December 6-7, I will be conducting a two-day workshop on documentary as socially engaged art at Union Docs collective in Brooklyn, NY. Event website is here. Other guest artists include the filmmaker Alix Lambert (The Mark of Cain, Mentor) and a New York based artist and cinematographer Trevor Tweeten (The Impossible Image, with Richard Mosse). This new weekend intensive wrestles with the thorny question of how to craft artistic representations that are formally inventive but also socially relevant and usefully engaged with the individuals or communities documented in the work.
Designed by UnionDocs and co-presented by The New School’s Documentary Media Studies program, the workshop exposes a small group of up to 14 participants to a range of creative practices and approaches to socially engaged documentary art.
Participants will learn from three talented professional practitioners, artists and filmmakers, using their past projects as key examples for discussion. Together we will explore key ideas that range from authorship to art activism to audience engagement and experience, and more. Through lecture, group discussions, short exercises and work-in-progress critique, participants will be encouraged to put this new knowledge into practice. If you wish to sign up – two spots are still open – please visit the Union Docs site HERE.
UPDATE (post event): a few images from the workshop: