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Production equipment available to graduate students and faculty engaged in critical media practice include high-definition video cameras, microphones, audio recorders, and still cameras.  Postproduction support is provided for SD and HD digital video, 16mm film, and stereo or multichannel audio.  Arrangements for using equipment or editing facilities in the SEL's Vanserg studios are to be made with the Lab Manager.

Harvard graduate students engaged in practice-based media research profit from related institutions and programs at the University. A significant number of Social Anthropology faculty study the multifarious roles played by the media in processes of identity and cultural formation and the constitution of social experience in the world today, including Professors Steve Caton, Michael Herzfeld, Arthur Kleinman, Mary Steedly, and Ajantha Subramanian. And the Department of Visual & Environmental Studies (VES) and Harvard Film Studies offer an array of courses in both art practice and theory, including the studio arts, photography, film-and video-making, film studies, environmental studies, and critical theory, including the theory of space. In addition, the Film Study Center, founded in 1957 for the purpose of supporting work that records and interprets the world in images and sounds, sustains endeavors, from the ethnographic to the experimental, that explore and expand the expressive potential of audiovisual media. To this end, it provides annual fellowships to graduate students and faculty, as well as to outstanding visiting imagemakers who are invited to Harvard both to share their work with, and to conduct master classes for, student media-makers working at the University. The Harvard Film Archive both functions as a cinemateque, screening ethnographic, avant-garde, independent, and international cinema, frequently with filmmakers in attendance, and also is home to a remarkable collection of rare and valuable film prints. Additionally, the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, the only building in North America designed by the architect Le Corbusier, features the work of contemporary artists, and hosts a variety of exhibitions and talks by visiting artists, faculty, and students.

 

   
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