Online Workshop: MICROCOSMOS – BIPOC audio/video storytelling at micro-scales

This workshop is for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) only. This workshop meets virtually on April 13th, 15th, 20th, and 22nd from 6 – 7:30 PM.

Using lighting, color, sound, and motion, we will each craft a short, abstract video about an important memory or experience you’ve had, at an intimate microscopic scale. Participants will receive a microscope kit by mail prior to the workshop!

This workshop is set at a sliding scale in efforts to make it as accessible as possible. The total we are spending to put on the workshop (including instructor’s payment, materials, admin costs, etc.) is about $333. In order to break even, we’d need each participant to pay about $48. Please pay based on what you are able. Consider paying a higher amount if you can, and help make it possible for us to offer these resources to those who aren’t able to pay as much. If you can’t afford to pay, don’t hesitate to sign up for free or at a low cost! Please refer to the sliding scale chart at the bottom of the page for info on how we arrive at our prices.

Instructor: Jeffrey Yoo Warren (he/him)

@unterbahn (ig) – @jywarren (twitter)

In my work, I’ve been prototyping a micro-photography of Asian-American space, texture, and feeling — ways of seeing, listening & being at microscopic scales as an artist of color. Building on personal experiences as POC – family heirlooms, recipes, legends, or memories – we will each create our own micro-landscapes for these stories by recording video at microscopic scales. If the subject is an important conversation, maybe we’ll see part of the meal during which it happened. If it’s an important day, then we may see micro-imagery of something you were wearing.

Exploring or examining – those are scientific or even colonial terms. Categorizing, analyzing, “learning the science behind” something. Instead, we will spend time up close with materials and artifacts in a way that doesn’t evoke those ideas. We will use microscopes, not as scientific instruments, but as a means of listening, knowing, and “tuning into” that build on non-eurocentric, non-masculine histories, and so may not speak to all audiences.

Jeffrey Yoo Warren designs open source objects, activities, and interactions that re-organize ideas about expertise, identity, equity, and our environment. He is interested in how people build identity and strength through their interactions with objects, and the ways that objects can tell stories that people can be part of.