Embodying the video essay - a videographic workshop

  • Donaldson, L. F. (Member of organising committee)
  • Colleen Laird (Member of organising committee)
  • Allison Cooper (Member of organising committee)
  • Joel Burges (Member of organising committee)
  • Alison Peirse (Member of organising committee)
  • Dayna McLeod (Member of organising committee)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in or organising a workshop, seminar, course


This initiative is designed to bring together audiovisual essayists who want to develop and exchange methods within a dynamic, collaborative environment. We build on widely recognized models of videographic analysis, such as those detailed in The Videographic Essay: Practice and Pedagogy by Catherine Grant, Christian Keathley and Jason Mittell, and collaborative ways of working explored by videographic projects like Ariel Avissar’s The TV Dictionary and the Once Upon a Screen anthologies (Vol. 1 and Vol. 2). Our goal is to expand connections within a dedicated videographic community and to unite for an intensive, in-person, week-long workshop of making and exploration. In preparation for the workshop, participants will engage in organized Zoom sessions in April, May, and June. These sessions will introduce key themes of the initiative and serve as community-building opportunities for inspiration and feedback. The week-long workshop will be held at Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine, USA), July 8th-15th, and includes presentations by guest speakers, new videographic exercises developed to explore embodied practices, and ample opportunity to work on projects with the support of community feedback and potential collaboration. Following the workshop, there will be opportunities for participants to plan future presentations, exhibitions, and possible publications of created works.
Period8 Jul 202315 Jul 2023
Event typeWorkshop
LocationBrunswick, United States, MaineShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • audio-visual media
  • videographic criticism
  • audiovisual essay
  • practice-as-research
  • embodiment