Sponsor Emma Yi’s involvement in the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio.
Thank you so much for visiting my campaign page and choosing to be part of my journey as a filmmaker.
I have been selected as one of 12 artists from around the world to be part of the Collaborative Fellowship (CoLAB) at UnionDocs in Brooklyn, NY, a community for exploring documentary arts. Through this campaign, I am trying to raise $3300 to cover some of the costs.
I am constantly making art practice, related to film and video. It is part of my career already, but I think as an artist (Chinese artist as well), we need support from a great community of professionals and colleagues, and CoLab is the right place for me to explore my identity as a filmmaker. As part of CoLab community, my works will be shared for critiques inside the community and would get more attentions from the documentary art/film circles outside. From my perspective, practicing and participating inside the “institution” is a must for contemporary artists/filmmakers, in terms of presentation and career development.
It is worthy to know that everyone in CoLAB will have a chance to show their collaborative work in New York, as UnionDocs is doing public screenings for CoLAB artists every year. So, as you are helping me to cover some of my costs for this fellowship, you are also helping other emerging filmmakers in our community! It is also exciting that you might get direct credit (special thanks) in my film, or receive an interactive artwork made by me, depending on how much you donate!
Any contribution, no matter how small, will be very appreciated. :+)
Emma Yi makes films, videos, photos and new media artworks. She completed her MFA degree in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice at The City College of New York. Having a bachelor’s degree in Literature of Film, Television and Theater and a master’s degree in Communication Studies, her ideas are multi-disciplinary and grounded in different fields, such as sociology and anthropology. Through utilizing and de-familiarizing crucial moments of everyday life as materials of artistic practice, her works are often conceptual, including conflicts inherent to human nature, functions of objects, hidden power and social construction, based on post-structural
theory. Many of her time-based works are episodic, containing different characters: most of whose narratives parallel with each other, yet connect in a spiritual way.
Work Samples (See links below)
The UnionDocs Collaborative Studio (CoLAB) is a 10 month program for a select group of media artists from the US and abroad. Based in one of NYC’s most exciting neighborhoods, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, CoLAB offers a platform for exploring contemporary approaches to the documentary arts and a process for developing an innovative collaborative project. The program consists of weekly production meetings, seminars, screenings and other public programs, along with regular masterclasses and critiques with visiting artists.
In a recent article in The New York Times, film scholar Scott MacDonald, remarked, “UnionDocs has a healthy sense that the older definitions of what constitutes ‘experimental’ cinema and what constitutes ‘documentary’ are up for grabs.” Similarly, the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio represents a new and alternative fellowship model, offering residency and visa support for six participants coming from abroad and an equal number of spots for local, non-resident participants. It is designed to be affordable and, although participants are asked to make CoLAB their primary creative focus, the schedule does accommodate full-time or freelance work. Rather than applying with a project proposal or rough cut, all participants are selected on the basis of previous work and enter the program at square one, open to discovery and fresh connections.
UnionDocs is not simply the host for this activity, it takes an active role producing the collection of short documentary works that comprise the collaborative project. The theme or focus for the year is chosen by the Artistic Director, and resources and research to support this direction are gathered. The CoLAB Director leads the group through an incremental process where new ideas and new partnerships form; each participant finding their own avenues of creative contribution. Regular readings and assignments for seminars stimulate creativity, open discussion and debate, and offer a common set of references for the group. Master classes with visiting artists provide encouragement, inspiration and exposure to a diverse set of conceptual perspectives and practical methods. As projects reach their final edit, unique plans for exhibition and distribution are formulated.
The Brooklyn Rail summed it up with the title of their feature article: “UnionDocs Brings Auteurs Together”. For some, participation in the program may lead to further study. For others, it may lead to independent projects or strengthened careers within the industry. For all, it is an unparalleled immersion in the expansive field of documentary art.
Learn more about the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio here