DAVAMOT – Mediehuset Celebrating 20 Years

Dalarna Audiovisual Academy's meeting for film, music, image, sound, art, education and research at Mediehuset, Falun 25th–26th November 2022.

Fasad, Mediehuset i Falun. Grå byggnad med många fönster.
Niklas Linder


DAVAMOT is a festival for everything audiovisual, it is a filmfestival, exhibition for audiovisual art and audiovisual installations, a music festival, and a conference on the audiovisual phenomenon, all the above combined into a meeting, a moot.

Mediehuset 20 years

For 20 years, the Media House in Falun has been the place for a unique academic environment that combines audiovisual research, education and art. With a sound studio, TV studio, radio studio, sound lab, editing room, and our own cinema, the Media House is an audiovisual laboratory for new knowledge and new expressions where we explore the audiovisual phenomenon in everything from theoretical studies of the importance of audiovisual media in today's society, to practical work in areas as graphic design, image and sound production. We celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Media House with DAVAMOT.


Student Expo

Natthimmel med grönt ljussken på.
Gratis bild, Pexels

25th November

The student exhibition shows audiovisual works and productions by students and alumni, films, video, photography, music, sound art and audiovisual installations.


Therese Herkules
Lecturer Image Production


Audiovisual Symposium

25th November

Interplay between the art, research, and the audio and visual. The Symposium discuss what characterises the research, education and practice of audiovisual studies, both currently and in the future. The research areas that can be described with the adjective audiovisual branch out into a wide range of different areas, in the humanities, arts and technology. Audiovisual studies reside in the intersection of interdisciplinary research on audiovisuality, artistic research, and concrete media production.

We invite potential contributors to submit an abstract befor 1st of Oct. Authors of an accepted proposal are invited to submit an article which is discussed in the symposium and which is published in peer-reviewed online proceedings.

Program Audiovisual Symposium

Full Program


  • 9.00 Registration. Hall: Cinema (Bion)
  • 9.30 Keynote: Tim J. Smith is a professor of Cognitive Psychology in the Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London and head of the Cognition in Naturalistic Environments (CINE) Lab.
  • 10.20 Coffee break (Fika)
  • 10.40 First Session: Looking forward by looking backwards.
    Derek Holzer, Luka Aron. Laser Phase Synthesis: a Historically Informed Audiovisual Performance.
    Totte Mattsson. The Monster in the Paradise.
  • 11.40 Break
  • 11.50 Second Session: Instead of stories and filling the discursive void. 
    Joachim Bergenstråhle. The literary embodiment of a film as phenomenological world-building.
    Irene Ros. Vintage TVs and under-represented memories A participatory practice to portray the impact of the Italian right-wing political violence (1969-1980) on collective memory. Fuori programma (Movie duration: 10:26)
  • 12.40 Lunch
  • 13.50 Keynote: Marie-Laure Cazin is a French filmmaker and media artist. She has created many experimental film prototypes for live interaction between the film and performers or spectators. She also works in the 360° film format.
  • 14.30 Break
  • 14.40 Third session: The past and the new normal.
    Matt Deegan. The Machines, an audiovisual experience created using game development software.
    Maja Hagerman. Teaching How to Make the Past Visible.
    Mark Aitken. Confinement as a Measure of Freedom in the New Normal. (Movie duration: 25:42).
  • 15.40 Coffee break (Fika)
  • 16.10 Fourth Session: Performing in alternative realities.
    Gabriel Zalles Ballivian, Tim Gmeiner, and Eito Murakami. Pigments of Imagination (Music duration: 7:44).
    Rebecca Nie, Cecilia Wu. Heart Sutra: Reflections and Mediation of Cultural-Wisdom Heritage and The Contemporary World through NFT and Augmented Reality (Movie duration: 8:31).
  • 17.10 Break. Hall: TV-Studio.
  • 18.00 Closing Session.


The audiovisual symposium keynotes are Professor Tim Smith and Marie-Laure Cazin.

About Tim Smith


Tim J. Smith BSc. Hons, PhD. is Professor of Cognitive Psychology in the Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London and head of the Cognition in Naturalistic Environments (CINE) Lab. He studied Artificial Intelligence and Psychology (Joint Honours) in Edinburgh (1997- 2001) and then completed a PhD in the School of Informatics at Edinburgh in which he developed An Attentional Theory of Continuity Continuity (2006/2012).

He applies empirical Cognitive Psychology methods to questions of Film Cognition and has published on the subject both in Psychology and Film journals. As a board member of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI) and action editor for Projections: The Journal of Movies and the Mind he promotes research at the intersection of Science and Film both in academia and in industry, collaborating with Dreamworks Animation, BBC, Channel 4, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

About Marie-Laure Cazin


Marie-Laure Cazin is an artist and a researcher, born on 19-07-1969 in Casablanca.

She is teaching in Ecole Supérieure d'Art et de Design-TALM in France. She was a postdoctoral researcher at MEDIT BFM, Tallinn University with a European post doctoral grant Mobilitas + in 2022-23. She received a PhD in Aix-Marseille University for her thesis entitled Cinema et Neurosciences, du Cinéma Émotif à Emotive VR1 in 2020. This thesis is about cinema experience, contextualized by neurosciences research, describing the neuronal process of emotions and trying to think further about the analogy between cinema and the thinking process. She is also a regular teacher in the Ecole Supérieure d'Art et de Design TALM, le Mans (France).

She comes from an artistic background, having studied in Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains, the Jan van Eyck Academy, post graduate program in residency (Masstricht, Netherlands) and in the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She has conducted many art-science projects together with scientific partners that have been shown in many exhibitions and festivals, creating prototypes that renew the filmic experience.

In her latest projects, she works with physiological feedback, like EEG, in order to obtain an emotional analysis from the brains' activity of the viewers that changes the films scenario, Emotive Cinema, 2014. With Emotive VR Cinema project, she is attempting to obtain this emotional feedback in the VR context, with her neuro-interactive VR 360° filmic experience, Freuds Last Hypnosis, where the emotional state of the viewer changes the film's interactive music composed by Mathias Harju. She has conducted a study in the context of her European postdoctoral grant on her VR 360° film, together with Dr Mäti Mottus from the Interaction lab of the school of Digital Technology (TLU). The emotional response of the viewers is being experimented with different kinds of physio-sensors and subjective responses.These experiments will give promising insights on the VR experience, in particular on questions of empathy and immersion. 

Call for Extended Abstracts

The DAVAMOT Audiovisual Symposium explores what characterises the research, education and practice of audiovisual studies. Research areas described with the adjective audiovisual sprawl into a wide range of areas, in the humanities, social sciences, arts and technology. The term describes a phenomenon that combines image and sound, such as film, computer games, video art, and writing for the screen and audio. Despite the impact of audiovisual products and services on society, the field of audiovisual studies remains under-developed.

The DAVAMOT Audiovisual Symposium invites contributions – both extended abstracts and works – from scholar, artistic, or scientific studies on the audiovisual phenomenon, this includes related academic disciplines such as film studies, poetics of screenwriting and screenplays, musicology, music, visual arts, performing arts, design, cultural studies, organisation, marketing, informatics, media technology, audio design, and interaction design including new audiovisual instruments for musical expressions. The symposium resides in the intersection of interdisciplinary research on audiovisuality.

We hereby invite you to contribute to the symposium with an extended abstract, three to five pages including the references or 1 500 – 2 000 words, before the 1st of October 2022.

In conjunction with the extended abstract you may contribute works to the exhibition (25th–26th November) to davaexhibition@du.se, the audiovisual music festival (25th November) davafestival@du.se, and the film festival (26th November) davafilmfestival@du.se, and.

Please indicate which extended abstract your work is coupled with.

Authors of accepted proposal can resubmit revised texts after the symposium for a peer–reviewed online publication.

To participate in the Audiovisual Symposium, you need to register. Registration closed November 17. For questions contact:


Visiting Lecturer Sound and Music Production


Audiovisual Music Festival

Bild från konsert. Publik som sträcker upp händerna i luften.
Andreas Andersson

25th November

During the evenings until the dead of night we will have an Audiovisual Music Festival at Mediehuset.

Program Audiovisual Music Festival

Program Audiovisual Music Festival


Contributions from the Symposium

  • 19.00 Matt Deegan. The Machines, an audiovisual experience created using game development software. University of Gloucestershire
  • 19.30 Derek Holzer, Luka Aron. Laser Phase Synthesis: a Historically Informed Audiovisual Performance. Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Royal College of Music in Stockholm (KMH) respectively.


  • 20.00 Adele Kosman. Unusually Lost Bits. Live coding concert in 4 channels and organ. Adele Kosman on voice and laptop, Arvid Kraft on organ
  • 21.00 Klas Hasselrot & Jenny Forsgren. Bländverk. Audiovisual performance.Between photons and sound waves, the audiovisual phenomenon is explored through five acts.
    - Beside the truth-seeking accuracy, a mirage looms as if from a constant negotiation between true and false.
  • 22.00 Rikard Vilhelm Lindell. Landscapes, Brittle and Harsh. Audiovisual Live Performance. Photographs by Hannes Häfele. Live Eurorack by RVL.
  • 23.00-01.00 DJ Larry Dumas

To participate in the Audiovisual Music Festival, you need to register. Registration closed November 17. For questions contact:


Totte Mattsson
Professor Professor of Fine Arts


Film Festival

Rader med röda biostolar.
Andreas Andersson

26th November

Dalarna county is historically important for Swedish film. A century after pioneering film directors Victor Sjöström and Mauritz Stiller realised some of the silent film eras most beloved work here, Dalarna has become a natural destination for the country's next generation of filmmakers.

At Dalarna Audiovisual Academy (DAVA) in Falun, students, teachers, industry and researchers gather to explore all stages of film production - from scriptwriting to film editing.

To celebrate our unique position in the filmmaking landscape, DAVAMOT includes a one-day film festival. During this event we will be screening new documentary and feature films, VR/Immersive productions and arrange exciting talks with directors, scriptwriters and film researchers.

Welcome to the DAVAMOT Film Festival in Falun on Saturday 26 November 2022!

Program Film Festival



  • 9.00: Mediehuset opens

  • 09.45: Film Festival Opening

    Dr Axel Grigor opens the film festival and presents the immersive film Sorella's Story, available to experience in the festival’s VR Room throughout the day.

    Sorella's Story (2022, Australia/Hungary/Sweden)
    Immersive drama, 15m, English, Not subtitled
    Director: Peter Hegedus

    Sorella’s Story explores the story behind a single atrocity photography of a group of women and 11-year-old Sorella, during the Holocaust, in an innovative 360 film. 

    The film was produced in collaboration with Dalarna Audiovisual Academy (DAVA) and competed at 2022 Venice Film Festival.

  • 10.00: Practice (2022, Norway)
    Feature Drama, 1h 17m, Norwegian with English subtitles
    Director: Laurens Pérol

    Trine refuses to fly. When the 18-year-old environmental activist and trumpet talent only has a few days to travel 1500 km from Lofoten to Oslo to attend a crucial audition at the Opera House, she is forced to hitchhike. Suddenly, her passion for music and environmental idealism is set against each other.

    Practice (Att Øve) is Laurens Pérol’s debut feature. It is presented as a work-in-progress.

    The screening is followed by a Q&A with director Laurens Pérol and the film’s editor Prof Sylvia Ingemarsdotter.

  • 12.00: Lunch

  • 13.00: Nelly & Nadine (2022, Sweden)
    Feature Documentary, 1h 32m, English with Swedish subtitles
    Director: Magnus Gertten

    Nelly and Nadine is the unlikely love story between two women falling in love on Christmas Eve, 1944, in the Ravensbrück concentration camp. For many years their relationship was kept a secret.

    Winner of the Teddy Jury Award at the 2022 Berlin Film Festival. Winner of Best Nordic Documentary at 2022 Nordisk Panorama.

    The screening is followed by a Q&A with diretor Magnus Gertten, who joins us via video link. The Q&A is moderated by artistic lecturer Maja Hagerman, Dalarna University.

  • 15.00: Coffee Break

  • 15.15: All The Beauty And The Bloodshed (2022, USA)
    Feature Documentary, 1h 53m, English with Swedish subtitles
    Director: Laura Poitras

    Directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras, ALL THE BEAUTY AND THE BLOODSHED is an epic, emotional and interconnected story about internationally renowned artist and activist Nan Goldin told through her slide shows, intimate interviews, ground-breaking photography, and rare footage of her personal fight to hold the Sackler family accountable for the overdose crisis.

    Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival 2022.

    The film is introduced by art scholar Dr Cecilia Strandroth, Dalarna University.

  • 17.30: The Mozart Brothers  (1986, Sweden)
    Feature Comedy, 1h 49m, Swedish with English subtitles
    Director: Suzanne Osten

    An opera director tries to put on a highly unconventional production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, but the cast and crew think all his ideas are terrible.

    Suzanne Osten won the Best Director award at the 1987 Swedish Film Institute Awards for her direction of The Mozart Brothers.
    The film is introduced by the film Stefan Björnlund, Dalarna University.

  • 19.15: Dinner

  • 19.45: Storybar: Film and Comedy

    Join us for an entertaining and revealing discussion about film and comedy together with special guests director Suzanne Osten and script writer Åsa Linder. Artistic lecturer Dr Axel Grigor moderates the conversation. Storybar is presented in collaboration with regional film fund Film in Dalarna.

  • 21.00: DAVAMOT Film Festival closes

To participate in the Film Festival, you need to register. Registration closed November 17. For questions contact:


Axel Grigor
Senior Lecturer, Fine Arts Film Editing



Here we suggest the names of three hotels in Falun for your stay. Please book your own accommodation.

First Grand Hotel

Use the booking code DAVAMOT to get access to discounts. Make your reservation via phone: +46 23-79 48 80 or e-mail: grand.falun@firsthotels.se

The discount price is 995 SEK per night/single room. 1195 SEK per night/double room.

First Hotel Grand
Trotzgatan 9-11
791 71 Falun

First Hotel Grand

Clarion Collection Hotel Bergmästaren

Clarion Collection Hotel Bergmästaren
Bergskolegränd 7
791 30 Falun

+46 23-70 17 00


Clarion Collection Hotel Bergmästaren

Scandic Lugnet Falun

Scandic Lugnet Falun
Svärdsjögatan 51
791 31 Falun

023-669 2200


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