ACTIVATE THEÂ ARCHIVES
Working withÂ ArchivalÂ Materials and Found Footage,
an Intensive Seminar for Documentary Artists
Friday September 25th to Sunday September 27th, 10am-5pm
UnionDocs, 322 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
â€œHistory consists of a series of accumulated imaginative inventions.â€ (Voltaire)
This intensive seminar will explore the creative use ofÂ archivalÂ materials for documentary art. Over the course of three days, participants will learn from seasoned guest speakers â€” archivists,Â archivalÂ researchers, nonfiction filmmakers, visual artists and writers â€” as well as complete creative exercises inÂ archivalÂ storytelling. Produced by UnionDocs in partnership with Mathilde Walker-Billaud and filmmaker Penny Lane, this intensive seminar will deliver both practical advice and creative inspiration to filmmakers, artists and storytellers of all kinds interested in delving into the world ofÂ archivalÂ research as part of their own creative process.
Topics will include: how to locateÂ archivalÂ material and work effectively with archivists; understanding fair use and other copyright issues; ethical, historiographic and creative problems related to appropriation and transformation of â€œfoundâ€ material; finding a personal and meaningful form of reporting when dealing with a trove of information; and creative strategies allowing theÂ archivalÂ research process to inspire new work. The goal of the workshop is to inspire and encourage artists of all kinds to better benefit from the rich shared history found inarchivesÂ and databases everywhere.
Lead by filmmaker Penny Lane. Guest instructors include author Luc Sante, researcher Rosemary Rotondi (Citzenfour, Teenage), filmmaker David France (Dir., How to Survive a Plague) and Alison S. M. Kobayashi who will explore the process of working creatively with historical and found materials.