Temple Contemporary

Temple Contemporary, Video, Michelle Saul-Yamasaki

Here is my reel for the 30 plus works I edited for Temple Contemporary. I worked as their Video Editor for One year and Eight months.

Here is a video of excerpts of the 6 videos I edited for the Restoring Ideals project that was produced and directed by Temple Contemporary.

Below are the videos I edited for Temple Contemporary for the past semesters and some videos I edited for a project called “Restoring Ideals”.

Michael Moss, a Pulitzer Prize winning author and investigative reporter for the New York Times, was at Temple to discuss his research and reporting on the processed food industry.  Already a 2010 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for his investigation of the dangers of contaminated meat, Moss researched how simple additives in the American diet are contributing to the obesity epidemic.

This short video documents the completion of Jenny Sabin’s new work after Chreods. Sabin is an architect, laboratory researcher, and educator. Since September she has collaborated with Andrew Dahlgren, founder of Knit Lab, and numerous Tyler students, at Temple Contemporary to create a generative, parametric, knit installation.

Emily Ward Bivens offers unanswered questions intended to stimulate thoughts about regrets. Anyone wanting to close an unresolved loop can do so by making his or her internal dialog an external dialog with a five-foot opossum in a state of apparent death. After five-minutes the audio that one speaks into the seemingly unaware animal is played back into the gallery giving the speaker the chance to be both the deliverer and receiver of a message.

This talk presents “Joseph Cornell and Surrealism,” an exhibition that opened in October at the Fine Arts Museum in Lyon, France, and will be presented at the Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia,  in Charlottesville from March 7 to June 8, 2014.

Using the city as his inspiration and point of distribution designer and artist Anthony Smyrski tackles big problems and asks challenging questions that provoke change through his work. Smyrski was at Temple Contemporary to talk about his work as a designer and artist.

Artists Laurie Jo Reynolds, Salem Collo-Julin and Dave Kyu engage us in a dialogue about their respective uses of conversation in their work. Each share projects and approaches that use conversation to start conversations relevant to societal change and cultural production.

Los Angeles-based artist Katie Grinnan was showing and telling about her recent practice and upcoming exhibition at The Print Center in Philadelphia. This short video highlights one of Katie’s recent artworks that explore the motion of yoga through plastic sculpturing, influenced by traditional Indian culture.

The Restoring Ideals Community Forum brought leaders from the ten organizations participating in this conservation-based exhibition in a unique Show and Tell featuring the rare artifacts and the stories they hold for the histories of these organizations. This event was part of Restoring Ideals. Restoring Ideals addresses Philadelphia’s evolving relationship to its founding ideals of tolerance, equality, and independence. Restoring Ideals refers to the honorable declarations of the past and connects these ideals to the needs of Philadelphia’s living communities and the organizations that serve them. Funded by the Barra Foundation. The organizations are: Asian Americans United, The Attic Youth Center, Awbury Arboretum, Morris Animal Refuge, Philadelphia Folklore Project, Philadelphia Public School Notebook, Public Citizens for Children and Youth, SHARE Food Program, Spiral Q Puppet Theater, West Kensington Ministry

This short video highlights moments from Suzanne Lacy’s visit to Temple Contemporary and Tyler School of Art. The artist provides a comprehensive overview of her practice and its unique role in bridging communities through honest conversation and collaboration.

Class Reunion: The Social Value of Student Debt and Repayment
October 17, 2013
Class Reunion was a day long teach-in highlighting the financial history and emotional impact of student loan debt in America.  Commentators consisted of Reverend Billy and Nehemiah Luckett of the Church of Stop Shopping, Alan Collinge (Student Loan Justice), Andrew Ross (Strike Debt) and representatives of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.

Students from the Department of Dance from the Boyer College of Music and Dance chose to visualize debt by forming an improvisational dance responding to the roles of debtors and lenders. Their movements were informed by these roles as some took on the persona of a lender limiting and controlling the actions of others and consequently driving the emotion of the piece. This process was guided by group conversations between the students about their individual debt situations.

Monica Johnson and Josh MacPhee painted an eighty foot Student Debt Timeline that charted the legacy of the federal government’s involvement in the student debt crisis beginning with in the Lincoln administration and ending with the lack of bankruptcy protections in the current Obama administration. Johnson’s art work chronicles this evolution of student debt through her graphic novel Dorrit Little.

Reverend Billy and Nehemiah Luckett of the Church of Stop Shopping deliver a rousing sermon following the words of Alan Collinge and Andrew Ross that lead us out from the shadow of the valley of debt and into a promised land where education is a human right unfettered by economic greed or wealth. The Church of Stop Shopping is a radical performance community based in New York City with a congregation of global proportions.

Restoring Ideals addresses Philadelphia’s evolving relationship to its founding ideas of tolerance, equality, and independence. Restoring Ideals refers to the honorable declarations of the past and connects these ideals to the needs of Philadelphia’s living communities and the organizations that serve them.

The following is a short video highlights the work of book conservator Renee Wolcott from the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts as she begins a conservation treatment of the West Kensington Ministry’s 1892 pictorial bible on loan to Temple Contemporary by the ministry’s pastor Adan Mairena.

The Conservation Clinic is one of many of Restoring Ideals’ public programs.  This Conservation Clinic provided professional conservation advice on how to look after your personal artifacts and family heirlooms.  Restoring Ideals is funded by the Barra Foundation and provides ten community-led organizations across Philadelphia with access to professional conservators that will conserve objects emblematic to their unique history.

Find out how architectural designer and artist Jenny Sabin will insert a system of knitted forms into our gallery system at this lecture and hands-on demo.  The demo side of the evening will be overseen by ADMK, who will be busier than our bees shaping Sabin’s glow in the dark and reflective forms with Tyler’s Fibers & Material Studies Department through December.

Feel the churn with Pop/Soda’s Jimmy Fusil and Mike Wait followed by an aerobic bread from the hands of Michael O’Malley. September 30, 2013

Employing some of their vast collection of ice cream molds, Ryan and Eric Berley from Franklin Fountain began the evening with a brief lecture on the historic and industrial arts of Philadelphia’s ice cream past. After that it was straight to the churn! Took place Wednesday, September 11, 6-8 pm.

Music Courtesy of MobyGratis.com , song: The Day (J.Viewz Remix)

RESTORING IDEALS  – Funded by The Barra Foundation, Restoring Ideals began as a question raised by Temple Contemporary’s Advisory Council that addressed Philadelphia’s evolving relationship to its founding ideals of tolerance, equality, and independence. I was one of the video editors for The Restoring Ideals project that took place from Fall 2013 to Spring 2014. You can learn more about it and see all of the videos, projects and votes here.

Since 1916, Awbury Arboretum’s goal has been to connect nature and history to the entire Philadelphia community. Not only does Awbury have the best dog walking trails in Northwest Philadelphia, they also host Weaver’s Way farm, an amazing summer camp and a variety of children’s education programs studying birds, insects, pond life, and much, much more. Awbury Arboretum is open every day of the year!

Tree House Books inspires a love of reading in young people. What began in 2004 as a used bookstore has steadily evolved into a full-on book library with a tutored after school program for neighborhood kids, a summer writing camp, and an urban literary café. Tree House Books believes that reading opens the door to a lifetime of education, creativity, and imagination.

Since 2004, The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has served thousands of American Muslims, in Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. CAIR is a grassroots and civil rights advocacy group whose goal is to promote and support mutual understanding of the Muslim community. By challenging Islamophobia, providing legal assistance, and offering programs such as the Muslim Youth Leadership Program, CAIR enhances an understanding of Islam and empowers the Muslim population living in the Philadelphia region.

Along with the teachings of Jesus Christ, West Kensington Ministry engage the community by offering programs and events that help in changing habits and behaviors. Residing in the 4th hungriest neighborhood in the United States, West Kensington Ministry was moved to offer a weekly Sunday meal for families to come together, turn off their cell phones, and simply share a healthy meal. After the meal, they offer learning workshops, from money management to simple cooking classes. Throughout such programs West Kensington Ministry’s consistent goal is to remain an active and relevant entity for people in Norris Square community by supporting individuals and families on an on-going basis.

Warrior Writers helps war veterans reclaim their identity through conversation with other veterans. Warrior Writers was founded in 2007 as a way to help foster a way out of the isolation felt by many veterans. Through writing workshops, exhibitions, readings, and publications, Warrior Writers offers these individuals a chance to communicate and re-connect with their communities, thereby helping to mitigate the effects of war.

Programs Employing People (PEP) has been empowering individuals living with disabilities for over forty years. PEP started as a summer camp run by Philadelphia moms whose children were living with disabilities. It now serves nearly 300 individuals annually throughout Philadelphia with a range of programs including vocational training, adult literacy programs, skills for daily living, a summer camp, and employment within the community. These amazing programs support and connect people with special needs to all of the advantages of living in Philadelphia.

Weavers Way started out 40 years ago as a buying club in the basement of a church and has grown over the years to what they are now: a 5000 household member-based cooperative, with two farms and two shops, that is still run primarily by community volunteers. The platform that they still stand on after all of these years is that of community – Weavers Way is for the community, organized by the community, and their voice comes from the community.


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/62119930″>Virtual Tour Guide</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/templecontemporary”>Temple Contemporary</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

 “Virtual Tour Guide” (1:38 min)… See how you can get to Temple Contemporary (between 12th & 13th on Norris St.) from the subway (Broad and Cecil B. Moore). My editing and sound design  with the help of http://www.freesounds.org. Catch a glimpse of a B-Boy (breakdancing boy) jumping in the air!

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/61762705″>Mierle Laderman Ukeles</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/templecontemporary”>Temple Contemporary</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

“Mierle Laderman Ukeles” (5:32min) Thursday, November 8, 2012 – For over forty years Mierle Laderman Ukeles has dedicated her life to creating social change through artistic means. During her lecture at Temple Contemporary, Ukeles outlined her continuing work in public service, and her recent transformation of closed landfills, including Fresh Kills, into urban parks. A selection of the artist’s works were displayed in the gallery to accompany her discussion.

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/61766430″>Philly on the Couch</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/templecontemporary”>Temple Contemporary</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

“Philly on the Couch” (5 min) October 24, 2012. How did Philadelphia transform itself over the past hundred years from a precocious city of visionaries to its current condition and perhaps renaissance? Diagnosing this city as an afflicted patient, Jeffrey Ray and Bob Kravis use their historic and psychoanalytic skills to determine Philadelphia’s current state of health. Through interpretations of selected historic and contemporary objects they will diagnose the city and offer possible treatments for its future wellbeing.


During the fall 2012 semester, I worked for Temple Contemporary, which is the art gallery that is in the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. I was one of the video editors and it was a pleasure working for them because the events they host are actually really interesting. You can check out the full newsletter that Temple Contemporary sent out on December 2012 here, where you can see the three videos I edited featured there. Below are the videos for you to sit back, relax and enjoy!

And the third and final video I edited for them this Fall 2012 semester was “Mass Incarceration in America : Advocacy, Art and Academy” on Nov. 29, 2012. And below are two more videos I edited starting the 2013 Spring semester, which include the full talks of by Nicole Martorano Van Cleve and Dan Berger at the event. Educational, Informational and inspirational. Enjoy.

Through conversations and lectures led by nationally renowned scholars, the purpose of this teach-in was to share with the general public the impact of criminalization and the ways in which our carceral state erodes our urban communities, our economy and our democracy.

~ My reflections,
This was an amazing event. It was so moving to hear all of the speakers talking about ways that the prison system needs to improve and can improve with the effort and voice of the people. This 13 minute video squeezed the best snippets of nationally renowned scholar speakers of a day long event that lasted from early in the morning to about six in the afternoon. Believe me, they say very good and important things about the current carceral state and its eroding effects on urban communities, the economy and democracy.

The second video I edited was Candy Class with Franklin Fountain (4:28 min).

The first video I edited was Pittsburgh’s Greatest Living Artist: Jon Rubin (4:11 min).


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