Spring 2015

Lost and Found: Appropriated, Recycled and Reclaimed Images

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


Adam R. Levine (Section 01)


(Offered as ARHA 343 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 and 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 economically 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 as we create projects both entirely from found material and in combination with our own footage.  Two 2-hour classes per week (one seminar/critique and one lecture/screening). 

Limited to 12 students.  Spring semester. 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


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