Interdisciplinary Arts Workshops 2015-16

Spike Lee

May 1, 2016

DMCA Interdisciplinary Arts Workshop: 3-5pm
36 Edgewood Avenue, Room 204

Film Screening: 2 Fists Up: We Gon Be Alright (2016)
Screening Time:  7 - 8pm; followed by a conversation with Yale College Dean, Jonathan Holloway, 8 - 9pm
Screening Location: Whitney Humanities Center

Filmmaker Spike Lee will visit Yale for a weekend event, co-sponsored by the Yale Afro-American Cultural Center; Yale College Office of the Associate Dean for the Arts; Digital Media Center for the Arts; Yale School of Art; and Films at the Whitne, supported by the Barbakov Fund for Innovative Film Programs at Yale. 

The workshop and screening are open to the general Yale community, but are only available on a first-come first-serve basis, due to limited seating capacities.


Robert Bowen + Jason Smeltzer

April 28, 2016

Through sensations of depth, sound, and movement, this unique collaborative performance is an instrument to view the city, as it examines the iconic geopolitical landscape of Lower Manhattan in ways not previously experienced. One day in 1903, the filmmaker, J. B. Smith, on assignment for the Thomas A. Edison Co. of West Orange, NJ, took a boat ride down the Hudson. This project takes off from a digital stereoscopic conversion of what Smith saw, what he didn’t see, what we see now, what’s missing, and what’s been added since.  Think of it as a 3D panoramagram, a cinema of variation for both eyes. By varying the modes of perception we experience trans-temporal drift. New York City is revealed to be a panopticon of frenetic urban renewals culminating in postmodern hyperspace, geopolitical tragedy and the entropic effects of climate change. Ultimately a future city emerges, a body-meta interface projected on the background.

Yale School of Art and the Digital Media Center for the Arts host filmmaker, Robert Bowen, and theremin performer, Jason Smeltzer, for this transmedia event, in which Bowen’s stereoscopic film meets Smeltzer’s live musical score.  This event is free and open to the public.


Aylin Tekiner

April 18 + 25, 2016

Yale School of Drama’s resident artist, Aylin Tekiner, will lead an interdisciplinary arts workshop in conjunction with her production at the Yale Cabaret Festival, exploring the narrative shadow play.


Andrew Schartmann + Lindsay Grace

April 15 + 22, 2016

Super Mario Bros. (1985) marked a watershed moment in videogame history. With its expansive world, sophisticated controls, and rich musical score, the game catapulted Nintendo to the top of the home-console charts. The company became so popular, in fact, that “playing Nintendo” became a metonym for playing any game console, even those made by other companies. More than just a commercial success, however, Super Mario Bros. revolutionized the relationship between sound and graphics in video games. This two-part workshop draws inspiration from one member of Nintendo’s historic development team—composer Koji Kondo—and explores innovative approaches to crafting interactions between music, sound, and image for video games. It also discusses the relevance of Kondo’s philosophy to game audio today.

Andrew Schartmann, music theorist and composer, brings his research on game sound design to bear on this two-part workshop.  Lindsay Grace, game designer and founding director of American University’s Game Lab and Studio, will present his work and research in affection gaming, offering new possibilities for interactions in game design.  This event is brought to you by the collaborative efforts of the Yale School of Art, Department of Computer Science, and the Digital Media Center for the Arts.


Art+Feminism | Wiki+Workshop and Edit-a-thon

Alexandra Provo + Sarah Stevens-Morling

March 3 + 4, 2016

In this two-day event, the Yale University Library, in collaboration with the Yale School of Art and the Digital Media Center for the Arts, sponsors a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon and Wiki+Workshop.  The Wiki+Workshop is scheduled for March 3rd, as a hands-on Wikipedia editing workshop, located at the Yale DMCA.  The Edit-a-thon is scheduled for March 4th, coinciding with the international event that celebrates International Women’s Day organized by Art+Feminism, which aims to increase coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia.

Yale’s Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon will focus on bringing attention to women artists associated with Yale or represented in Yale art collections, as well as other topics of interest to participants. At the event, we will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, and refreshments.


Samuel Rowlett

February 22, 2016

Samuel Rowlett will lead an interdisciplinary arts workshop exploring links between the act of walking and the creative process. Tapping into the ethos of the sketch, and utilizing common items found in a person’s pocket (pencil, paper, smartphone, etc.), participants will engage in a series of collaborative art-walks aimed at provoking ideas, generating dialogue and challenging preconceived notions about how to get from point A to point B. 

This workshop is ideal for students of various backgrounds and abilities; walking can be a valuable technique, supporting creative-sustainability regardless of one’s chosen field of study.  No art training necessary.


Federico Solmi + Jake Jefferies

February 16 + March 01, 2016

Artists Federico Solmi and Jake Jefferies present a two-part interdisciplinary arts workshop on 3D character modeling and texturing.  Participants will learn the basics of character development, modeling and texture mapping, exploring the relationships between traditional plastic media (painting and drawing) and 3D computer graphics.  The workshop will culminate in a playable Unity game environment, in which participants’ characters will be activated.


Thomas Allen Harris

February 5 + 12, March 4 + 11, 2016

This interdisciplinary arts seminar will explore the construction of identity and community through photography and storytelling. Participants will create and develop projects tailored to their own personal work (in art, music, performance, literature, dance, etc.), around the concept of re-imaging the family album in the digital age.

Focusing on Digital Diaspora Family Reunion (DDFR), a socially engaged transmedia project, this seminar will encourage students to investigate and share narratives found within their own family photographic collections. In this workshop, students will work with filmmaker and artist, Thomas Allen Harris, to create a transmedia event, drawing upon Harris’ experiences and lessons gleaned from seven years of touring with the DDFR Roadshow across the United States as well as in Canada, Brazil and Ethiopia. The course will also look at the ways the family photo album has served as a trope for his memoir-based documentaries including “Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People,” winner of the NAACP Image Award.

Advanced registration required.


Boniface Mwangi

November 14, 2015

In collaboration with the Yale African Students Association and in conjunction with Yale Africa Week, The DMCA is honored to host Boniface Mwangi, photojournalist and social activist. This weekend, Mwangi will present his work and engage students in a poster campaign workshop at the Digital Media Center for the Arts. A two time recipient of the CNN Photojournalist of the Year Award, Mwangi is noted for his documentation of post-election violence in Kenya, following the 2007 Kenyan presidential election. He established PAWA254 in Nairobi (, an arts workspace that empowers young professionals and disadvantaged youth to effect social change through new innovative and creative projects, workshops, and social forums.

The DMCA is committed to fostering a welcoming environment of collaboration and creativity at Yale. This event is free and open to the Yale community.


Jason Rohrer

November 11, 2015

Jason Rohrer, American artist, computer programmer, writer, musician, and game designer, will discuss his work and ideas about art, community, and the state of play in the public domain. Students will have the opportunity to share their work in a small breakout session with the artist immediately following the talk. Rohrer’s award-winning game designs have been featured in Kokoromi GAMMA 256, IndieCade, and the Independent Games Festival.  In 2012, Rohrer’s game Passage became a part of the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.  He has been published in The Escapist, Esquire Magazine, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

This event is sponsored by the Digital Media Center for the Arts and the School of Art, Yale University. Presentation at the Yale Loria Center, 190 York St., Room 250, followed by critique of student work at the DMCA.


Philip Miller + Catherine Meyburgh

A talk in conjunction with the performance Refuse the Hour

November 4, 2015

Philip Miller is a composer who has worked with some of the most innovative filmmakers and visual artists to emerge from south Africa. He has composed music for the soundtracks to many local and international film and television productions. Recent film scores include Steven Silver’s The Bang Bang Club, which was nominated for a Genie Award in Canada, and Black Butterflies, which was awarded best film score at the south African Film and Television Awards (sAFTA). He composed the scores for HBO’s The Girl, directed by Julian Jarrold, Martha and Mary directed by Philip Noyce, and the BBC’s The Borrowers. Miller has worked with acclaimed artist William Kentridge, and a multimedia version of their collaboration, together with Gerhard and Maya Marx, premiered at the South African Pavillion at the Venice Biennale 2013.

Catherine Meyburgh is a Projection Designer who has worked in film as a director and editor since 1983. She has worked extensively as editor on feature films, dOCUMENTAries, multi-projection works in theatre, experimental and short films. Recent work includes collaborations on The Refusal of Time with William Kentridge and Philip Miller; Nelson Mandela, the Myth and Me, a feature dOCUMENTAry by director Khalo Matabane; and Kentridge’s production of The Nose. She edited the short film Portrait of a Young Man Drowning for director Teboho Mahlatsi, which won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Her work in collaborative installations has been exhibited at MoMA in New York and The Louvre in Paris, among many other museums.

Refuse the Hour is co-sponsored by the Digital Media Center for the Arts, the Andrew Carnduff Ritchie Fund, Yale Center for British Art, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Yale Repertory Theatre, Yale School of Music, and Yale University Art Gallery. 

Yale School of Drama, 205 Park St, Room 101


Nicola Perugini

The Force of Discrimination: Human Shields, International Law, and Images in Gaza

November 4, 2015

Nicola Perugini is an anthropologist who researches technologies of shielding through human rights. He teaches and directs at the Al Quds Bard Honors College in the West Bank, Palestine. In 2008-2009 he taught at the International Relations Department at American University of Rome. In 2012-2013 Perugini was a Member at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton). His current research focuses on the relationship between human rights and domination in Palestine/Israel. He is writing a book on this topic with Neve Gordon (The Human Right to Dominate, forthcoming by Oxford University Press). He has published articles on law and spatial practices, shielding technologies, asylum seekers, humanitarianism, and settler colonialism.

Image and Video presentation, followed by a conversation with Jake Davidson.  Loria Center, 190 York St., Room 360

Sponsored by the Digital Media Center for the Arts.


Alan E. Muraoka

The Pitch

November 5, 2015

The highly respected entertainment media designer Alan E Muraoka comes to Yale to present the workshop “The Pitch”, revealing the ins and outs of how to get your project off its feet in the entertainment industry. This workshop provides rare insight into how TV and films are made – ranging from the interview process to how ideas are visually created for primetime. Muraoka will be sharing a series of film trailers and look-books that explore the dynamics of making a film from the ground up – including real director’s pitch’s that were made to producers.

His impressive resume includes art direction for award winning films such as Little Miss Sunshine, Ace Ventura Pet Detective, Ghost World, and the hit TV series NYPD Blue. He has 2 Emmy nominations and 3 Actor’s Guild Award nominations. His theatrical credits for scenic design include productions at Michigan Opera Theater, The Princeton Opera Festival, and Chicago Opera Theater. He is represented by Eastern Talent Agency in Los Angeles, and has recently done new media production for ESPN and Taylor Hawkins’s latest music video.

This workshop is sponsored by the Yale Film and Media Studies Program, the Digital Media Center for the Arts, and Films at Whitney, supported by the Barbakow Fund for Innovative Film Programs at Yale. 

Loria Center, 190 York Street, Room 351


Jake Davidson

October 29, 2015

Jake Davidson, the inaugural post graduate associate at the DMCA, is an artist that uses moving image, research, and narration. His interests include digital colonialism and the search for micro-autonomies. Works have recently been exhibited at Anthology Film Archives, Allgold PS1, Terminal Projects, Higher Pictures, Temporary Agency, Recess Project Space, and Family Business in New York, as well as the Center for Electronic Arts in Norway, Syndicate Potentiel in France, Uganda in Jerusalem, and the Athens Video Art Festival in Greece. Jake was the recipient of the Oslo Grant, and a former artist in residence at Seven-Below in Vermont and the European Exchange Academy in Berlin. He holds a BFA from CalArts and an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College. His films will be distributed through Doc Alliance this fall. A book collaboration with David Whelan (MFA ‘12) was published this month, titled Cloud Chambers through Temporary Agency Press.

Yale School of Art, 36 Edgewood Avenue, Room 204. Sponsored by the Yale School of Art and the Digital Media Center for the Arts.


The Yes Men

Making Meaningful Mischief

October 12, 2015

How can you get media attention for your low-budget or no-budget activist campaign? The Yes Men will lead this workshop that walks you through techniques they’ve learned and tested over the years. We’ll brainstorm ides for your own actions and map out how to make them happen. In collaboration with the Yale School of Art and Film and Media Studies Program, the DMCA hosts The Yes Men for this experimental production workshop.

Loria Center, 190 York Street, Third Floor Lounge. Sponsored by the Yale School of Art, Film and Media Studies Program, and the Digital Media Center for the Arts.


Geof Bartz

October 08, 2015

In collaboration with the Films at the Whitney visiting filmmakers series, the DMCA hosts Geof Bartz for a screening of a new film, followed by a conversation about his work as Supervising Editor for HBO Documentary Films.

Geof Bartz has been the Supervising Editor for HBO Documentary Films since 1998.  Geof started his career as an assistant editor on the 1969 CBS special “Simon and Garfunkel: Songs of America” and has gone on to edit, or supervise editing of more than 100 non-fiction films, including the classic documentary, “Pumping Iron.”  Bart was the co-producer and supervising editor of the 1979 NBC Emmy award winning series, “Lifeline,” and he produced and co-edited the 1984 20th Century Fox feature, “Stripper.”

Loria Center, 190 York Street, Room 351. Sponsored by Film and Media Studies Program, LGBT Studies, Yale Digital Media Center for the Arts, and Films at the Whitney, supported by the Barbakow Fund for Innovative Film Programs at Yale.


Thomas Allen Harris

Re-Imagining the Family in the Digital Age

September 23, 2015

In collaboration with Yale Film and Media Studies, the DMCA hosts the acclaimed Thomas Allen Harris for an afternoon workshop in transmedia storytelling. His film Through a Lens Darkly (2014) won the NAACP Image award for outstanding documentary. Building on his work as a filmmaker and artist, Harris brings this workshop to Yale as an extension of his Digital Diaspora Family Reunion project, a community-based engagement that celebrates the ordinary vernacular images that people create every day as a lever to show the connections, shared values and common experiences unifying or basic humanity.