Between 2015 and 2019 I worked on a PhD project in the Media, Communications and Cultural Studies department in Goldsmtihs, under supervision of Professor Joanna Zylinska and Dr Rachel Moore. I produced two films and a number of written outputs as part of the project, and am currently working on turning it into a book monograph.
In recent years, media studies has developed theoretical models which consider the material aspects of media technologies. In the context of the widespread ecological crisis, such studies have included analyses of media as products of the extraction of geological materials. ‘Geological filmmaking’ contributes to this growing set of discourses by experimenting with the reciprocal relations between geology and film. ‘The geological’ here acts as a perceptual and cognitive extremity of the human (in)ability to grasp processes unfolding across vast spatio-temporal scales. Building on existing theoretical studies of the geological materiality of the filmic medium, the project takes two specific geological phenomena – asbestos and sinkholes – to explore formal and temporal intersections between film and geology in order to engage with some of the representational challenges posed by the ecological crisis. The key claims of the project are the entangled and reciprocal co-emergence of the socio-economic and the geologic and of our mortal bodies and environments, and that film is able to provide a perceptual framework in which to contemplate these inextricable connections all the way down every scale: from the molecular to the planetary, from the immediate to the stretches of deep time.
Geological Filmmaking book monograph