Heidi Morstang
Profiles

Heidi Morstang

Associate Professor in Photography

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)

Role

Lecturer in photography

Convener Land/Water and the Visual Arts Research Group

2nd Year co-ordinator

Dissertation supervisor

PhD supervisor

Personal tutor

Module leader: DOCU 501 (Documentary Moving Image), PHO 512 (Collaborative Practice), PHO 514 (Developing Practice), PHO 516 (Professional Futures)

Heidi C Morstang works with moving image, photography and experimental documentary films. Her work explores the significance of landscape; she is interested in the social, cultural, environmental and archaeological histories embedded in landscapes. She uses images to explore and offer insight into the complex and subtle tensions and conflicts that characterise places, however beautiful our environment might appear. The majority of her work is created in the Nordic Arctic region, often in collaboration with scientists.

She has exhibited her photographic work and screened her films internationally since 1995. Her work is represented in several private and public collections.

She lectures in photography at University of Plymouth, where she convenes the Land/Water and the Visual Arts Research Group, and contributes frequently to Moving Image Arts Research Group, and the Photography Research Group (The Arts Institute)



Qualifications

2009:            
Postgraduate Certificate: Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Plymouth

1999-2001:                     
MA Documentary Photography with Distinction, University of Wales College, Newport

1996-1999:                     
BA (hons) Documentary Photography, First Class Honours Degree, University of Wales College, Newport

1995:                               
Art History, University of Oslo

1991:                               
Examen Philosophicum, University of Oslo

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Society of Fine Art Photographers, Norway (FFF)


Member of British Beekeeping Association (BBKA)

Teaching interests

Photography. Moving image. Experimental Documentary Film Practice. Documentary Photography. Interdisciplinary collaborations. Sustainability.

Staff serving as external examiners

External examiner at Brighton University, 2018 - 2022
BA (hons) Photography

External examiner at Hereford College of Arts (University of Wales Trinity Saint David)  2015 - 19
BA (hons) Photography and FdA  Commercial Photography

Research interests

Documentary film and photography. Environment. Landscape. History. Seed collections. Ecology. Mathematics.

Other research

Convener of  Land/Water and the Visual Arts Research Group (part of the Arts Institute)

Researcher in Land/Water and the Visual Arts Research Group

Researcher in Photography Research Group

Researcher in MIA - Moving Image Arts Research Group





Research groups

  • Moving Image Arts (MIA)

Chapters
Morstang HC 2014 'In Transit - Revealing history through landscape in contemporary film ISBN 978-82-93175-31-5' in Jasinski ME; Sem L Painful Heritage - Studies in the Cultural Landscape of the Second World War Trondheim, Norway The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters 119-132
Morstang HC 2011 'In search of a landscape play' in Standing S; Wells L Beauty Land/Water and the Visual Arts Plymouth University of Plymouth Press 8-27
Morstang HC & Shafford E 2007 '‘Margarita’s story’' in Jarrett L ‘Creative engagement in palliative care’ Abingdon, Oxon Radcliffe Publishing Ltd. 16-25
Conference Papers
Lewin A, Morstang H, Parker K & Sealey J 2013 'Unfolding Narrative (from middles to beginnings to endless loops)' film art symposium Plymouth University 23/05/2013 24/05/2013
Morstang HC 0 'In Transit: revealing history through landscape in contemporary film' Avanca I Cinema: International conference, cinema, art, technology, communication Avanca, Portugal 20/07/2011 24/07/2011
Exhibitions
0 Thinking Space. Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation, Film Festival, Heidelberg, Germany, 2017 20171210 0 1 Publisher Site
0 Thinking Space. International Science Film Festival 'World of Knowledge', St. Petersburg, Russia, 2017 20171020 0 1
0 Thinking Space. Realfagsbiblioteket, Oslo University, Norway 20161024 0 1 Publisher Site
0 Thinking Space. 56th Krakow Film Festival, 2016 20161015 0 1
0 Thinking Space. Bergen International Film Festival, Norway 20161001 0 1 Publisher Site
0 Thinking Space. Nordic Panorama, Malmø, Sweden,2016 20160915 0 1
0 Prosperous Mountain. Cinemateket, Oslo, Norway 20160818 0 1
0 Thinking Space. Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival, MarketPlace Programme 20160615 0 1
0 Thinking Space. Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth, UK 20160420 0 1 Publisher Site
0 Divers. Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Santander y Cantabria, Spain 20160303 0 1 Publisher Site
0 Frames of Mind. London Mathematical Society 20160301 0 9 Publisher Site
0 Thinking Space. Science Museum London 20151125 0 1
0 Prosperous Mountain. Royal Norwegian Embassy, London 20151124 0 1 Publisher Site
0 Prosperous Mountain. 4th Ecofalante Environmental Film Festival, São Paulo, Brazil, 2015 20150316 0 1 Publisher Site
0 The Road North. Sichuan Fine Art Academy, Chongqing and Jialing Jiang Gallery, Nan Chong City, China 20141119 0 3
0 Prosperous Mountain. SREM Film Festival, Serbia, 2014 20140620 0 1 Publisher Site
0 Prosperous Mountain. Bomuldsfabrikken Kunsthall, Arendal, Norway 20140613 0 1 Publisher Site
0 Prosperous Mountain. Pelicam International Film Festival, Romania 20140611 0 1 Publisher Site
0 Prosperous Mountain. 37th Norwegian Short Film Festival, Grimstad, Norway 20140610 0 1 Publisher Site
0 Prosperous Mountain. ‘Festival international du documentaire Eau et Climat’, Belgium 20140319 0 1 Publisher Site
0 Prosperous Mountain. 20th International Short Film Week Regensburg, Germany 20140319 0 1 Publisher Site
0 In Transit. Churchill College, Cambridge, UK 20140301 0 2 Publisher Site
0 In Transit. Churchill College, Cambridge, UK 20140301 0 2 Publisher Site
0 In Transit. Churchill College, Cambridge, UK 20140301 0 2 Publisher Site
0 Prosperous Mountain. Maryland Art Place, USA 20140212 0 2 Publisher Site
0 The Road North. Maryland Art Place / Baltimore and Washington International Airport. USA 20140212 0 3 Publisher Site
0 Prosperous Mountain. 31st International Environmental Film Festival, Paris, France. 20140204 0 1 Publisher Site
0 Prosperous Mountain (documentary film). Wellington, New Zealand 20130817 0 1
0 In Transit. Focus Film Festivals Programme at the 20th Ozu Film Festival, Italy, 2013 20130814 0 1
0 Certain Degrees Below. Nottingham Contemporary, UK 20130508 0 1
0 Divers. 5th International Video Art Festival Camaguey, Cuba, and Festival de La Imagen, Colombia 20130301 0 1
0 In Transit. International competition at Sapporo International Film Festival, Japan, 2012 20121120 0 1 Publisher Site
0 In Transit. 31st Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden. 20121019 0 1 Publisher Site
0 In Transit. The Helsinki Short Film Festival, Finland. 20121012 0 1
0 Land's End. Plymouth Art Centre, UK 20120901 0 12
0 In Transit. International competition (doczone) in Concorto Film Festival, Pontenure, Italy, 2012 20120815 0 1 Publisher Site
0 In Transit. Official competition, In The Palace International Short Film Festival, Bulgaria, 2012 20120620 0 1 Publisher Site
0 In Transit. Tabakalera, San Sebastian, Spain 20120221 0 1 Publisher Site
0 In Transit. 34th Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival, France 20120127 0 1 Publisher Site
0 'In Transit'. Aesthetica Short Film Festival. Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, UK 20111103 0 1 Publisher Site
0 'In Transit' Ostrava Kamera Oko International Cinematographers' Film Festival, Czech Republic. Ostrava Kamera Oko International Cinematographers' Film Festival, Czech Republic. 20110923 0 1 Publisher Site
0 Chapters. Galeria Ana VilaSeco, La Coruna, Spain 20080912 0 15
0 A Doll's House. R O O M, Bristol, UK 20040501 0 1
0 In Between. Watershed Media Centre, Bristol, UK 20030501 0 1
0 Camera Obscura. Watershed Media Centre, Bristol, UK 20000501 0 20
Posters
Morstang HC Morstang HC 0 'Prosperous Mountain - Environmental Photography and Humanities' 0 0

Other academic activities

Organised the following Land/Water and the Visual Arts Research Group symposium:



2017: 'Territories' (co-organised with Kayla Parker)

Speakers: Barbara Bosworth, Domenika Williamson, John Martin, Susan Trangmar, Emeric Hluisset,Fedra Dekeyser, Claudia Pilsl, Carole Baker, Tom Cox. 


2017: 'Safe-keeping bees: an interdisciplinary exploration of the future for bees in Britain'

Speakers: Nick Bentham-Green, Mark Edwards, William Kirk, AndreaLiggins, Amy Shelton 



2015: 'Wilderness / Wildness' (co-organised with Oli Udy)

Speakers: Liz Wells, Eva Cooney, Daro Montag, Jay Griffiths, Stephen Huggett,Temujin Doran, Angus Carlisle 

2014: 'Nocturnal' (co-organised with Ines Rae and Liz Wells)

Speakers: Nick Alfrey, AngelaKingston, Susan Derges, Jem Southam, William, Arnold, MiloNewman, Liz Nicol, Louisa Fairclough, Tabatha Andrews, Fergus Heron, ChrystelLebas 

2013:  ‘Mapping’ (co-organised with Ines Rae, Liz Nicol, Liz Wells and Jem Southam)

Speakers: DavidChandler, Jean Delseaux, Caitlin Desilvey, Justin Partyka, Yan Preston, SusanTrangmar, Oliver Udy, Martin Warren, PascaleWeber, David Wyatt 


2011: 'No Man's Land' (co-organised with Liz Wells and Mike Lawson-Smith)

Speakers: Alev Adil, Anthony Haughey, Anne Noble, Emma Stibbon, Liz Wells, AnthonyCaleshu 


2010: 'Land and the Metaphysical' (co-organised with Liz Wells)

Speakers: David Williams, Jo Love & Mike Evans, David Rayson, Jane Grant, Peter Cusack 


2009: 'Land and Expedition' (co-organised with Liz Wells)

Speakers: Anne Burke, Melanie Challenger, Neville Gabie, Vicky Long, Jorma Puranen,Stephen Vaughan  


2013:  ‘Unfolding narrative - from middles to beginnings to endless

loops’ 

 (co-organised with Anya Lewin and Kayla Parker)

Moving Image Research Group, Media and Arts Research Centre

Initiated, organised and led the following International Artist-in-Residencies hosted by Land/Water and the Visual Arts Research Group:


2015


Artist: Caroline McQuarrie, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand


2012 - 2014 (three visits): 


Artists: Hantu (Pascale Weber, Sorbonne University, Paris, France and Jean Delseux, University of Clermont-Ferrand, France)

Final film works screened at the Ocean City Festival, September 2014. Supported by the Marine Institute, Erasmus European Programme and Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Plymouth.

Hosted by Land/Water and the Visual Arts Research Group in collaboration with the Marine Institute, University of Plymouth.

 


Additional information

Represented by Galeria Ana Vilaseco, Spain.

Represented by photographic agency Millennium Images, London.

Selected works shown at The Royal Norwegian Embassy, London.


Founder of Plymouth University Beekeeping Association.


Links

www.hcmorstang.co.uk