Aug 27, 2013

Fwd: Call for Flaherty NYC Programmer

For your consideration.  

Hope all of the Curating alumni reading this are well and happy. 


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From: The Flaherty <>
Date: Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 3:08 PM
Subject: Call for Flaherty NYC Programmer
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THE FLAHERTY is currently seeking proposals for a programmer or co-programmers to curate the 2014 Flaherty NYC program. The programmer/s will be selected to curate either the spring or fall series.  Flaherty NYC is one of the cornerstone projects of The Flaherty, home of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar.  As the organization celebrates its 60th anniversary, we are eager to engage the New York public with thoughtful and provocative cinema, rich with discussion and discourse, and punctuate it with references to Flaherty Seminar history. That may take the form of: using Flaherty history as a starting point for inquiry; drawing titles from past seminars to illustrate shifts in cinematic movements; or inviting past filmmakers to reflect on their past work and showcase current work.


Venue: New York City (Programmer/s must attend screenings to introduce films and filmmakers)


Number of Screenings: 6 for spring season (2014): 6 for fall season (2014)


Proposals should be no more than one page and include the following:

  1. Theme for the series along with series title
  2. Identify possible film titles
  3. Suggest ways the series will reference the history of the Seminar
  4. Indicate outreach strategies to help build new audiences

The Flaherty office will contribute to the production of events, printing materials; sending email blasts; promoting through social media. Project compensates programmers and filmmakers.


Deadline for submission: October 1, 2013 


Email proposals to:


The Flaherty is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the proposition that independent media can illuminate the human spirit. Its mission is to foster exploration, dialogue, and introspection about the art and craft of all forms of the moving image. The Flaherty was chartered (as International Film Seminars, Inc.) in the state of Vermont but is based in New York City. It was established in 1960 to present the annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, which was started five years earlier by the Robert Flaherty Foundation. The Seminar remains the central and defining activity of The Flaherty.


Through its unique annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, The Flaherty provides media makers, users, teachers and students an unparalleled opportunity to confront the core of the creative process, reaffirm the freedom of the independent artist to explore beyond known limits and renew the challenge to discover, reveal and illuminate the ways of life of peoples and cultures throughout the world.




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Aug 26, 2013

Fwd: On behalf of Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell

Date: Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Subject: On behalf of Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell
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August 26, 2013

As the new semester is about to begin, I write with sad news. After a long illness, the legendary Red Burns, died peacefully in her home Friday afternoon, surrounded by family.


Red, (nee, Goldie Gennis), and dubbed  "The Mother of Silicon Alley," was one of the co-founders in 1971 with the late George Stoney, of the Alternate Media Center at NYU In 1979, she created what would become the world-renowned, Interactive Telecommunications Program or ITP.  Under her leadership, ITP faculty, students and alumni have been the driving force behind the digital revolution that has swept downtown Manhattan for the past thirty years.


To say that ITP has changed our lives is in an understatement. Red created a DNA for ITP, that made the department synonymous with innovation and change.  She balanced a blend of bedrock guiding principles with an adaptive, resilient spontaneity that encouraged whimsy, play and the fortuitous encounter.


As a result, ITP has graduated alums who developed everything from Foursquare to the New York City MetroCard Kiosk and subway car seats to an app currently in use in the Sudan and Uganda to find lost children. 


ITP was Red's idea of a twenty first century Bauhaus, a place where the engineer encounters the poet, the dancer discovers the computer programmer or the architect partners with the painter. She believed that in inviting the most exciting students from a mix of disciplines, the department could form the core of a vibrant creative community in which the unexpected can happen. She believed that technology was a tool in the service of ideas and people and because people and ideas drove technology forward, the environment had to be as social as it was rigorous.   


Red led a stellar faculty from multiple disciplines, forged creative partnerships with institutions and organizations that offered challenging problems, and created post-graduate research opportunities for ITP's most exciting alumni.  Over the years, under Red's leadership, ITP faculty developed and honed ITP's key components: a few essential foundational courses; an unsentimental faculty review of the curriculum at the end of every academic year; the willingness to disassemble the physical space to accommodate new ideas, new proximities, new pedagogical approaches and the pursuit of their own groundbreaking research.


In 2002, Red received the prestigious Chrysler Design Award—one of literally dozens and dozens of awards and encomiums she received in her lifetime. (the ITP web-site has posted the complete list). The Chrysler Award, at the time, was the interactive world's Pulitzer Prize.  I remember that the year she won was also the year that Steve Jobs won.  The Award recognized Red's brilliance and forward looking design that included the selection of faculty and students, the curriculum, the creative partnerships, the research fellows and the game changing projects and people that kept pouring out of the department. That was 2002; over ten years later, ITP, that also boasts one of the school's most successful business models, has only gotten better.


ITP kept getting better and better because of Red's unrelenting drive to move the department forward. She gave herself about five minutes to enjoy whatever Award she was receiving and got back to her no nonsense style of perfecting and honing the good into the best.


Red had an ethical core that anchored her to her values and nothing could derail her from her principles and beliefs. She could be as generous and kind as she was demanding.  And, as everyone who knows her will say, even as she told the truth directly, fearlessly, and succinctly--as she was wont to do--she did so with wisdom and insight.  


Red's family have been stalwarts and part of an extensive network of support that Red enjoyed outside of Tisch.  To Cathy, Barbara, Michael, her children, three grandchildren, Daisy, Sally and Olive, I extend my deepest condolences and thank you for everything you have contributed to Red's work at the school and the university.


In what was to be her last week, I sent through Red's daughter, Cathy, a note that described to Red yet another great article in the NY Times about ITP.  The note read in part:  "Your handprints are all over everything in ITP and at Tisch and NYU.  We all walk taller and more determined and bend and sway at the right points because of what you've taught us. I know you are under the weather, but I am sending this message to say we miss you. But we feel you living all around us."


I know that we will all want to celebrate our remarkable colleague and her extraordinary legacy. The school and department, working with the family, will organize a memorial service in the coming weeks.  In her honor, ITP has established the Red Burns scholarship fund, at

Mary Schmidt Campbell
Dean, Tisch School of the Arts

Aug 3, 2013

photo documentation of XFR STN NYC

Photos from this video project by NYU MIAP alumni, something we should hype

August 2, 2013: Visit with Walter Forsberg and Kristin MacDonough (and 5 other NYU MIAP alum, as it turned out).
New Museum of Contemporary Art (on the Bowery, NYC)
XFR STN, Transfer Station, "an open-door artist-centered media archiving project." Free digitization of videotapes. 

5 video snapshots at