Jonathan Rozenkrantz is a PhD candidate at the Department of Media Studies. He holds a BA and an MA in Cinema Studies (Stockholm University). He has been a writer and editor for more than a decade, publishing extensively on film, visual arts, and media culture. He spent the spring of 2016 as a guest researcher at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam.

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Research Interests

Jonathan's research interests revolve around the relation between aesthetics, media technologies, and the theoretical discourses that emerge at their intersection. He is specifically interested in analogue video as an aesthetic media technology and media archaeological artefact, as well as in the ontological and epistemological questions raised by heterogeneous media assemblages (such as video-film combinations, or animated documentaries with live action elements).

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Ongoing Research

Jonathan's PhD project (2013-2018) focuses on the images and imaginaries that emerge at the intersection of video and film. His article "Analogue Video in the Age of Retrospectacle: Aesthetics, Technology, Subculture" (Alphaville Journal of Film and Screen Media, 2016) explores the various manifestations of analogue video in digital culture.

He is also interested in the ontological and epistemological questions raised by animated documentaries with live action elements - the topic of his MA thesis and subsequent articles "Colourful Claims: towards a theory of animated documentary" (Film International, 2011), and "Expanded epistemologies: animation meets live action in contemporary Swedish documentary film" (Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, 2016).

In May 2017, Jonathan attended the Media Archaeology International Graduate Summer School at the Residual Media Depot, Concordia University (Montréal, Canada), where he initiated a hands-on study of analogue video-video game hybridity, exploring the tension between videographic recording and ludic interactivity.

In addition, his interest in (film) pedagogy has engendered collaborations with Södertörn University (Aesthetic Learning Processes) and the Swedish Film Institute (Film in Schools), resulting in the publication of the anthology chapter "Alltid redan en aktivitet: åskådarskap och estetiska lärprocesser" in the anthology Konst och lärande: essäer om estetiska lärprocesser (Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2014), as well as several teacher's guides.

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Doctoral thesis project

Electronic Labyrinths: An Archaeology of Video Through the Lens of Film

The PhD project Electronic Labyrinths: An Archaeology of Video Through the Lens of Film (2013-2018) engages in an archaeology of the video images and imaginaries that have emerged in the last 60 ye... Read more