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Audiovisual Thinking - članci i eseji u obliku videa

Audiovisual Thinking

Pionirski časopis za akademski video (članke i eseje u formi videa) o temama audiovizualnosti, komunikacije, politike, aktivizma i medija.


Guest editor:  Dr. Cecilie Givskov, University of Copenhagen, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication

Images of Global Militancy: Reflections on Affect, Memory and Embodiment
Assistant professor Maple Razsa
Colby College, USA

In this video essay Maple Razsa reflects on the place of images of violence in a documentary he recently completed about ethnographic fieldwork within activist milieus. He considers his disavowal of dominant representations of anarchist violence before addressing activists’ own preoccupation with videos of physical confrontation. In conclusion Razsa evokes how the circulation of images of activists subjected to state violence might create strong affective bonds among geographically distant activists.

Orders Are For Fools to Wear
(Ordner hænger man på idioter)

Gry Bak Jensen, Casper Andersen, Hans Eric Christian Møller and Camilla Solkær Buskov, University of Copenhagen

The Arabian Spring saw people of the Middle Eastriot and revolt against their despotic leaders. These same leaders have throughout the years been bestowed the highest and most prestigious honour of  Denmark‘the Order of the Elephant’ (Elefantordenen) by the Danish Queen in appreciation of their “good effort" to society. Inspired by a quote from the Danish Author and Satirist P.A. Heibergs (1758-1841): ‘Orders are for fools to wear’ this video essay asks why we bestow honours on dictators? The film journeys across time and place to investigate who have received the Order of the Elephant.

Schizophrenic State                           

Guli Silberstein

Independent filmmaker Guli Silberstein presents us with two images on the TV screen: one where an Israeli soldier is being lynched in Ramallah, and in the other a Palestinian child and his father being fired at in Gaza. With these images Silberstein asks: How can horror be constructed in words? It's a schizophrenic situation - two sides trapped in a cycle of violence. Silberstein is in a personal schizophrenic state as well and, watching these images in New York - not here nor there - Silberman wonders: Are these images real?
The Battlefield of (in)visibility
Ph.D. Candidate, Rune Saugmann Andersen, Centre for Advanced Security Theory, University of Copenhagen

In this academic video essay Rune Saugmann Andersen argues that there is a close connection between what is visible and what is invisible in media coverage of the violent transformations of the Middle East. As research, it elaborates on the idea of a visual battlefield and that a substantial part of any conflict will be the visualization of that conflict. As an activist document, it asks the viewer to actively question the visibility of international affairs as represented in mainstream media, invites citizens to actively counteract the oligopolies of visuality and views in foreign news coverage and seek out the alternative visibilities that available if one cares to look for them.

10 Tactics for Turning Information into Action
Faith Bosworth
Tactical Technology Collective

This film documents 35 inspiring stories of how rights advocates around the world have used information and new technologies to campaign. The film covers tactics such as how to mobilise people, present complex data, amplify personal stories, visualise a message, and use humour to communicate a message. In addition to being streamed here, the film is available in 25 languages and has been screened at 200 cultural and advocacy events in more than 60 countries.

Edition #02

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.
Visualizing a Plenitude Economy

Center for a New American Dream 

The animation provides a vision of what a post-consumer society could look like, with people working fewer hours and pursuing re-skilling, homesteading, and small-scale enterprises that can help reduce the overall size and impact of the consumer economy. This video essay is made by the American non-profit organization Centre for a New American Dream that aims to challenge the "more is better" definition of the American dream.

Edition #02
Editorial column
  Boogie Street 
Thommy Eriksson , Chalmers University of Technology
A visual text critically reflecting on levels of intimacy and privacy raised by Google Street and adjacent technologies, and a meta-text reflecting on the incorporation of copyrighted media into academic discourse.
  rex : ren 
Thommy Eriksson , Chalmers University of Technology
Digital remediation recreates a semi-physical/virtual event – a rock concert – and reflects on the academic usage of copyrighted material.
Academic Video Essays 
Miles Joseph, Norwich University College of the Arts
Remediation explores a number of themes visible within my work, its subject matter is to look at the moral ambiguities of artists use of visual sampling and found footage in order to create new works.
  A Plagiarism Adventure 
Stian Hafstad, Jade Haerem Aksnes, Bergen University
A joyful, tongue-in-cheek take on copyright and plagiarism.
Think Pieces
  Visual Culture Video Essays 
Jennifer Julian Johnson, Eric Paison and Tom Connelly
This collage of three student videos is from the course “Visual Research Methods” at the graduate program in Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University (course instructor Professor Alexandra Juhasz and project coordinator Ana Thorne).
  Untitled 2010  
Alejandro Schianchi , University of Tres de Febrero
The project involves the creation of abstract images and sounds generated by computer with successive deformations, the first with basic three-dimensional shapes and the second with wave modulations. The code becomes as important as the resulting images and sounds, exhibiting it to reveal how they were made, to create variations (remixes), and mainly as an alternative way of distributing audiovisual works.
  Remixing Culture 
Miné Salkin , University of British Columbia
Today's digital world has presented itself with problems of ownership in relation to music production and distribution on the Internet. Focusing on electronic dance music, this project examines the close relationship between music and technology, and the influence that each exerts on the other.
  Killer Fashion Revolution  
Linda Kronman , Aalto University, School of Art and Design, Media Lab
"Killer Fashion Revolution" is a project that consists of artistic workshops, a participatory media-art installation and a wiki based on-line platform. On all these levels, workshop, installation and on-line, participants can explore how a lot of our street fashion has its origins in war. Participants are encouraged to become "Killer Fashion Revolutionists" and transform clothes related to war into garments and artifacts that promote human rights. "Killer Fashion Revolutionists" are fashion hacktivists. 

 Edition #01

 Editorial column

  Endless semiosis 
Thommy Eriksson, Chalmers University of Technology
The symmetrical relation between the written text and the visual text, seen as an example of endless semiosis. A video essay based on semiotic viewpoints on text and images.
  Signs, texts and contexts 
Thommy Eriksson, Chalmers University of Technology
A video essay based on semiotic viewpoints on text and images.
Academic Video Essays 
  Hidden stories 
Sandra Abegglen, Goldsmiths, University of London
Small pieces of paper, text and thoughts left in places we all need to visit.
  Max with a keitai 
Max Schleser, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, London
This experimental documentary explores Japanese metropolitan centres through the lens of a mobile phone and captures a newly emerging mobile phone video aesthetic, which surfaced and characterised mobile videos in the years 2005-2008.
  Noter-cam de PARIS 
Albert Figurt, Institute of Network Cultures, NimK
In a formula: proliferation of digital cameras with LCD preview-screen + the act of touristic framing = multifaceted & redundant postcard-ism (in famous public spots).
Tal Udi, Hadassah College, Jerusalem
In the digital age we come across many narratives that are not linear and we get a chance to construct them the way we choose – this video is an open invitation to do that.
  The Object 
Alan MacLaughlin, Napier University, Edinburgh
Reflections on mediations, remediations and contexts.
Think Pieces
  Take me to a place outside 
Martha-Cecilia Dietrich, University of Vienna / University of Manchester
Drawing on anthropologically informed theories of perception and imagination this project explores the relationship between the 'real' and the 'unreal', the physical and the imagined, and the in and the outside - as rendered through the experience of incarceration.
  Audiovisual Thinking 
Oranit Klein, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
We are surrounded by images and technology enables us to create and publish images very easily. In this video I used images of this journal's advisory and editorial board members in different contexts as a comment on our role as creators of visual images in an age of participatory culture. 
  Audiovisual Thinking 
Paul Kerr, Metropolitan University, London

Audiovisual Thinking is a leading journal of academic videos about audiovisuality, communication and media. The journal is a pioneering forum where academics and educators can articulate, conceptualize and disseminate their research about audiovisuality and audiovisual culture through the medium of video.

International in scope and multidisciplinary in approach, the purpose of Audiovisual Thinking is to develop and promote academic thinking in and about all aspects of audiovisuality and audiovisual culture.
Advised by a board of leading academics and thinkers in the fields of audiovisuality, communication and the media, the journal seeks to set the standard for academic audiovisual essays now and in the future.
Video submissions are welcome from all fields of study and, as one would expect, the main criteria for submissions are that the discussion and thinking are conveyed through audiovisual means. Submit your video here.


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