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Viewfinder is the official blog of the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program and is where you can find the latest news regarding students, alumni, faculty and visiting artists. Information about past, present and future MFA|EDA projects, collaborations, screenings, events, awards, exhibitions and press can all be found at Viewfinder.

MFA | EDA Influences

In the first semester of the MFA/EDA program at Duke, the Documentary Fieldwork seminar is taught as an opportunity for students to create a new body of documentary work, in a sense to define what they mean by documentary work through their own artistic practice. This new work – presented at the end of the first semester – shows where students are going. But students are asked to look back as well, to show us where they have come from. Once a semester each member of the seminar presents his or her influences:  the films, photographs, artists, books, music, and experiences that have most influenced their own work. Influences is a record of those presentations, a syllabus of inspiration for the rest of us. Class of 2013 Influences, Class of 2014 Influences, Class of 2015 Influences, Class of 2016 Influences

mfa | eda 2017 - thesis exhibition

MFA|EDA 2017 is the official website of the Class of 2017’s Thesis Exhibition (March 3-April 4, 2017), which featured site-specific projects by twelve MFA|EDA graduating students, including presentations of film and video, installation, sculpture, photography, print-making, interactive arts, performance, sound, and multimedia, over the course of four weeks across Duke’s campus and downtown Durham. MFA|EDA 2017 was made possible with support from the Center for Documentary Studies; the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies; the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image and the office of the Vice Provost for the Arts at Duke University. Additional support was provided by The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University and SPECTRE Arts

mfa | eda 2016 - thesis exhibition

MFA|EDA 2016 is the official website of the Class of 2016’s Thesis Exhibition (March 25-April 24, 2016), which featured site-specific projects by sixteen MFA|EDA graduating students, including presentations of film and video, installation, sculpture, photography, print-making, interactive arts, performance, sound, and multimedia, over the course of four weeks across Duke’s campus and downtown Durham. MFA|EDA 2016 was made possible with support from the Center for Documentary Studies; the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies; the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image and the office of the Vice Provost for the Arts at Duke University. Additional support was provided by The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke UniversitySPECTRE Arts, Ellen Cassilly and Frank Konhaus and the Cassilhaus Collection, and The Carrack Modern Art.

mfa | eda 2015 - thesis exhibition

MFA|EDA 2015 is the official website of the Class of 2015’s Thesis Exhibition (March 20-April 18, 2015), which features installations, performances, photography and films. MFA|EDA 2015 was made possible with support from the Center for Documentary Studies; the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies; the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image and the office of the Vice Provost for the Arts at Duke University. Additional support was provided by The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke UniversitySPECTRE Arts, and The Carrack Modern Art.

mfa | eda 2014 - thesis exhibition

MFA|EDA 2014 is the official website of the Class of 2014’s Thesis Exhibition (March 21-April 18, 2014), which featured installations, performances, photography and films. MFA|EDA 2014 was made possible with support from the Center for Documentary Studies; the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies; the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image and the office of the Vice Provost for the Arts at Duke University. Additional support was provided by The Bar, The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, SPECTRE Arts, Ellen Cassilly and Frank Konhaus and the Cassilhaus Collection, and The Carrack Modern Art.

mfa | eda 2013 - thesis exhibition

Featuring work by the Class of 2013, MFA|EDA 2013 is the official website of the 2013 Thesis Exhibition (March 22-April 14, 2013), which included a range of media, from installation and performance to film and photography. Fifteen site-specific projects and presentations investigate topics including photographic abstraction, complex familial ties and histories, undocumented immigrant youth, Mormon religion and ritual, the poetic nuances of street photography and the expressive possibilities of moving image archives. MFA|EDA 2013 was made possible with support from the Center for Documentary Studies; the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies; the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image and the office of the Vice Provost for the Arts at Duke University. Additional support was provided by Ellen Cassilly and Frank Konhaus and the Cassilhaus CollectionCasbah Durham and The Carrack Modern Art.