Doctoral research project

Entering the Frame - Editing Movement in relation to Agency of the Editor

Researcher: Kersti Grunditz Brennan

Kersti Grunditz Brennan’s artistic research project is based on her experience as film maker, editor, choreographer, and dancer. It will explore an aesthetic of fragmentation and reassembly that revolves around movement, body and embodied experiences in a film context. Kersti is a doctoral candidate in film and media.

Goal & purpose

This research explores a cinematic aesthetic of image sequence fragmentation and reassembly motivated more by kinesthetic empathy than narrative logic. Part of that exploration is how the editor’s body is used as an instrument in shaping that physical experience of body, volume, scale, rhythm, sound, etc. through editing.

The potential of cinematic storytelling to affect audiences and their opinions, seems to lie in its seductively deceptive resemblance to the (a) real world. 

One goal of this exploration is to heighten the awareness of the limiting frames of realities captured on film - both documentary and fictional. By virtue of aesthetic choices, it will add to the discourse on the authoritarian gaze and multitudes of perspectives in narrative cinema. 

Research question/s

How does a film allow its viewers to physically share the experience of a person captured on camera and how does this affect the cinematic storytelling? 
How can the cinematic experience invite the audience into conscious interaction rather than impose emotional triggers or force a kinesthetic response? 
How can the use of cinematic storytelling that bypasses the intellectual understanding and goes straight from a body on film via kinesthetic empathy to the body of the viewer, be used as a means to challenge narrative, authority of image and/or emotional manipulation without sacrificing connection/commitment to the cinematic experience?
In shaping the physical experience of body, volume, scale, rhythm, sound, etc. through editing, how is the editor’s own body used as an instrument to enhance this communication? 
an instrument to enhance this communication? 

Methods

The project will be carried out through the artistic practice and process of filming and editing content that emphasizes movement and embodied experiences and through the writing of reflections on those practices, on practices leading up to the research as well as writings situating the practices in theoretical and artistic contexts.

Part 1 – presented at 30% seminar ‘Attempts at  Breaching the Bloody Framework’;

Phase one of film project ‘Blod’ (Together with co-researcher Annika Boholm)
Artist Statement Kersti Grunditz Brennan
Acts of Cinematic Seduction with Varying Succes Rates (Essay on previous artistic practices)
About Documentation (Paper on what constitutes the documentation of the project)
Research Catalogue exposition ‘Entering the Frame’.

Part 2;

Final phase of Film project ‘Blod’
Writings situating the research questions in a film studies/media studies context.

Terms and topics to be explored and written about

Narrative
(Cinematic) Storytelling
Image
Fragment/-ation
Connection
Kinesthetic Empathy
Perspective
Reality
Gaze
Seduction

Inspiration and references

Susan Sontag
Yvonne Rainer
Noel Caroll
Laura Mulvay
Kerstin Ekman