1 November. Video Invention Activity & Wasteland.

Featured Image: Wasteland, Vic Muniz (PBS)


  • 1. Thanks for your patience with Tuesday’s cancellation.
  • 2. ENGl 1101. F2 & N1: Video Editing Workshop on Nov 6. ENGl 1101. D2: free period Nov 6.
  • 3. Please note also, Tuesday, Nov 13 and Thursday, Nov 15 are video group conference days, which will be held remotely. See below and the the calendar for your group meeting assignments. Please submit to me, in advance of your conference 1. a draft of a script and 2. a draft of Story board.

Tuesday, Nov 13: Video Group Workshops

Group Number Student Names Meeting Time
G4 Mark, Tejas, Jiale, Akhil 9:30-9:50
G5 Jarod, Elton, Esther, Sanyu 10:55-11:20
G6 Thiago, Danya, Akshay, Elias, Ashley 10:20-10:45
G10 Danny, Maya, Kyle, Rishi 12:00-12:25
G11 Henna, Lauren, Jeremy 12:30-12:50
G12 Shrya, Greyson, Alvin, Summahay 12:55-1:15
G16 Kevin, Jason, Brett, Wyatt 1:30-1:50
G17 Shakeeb, Mitchell, Michael Tang, Andy 1:55-2:20
G18 Thomas, Kenny, Michawel Chen, Kiet 2:20-2:45

Thursday, Nov 15: Video Group Workshops

Group Number Student Names Meeting Time
G1 Zeyu, Enerelt, Jialou, Firaas 9:30-9:50
G2 Brandon, Max, Hannah, Hui Min, Dorian 10:55-11:20
G3 Jintong, Fei Pei, Hae Won, Eni 10:20-10:45
G7 Patrick, Margaret, Mathew, Mai 12:00-12:25
G8 Melissa, Samantha, Henrick, John 12:30-12:50
G9 Dov, Omar, Dustin, Giancarlo 12:55-1:15
G13 Brandon, Ravi, Andres, David 1:30-1:50
G14 Ben, Anna, Siddarth, Cecelia, Andrew 1:55-2:20
G15 Thomas, Kenny, Michawel Chen, Kiet 2:20-2:45

Group Video Project Preliminary W/S

Take 15 minutes to get into your Video Groups and complete the following:
  • 1. Review the Video Assignment
  • 2. Generate a list of possible Video topics.
  • 3. Assign roles/divide workload and also schedule meeting times.

    While I encourage you to meet on your own as needed, I have also set aside class time for you to meet Please note Nov 20 is a “Video Editing Day,” where class does not meet face to face. You are also free to meet during class time on the day you do not have your Group Workshops.

Vox Media, “The Environmental Cost of 2 Day Shipping,” (2017)


Student Teaching: Vic Muniz’s, Wasteland (2010)

Group Numbers Student Names
G3 Jintong, Fei, Hae Won, Eni
G11 Henna, Lauren, Jeremy
G15 Maya, Manisha, Avni, Jennifer

RQ: Vik Muniz, Wasteland.

Featured Image: Jardim Gramacho Landfill

Keep the following questions in mind as you watch Vik Muniz, Wasteland. The questions are designed to guide your reading practices and our class discussions. You are not required to provide formal answers in class or online.

What is the overall goal of Vic Muniz’s project? What is the overall goal of the film? Are their goals the same, why/why not?

Which of the catadores did you most empathize with and why?

What do you think Muniz was trying to achieve or say by having the catadores pose as famous figures from the history of arc?

How much do you think a project like Muniz’s can redress excessive waste? That is, is it feasible remake or revalue trash as Muniz does at scale?

How does the filmmaker make use of framing and design to tell his story?

What is the context of the film? Where is the film set? How do context and set contribute to ways the filmmaker achieves his goals?

How does Muniz follow in the footsteps of artists like Andy Warhol? Is Muniz’s project the natural progression of the pop art that began in the 1960’s?

What do you think Jane Bennett or Scott Herring would respond to Muniz’s project?

Muniz and his wife argue about how his project will hurt the catadores. Do you think that the project will/does hurt them? What ethical responsibilities does Muniz owe his subjects?

Jarmin Gramacho closed in 2012. What do you imagine are the biggest challenges for the former catadores? What are the biggest environmental challenges?

How did the project ultimately transform Muniz? What do you think the filmmaker is trying to say by shooting Muniz in his study and kitchen in Brooklyn?


Vic Muniz Website

Muniz Interview

Muniz Interview w/NYTimes