Storytelling and Storyboarding Science at Locarno Festival

Storytelling and Storyboarding Science at Locarno Festival

From: August 2-5, 2018 Application Due: Before April 30, 2018 The desire of scientists to communicate elegantly with the general audience and the tireless search of filmmakers for good stories to tell demand tight collaboration between scientists and filmmakers. Having basic knowledge of film storytelling and storyboarding allows scientists to translate their research into elegant and convincing cinematographic stories and facilitates the filmmakers to transform these stories into films. Furthermore, scientists will learn to engage the audience and increase understanding by incorporating narrative attributes into their teaching and publications. Learn basic skills about conceptual and technical filmmaking. This includes storytelling technique, film genre, script-writing, storyboarding and theory of film editing. Attend Locarno Festival to watch films and analyze them in regard to conceptual and technical filmmaking. Discuss with professional filmmakers. The Locarno Festival represents an ideal networking platform for scientists and filmmakers, which could result in future common projects. Please view the PDF here to learn how to apply! Don’t miss this great...

Applying the Environmental Humanities

Environmental Humanities Switzerland has produced a new report funded by the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHS) that reviews methodological innovation in the Environmental Humanities based on an expert survey. It  discusses in particular strategies employed by the Environmental Humanities to contribute to the solving of major environmental problems. Please click here to view the full...
Weltuntergang – Ende ohne Ende (Sonderausstellung)

Weltuntergang – Ende ohne Ende (Sonderausstellung)

Naturhistorisches Museum der Burgergemeinde Bern 10. November 2017 – 10. November 2022 In sieben thematischen Räumen schlägt die Ausstellung «Weltuntergang – Ende ohne Ende» einen weiten Bogen – von sachlicher Analyse über Prophezeiungen und Spekulationen bis zu offener Lust am Untergang. Harte Wechsel und fliessende Übergänge vermitteln in einem komplexen, immer wieder auch bewusst roh gehaltenen Raumgefüge das Gefühl einer einzigen Erzählung, die jedoch immer wieder neu ansetzt und unterschiedliche Diskurse teils verknüpft, teils miteinander...
Juanita Schläpfer-Miller & Christoph Kueffer: Tree Stories

Juanita Schläpfer-Miller & Christoph Kueffer: Tree Stories

Juanita Schläpfer-Miller, Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center Christoph Kueffer, HSR Rapperswil & ETH Zurich Recent hurricanes in the United States were not only physical events but also storms of information. Some may have hoped that they would help to changing how people and politicians think about climate change; probably they didn’t. At least not immediately. This is typical of many environmental problems. There is a vast amount of scientific data, but it remains difficult to form a consensus and see how action can spring from all the information. This is because information is often incomplete, difficult to understand, abstract or even contradictory. In recent years scientists have started to collaborate more intensively with humanities scholars and artists to develop new ways of synthesizing and visualizing scientific information in ways that are more tangible to the public. One such strategy is to tell stories. Storytelling engages people with an environmental issue through dialogue, for example the recent Tree Stories storytelling journey through Zürich organized by the group Environmental Humanities Switzerland in May 2017.   The future of urban trees Trees in a city such as Zurich have become a contested topic. They disappear where urban densification competes for their space, yet people love them and fight for them. They are increasingly also seen as a magic bullet against the negative effects of a warming climate in the already hot and dry heat islands of cities. But even if we agree to have lots of trees in Zurich, things don’t get easier. Some want native trees to support native biodiversity, while others argue that only alien trees introduced from elsewhere can survive,...