Public Programs And Events

Emerging Media Lab: Urban Media Explorations With Armenian Youth

February 20, 2019, 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Emerging Media Lab: Urban Media Explorations With Armenian Youth

The Bark Room, Room M104, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center

Urban Media Explorations with Armenian Youth

Led by filmmaker and urbanist Gamar Markarian

Hosted by the Engage Media Lab, School of Media Studies

How can participatory media help us better understand our own enviornments? Join us for a talk with TNS Alumni Gamar Markarian to discuss her work with youth in Armenia through TUMO utilizing visual mediums to create projects exploring the ideas of “urban” and “place”. We will discuss the pedagogical process of designing and leading such workshops with Armenian youth at the TUMO center for creative technologies and discoveries made along the way.

TUMO students went on an urban exploration of Armenian markets — Surmalu in Yerevan and Central Market in Gyumri. They filmed and photographed the markets, talked to the vendors and workers, and learnt how these cities have survived for centuries despite the perpetual conflicts and disasters in the Caucasus region.

The 2 week workshops offered an overview of research methods utilized in urban investigations (by urban designers of practitioners) with a main focus on visual anthropology and observational documentary film. The students got the opportunity to explore the visual medium as a complimentary approach to researching and understanding the "urban" while looking at examples of place films for inspiration. The two week workshops resulted in two short observational films and a series of short stories and visual representations.

Presented by the New School for Social Research and Media Studies.

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