Public defence: Stillmoving – the foundational kind of image

Master Jon Inge Faldalen at the Department of Media and Communication will defend his dissertation Stillmoving for the degree of philosophiae doctor (PhD).

Doctoral candidate Jon Inge Faldalen, wall with text "det humanistiske fakultet"

Is the image still, moving or both? The thesis Stillmoving uncovers the foundational kind of image: stillmoving.

The PhD thesis Stillmoving takes as its object of inquiry the foundational figure of style a still Einstellung (most often called a static long take). It is a contribution to cinema and media studies in general, and developing slow cinema and still moving scholarship in particular. It asks the research question: what kind of image does a still Einstellung generate? The title Stillmoving provides the most succinct possible answer.

Through figure of style theory and analysis of static long takes in slow cinema and still moving scholarship, the still Einstellung of water reflections and rock shadows, Louis Lumière and Quai de l’Archevêché (Lumière operator, 1896), André Bazin’s conceptualisation of «the immobility of the sequence shot» in the kitchen scene in The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles, 1942), James Benning and Stemple Pass (2012) and the digital MPEG compression codec, Stillmoving argues that a still Einstellung causes stillmoving imagenesis, a both/neither first kind of image generation in a thirding or firsting of stillmoving/still/ moving imagenesis.

As truly something else, while (like moving imagenesis) moving the moving as moving, a still Einstellung calms the unmoving as continuing, or: it stills the still as still.

Jon Inge Faldalen successfully defended his dissertation on January 21, 2022.

Trial Lecture

Designated topic: "Discuss the possible ethical implications of the concept of 'Einstellung'"

Evaluation committee

Professor Gertrud Koch, Freie Universität Berlin (first opponent)

Professor Asbjørn Grønstad, University of Bergen (second opponent)

Professor Ove Solum, University of Oslo (committee administrator)

Chair of the defence

Head of department Eiri Elvestad


Professor Liv Hausken, University of Oslo

Professor Wolfgang Ernst, Humboldt University of Berlin

Published Jan. 4, 2022 2:39 PM - Last modified July 19, 2022 11:03 AM