Across Space: Finding the Farm in the City
This is a video I made at the end of my Master's degree work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006. It's called "Across Space," and is about how images and values from rural places end up in cities. Made in what I call the Academic Geography Video Genre, it tries to blur the common geographical categories of farm and city. Notable in this genre is the use of in-image citations as the video progresses. It was made to satisfy the requirement of a seminar I was taking in urban geography at the time, when I was becoming enthralled with how digital technologies can be utilized to express the wonderful, yet too often obscure, ideas within the discipline of human geography. It was made using what is now a throwback hand-held mini DV camcorder: the trusty Canon Elura 80, and edited using Final Cut Pro. The production methods and the meaning of the video are explored in an article I published with Geography Compass. Here is an excerpt from the article's abstract:
The video explores the transformative properties of space, i.e., how the meanings of artifacts change when they are used in different spatial contexts. The article offers methodological suggestions for other videographers wishing to produce motion pictures that relate themes frequently undertaken in academic geography.
And here is the video: