Extending Looking; Listening; Understanding –

Extending Looking; Listening; Understanding -

Dr Amy HardieZoom

Can camera, sound recording and editing be used in new ways to witness the previously unseen? Hear what is normally unheard? And through an iterative process of cinema mirroring, create new understanding? This paper explores using the intersensory processes of documentary-making to reduce stigma, witness the previously unseen, and create opportunities for increased mental and physical well-being.

Example 1: Invisible Child Carer. The daughter who grew up with a mentally ill mother uses the camera to explore their relationship. Focussing on moments normally overlooked, eating, knitting, walking, weeping, allow the film-maker to recognise the paradoxical joy and generosity of the relationship. (link to come)

Example 2: Invisible body trauma. The heightened sensorial approach and disjunction of sound and image through dance encourages viewer to reground their body in the present moment. https://vimeo.com/504782573

Example 3 Invisible Brain Storm. https://vimeo.com/425508930
A young woman uses multi- sensory methods to bring us inside her experience of epilepsy.

These three short films, total running time 10 mins, were created through FilmMedicine, a new course offering postgraduate students from nursing, medicine, counselling, anthropology and psychology an intensive engagement with health and illness through the transformative capacity of camera, sound recording and editing – extending our listening, looking and understanding.

University of Edinburgh, UK
Wed 14:30 - 16:00
Creative Methodologies, Visual Culture
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