Spring 2014 Wednesdays 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Center for Documentary Studies, CDS Bridges 113

Timothy Lenoir
Kimberly J. Jenkins Chair for
New Technologies in Society
lenoir A-T duke D-O-T edu
Smith Warehouse Bay 11 Rm. A231
919-668-1952 (office)
Office hours: TBD
Course email list: TBD

Tom Rankin
Director, MFAEDA Program
tom D-O-T rankin A-T duke D-O-T edu
919-660-3613 (office)
Office hours: By appointment

Patrick Herron
Senior Analyst
Jenkins Collaboratory
patrick D-O-T h A-T duke D-O-T edu
Smith Warehouse Bay 11 Room A-241
919-668-0276 (office)
Office hours: By appointment



MFAEDA 703 Experimental and Documentary Arts: Telling Realism

This course examines the conditions of possibility of politically and socially engaged documentary as a medium of truth. We will consider the historical and conceptual arch of the documentary arts across time, with special attention to the shifts in practice, audience, and approach that have expanded, revised, reshaped, and deepened documentary art. Documentarians occupy positions as artist practitioners and authoritative observers; in recent years, however, documentarians have questioned their privileged role and challenged it in the practice of their work. In this course we explore questions about objectivity, subjectivity, insider/outsider dynamics, politics, social values, power relations, self-representation, the reliability of memory and autobiography in the making and dissemination of documentary work. A central focus of our inquiry is on the role of technological media, particularly photography, film, and sound recording and the enabling or potentially disruptive effects of digital technologies and new social media on truth telling.