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One Table Two Elephants
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment. (KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory)
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment. (KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6415-4821
2018 (English)Artistic output (Refereed)
Resource type
Moving image
Physical description [en]

Digital film either contained on a computer memory (t.ex. memory stick) or streamed from Vimeo website with the size of 6GB. Film screening version is >100GB. Contact co-creators for screening.

Description [en]

One Table Two Elephants (2018, 84 minutes) is a film about bushmen bboys, a flower kingdom and the ghost of a princess. Entering the city through its plants and wetlands, the many-layered, painful and liberating history of the city emerges as we see 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.

Situated and grounded in lived experiences across a range of groups, this film follows different ways of knowing and tries to be a vehicle toward difficult yet urgently needed conversations about how race, nature and the city are intertwined in our postcolonial world where history is ever present in subtle and direct ways.

This  ‘cinematic ethnography’ is directed towards a wide audience, from the general public, to students and scholars, as it brings texture to understand a city like Cape Town, while providing ample possibilities to translate what is happening “there” to conversations about other cities and surroundings. It is based on years of research in Cape Town and was filmed in 2015 as part of a longer-term research and film-project on ontological politics and urban political ecology.

Place, publisher, year, pages
Stockholm and Cape Town: CPH:DOX 2018, Copenhagen International Film Festival , 2018.
Publication channel
Film Festival
Keywords [en]
Postcolonial; Urban nature; Knowledge; Expertise; Indigenous; Apartheid
National Category
Visual Arts History of Technology Human Geography
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-230801OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-230801DiVA, id: diva2:1219584
Note

QC 20180618

This film is part of a wider project that uses film as a tool for research to challenge and complement the use of pen and paper in the humanities. We call this Visual Humanities and we closely with others in the Environmental Humanities.

Available from: 2018-06-16 Created: 2018-06-16 Last updated: 2018-06-18Bibliographically approved

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