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Dr. Steffen Köhn

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Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology

Field of Activity

Program Coordinator M.A. Visual and Media Anthropology

Address Iltisstr. 7
Room 004
14195 Berlin
Telephone 0049-(0)30-838 57459
Email steffen.koehn@fu-berlin.de

Office hours

Only by appointment

Dr. Steffen Köhn studied Social Anthropology and Film Studies at Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz and at Freie Universität Berlin (Master in Social and Cultural Anthropology 2006) and Film Directing at Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb). He received his doctorate degree in 2014 from Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz. His areas of interest include theory and practice of ethnographic filmmaking, the anthropology of media, transnationalism, and postcolonial theory.

 

FILMOGRAPHY

Intimate Distance (2104), HD, 17 mins.
Collaborative documentary project on the webcam-communicating patterns of transnational families.
Festivals:
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival (World premiere october 2014)

After Hours
(2013), HD, 7 min.
Architectural Portrait of Berlin’s infamous Technoclub Berghain.
Part of the Exhibition Culture:City
Academy of the Arts Berlin
Kunsthaus Graz.

A Tale of Two Islands
(2012), HD, 16 min.
Two-Screen video installation on the postcolonial space encompassing the French overseas Department Mayotte and its African sister-island Anjouan.
Exhibitions and Festivals:
Berlinale International Film Festival, Forum Expanded section
Go East Festival Wiesbaden
12th EASA-Conference Paris-Nanterre, Film program
Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition
International Short Film Festival Cairo
Monitoring, Documentary Film- and Video festival Kassel
Vienna Art Week. Galerie Hinterland
Anthropologies Numériques, Le Cube, Paris
X-Border Biennial, Lulea, Sweden
Ethnographic Museum, Dresden
17th IUAES-Konference, Manchester

Tell me when...
(2011), HD, 55 min.
Documentary on three Trans-Sahara migrants stranded in the Spanish Exclave Melilla.
Festivals:
Rencontres Internationales Paris, Berlin
Crossing Europe Festival Linz
Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival
Cinemigratorio Santander
World Film Festival Tartu

Morokapel´s Feast
(2007), DV, 26 min.
Ethnographic Documentary on a hunt and its repercussions among the Kara of Southern Ethiopia. With Dr. Felix Girke.
Festivals:
Festival of Ethnological Film in Belgrad (Price for „Outstanding
Contribution to Ethnological Film“)
Royal Anthropological Society Film Festival Leeds
Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival
Beeld voor Beeld Amsterdam
World Film Festival Tartu
Dialektus Festival Budapest

 

BOOKS

2016 Mediating Mobility. Visual Anthropology and the Age of Migration. New York: Wallflower/ Columbia University Press.

2008 Videofilm in Ghana. Ein neues Unterhaltungsmedium im Zentrum der öffentlichen Sphäre. Saarbrücken: VDM Publishing

EDITED VOLUMES

2017 (with Urte Undine Frömming, Samantha Fox, Mike Terry) Digital Environments. Ethnographic Perspectives across Global Online- and Offline Spaces. Bielefeld: Transcript

Since 2015  Journal of Visual and Media Anthropology. (with Urte Undine Frömming)

BOOK CHAPTERS

2017 (with Urte Undine Frömming, Samantha Fox, Mike Terry) Digital Environments and the Future of Ethnography. In: Digital Environments. Ethnographic Perspectives across Global Online- and Offline Spaces. Bielefeld: Transcript: 13-24.

ARTICLES / PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS

2016 (with Urte Undine Frömming, Mike Terry) Augmented Digital Lives: Experiences in Mobility, Big Data, and Robotics. In Journal of Visual and Media Anthropology 2(1). 1-6.

2016 Migrantische Medien - Medien der Migration. In: Frauen und Film 67: 53-66.

2015 (with Urte Undine Frömming). The Anthropology of Mobile Technology. Smartphones, Wearables and Networked Selves. In Journal of Visual and Media Anthropology 1(1). 1-10

2014 Screening Transnational Spaces. Anthropology’s Spatial Paradigms and the Construction of Cinematic Space in Ethnographic Film. In: Anthrovision (Online) 2 (2).

2014  Die Videoinstallation A Tale of Two Islands als ethnographische Praxis. In: Berliner Blätter: Ethnographische und Ethnologische Beiträge 67: 68-75

2013 Organizing Complexities: The Potential of Multi-Screen Video Installations for Ethnographic Practice and Representation. In: Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies 27(5): 583-599.

CONFERENCE PAPERS

2015 Desktop Documentary. CAV Symposium. Montage as an Artistic, Cultural & Scientific Practice. Ethnographic Museum of the University Zürich.

2015 The Desktop Screen as Research Site. American Anthropological Association. Annual Meeting. Society for Visual Anthropology - Visual Research Conference. Denver, Colorado

2015 Spatial Narratives. Keynote Lecture for the International Seminar: Film in Ethnographic Exhibitions, National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen

2013 Organizing Complexities: The Potential of Multi-Screen Video Installations for Ethnographic Representation. Arts with(out) Borders Conference. University of Berne.

2013 Organizing Complexities: The Potential of Multi-Screen Video Installations for Ethnographic Representation. 17thIUAES World Congress. University of Manchester.

2013 Ethnographie als Ausstellungspraxis. Inspirationen aus der aktuellen Videokunst. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde. Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz.

2012 Screening Transnational Spaces. 12th EASA Conference: Uncertainty and Disquiet. Paris-Nanterre.

2012 Die Kartographie transnationaler Räume. Videoinstallationen als innovative Repräsentationspraktiken. Tagung der Gesellschaft für Ethnographie (GfE): Zwischen Objekt, Text, Bild und Performance: Repräsentationspraktiken ethnographischen Wissens. Free University Berlin.

2012 The Crystallization of Time in Mobile Images. International Workshop on ‘Mobile Images – Images of Mobility’. University of Cologne.