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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


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.

 


November 18, 2019
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Vanserg 111
29 Francis Ave.
Cambridge, MA
CMP Capstone Critique: Julia Smachylo

JULIA SMACHYLO, DDes Candidate at GSD

“Silvic Stewards” is a video installation exploring the variegated geographies of forested landscapes in provincial incentivized management programs, understood through the interaction of policy, labor, and non-human nature. In bringing together the landscapes resulting from these programs, as well as the landowners involved, the project foregrounds the various relationships between forests and their stewards at different scales within the urbanizing landscape of southern Ontario.  RSVP


November 19, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Sever Hall, Rm 416
Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA
CMP Capstone Critique: Anya Yermakova

ANYA YERMAKOVA, PhD Candidate in History of Science

Anya will present her artist statement and selections from her CMP work:

“Concerto for Charango and Orchestra: from the Big Bang through the Fundamental Laws”: a completed music composition and experimental documentary, in collaboration with a youth orchestra in Chile and an astrophysicist.

“Improv Structures inspired by Dynamic Logics of 19th c Russia: embodied knowing of the non-binary”: a work-in-progress in improv dance, sound art, and documentary video that is a complement to Anya’s dissertation.

“Chronotopes”: an ongoing series of projects in music improvisation, music composition, sound art, and “music video” with ample black screen, developing a Bakhtin-inspired methodology for working through a collection of multi-media data entangled in the “personal archive” and the “professional PhD data collection.”

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November 19, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Harvard Film Archive
24 Quincy St.
Cambridge, MA
Film: Atlantique by Mati Diop

Atlantique
Directed by Mati Diop.
With Mame Sane, Amadou Mbow, Traoré.
Belgium/France/Senegal , 2019, DCP, color, 105 min.
French and Wolof with English subtitles.

The stunning debut feature by actress-turned-filmmaker Mati Diop is a bewitching tale of longing focused on a young Senegalese woman gripped by her forbidden love for an exploited construction worker who abruptly emigrates to Europe but seems to be lingering mysteriously behind. Melding supernatural fiction with a clear-eyed vision of the migrant crisis, Atlantique—which began, in fact, as a documentary short—gives unique resonance to an urgent issue reshaping communities across Europe and Africa today. A surprise but well-deserved winner of the coveted Grand Prix at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Atlantique establishes Diop as a central figure in a new wave of politically charged yet lyrically shaped art cinema that is reorienting contemporary filmmaking towards bold new directions. – Haden Guest

The Film Study Center and the Harvard Film Archive are pleased to welcome back former Radcliffe-FSC Fellow Mati Diop for an area premiere of her remarkable new film.

Co-sponsored with the Harvard Film Archive


April 2, 2020 - April 8, 2020
All Day
Arthur M. Sackler Building
Broadway
Cambridge, MA
CMP Capstone Exhibition, April 2-8, 2020

The CMP Capstone Exhibition will run from April 2-8, 2020 in the ArtLab Annex in the Sackler Building. Check back here for updates on our participating students and reception date.


May 8, 2020
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
ArtLab Hub
140 N. Harvard Street
Allston, MA
Performance of "Georgic" by Max Murray

Please join us for a CMP capstone performance by PhD candidate in Music, Max Murray. 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.

 

 

 

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