Offshore Media – Workshop in Stavanger
On 16 and 17 December in Stavanger’s Oil Museum, the workshop Offshore Media was held, organized by Bjørn Sørenssen from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The workshop focused on the use of film and video in connection with the North Sea oil activity.
TEF participant Rudmer Canjels gave a presentation on the history and uses to which the films by the oil company Shell were put, making use of recent research from his TEF subproject, Dynamics of Celluloid. Other presentations were made by Bjørn Sørenssen, Mats Jönsson (University of Lund), Paul Wells (Loughborough University), Patrick Vondereau (University of Stockholm), and Gunnar Strøm (Volda University College). Topics ranged from the use of animation and rhetorical strategies of national contexts embedded in international oil films, to the investigation of the status and use of industrial films in film research. Also interviews were held with those from the production side of these industrial oil films.
The workshop ended with a fruitful discussion on the various possibilities for future projects where further research could be undertaken and oil films and their history and impact could be presented. Here, a possible cooperation with the TEF research group was suggested, linking it with subprojects from Rudmer Canjels and Bert Hogenkamp.