Installations: A Place-Based Documentary Experiment


Durham neighborhoods are rapidly changing, and this course will give students the opportunity to respond to these changes using any combination of media, including moving images, photography, sound, found objects, performance, etc., to create installation pieces. Students will refine their projects through weekly review sessions and critique, and at the end of the course, present their work collectively at a group installation in the Lakewood section of town. (18 hours/All levels)

After several years teaching digital literacy at a prison-re-entry center in Philadelphia, Mendal Polish earned an MFA in Experimental Documentary Arts at Duke University in 2015. Currently, she teaches a Queer Cinema Course for the Arts in the Moving Image Department at Duke, while continuing to produce her own work in moving image, photography, installation, and performance. Her current work focuses on issues associated with community-based justice and Queer Home.


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