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Level: Undergraduate
Division: University-wide Programs
Department: University Lecture Program
Course Number: ULEC 2600
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Performance
  • Visual Culture
  • Spatial Design
Cinemetrics develops observation, participation, notation and design skills for students from all fields as a necessary tool kit for detecting and initiating change in the environment. Cinemetrics combines lessons in ecological surveillance and human empathy through participatory free-hand drawing and digital video exercises. These exercises are self-reflective methods of watching, participating, and recording the larger patterns of change around us in order to set in motion new patterns of change. Using phenomenology, semiotics and cinematographic techniques of perception and representation, students examine and record their own bodies, clothing, domestic objects, friends, strangers, interiors, and New York street life in terms of shape, form, space, movement and time -- for instance how weather patterns and traffic movements affect social life. The recognition of patterns of change forms a basis for developing strategies for initiating subtle transformations in the dynamics of the world around us. The course uses as examples three films by Yasujiro Ozu, Jean-Luc Godard and John Cassavetes, employing the cinema techniques of framing, shooting and assembling movement and time images combined with performance, free hand drawing and mapping exercises.
Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section of this course.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Undergraduate students.