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Since the earliest period of the cinema, avant-gardist filmmakers have explored metaphoric correlations between the visual image and music and poetry. The polemic of the early Dada and surrealist works by Leger, Clair, Dulac and Bunuel/Dali led to a more concerted exploration of the expressive nature of avant-garde film by Deren, Brakhage, Anger (and others) during the early period of the New American Cinema. Through lectures, screenings and tutorial based discussion, this unit examines avant-gardist imagist films and critical texts that developed in the interwar and postwar periods. The unit also provides students involved in film/video production with a conceptual and historical framework of ideas.
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Not available in 2023 UWA (Perth) Face to face
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 2 option in the History of Art major sequence
- Level 2 elective
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the historical and cultural progression of the film avant-garde that focused upon visual experimentation; (2) develop an ability to make correlations between transhistorical works and to synthesise an analysis that makes relationships between the film avant-garde and other forms of explorative art; (3) understand the values of exhibition and distribution in relation to other forms of cinema and art and the dissemination of cultural values within those practices; (4) apply art historical research techniques in the development of written texts that infuse the critical discourse surrounding avant-garde film practice within fresh approaches to the subject; and (5) develop written and spoken communication skills within reflective examinations of Imagist avant-garde films.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) short essay; (2) major essay; and (3) tutorial presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Dr Peter Mudie
- Unit rules
- Contact hours
- lectures: 2 hours per week
tutorials: 1 hour per week, plus film screenings
- Enrolled students can access unit material via the Learning Management System.
Able, R. French Cinema: the First Wave 1915–1929: Princeton University 1978
Adams, P. A. Visionary Film: Anthology Film Archives 1977
Curtis, D. Experimental Cinema: Studio Vista 1971
MacDonald, S. Avant-Garde Film Motion Studies: CUP 1993
Mellencamp, P. Indiscretions: Avant-Garde Film, Video and Feminism: Indiana University 1990
Mudie, P. Dusting Off the Other: UWA Press 1993
Mudie, P. Sydney Underground Movies: Ubu Films: UNSW 1997
Polan, D. The Political Language of Film and the Avant-Garde: UMI 1985
Rees, A. L. A History of Experimental Film and Video: BFI 1999
Sitney, P. A., ed. Avant-Garde Film: a Reader of Theory and Criticism: Anthology Film Archives 1978
Thither, A. The Cinematic Muse: University of Missouri 1979
Thoms, A. Polemic for a New Cinema: Wild and Woolley 1978
Williams, L. Figures of Desire: a Theory and Analysis of Surrealist Film: University of Illinois 1981
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Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit is asynchronous delivery, with NO requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Not available for self-enrolment. Students access this mode by contacting their student office through AskUWA. 100% Online Unit.
NO campus face-to-face attendance. All study and assessment requirements are online only. Unit includes some timetabled activities, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times. In exceptional cases (noted in the Handbook) students may be required to participate in face-to-face laboratory classes when a return to UWA’s Crawley campus becomes possible in order to be awarded a final grade.
No attendance or regular contact is required, and all study requirements are completed either via correspondence and/or online submission.
Regular attendance is not required, but student attends the institution face to face on an agreed schedule for purposes of supervision and/or instruction.
Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.