When Experimental Storytelling Provokes Social Inquiry
The New School hosts a conversation exploring forms of storytelling that have far-reaching impact beyond the screen. Together we'll discuss how both creative end products and the act of creation itself can consciously address issues of social justice and inclusion. Faculty across various fields will share their practices and illustrative examples from their work, inviting attendees to consider the use of experimental techniques to conduct social inquiry and probe how unconventional filmmaking can empower others. Topics will include: using lens-based media to bridge art and research, performance and film as ritual, embodied practice, the role of memory in storytelling, issues of privacy and ethical conflicts, and inspiring social action through film.
Panelists hail from across the university, bringing their multidisciplinary experience together to provide a beneficial and insightful discourse:
Melanie Crean, filmmaker and professor at Parsons School of Design specializing in emerging media, narrative, social engagement and visual culture. Her work explores the relationship between speech, space and social structures of control.
Erica Fae, actor and theatre professor within the Drama School in the College of Performing Arts who focuses on feminist issues and telling the stories of powerful, radical women. She workshops embodied movement practices to provide actors with tools for more authentic performance and uses film to share the uncovered lives of women from history.
Abou Farman, anthropologist and professor at The New School for Social Research, also a filmmaker and specialist in sensory ethnographies. He recently produced Icaros a film addressing social issues of community exploitation while working collaboratively with native cultures.
Nitin Sawhney, professor and filmmaker conducting participatory research through multisensory media in our graduate School of Media studies. His projects and coursework combine performance with documentaries to understand issues of memory in contested sites, and use experimental approaches to create a form for social inquiry. His recent project, ZonaIntervenida, focuses on genocide, memory, and body through site-specific performance interventions in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala."
Caveh Zahedi, filmmaker working with controversial and autobiographical modes of storytelling. He is currently producing The Show About the Show, a self-reflexive TV show about its own making, and is a professor of culture and media at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts.