A case for ...fine art ...community service ...documentary video
Garcia, Camille Patricia
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My thesis, "A Case For ...Fine Art ...Community Service ...Documentary Video" literally makes a case for how visual symbols, more than any other vehicle, routinely perform the heavy lifting in communicating vital messaging for humanity from the simple to complex, the forbidden to sublime and over many generations of time. Findings derived from the dream imagery psychoanalysis of Dr. Carl G. Jung and my own art making practices will be used as access points into a multi-faceted investigation of symbols and their permutations en route to and in film and video on the big screen. My examination will take a focused look at how some documentary film and video artists require symbols and systems of symbols to function in particular ways as evidenced in the works of Dziga Vertov, Su Friedrich and Michael Snow, Ken Burns, Michael Moore, Jack Leustig, Anna Sofaer and Simcha Jacobovici. I will discuss how their production techniques have transformed the documentary form, even shaped culture and impacted upon politics. Finally, as in any documentary production, plans must change if following the path to understanding leads off toward the unexpected. So it was for me in creating this work. My original proposal was edited down, trimming non-essential events from the conduct of my investigation on symbols. This work does, nonetheless, look at how symbols intersect with professional attitudes and philanthropic organizations as the original plan had intended and so that work with the results from the revised direction is presented here.