Ways of Knowing Urban Natures: (Cinematic ethnography, first cut, 47 minutes, Color, HD, Stereo)

Jacob von Heland (Photographer), Henrik Ernstson (Photographer)

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Created by Jacob von Heland and Henrik Ernstson. 47 min, cinematic ethnography, Color, HD, Stereo. Screened at ”Urban Beyond Measure”, Stanford University 15 May 2015; "Tensions of Europe" (STS and history of technology), KTH Stockholm, 3-7 September 2015; "PECS conference Social-ecological dynamics in the Anthropocene", Stellenbosch Univ Nov-15; "Anthro-Obscene - Urban Political Ecology+20", KTH 15 Sept 2015; Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST) March 2016; Rachel Carson Centre, Munich Oct 2016; Univ of Rome Three Oct 2016; “Deutsches Haus” New York University NYU April 2017, and Univ of Trier June 2017. "The Stockholm Act" festival, Kulturhuset, 24 Aug 2017; Durban University of Tech January 2018.

SYNOPSIS/ABSTRACT: Entering the city through its plants and wetlands, the many-layered, painful and liberating history of the city emerges as we meet how biologists, hip hoppers, and wetland activists each searches for ways to craft symbols of unity and cohesion. But this is a fraught and difficult task. Perhaps not even desirable. Plants, aliens, memories and ghosts keep troubling efforts of weaving stories about this place called Cape Town. The film tries to be a vehicle for more general conversations about history/histories, post/de-colonization and the caring for nature, city, people and oneself. Its directed towards a wide audience, from the general public to students and scholars. When ready during 2016 it will be 74 minutes long. Watch a 5 minutes ‘teaser’ at http://www.situatedecologies.net/archives/1562 https://urbanbeyondmeasure.wordpress.com/film-photo/
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputFilm
Size47 minutes
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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