Online Course LOVE ME THROUGH THE SCREEN: Text and Moving Image in Contemporary Practices by Susan Finlay & Sophie Lee

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LOVE ME THROUGH THE SCREEN: Text and Moving Image in Contemporary Practices by Susan Finlay & Sophie Lee

Min. seats: 5 | Max. seats: 30 | Language: English

  • Become familiar with many of the key discussions relating to the production and distribution of contemporary moving image.
  • Be able to contextualise these within historical movements and to think critically about how these relate to textual forms such as poetry, prose and artist’s writing.
  • Have the opportunity to begin synthesising these ideas in their own work through the practical assignments, leading to development in their artistic practice.
  • Meet and collaborate with likeminded peers, and to receive feedback and guidance from established artist filmmakers and writers.
  • Get exclusive access to a series of internationally renowned artists’ films that are currently unavailable to the general public.

Online Course LOVE ME THROUGH THE SCREEN: Text and Moving Image in Contemporary Practices by Susan Finlay & Sophie Lee

“Our lives today are lived out on screens. Digitisation and its concomitant social and economic upheavals have radically changed the ways we both represent and articulate lived experience, and with this the primacy of the screen in both public and private realms. This course looks at how these shifting landscapes have shaped the use of text and moving image in contemporary artistic practices, and examines the ways these forms intersect.

Over a series of lectures, screenings and seminars we will approach text, moving image and their intersections from a wide range of perspectives. We will ask: What are the aesthetics of the archive in relation to technology? How do queer and feminist perspectives disrupt and subvert Hollywood tropes? How might historical narratives and individual memories be intertwined in artist’s film and documentary? What might we define as expanded cinema in a digital age?
The course combines a discursive approach with a practical component, with participants undertaking a small text or moving image assignment each week. Participants will then have the opportunity to share and receive feedback with the group. Collectively we will build an archive of material throughout the course through the online forum, with the option of using this towards a collaborative live streamed video performance in the final session.
This course is for artists, writers, filmmakers and curators, and anyone else hoping to either gain new knowledge or build upon existing skills in the area of text and moving image. All levels of experience are welcomed. Class time will not include instruction on self-shooting or editing programmes. All students will need access to something to shoot video, for example an smartphone. The use of a basic editing programme, for example a smartphone editing app, is desirable but not essential. Participants who are comfortable working with other cameras and editing software, and have access to these, are also welcome to do so.” (Text & photo by courtesy of Susan Finlay & Sophie Lee)

Your BAI Online Course Instructors

Online Course by international lecturers Susan Finlay & Sophie Lee
Photo by courtesy of Peter Wolff

Susan Finlay (*1979) is an artist and writer.

She is the author of the novels My Other Spruce and Maple Self, Objektophilia, Our Lady of Everything, and Arriviste, and the poetry pamphlets, Indole, Sex and the City 2, and The Unruly Glove, the Green Bum, and the Sickly Trickle (to accompany an exhibition of the same name by Zoe Williams). In 2016 she co-curated Inland Far, an exhibition inspired by Herbert Read’s only novel and its relationship to Jung at the Herbert Read Gallery in Canterbury, and in 2018 Isadora, a combination of text, sound, and film pieces based around the concept of a European salon at MoHA, Austin. In 2020 she was writer-in-residence at London’s Freud Museum. Finlay studied Fine Art at Camberwell College of Arts, London and the Royal College of Art, London and is currently enrolled on a creative writing PhD at the University of Manchester.

Sophie Lee (*1988) is an artist and filmmaker.

Her expanded moving image works reject linear narratives, instead combining emotional and fictive registers towards an affective storytelling. After studying at Slade School of Fine Art, London (Ba) (2012) she completed a two year residency at de Ateliers, Amsterdam (2016 – 2018). In 2018 she was a participant at Skowhegan residency, Maine.
Recent exhibitions include Kunstfort Museum (Solo) (Kunstfort, NL); Royal Palace Amsterdam (Amsterdam, NL); Artists Unlimited (Solo) (Bielefeld, DE); Amsterdam Art Weekend (Amsterdam, NL); The Whitstable Biennale (Whitstable, UK); PS120 (Berlin, DE); Rogers Office (Los Angeles, USA); Yaby (Duo) (Madrid, ES); Zona Mista (Duo) (London, UK); November Film Festival (London, UK). Lee is currently supported by the Mondriaan Fonds.

Save the dates in your calendar

The dates for the live lectures for this course will be published soon. You will also receive an email reminder for each video conference before it takes place.

Recording of Live Sessions

We record the live sessions so that they remain available for a logged in course participant until one week after the last session. Please check before booking a course the technical requirements as listed below.

Access to content

You will get access to the course content and lessons in our learning management system once you are enrolled.

Technical requirements

We will use the Zoom Meeting application for the live sessions. You need a stable internet connection. There are two ways to access the live meeting:

1. Via the Zoom app
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2. Via Google Chrome Browser on
If you are using Google Chrome to join a meeting, you will see a dialog box to launch the Zoom application.

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We will provide the Zoom Meeting ID before each meeting. BAI will record the live sessions.

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