SYNC EVENT – The Ethnographic Allegory of Unsere Afrikareise
Abstract: The thesis aims at a critical reflexion on experimental ethnography with a special focus on the role of sound. A reassessment of its predominant discourse, as conceptualized by Cathrine Russell, is paired with a conceptual approach to film sound and audio- vision. By reactivating experimental filmmaker Peter Kubelka’s concept sync event and its aesthetic realisation in Unsere Afrikareise (Our Trip to Africa, Peter Kubelka, 1966) the thesis provide a themed reflection on the materiality of film as audiovisual relation.
COUNTERSPACES – On Power in Slum Upgrading from a Thirdspace Perspective. A Case Study from Kambi Moto in Nairobi
Abstract: The study takes its point of departure in the urgent problem of slums that follow on the rapid urbanisation worldwide. Focusing on the small informal settlement of Kambi Moto in Nairobi, Kenya, the study tries to answer the question of how power can be worked out in slum upgrading – a way to change the physical environment of a slum without demolishing and rebuilding the whole settlement. The theoretical tool to answer this question is taken from Edward Soja’s reading of Henry Lefebvre in the concept Thirdspace – an extended and politicised way to look at space, where space is not only seen as a stage for historical and social processes, but as something that is shaping our thoughts and actions; a social space that includes and goes beyond the material Firstspace and the mental Secondspace.
RUM & UNDERVISNING – Om rummets påverkan på undervisningen i en av Stockholm stads konceptskolor
Abstract: The thesis aims at a critical reflection on the significance of physical space for teaching, with a special focus on arts and craft. The case study was caried out at Johan Skytteskolan, an elementary school outside of Stockholm built in accordance with the latest concepts for schoolbuildings formulated by the municipally. The study inquire how the pedagogical space of a school building can be understood spatially and how the teachers of that school relate to the spatial possibilities and limitations in their teaching. Ultimately it’s a question of what kind of power relations that are produced in the act of teaching.
VITA MYROR/SVARTA MYROR
Abstract: The overall aim of Vita Myror revisited, KU-project at Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, is to analyse the same film in two different mediums – text and video. With two different readings of Bo Bjelfvenstam’s 1969 television documentary from east Africa, Vita Myror (“White Ants”), I want to reflect on different ways to think film. The text is a close reading of Vita Myror, comparing it with two other television documentaries from the same time, Svart vecka i Nimba (“Black Week in Nimba”) by Roland Hjelte and Viktigt, viktigare, viktigast (“Important, more Important, most Important”) by Eric M Nilsson.