The PhD-project´s title is The Essay Film as Topography: explorations of place through moving image thinking, and it investigates the ability of the moving image to think (about and through) place, from the idea that topographies/dynamics of our surroundings, structure conceptual thinking (memory, the formation of concepts etc.) The thesis argues that in reflecting cinematographically about the imagination of place, one can as a filmmaker discover place structures, measure the limits and potentialities of technologies, think through form and reflect on the different “topographical views of place” that is afforded by these forms. One can in short think topographically with the camera about the way mind, place and the camera apparatus produce shifts in how a human subject imagines place and environments (the moving image as an epistemological machine). The dissertation responds to an under-theorizing of place in relation to the thinking operations of film, in spite of its centrality to conceptual (and pre-conceptual) thinking and creative practice. Through the making of the short film «3xShapes of Home» the project explores how filmmaking may be a way to think through form, a way to become aware of how form and migrating structures afford different topographical views of place and environments.
Essay-film, Documentary photography, Theories of Space/Place, Rhetoric, GeoHumanities, Modernity/Postmodernity, Experimental Poetics, Architecture, Discourse Theory, Technology, Research-led Practice, Film-Philosophy, Photography, Media Aesthetics.
Elisabeth Brun is a filmmaker, previously working as journalist and TV-director in the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, NRK (2001-2014). Academically she holds an MA in Media and Communication studies from the University of Oslo (2013), and an MA in International Journalism, Broadcasting, from City University, London (2001). In 2014 she studied still photography at Bilder Nordic School of Photography, Oslo. She has also served as a jury member in national awards for photography and television.
2012 Fritt Ord-foundation (organisation working for freedom of expression). Scholarship for Master thesis.
2009 1st prize in the "Documentary" category for the documentary film "Appearances are Deceptive" (NRK), Northern Character TV Festival, Murmansk, Russia.