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April 5, 2021 – April 12, 2021

Monday, Wednesday, Monday | 6-7:30 p.m. PST | 3 Sessions

Instructor: Donal Mosher

Location: Online

Genius Loci: The Spirit of Place is an interdisciplinary 3-part workshop examining spectral approaches to audio, visual, and cinematic documentary. Why do certain places haunt our imagination? What traces of personal and social history can we draw from a location by the act of recording it? Participants in this three-part workshop will explore the interaction of history, memory, and technology by the creation of a short work focused on a single location. Our approach will be shaped by brief readings of the work of Avery F. Gordon, Jeffrey Sconce, and Mark Fisher, as well as engagement with the films of Chris Marker, Brett Story, and international podcasts such as “Night Wind” and “Objecthood.” This workshop is open to all artists working in cinema, audio, writing, and music.

Date: Monday, April 5; Wednesday, April 7; Monday, April 12 | 6-7:30 p.m. PST
Instructor: Donal Mosher

Donal Mosher is a filmmaker, writer, and musician. He is the co-director with Mike Palmieri of the award-winning documentaries October Country and The Gospel of Eureka. Their live cinema work NIGHT WIND REMEMBERS premiered at the Museum of The Moving Image’s First Look Festival in 2019. His written work has been published in the LAMBDA award-winning Portland Queer anthology, Talk House, and the U.K based Failed States Journal. Most recently he is the creator and co-director with Mike Palmieri of Spectral Transmissions, an ongoing audio broadcast and multi-media exhibit made in partnership with the Co:Laboratory at the Northwest Film Center.

Image credit: “Sense of Place #4” Rodrigo Valenzuela


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