Visiting Artist: Laura Deutch
Project: Present Spaces, Future Places
Residency Timeframe: May 15 - June 15, 2012
“Buffalo, like Philadelphia is a city confronted with a changing landscape; one which echoes an industrial past, yet remains in limbo regarding its future use. How are cities transforming industrial spaces? How are neighborhoods creating safe spaces? What could these new spaces look like, how would they function?” -Laura Deutch
Laura Deutch is a Philadelphia-based media artist and educator who uses participatory processes to engage communities in expanded documentary production. Her most recent project, Messages in Motion, a mobile media studio, works with neighborhood programs and community-based organizations to produce, distribute and exhibit short form documentary. MIM was selected for the People’s Biennial, organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), which toured 5 cities in the US from 2010-2012. Laura was also recently honored at SXSW as a Dewey Winburne Community Service Award Honoree. She coordinates the Philadelphia Youth Media Collaborative and teaches classes at University of the Arts, and various media arts organizations throughout Philadelphia. She serves on the board of Termite TV Collective, and holds an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University.
PARTICIPATE: Free Community Workshop w/ Laura Deutch - June 2 & 3, 1-5pm
You are invited to join Laura Deutch, the creator of the Messages in Motion project, for a free weekend video-making workshop on June 2 & 3, from 1-5pm. Through a collaborative process, you will learn how to write, film, and edit a short video postcard that will be part of a larger documentary project titled, ‘Present spaces, Future places,’ which will premiere at Squeaky Wheel, June 15th (7pm). No experience necessary. You will learn creative techniques to document the nature of our changing environment (public, private spaces and virtual spaces). How are these spaces changing, and how does our sense of place and environment impact how we live, work and relate to one another? If you are interested to participate in this project, click here to register.
PROJECT PREMIERE: Present Spaces, Future Places - June 15, 7pm @ Squeaky Wheel; artist talk at 8pm
Join Laura for one last time to see the new work she has made during her residency. Works to be shown will include video postcards made in collaboration w/ Starlight Studio & Art Gallery, Seneca Street Church Teen Program, & members of the community along with film footage shot by Laura during her time in Buffalo.
Laura showing teens at the Seneca Street Church how to create storyboards and use Flip cams to make their own videos.
This project is supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts Electronic Media & Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (www.NYSCA.org www.eARTS.org).