Fall 2013

Lost and Found: Appropriated, Recycled and Reclaimed Images

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-231  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-343


Adam R. Levine (Section 01)


(Offered as ARHA 231 and FAMS 343) From the found-footage experiments of the avant-garde to the digital remixes of the networked age, artists have used pre-existing material to question the ideologies of dominant media, explore technological possibilities or play situationist pranks. With the advent of file-sharing platforms, streaming video and cheap DVDs, we live in an era dominated by what Hito Steyerl calls “the poor image” – low resolution, second- or third-generation images whose quality has been sacrificed for accessibility. The availability of this material has allowed artists to work with economy, speed and to borrow the aesthetics of cinema and television for their own purposes, but it also foregrounds many  problematic questions of authorship and ownership.

This course is a hands-on investigation into the practice of recycling, recontextualizing and remixing moving images. We will screen found-footage work, collage films, and  remakes in addition to discussing readings by filmmakers, artists, and theorists that will provide ideas and models for our own production. The class will also review the fundamentals of editing and cinematography as we re-edit found images and combine them with our own footage.

Limited to 12 students.  Fall semester.  Visiting Professor Levine.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to FAMS and ARHA majors, then attention will be given to achieving a mix of majors and Five College participation.


Artistic Practice, Fine Arts for Non-majors


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2013, Spring 2015