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One Table Two Elephants: A cinematic ethnography about race, nature and ways of knowing the postcolonial city
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)Other (Other academic)
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Physical description [en]

Documentary Film, 84 minutes. World Premiere at CPH:DOX Copenhagen International Film Festival, March 20, 2018.

Abstract [en]

"One Table Two Elephants" is a cinematic ethnography about race, nature and ways of knowing the postcolonial city. 

SYNOPSIS – This 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.

THE PROCESS – 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 brings texture to understand a city like Cape Town, while providing possibilities to translate what is happening “there” to conversations about any city and its surroundings.

CONTEXT – One Table Two Elephants is created in a context of long-term urban research in Cape Town with an environmental and social science orientation. It is part of the projects Ways of Knowing Urban Ecologies and Towards a Visual Environmental Humanities at the KTH Environmental Humanities Lab that produce explorative and artistic forms academic knowledge production beyond writing and text.

CREATED BY – Jacob von Heland and Henrik Ernstson. Cinematography: Johan von Reybekiel. Sound: Jonathan Chiles. Editing: Jacob von Heland. Assistant Editing: Henrik Ernstson. Sound Design and Mix: Jakob Oldenburg. Production Coordination: Jessica Rattle and Nceba Mangesi. Color grade: Johan von Reybekiel. Original Music: Louise Becker. Graphic Design: Erik Hartin.

PRODUCED BY – Telltales Film, in collaboration with The Situated Ecologies Platform, African Centre for Cities University of Cape Town and the KTH Environmental Humanities Lab. Support by the Swedish Research Council Formas and Stiftelsen Marcus och Amalia Wallenbergs Minnesfond.

Place, publisher, year, pages
Copenhagen: Documentary Film, 84 minutes. World Premiere at CPH:DOX Copenhagen International Film Festival, March 20, 2018. , 2018.
Keywords [en]
race, urban nature, ways of knowing, postcolonial studies, science and technology studies, ontological politics
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-243853OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-243853DiVA, id: diva2:1286800
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Visual Environmental Humanities Project
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QC 20190212

CREATED BY – Jacob von Heland and Henrik Ernstson. Cinematography: Johan von Reybekiel. Sound: Jonathan Chiles. Editing: Jacob von Heland. Assistant Editing: Henrik Ernstson. Sound Design and Mix: Jakob Oldenburg. Production Coordination: Jessica Rattle and Nceba Mangesi. Color grade: Johan von Reybekiel. Original Music: Louise Becker. Graphic Design: Erik Hartin. 

PRODUCED BY – Telltales Film, in collaboration with The Situated Ecologies Platform, African Centre for Cities University of Cape Town and the KTH Environmental Humanities Lab. Support by the Swedish Research Council Formas and Stiftelsen Marcus och Amalia Wallenbergs Minnesfond.

Available from: 2019-02-07 Created: 2019-02-07 Last updated: 2019-11-14Bibliographically approved

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