Photo and Video X Studio Practices

May 30 - Jun 30 2023
May 30 - Jun 30
This residency program supports artists working with photography or video who are interested in fostering a studio practice through critical engagement, while also accessing state-of-the-art photo and video equipment and facilities. Practices of all kinds are welcome, including multimedia, interdisciplinary and experimental modes of work. Through the support of SVA's distinguished faculty and network, participants are encouraged to push their practice to the next level-aesthetically, conceptually and technically.

Hosted by the BFA Photography and Video Department, the residency offers artists the opportunity to utilize an array of professional photography and video resources, both digital and analog. Amenities include full frame, medium and large-format cameras; digital labs with professional large-format printers and high-end film scanners; analog black-and-white darkrooms and an alternative process lab; fully equipped photo studios and industry-standard lighting equipment; and video and sound recording equipment, along with a dedicated video editing suite.

Each artist will also have use of a private studio located in Chelsea, providing dedicated space to develop and engage with their work and their peers. Artists have access to the studios daily from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm. Overnight stays are allowed with entry to the building prior to 11:00 pm. The studios offer privacy, while encouraging community and exchange with fellow residents from multiple residency programs. Participants will also be in direct proximity to the cultural offerings of NYC.

The program is taught by distinguished faculty who work in photography and video from a variety of perspectives, including those that are interdisciplinary and intersect with other media. Faculty will conduct studio visits and discuss each participant's work on an individual basis, as well as facilitate group critiques. Guest lectures from artists, curators, critics and industry professionals will provide additional insights. Practical workshops on using specific facilities and equipment will be offered, and staff technicians are available for assistance and technical support. The program culminates in an open studio exhibition.

Note: A portfolio is required for review and acceptance to this program. Participants will be held responsible for payment of any loss, theft or damage incurred to the equipment. For all off-premise checkouts and general usage of certain equipment, residents are required to provide proof of insurance before having access. SVA provides information on affordable insurance plans.
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