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Issue #2011:3 – University of Copenhagen

Audiovisual Thinking

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Academic Video Essays 

   Dreamscapes - a video sketchbook 

Trevor Hearing, Bournemouth University

Federico Fellini said 'Film is a dream for the waking mind.' In this video essay Hearing uses his performative practice as an academic film-maker to explore and document connections between our sleeping and our waking minds and considers how this could be developed. What might be the constraints which would influence 'academic' or 'professional' directions in developing this idea? What might be the different directions for each trajectory? And how does this illuminate the different discourses of consciousness in his own life as an academic and a programme-maker?

    Do you live forever today? 

Mette Søndergaard, Astrid Sofie Jelstrup, Niklas Frost Iversen
& Tobias Roed Jensen, Copenhagen University

Human beings have always wanted to leave permanent marks. They have pursued making history, pursued being remembered, and pursued eternal identity and the ability to live forever. A long time ago something special had to be done to leave a permanent mark and only few people became famous. Today, in the world of network information economy everybody can leave permanent marks and through digitalization everybody has the opportunity to be remembered. This film focuses on this development and takes the visitor through the past, present and future - and raise the question: Do you live forever today?

  The video as infovis to portrait analysis on a TV advertisement

Eva Casado de Amezua Fernández-Luanco, Open University of Catalonia

This video merges the object of study, in this case a TV advertisement for the Spanish market, with key data resulting from analysis of its semantic, semiotic and aesthetic characteristics. In this way, the work ends exactly were it started, as a video to be dismantled and analyzed, creating a new kind of format, halfway between the visual, graphic and textual, to complement and illustrate in a more intuitive and suitable way the paper that results from the analysis.

Mini-games, monsters & Mr Happy: a video essay on virtual & actual play

Dr. Seth Giddings, University of the West of England

This video essay is a microethological study of the transduction of a virtual world (the PC game Age of Mythologies) into the actual world play of children with toys and water. The video is constructed from an audio recording and a sequence of still photographs of the play event. It traces the shaping of actual play by simulated worlds and their conventions, fictions and virtual physics.

   Geek revenue

Professor Simon Lindgren, Umeå University

This video essay uses classical cultural theory as well as current internet research to address the relationship between the cultural industries and the increasingly active and tech-savvy audiences of the 21st century.  Is there always a clear-cut division between capitalist media institutions on the one side and a pirating audience on the other? What space is there for remix culture and other potentially copyright infringing activities in the discourse of digital content monetization?

Body Movin' - Visualizing the corporeal reality of digital computer games 

Rikke Toft Nørgård,  University of Aarhus

This video is the first exemplar of a genre Nørgård has called 'research music videos.' The videos are produced on the basis of her own empirical fieldwork and have become a way to acknowledge the existence and significance of the computer player's corporeal locomotion within the game research community. By connecting The Beastie Boys' Body Movin' with videos of players' bodies in motion Nørgård was able to call forth and activate the researchers' own body memory as their bodies instantly and pleasurably recognized gaming as a 'body moving' that drags digitality out into reality.

Think Pieces

Performers on the edge 

Professor Philip Schlesinger, University of Glasgow & Professor Charlotte Waelde, University of Essex

This documentary is one of the outcomes of a two-year research project into the precarious work situation of dancers and musicians in the UK. A major focus for us has been the extent to which the present copyright regime adequately addresses the production of experiential works in which performance plays a major role – music and dance being the cases in point.  


Thommy Eriksson, Chalmers University of Technology

On mediation, authenticity and documentarism.

Editorial column 

The difficulties of visualizing that which we do not know and that which we cannot see 

Thommy Eriksson, Chalmers University of Technology

Reflections on the visualization of abstract relationships and features, such as those related to sustainable development and global warming. This video essay also raises questions about how to represent simulations that we do not fully trust.

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