual arts duo Zinny Maidagan will talk about his film work as well as their collaborative work creating large-scale, site-specific public art interventions, in conversation with Matt Saunders, Harris K. Weston Associate Professor of the Humanities.

More about Zinny Maidagan.

Co-sponsored by AFVS 155 Documentary Fictions, AFVS 390 Graduate Studio Workshop, The Film Study Center, and Critical Media Practice.

May 9, 2019
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Vanserg, Rooms 108-114
29 Francis Ave
Cambridge, MA
Introduction to Critical Media Practice: Final Projects Show

Please join us for an informal show by graduate students in VES 255: Introduction to Critical Media Practice, including works in video, sound, sculpture, and installation.

Thursday, May 9, 4:30-6:30pm (video and audio screening 5-6pm)


April 25, 2019 - May 5, 2019
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
CMP Capstone Exhibition and Screening

This inaugural exhibition presents the culminating work of graduate students pursuing the Critical Media Practice secondary field (CMP).  CMP enables students to incorporate artistic practices into their research, acknowledging that some forms of inquiry can be more fruitfully  pursued through visual, aural, tactile, performative, or interactive means than through text alone.

The exhibition comprises a cinema program of film, sound, and performance works and a gallery show presenting installations and interactive projects.  All are capstone projects created by graduating students or recent alumni in tandem with their dissertations in a range of disciplines.

Friday, April 26, 3-5pm
Cinema Program
Lecture Hall, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Friday, April 26, 5-7pm
Opening Reception
ArtLab Annex, Sackler Building
485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA

Gallery Hours:
Thursday, April 25, 4-7pm
Friday April 26, 4-8pm
Saturday, April 27, 1-4pm
Thursday, May 2, 4-7pm
Friday, May 3, 4pm-7pm
Saturday, May 4, 1pm-4pm: gallery walkthrough with artists 2-3pm

Additional work on view:
April 22-May 5, 10am-5pm daily
Lightbox Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, 5th floor
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA


April 11, 2019
7:00 pm
Lecture Hall, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, level 0
24 Quincy Street, Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Between the Human Animal and the Animate Earth

A screening of the new documentary, Becoming Animal (directed by Peter Mettler and Emma Davie) about the work of cultural ecologist David Abram (author of “The Spell of the Sensuous”), followed by an open conversation with David Abram and Lucien Castaing-Taylor (Director of Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab).


February 21, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sever 411
Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA
Workshop: Legal Issues in Filmmaking

What do filmmakers need to do to ensure their work complies with laws and regulations professional norms? Please join us for a workshop on legal issues for filmmakers led by Christopher Bavitz, WilmerHale Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Managing Director of the Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and Rebecca Richman Cohen, Documentary Filmmaker, Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, and CMP Affiliated Faculty, along with Harvard Law School students from the Cyberlaw Clinic.

The worksop will provide an overview on key concepts such as fair use, appearance and location releases, and licenses for use of music or archival materials. You will learn best practices and leave with resources to take you further.

This workshop is limited to 25. Priority given to current Film Study Center fellows and Critical Media Practice students. Kindly RSVP.


February 12, 2019
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Sever Hall, Rm 416
Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA
CMP Info Session

Please join us for an information session for Harvard graduate students interested in pursuing the Critical Media Practice secondary field. CMP is for PhD students in any discipline who wish to integrate moving images, sound, installation, internet applications, or other media into their academic work. The evening will include a brief explanation of the field’s requirementscourses, and resources as well as presentations by CMP students and alumni about their projects.

This event is for new and prospective CMP students and CMP affiliated faculty.

February 7, 2019
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Lecture Hall, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, level 0
24 Quincy Street, Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts
An Evening with Anocha Suwichakornpong

By the Time It Gets Dark (Dao khanong)
Directed by Anocha Suwichakornpong. With Arak Amornsupasiri, Apinya Sakuljaroensuk, Achtara Suwan
Thailand 2016, DCP, color, 105 min. Thai with English subtitles. Free Admission.

Preceded by
Directed by Tulapop Saenjaroen, Anocha Suwichakornpong
Singapore, 2016, 15 min.

Please join us for an evening with Film Study Center fellow and VES visiting faculty member Anocha Suwichakornpong. Anocha will be present for a post screening Q&A with Prof. Peter Galison and reception following the film. Co-sponsored by The Film Study Center, The Visual and Environmental Studies Department, and the Thai Studies Program.

“Suwichakornpong’s new film bravely tackles a subject long taboo for Thai artists and writers: the Thammasat University Massacre of 1976, in which a still-unconfirmed number of protesting students were brutally murdered by the military. Rather than a head-on confrontation with the horrific incident, however, By the Time It Gets Dark takes a more nuanced and digressive path, interweaving the seemingly disconnected stories of a filmmaker researching the massacre together with those of a young pop star and a melancholy maid who drifts enigmatically throughout the film. What unites these different characters, Suwichakornpong seems to suggest, is the still-pulsing trauma of history that has been denied yet not forgotten. In its lyrical interweaving of character narrative and documentary interludes, and in its pixel-imploding ending, By the Time It Gets Dark goes further still by suggesting the limits of the dizzying image world that we increasingly inhabit and the ways in which cinema might give a safe place for local histories and personal memories to be kept alive.” – Haden Guest, Harvard Film Archive

“A head-spinning tour de force … elliptically political, frequently perplexing, yet fluid enough in its possibilities to allow each viewer to divine their own meanings from its quicksilver forms” – Mark Kermode, The Guardian

November 29, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sever Hall Room 438
Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA
CMP Capstone Exhibition planning meeting

For CMP students graduating in November 2018 and May 2019: We are organizing the inaugural CMP Capstone Exhibition for next spring and hope you can join us to discuss your participation. The exhibition will include a pop-up gallery show in the new Sackler for installation, multi-media, sound etc. projects and also one or two nights of screenings for single channel works. Participating in the exhibition is not mandatory but we hope you will consider sharing your finished capstone projects.

Kindly RSVP to Cozette Russell (cerussell@fas) if you will be joining in. If you are interested in participating but cannot make the meeting please let me know.

November 29, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sever 415
Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA
Sensate: Informational Meeting

Please join us for an informational meeting about how graduate students might get involved with and contribute to Sensate: A Journal for Experiments in Critical Media Practice. This is a fabulous opportunity for you to publish at the cutting edge of media-based scholarship.

Sensate: A Journal for Experiments in Critical Media Practice is an online, peer-reviewed journal for the creation, presentation, and critique of media-based scholarship in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Its mission is to provide a scholarly and artistic forum for experiments with critical media practices that expand academic discourse by taking viewers beyond the margins of the printed page.

Founded in 2010 at Harvard, Sensate has published work by over 50 scholars including five themed special collections. Sensate staff, colleagues, and contributors come from a wide background of disciplines and institutions as the journal’s publications are not confined to a single disciplinary purview. Sensate has and maintains an on-going partnership and affiliation with Harvard’s Critical Media Practice program.

November 29, 2018
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Vanserg 111
29 Francis Ave.
Cambridge, MA
Listening session with Christopher DeLaurenti

Christopher DeLaurenti will present recent audio works for listening and discussion.

About the artist:
To listen is to liberate. I start with myself, taking my microphones towards and sometimes beyond the boundaries of property, the law, and oppression. I make field recordings, but I’m not interested in capturing a place or building a documentary archive. When I tape small microphones to my skull, or button up a stout vest with sewn-in mics, or strap a stereo pair to my homemade mic boom, I am venturing into the world to ask “Who is heard?” “Who has?” “Who is here?” and “Why are we listening to this right now?” I ask these questions to open my ears and open my heart. Can I listen bravely? Can I hear justice?

I attempt to bear witness to current crises. Activist Sound is one way I describe the sound pieces, performances, and installations I sculpt from field recordings of protests, testimonies, and other pertinent sonic materials of social change. War, poverty, inequality, racism, and climate change impel me to respond.

co-sponsored by Sonic Ethnography / Anthropology / VES / FSC / CMP

November 27, 2018
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sever Hall, Rm 415
Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA
Workshop: Creative Documentary Approaches with Shevaun Mizrahi

See Shevaun’s beautiful film Distant Constellation at the DocYard on November 26 and then join her the next day for a hands-on workshop for director/cinematographers.

Shevaun Mizrahi is a Turkish-American documentary filmmaker. She received a Jury Special Mention Award at the Locarno Film Festival 2017 for her documentary film “Distant Constellation” among many other awards including the Best Picture Prize at the Jeonju International Film Festival 2018 and the FIPRESCI Critics Prize at the Viennale (Vienna International Film Festival) 2018. She was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Film in 2015 and is the recipient of a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship.

This workshop is limited to 20. Priority give to current Film Study Center fellows and Critical Media Practice students. Kindly RSVP.

November 8, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Vanserg 114
Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA
Workshop: Creating a Digital Cinema Package with Stefan Grabowski

In this workshop you will learn how to create a DCP (Digital Cinema Package) of your film for festivals and digital distribution.

Enrollment limited to 20 with priority given to current Film Study Center fellows and Critical Media Practice students. RSVP required.

October 18, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch with Xu Bing

Please join us for a catered lunch with visual artist and filmmaker Xu Bing hosted by CMP. We hope you can attend these additional events with Xu Bing too:

10/15 at 7:00 pm Screening: Dragonfly Eyes at the HFA

10/16 at 4:15pm Lecture: Dragonfly Eyes: What Counts as Art Today?

Xu Bing is a professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, in Beijing, and an Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a US Department of State’s Medal of Arts, he first rose to international prominence following the creation of Book from the Sky (1987–1991), an installation of volumes and scrolls assembled using traditional Chinese printing and bookmaking techniques but featuring illegible, imaginary characters. His work since has included printmaking, bookmaking, installation art, sculpture, film, and digital media and has been displayed at the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Venice Biennale, and other major institutions and exhibitions.

Please RSVP for lunch by Tuesday, 10/16 (limit 10, open to CMP students and FSC fellows)

October 16, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Vanserg 111
29 Francis Ave.
Cambridge, MA
Workshop: Interview Techniques with Julie Mallozzi

In this workshop students will learn the basics of recording video and/or audio interviews including how to prepare questions, how to set up the camera, lights, and microphone, and how to conduct the interview to get the most powerful and editable answers.

In addition to her role as the Film Study Center’s Administrative Director Julie Mallozzi is a documentary filmmaker. Her work explores the ways cultural traditions from around the globe intersect, hybridize, and are turned to new social purposes far from their original context. Her films have won awards at festivals around the world and have screened in museums, universities, and on public television. Mallozzi has also created over 100 videos and transmedia projects for community organizations. She received her BA from Harvard University and her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute. Mallozzi has taught at Harvard University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston University, and Rhode Island School of Design.

This workshop is open to CMP students. Kindly RSVP as there is a limit of 20 participants.

September 28, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sever Hall, Rm 416
Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA
Installation Master Class with Ali Cherri

Ali Cherri, a Beirut-and-Paris based visual and video artist whose work traces correspondences between political and geological disasters in Lebanon and neighboring territories will give a Master Class on selected installation projects, walking participants through his detailed process for making them. Ali Cherri was the 2016-17 Robert E. Fulton III Fellow at the Film Study Center.

Cherri’s recent solo exhibitions include Somniculus at Jeu de Paume, Paris and CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux (2017); Tretyakov Gallery Moscow (Sep. 2017); Galerie Imane Farès (Oct. 2017); Jönköpings läns museum, Sweden (2017); Sursock Museum, Beirut (2016) and his films have been shown in International Film Festivals including New Directors/New Films MoMA NY; Cinéma du Réel, Centre Pompidou; CPH:DOX (winner of NewVision Award); Dubai International Film Festival (winner Best Director); VideoBrasil (Southern Panorama Award); Berlinale; Toronto International Film Festival & San Francisco International Film Festival amongst others.

Enrollment limited to 35 with priority given to current Film Study Center fellows and Critical Media Practice students. RSVP required.

September 28, 2018
7:00 pm
Level 0, Lecture Hall, Harvard Film Archive
24 Quincy St.
Cambridge, MA
Screening: Ali Cherri

Working across a wide range of different media, Lebanese artist Ali Cherri (b. 1976) has steadily explored his native land as a political, geographical, climatic and religious territory. Whether investigating archaeological and sacred sites, borders or seismic fault lines, Cherri has searched for new ways to map and imagine Lebanon and its place within the Middle East. In conjunction with the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts and the Film Study Center, the Harvard Film Archive is pleased to welcome Ali Cherri, winner of a 2016-17 Robert E. Fulton III Fellowship in Nonfiction Filmmaking, for an evening dedicated to his moving-image work. – Harvard Film Archive

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September 27, 2018
6:00 pm
Level 3, Bookshop, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
24 Quincy St,
Cambridge, MA
Artist Talk: Ali Cherri

In collaboration with Harvard Film Archive and the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.

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