Idea, Concept Development, Visual Expression

DATES: 2021 dates to be announced soon

Wednesday 21 - Sunday 25 October 2020

LEVEL: early professional, intermediate 

A distinction between fine art moving image and most other film and video forms – such as documentary, fiction or social media content at large – is its expression of a personal vision that, while focused on thematic, ideological, stylistic or conceptual concerns, is not anchored in narrative traditions. Framed instead in relation to the rich trajectory of visual art, artist moving image practices offer boundless creative possibilities. 

TIMES: we will meet each day 9 am - 5 pm UKT// 10 - 6 pm CET

(with one hour for lunch)

CLASS SIZE: 10 participants (max)


WORKSHOP FEE: 450 €// 400 GBP

BOOKING INCLUDES: a one-to-one 1.5 hour mentoring session with Isabel. Slots will be made available for sign-up once course registration closes. These sessions will take place within one month upon completion of the workshop.

TO BOOK THIS WORKSHOP: go to Registration
For early bird 10% discount register by 27 Sept. (Places limited).



This 35 hour class and the tutorial that follows will be held live Online via the Zoom platform.

Join us for a stimulating course rich in reflection, experimentation and discovery. We will open with a presentation on the history of videoart in discussion with foundational works by Vito Acconci, Marina Abramovic, Michael Snow, Nam June Paik and Bill Viola, alongside the contemporary practices of Shirin Neshat, Stan Douglas, Anri Sala and Aernout Mik.

Over the course of the 5 days we will cover: the creative process from seed through idea to concept; strategies for inspiration, research and observation; freeing your imagination; developing a personal voice; approaching your subject; balancing intellect with intuition; staying true to your vision; writing your idea; creative registers and aesthetic transposition. We will delve into thematic and visual companions for your journey; collaborative methodologies; preparing your shoot: the artist’s script, principles of filmic time, space, light, atmosphere; digital cinematography: creative exposure, sculpting with light, shooting for editing; elements of sound design; and last but certainly not least, getting it funded: the synopsis, the mood board, the pitch. 

There will be lectures, demonstrations, handouts, individual and group analyses, writing exercises, action and lens studies, shoot exercises, technical and aesthetic discussions and experiments, and critiques of assignments. 

You will leave the course with fresh creative, technical and aesthetic tools crucial to shaping an intentional, thoughtful and impactful practice.

Isabel’s multi-awarded moving images have exhibited widely, including: Centre for Contemporary Art Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; the National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen; the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel; Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing; and Austrian Cultural Forum NYC. Her works have been curated in international surveys of videoart at Artium Museum of Modern Art, Vitoria; The Pacific Centre, LA; Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona; and The Venice Biennale (colaterali). Recently, alongside her solo exhibitions at the Koffler Gallery (Toronto), the Shaw Gallery (Utah), and Summerhall Galleries (Edinburgh), her work has shown at the Musée de la Civilisation Quebec; MUNTREF Museum Buenos Aires; and Museu Història de Catalunya. Bestowed a Jury Special Mention at Loop Videoart (out of competition) and finalist for the Arco Art Fair Prize, she has received commissions and funding from over 40 bodies and institutions internationally, including Creative Scotland, Arts Council England, the Jerwood Foundation, BiArts Israel and Screen Barcelona. Isabel has taught artist moving image practices at Stills Gallery Edinburgh and the Instituto Europeo di Design. Film teaching includes the Universities of Edinburgh and Bristol. Her moving image works are represented by Galeria SENDA and are held in several international collections. see full biog.

This course is for artists in any field who wish to learn and develop their skills in making moving image work and for filmmakers who wish to engage with the  language of artist film and video.

Required materials: 1. iphone, DSLR camera (or similar device) 2. a computer with editing software. A list of easily-accessible additional materials will be provided at least one week prior to the start of the course.

Image: Body of War as installed at the Koffler Gallery Toronto. Still by Toni Hafkenscheid. © 2015

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