Survey course tracing the history, aesthetics and contexts of the American avant-garde cinema in light of contemporary art movements till today. Viewing key cultural works of film, video, and moving image arts. Includes Dada and Surrealist precursors, the mythopoetics of Deren, Anger and Brakhage, Abstraction and Animation, Mekas' lyrical diaries, Conner, collage and the Beats, Warhol and Pop Art, Nam Jun Paik and the pioneering video artists , Kuchar and camp, Schneeman's radical body politics and performance, AIDS activist media, and current works from the myriad marginal voices that drive avant-garde art practices. Same as ARTF 5453. Formerly FILM 4453.