Lights... Camera... Landscape!
01 February 2017
Photo courtesy Gene Stroman
Throughout the Spring 2017 semester, the team of Sullivan and Stroman will explore their shared interest in film and landscape design. Over Professor Sullivan’s career as an educator of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, he has made frequent forays into interweaving his interest in film throughout his pedagogy and in his writing. Likewise, Stroman had many opportunities as an undergraduate of Urban Studies to take courses in world cinema that he believes greatly supplemented his understanding of the cities and landscapes we inhabit. The team believes that an interdisciplinary study of this intersection of the arts has the potential to expand and contribute to students’ understanding of landscape architecture, and plan to use this opportunity to explore the role of cinema as artistic and cultural agent.
Past critical dialogue with graduate students at the College of Environmental Design has revealed a strong interest in this topic. The pair plan to make their research accessible to the department and to the university at large by keeping a multimedia blog (photos, illustrations, writings, film clips, etc.) with frequent posts that detail their ongoing findings. With the completion of their research, the team will produce an illustrated pamphlet of musings titled Celluloid Landscapes.
The ARC Fellows Program advances interdisciplinary research in the arts at UC Berkeley by supporting self-nominated pairs of graduate students and faculty members as they pursue semester-long collaborative projects of their own design.