Nordic Noir and Nordic Melancholy, Anne Marit Waade

08-06-2016 at 4.30pm to 6pm

Location: Atlantic House, room CA AH004 - 19-21 Tyndall Street, Cardiff, CF10 4PP

Audience: Public

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Nordic Noir on screen can be characterised by a certain melancholy displayed in the mood, the plot, the colours, the lightening, the landscapes and the complex characters in the crime drama series. Thus, there are some parallel to the historic Nordic melancholy in art, philosophy and culture from the region in the 19th and 20th century. Since the late 19th century melancholy has been an international trend within Nordic art and culture. It can be exemplified by Edvard Munch’s, Vilhelm Hammershøi’s and the Skagen painters’ works, Jean Sibelius’ music and by August Strindberg’s and Henrik Ibsen’s dramas, just to mention a few. Later, Ingmar Bergman’s films were a part of this Nordic melancholy, just as as Lars Norén’s plays and Lars von Trier’s films. Nordic melancholy reflects Nordic cultural and social conditions and includes particular themes and aesthetics. In my talk I will use The Bridge as an examples and refer to series as Follow the moneyWallander and The Killing.

Dr Anne Marit Waade is an Associated Professor at School of Culture and Communication, Aarhus University in Denmark. Her main research interests include mediated places, creative industry and promotional culture, e.g. how location is used in TV series production, film tourism, place branding, landscapes and cartographic aesthetics in travel series and travel journalism. More recently she has been focusing on the export of Danish TV drama and on location studies as a specific production study approach, as well as theoretical and methodological approaches to transnational television drama industry, media- and culture tourism as collaboration across industries. She has published articles and books on media and tourism, television entertainment and crime series, among others: Nordic Noir production value (2013, co-author), Medier og turisme (2010, co-author), Wallanderland (2013), Armchair tourism (2014, co-author) and When Public Service Drama Travels (2016, co-author). She is the leader of the research project What Makes Danish TV Drama Travel? (AU Ideas & Danish National Research Council, 2014-2018, She is the director of the research program Cultural Transformation at Aarhus University.