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WORKSHOP: Experimental Ethnographies: Oral History, Remixed (HUDSON)

Instructors: Suzanne SniderTodd Shalom (Elastic City), LJ Amsterdam, and Michael Garofalo (StoryCorps)
Location: Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson, New York
Tuition: $1375*

Beginning with a rigorous foundation in oral history theory and practice, this workshop expands our oral history focus to include ambient sound recording and song collection as related practices. While archival recordings serve as our primary outcome, participants will consider--and may start to develop--a range of secondary outcomes including public art, podcasts, performances and more. We’ll survey a range of projects that use oral histories in conjunction with performance, composition, fictive devices and political framing, thinking about how we can--and why we would––use oral history values to inspire experimental ethnography, art, or “front-facing work” that directs a wider audience to an archival collection.

Days are divided between presentations, interactive exercises, hands-on recording tutorials, lectures, interviews, field recording, discussions, audio editing sessions, production lab days and visits from guest instructors. Participants are encouraged to work on production lab days in a range of traditions. No experience necessary.
Our classroom is an accessible space.

*Tuition includes an OHSS e-reader, workbook, OHSS tote bag, two group meals and a certificate of completion

Instructors: OHSS founder/director Suzanne Snider with guest artist Todd Shalom (Elastic City) and guest artist/Production Lab instructor Michael Garofalo (StoryCorps)


Housing information can be found, here. OHSS has reserved a limited number of rooms at below-market rates. Participants should plan to budget $35-$75/night. Early enrollment ensures the widest range of options