Science Film Theory & Practice 2015 - 2016

11/16 Research Video 'The Himalayan Wolf' @Oxford University

11/16 Audiovisual Report to research foundation

06/16 Research Video 'Video Styles in MOOCs'

05/16 Educational Video 'A Living Landscape' ETH Zurich

01/16 Publication on Virtual Reality: 'Too Close To Be True'

Publication: Reutemann J. (2016): "Too close to be true. VR images bring the visible speaker into your face (literally)". in: IMAGE EMBODIMENT – New Perspectives of the Sensory Turn.

10/15 Research Presentation University of Berkeley

Today, moving images are the most commonly used media for knowledge communication in online education such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Nevertheless, the visual representations of speakers and the surrounding spaces around them differ widely. Earlier studies categorized implementation styles for videos in online courses. Still, these studies neglected qualitative analysis of specific image related questions such as the signification of different visualisations of speakers and the surrounding space, in which the speaker is embedded. This article analyses the images of visible speakers in MOOC course videos provided from a media semiotic and film study perspective. The qualitatively analysed videos are part of a larger data set sampled between September 2014 and January 2015 and were selected to cover the variety of existing approaches. Each surrounding space reflects a particular meaning on the speaker and the communicated message. Some of the moving images depict the speaker in a monochromatic space or in front of a greenscreen with power point slides behind, whereas others are in classrooms or at a place of events. However, a number of videos use a surrounding space that alters the attention focus through distractions (see Jakobson), e.g. a dominant second person in image, moving images with isolated content in green screen, uncommon framing sizes, etc. The distraction affects the way the speaker is presented and gets part of what is communicated.

Conference presentation at "The sixth international conference on the image", 29.-30.10.2015, University of Berkeley, California.

10/15 Language is (not) obvious. Asynchrone Bewegtbilder von Geste und Wort (2015), in: Bewegtbilder: Kognition, Repräsentation, Verkörperung, Kiel.

Die natürlichen Bewegungen des Körpers - und vor allem die Gesten - begleiten die verbale Sprache in jeder Sprechsituation. In audiovisuellen Bewegtbildern, besonders solchen die für die Dissemination von Wissen produziert werden, steht heute oft der Sprecher mit seinem sichtbaren Körper im Mittelpunkt. Insbesondere wenn diese Videos online verbreitet werden, tritt dabei häufig Asynchronität zwischen Bild- und Tonspur auf.
Im vorliegendem Beitrag wird anhand dreier Videobeispiele aufgezeigt, wie asynchrone Versatze von Geste und Wort eine Bedeutungsveränderung erzeugen. Als Beispiele dienen erstens Interview- Videos mit Slavoj Žižek, einem geübten Redner, der deutlich ausgeprägte Gesten verwendet. Zweitens wird Bezug auf eine Aufnahme eines Interviews mit Michael Tomasello genommen. In diesem Beispiel wird durch den Bild- und Ton-Versatz eine autoperformative Repräsentation seiner Aussage generiert. Tomasello spricht über die kontextuelle Relevanz der Zeigegeste, während sein Zeigen ironischerweise temporal versetzt zu der verbalen Sprache geschieht.

Im Sinne einer Verkörperung des Wissens können solche temporalen Verschiebungen die Bedeutung der Sprache sowohl verändern indem sie zu unbeabsichtigten Rekombinationen von Geste und Wort führen.

11/16 'Venice Time Machine' Videos (VR-360) @EPFL

EPFL Lausanne with Prof. Dr. Frédéric Kaplan & Isabella diLenardo Chair of Digital Humanities. Co-design video production in the research cooperation of "Videos in Higher Education" for a MOOC about the "Venice Time Machine" with Patrick Jermann and the MOOC factory Team at Center for Digital Education, EPFL. Video production on-location in Venice, including 360°Videos.

10/16 Webinar 'Online lecture videos – A survival guideinar'

Why is the "book shelf" still such a common background for a lecture video? And how come we see a "talking head" in front of it in so many cases? Does it really make sense that lectures recycle their old presentation slides into a video? If each surrounding space reflects a particular meaning on the speaker, how can we decide on where a lecture should be performed?


Video as a time based media offers unique ways for online teaching. Almost every course on MOOC platforms such as edX, Coursera, Futurelearn and Iversity uses video as a form of knowledge communication. The webinar will give insights into different video styles, based on a study of 448 MOOC videos from all scientific disciplines. It will focus the discussion on the different surrounding spaces used and evaluate their pro's/con's.

Expert Thinktank 'Videos, Media Design & Knowledge Communication at Universities'

The Expert-ThinkTank will focus on the current trend of digitalization of Universities with video based material. We will rst critically re ect the different formats of knowledge transformation through the use of moving images and the associated media design strategies in our ThinkTank. Second, we will focus on the performance of visual speakers (lecturers) in the videos. The aim of this Expert-ThinkTank is to form an interdisciplinary working group and propose innovative, maybe provocative and disruptive ideas to transform the video use in digital education.

06/15 Research Project 'Audiovisual Media Design for Higher Education'

The research project "Audiovisual Media Design for Higher Education" examines the production of videos for digital education („Massive open online course" MOOCs) and develops new concepts for their media design. The potential of different media designs for MOOC videos are investigated in an interdisciplinary cooperation of the University of Art and Design Basel FHNW (HGK) with the University of Basel, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the University of Passau.
MOOC videos vary widely in terms of their aesthetic implementations and the way experts are presented. The focus of this project is to firstly investigate and evaluate current aesthetic implementation of visible speaker (mostly professors, lecturers, experts) and their appearances in front of the camera. Secondly, this project applies techniques of audiovisual media design for an MOOC video experiment. The experiment will be done within the EPFL research project „Venice Time Machine“ and will include VR-devices and 360° videos.

10/15 'Better Gardens' Research Video @WSL/FIBL & ETH Zurich

05/15 'Forests – A Very Short Audiovisual Introduction'

The animation film "Forests - a very short audiovisual interoduction" will be screened at the Green Vision Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. Based on the book publication "Forests, a very short introduction, Oxford University Book, Prof. Dr. Jaboury Ghazoul, ETH Zürich.