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Rebecca Puchta
Doctoral Candidate

Thinking Images: Seeing and Saying in Documentary Film

This project dissects audiovisual images of digitization, surveillance, and control found in contemporary documentary films such as Citizenfour (Laura Poitras, US 2014), Democracy (David Bernet, D, FR 2015), and Field of Vision – Project X (Henrik Moltke and Laura Poitras, US 2016). Focusing on aspects of expertise, access, and translational processes, it investigates the production of knowledge in terms of big data and media infrastructures – in, with, and through the moving image. This research relies on theories and methods from textual analysis, discourse analysis, and anthropology, as well as science and technology studies.

Fig. 1: Screenshot from Project X (Henrik Moltke and Laura Poitras,
2016) Vimeo, last accessed May 8, 2018.

Fig. 2: Screenshot from Project X (Henrik Moltke and Laura Poitras,
2016) Vimeo, last accessed May 8, 2018.

Fig. 3: Screenshot from Project X (Henrik Moltke and Laura Poitras,
2016) Vimeo, last accessed May 8, 2018.

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Rebecca Puchta studied Literary Studies and Economics, Law and Social Science at the University of Erfurt and Studies in European Culture in Constance and New Delhi. Her research interests lie in cultural and media theories, documentary film and governmentality studies. She has taught at the University of Vienna, the College of Fine Arts Berlin, and Salem College. She has been a PhD candidate in the Graduiertenkolleg “Configurations of Film” at the Goethe University, Frankfurt since September 2017.

 

puchta[at]tfm.uni-frankfurt.de

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