Artificial intelligence as a tool for artists: Christopher Michael Hansen has been fascinated by this topic for a long time. During his master's studies in M.A. Visual and Media Anthropology, he was able to put this great enthusiasm for the subject into practice in numerous AI projects. After graduation, a PhD position at the University of Buffalo is now waiting for him.
Jón Bjarki Magnússon, graduate and former lecturer of the M.A. Visual and Media Anthropology, has every reason to be happy: His film "Half Elf", which is based on his graduation film, is now available on Netflix! In this interview, he talks about the project and shares some important advice for young filmmakers.
Mike Terry, graduate of the master's program Visual and Media Anthropology, won an award at the Earth Futures Festival 2022 for his documentary "ROLA," which he produced with Dr. Marissa Betts. Terry developed and lecture the VMA course Space & Place since 2014. We spoke with him about the happy news and asked him what advice he has for future VMA graduates regarding creative projects.
The Humboldt Forum in Berlin is one of the most controversial museum projects of recent times. Cihan Küçük, lately graduated from the M.A. Visual and Media Anthropology, has been researching the decolonization of cultural institutions in his master's thesis. Here he talks about his studies as well as his creative projects in the colorful art and culture scene of Berlin.
Hauxita Jergeschew, student of M.A. Visual and Media Anthropology, is all ready to go back to South America. Prior to her studies, she has already lived with indigenous people and thanks to Distance Learning, she will be joining the study group from the road in the upcoming semester. More about her experiences in the rainforest and the Andes she shared with us in this interview.
For her master's thesis in Visual and Media Anthropology Yumi Watanabe went to the Peruvian rainforest. She investigated the dreams that the Shipibo healers have during their trainings called dieta and analyzed them using scientific methodologies. In this interview, she talks about how she came across her research topic and her plans after her master studies.
Maria Papadouli aims to become a curator after her studies. Her three-month internship at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin has already brought her a little closer to her dream. In the interview, she told us about the highlights and challenges of her internship as well as her studies in Visual and Media Anthropology.
Satoru Niwa has worked as a photojournalist before as well as alongside his master's degree in Visual and Media Anthropology. With his work, he wants to draw attention to urgent social issues. In his thesis, for example, he investigated socio-spatial exclusion and homelessness in his hometown Tokyo. What he gained from his studies and what he plans to do after his master's degree, he told us here.
Diving deeper into virtual realities: Hazel Jung (student of the Distance Learning program M.A. Visual and Media Anthropology) made this happen during her internship at a South Korean VR production company. What experiences did she gain there and what was a particular challenge for her? This and much more she tells in this interview.
From Iceland to Berlin: After completing a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and graduating from the Photography School in Reykjavik, Icelandic photographer and anthropologist Helga Laufey Ásgeirsdóttir is now studying the Distance Learning program M.A. Visual and Media Anthropology. In the interview she told us more about her current creative projects as well as her studies at HMKW.
Solomon Mekonen completed his master's degree in Visual and Media Anthropology at FU Berlin - and now teaches in the program himself. He has also recently taken up a PhD position in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oslo and is researching the possibilities of participatory filmmaking. In this interview, he told us more about his career, his work as a filmmaker, and his formative time as a VMA student.
Arturo Calderón is studying the Distance Learning program Visual and Media Anthropology and has been funded with a DAAD scholarship since the winter term 2021/22. Here he explains how he applied for the scholarship, how he received it, and which goals he has set himself for the future.
Gemma Lynch has been passionate about visual storytelling since she was a teenager. She spent almost 10 years working in various roles in the film/television industry and was Head of Production for the Fondazione Sardegna Film Commission for 5 years. With her studies in Visual and Media Anthropology at HMKW Berlin, she now has the chance to enhance her practical skills with a theoretical background. In the interview she told us more about her creative projects, her practical experiences as well as the highlights of her studies so far.
Alexa Rocourt, student of the M.A. Visual and Media Anthropology, perfectly combines professional practice and research: Besides her studies, she works as a Media Communications Specialist and Events Coordinator at the research institute QBI (Quantitative Biosciences Institute) in San Francisco. In this interview, she gives us an insight into her work and reveals what she particularly likes about the study program.
Caroline Cassinelli studies the distance learning program M.A. Visual and Media Anthropology in her 3rd semester. Here she reports on her internship at the renowned Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in Washington D.C.
Beina Xu, graduate of M.A. Visual and Media Anthropology, successfully entered the media industry: After her master's degree, she now works as an editor and video producer at Deutsche Welle. We talked to her about her career entry, her first (even award-winning) film project and the greatest challenges of her journalistic work.
Samantha Fox successfully completed her Master's degree in Visual and Media Anthropology (VMA) in 2010, at that time at the Freie Universität Berlin. The master's program was developed there and has been offered at HMKW Berlin since winter term 2019/20. In the interview she talks about her current work as an assistant professor in the field of Urban Anthropology, her current book project and how she was able to benefit from her studies.