Ur filmen "Song of Songs" av Douglas Rosenberg
Ur filmen "Song of Songs" av Douglas Rosenberg

Opacity and the Act of Making an Image of Dancing Bodies

Kultur & språk

Opacity, a concept in photo and video editing, is the degree to which light is allowed to travel through, where the full appearance of an image is 100 %. How can this concept be translated to the human body? To the lived, danced moment in the medium of film or video?

14 okt 2021
09:30 - 16:00
Jonsered Manor, William Gibsons väg 21, Jonsered

Jonsered Manor Gothenburg University, Academy of Music and Drama at the University of Gothenburg.

Douglas Rosenberg and Ami Skånberg Dahlstedt are influenced by gender scholar and filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha, and her method of not speaking about something, but speak nearby for making visible the invisible and to refuse to objectify what is in front of the camera.

What is our full visibility? How can technology support a caring gaze and to lessen one’s own presence in space? How can opacity be used as a method either for sharing a space democratically or to enable an invisible dance with nonhumans and ancestors? As a metaphor in making performative work behind and in front of the camera?

Workshops, seminar, open discussion and screening: Douglas Rosenberg’s newest film Song of Songs

Douglas Rosenberg artist and Professor of video, performance, installation in the Art Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison US, founding editor of International Journal of Screendance, Ami Skånberg Dahlstedt choreographer, film-maker, senior lecturer in Dance at the University of Gothenburg/Stockholm University f the Arts, and Jyoti Mistry, film-director, researcher, Professor in film at HDK-Valand, the University of Gothenburg.

09.30 Coffee
10.00 Introduction
10.15 Douglas Rosenberg & Ami Skånberg Dahlstedt
10.40 Workshop & open discussion
12.00 Lunch
13.00 Wokshop & open discussion continues
15.00 Screening: Song of songs, by Douglas Rosenberg, commented by Jyoti Mistry
16.00 Coffee


We ask you to bring a light camera, the mobile phone works.


Personal invitations are sent out to the seminars. The number of places is limited.

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