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Rosa Birkedal Andersen, Jane-kristine Demuth Lund Pedersen, Diana Lindhardt & Bodil Sofie Espersen

Student thesis: Termpaper


This thesis comments on the film media’s ability to disseminate academic knowledge. It is based on a comparative analysis on two chosen documentaries. In the context of those it discusses the potentials and challenges involved in the field of visual knowledge dissemination. The thesis is a result of our curiosity concerning a field that exist between the world of arts and the world of academic science. During our discussion we will examine the question of the genre’s credibility received by the audience and also the legitimacy of of its documentary value. Visual antropology contribute to the understanding of the issue as it is an example of a field that has taken on the advantages of disseminating scientific knowlegde through visual media. Furthermore the theory of aesthetic experiences will provide an understanding of how an audience experience a documentary on a sensuous level. In addition postphenomenology will examine the human relation to the technology behind the documentary. Finally it is concluded that a big potential is found in visual dissemination of academic knowledge as it possesses the ability to provide the audience a deep and sensuous understanding of a topic. More so than what a written text is capable of. The genre does require the documentarist as well as the audience to keep a reflexive approach to the film. Furtermore the documentarist must find a balance between sensuous seduction and the transparency of facts to preserve the credibility of his work.

EducationsBasic - Bachelor Study Program in Humanistisk-Technology, (Bachelor Programme) Basic
Publication date1 Jan 2013


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