Ms Heidi Morstang
Profiles

Ms Heidi Morstang

Associate Professor in Photography

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

Role

Associate Professor in Photography

Convener Arts Research: Land/Water and the Visual Arts Research Group

2nd Year co-ordinator BA (hons) Photography

Dissertation supervisor

PhD supervisor

Personal tutor

Module leader: DOCU 501 (Documentary Moving Image), PHO 518 (Collaborative Practice), PHO 514 (Developing Practice), PHO 522 (Professional Futures)

Heidi Morstang works with 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 is Associate Professor in Photography at University of Plymouth, where she convenes the research group Arts Research: Land/Water and the Visual Arts.



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.



Pedagogic Grants

2015-16       PedRio funded grant for developing collaborative / interdisciplinary teaching and learning model for arts / science students (‘The Sea and Me’ – collaboration between BA (hons) photography students and BA (hons) Marine Conservation students)


Staff serving as external examiners

External Examiner at Volda University College, Norway, 2019 - ongoing. 
BA Documentary Photography and MA Documentary Photography

Chief 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 

Researcher in Arts Research: Land/Water and the Visual Arts Research Group






Creative practice & artistic projects

Films produced, directed and edited:

2019: Pseudotachylyte                  (UHD, 54 min 28 sec)

 

2015: Thinking Space                   (HD, 60 min)

 

2013: Prosperous Mountain              (HD, 15min 49 sec)

 

2011: In Transit                       (HD, 19 mins 24 sec)

 

2008: Brand                          (S16 mm film, 13 mins)

 

2007: Certain Degrees Below            (S16 mm film, 5 mins)

 

2005: Notes from Ithaca I, II and III          (DV, 5 mins x 3)

 

2005: A Doll's House                   (DV, 4 mins 40 sec)

 

2004: The Waves                       (HD, 4 mins 13 sec)

 

2001: Divers                           (DV, 5 mins)

 

2001: In Between                      (DV, 5 mins)


SELECTED FILM FESTIVALS / SCREENINGS /EXHIBITIONS

 

Pseudotachylyte

2019  Bergen International Film Festival. Premiere screening. Norwegian Documentaries Competition and Golden Owl Competition

Thinking Space

2015  World Premiere screening at Science Museum London as part of the LMS 150th Anniversary Mathematics Festival What’s your Angle: Uncovering Maths 28-29 Nov 2015.

2016  London Mathematical Society, De Morgan House, London. Film Screening and presentation at 151th Anniversary of the LMS.

2016  Nordkapp International Film Festival, Norway. Invited keynote speaker for Masterclass at film industry seminar and presentation on ‘Camera as my research instrument’.

2016  56th Krakow Film Festival

2016  Nordic Panorama, Malmø, Sweden

2016  Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival. Selected for MarketPlace Programme.

2016  Oslo University, Realfagsbibliotektet. Invited Film Screening of ‘Thinking Space’ in conjunction with Sir Roger Penrose public lecture, 24thOctober.

2016  Bergen International Film Festival, Norway. Selected for ‘Golden Owl International Competition Programme’ the Research and Science competition awarded by the University of Bergen to the best science documentary.

2017  International Science Film Festival 'World of Knowledge' St. Petersburg, Russia. By invitation and selected for Official Main Feature Film Competition.

2017  Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation Film Festival, Heidelberg, Germany. By invitation as special guest with screening.

 

GROUP EXHIBITION - Thinking Space:

2016  Conversations across art and mathematics: George L’Legendre, Marc Francis and Heidi Morstang. Peninsula Arts Gallery, University of Plymouth, UK. Panel discussion with Professor Stephen Huggett (General Secretary of the London Mathematical Society) chaired by Timandra Harkness (BBC).


Prosperous Mountain

2014  31st International Environmental Film Festival, Paris. European premiere. Official Competition.

2014  20th International Short Film Week, Regensburg, Germany. International Competition.

2014  Festival international du Documentaire Eau et Climat, Belgium. Official short documentary film competition. Winner of 2nd prize.

2014  37th Norwegian Short Film Festival, Grimstad, Norway. Official competition.

2015  4th Ecofalante Environmental Film Festival, São Paulo, Brazil.

2015  Royal Norwegian Embassy Film Screening hosted by the Norwegian Ambassador Mona Juul. Panel Debate between Heidi Morstang (filmmaker), Ingrid Dokka (The Norwegian Film Institute), Åsmund Åsdal (The Svalbard Global Seed Vault), Camille Parmesan (Plymouth University) and Barry Phipps (Cambridge University). Topics concerned the future of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, the vulnerability of the arctic and the role art can play in the debate.

EXHIBITIONS - Prosperous Mountain    

 

2020  Seedscapes (Upcoming) Impressions Gallery, Bradford; Kilmarnock Gallery, Scotland;

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

2014  ‘Prosperous Mountain’ Bomuldsfabrikken Kunsthall, Arendal, Norway.

2014  Maryland Art Place / Baltimore and Washington International Airport, USA.

Photographic works ‘The Road North’ and ‘Prosperous Mountain’. Group exhibition.

 

 

OTHER RELATED PUBLISHED MATERIAL - Prosperous Mountain   

2015  Prosperous Mountain film and photographs by Heidi Morstang. Limited edition DVD (231 editions) with an accompanying essay by fellow and curator Barry Phipps (Churchill College, University of Cambridge). International distribution. Artefact (hand-made artist’s film / booklet in fabric-bound case). Publication launch at Norwegian Ambassadors’ Residence, London

 

Pascale Weber (ed.) (2018) ‘Prosperous Mountain (La montagne prospère) – réflexion d’une cinéaste sur l’importance du facteur temps et du paysage de l’Arctique’. In Le Mythe de l’Abondance. Published in French with the support of the Contemporary France Research Chair/ French General Consulat Montreal/ CERIUM-Université de Montréal.

 

In Transit

2013              Focus Film Festivals Programme at the 20th Ozu Film Festival, Italy

2012              International Docurama Programme, 31st Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden

2012              Best Short Films from Around the World Programme, Helsinki Short Film Festival, Finland

2012              International competition in Concorto Film Festival, Italy

2012              International competition, Sapporo International Film Festival, Japan

2012              Official competition, In The Palace International Short Film Festival, Bulgaria

2012              Official competition, Kortfilmfestivalen, Grimstad, Norway

2012              Oslo Screen Festival, Cinemateket, Norway

2012              Lab Programme, Tabakalera, San Sebastian, Spain

2012              Official Lab competition, 34th International Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival, France

2011              Aesthetica International Film Festival, York, UK

2011              Ostrava International Cinematographer’s Festival, Czech Republic

2011              Avanca International Film Festival, Portugal

 

EXHIBITIONS - In Transit

2014              Film screenings and photographic exhibition at Churchill College, Cambridge

 

OTHER RELATED PUBLISHED MATERIAL - In Transit

‘In Transit’ part of Norwegian Short Documentary Collection, part of The Norwegian Film Institute’s FilmBib collection

 

Spring 2016

‘In Transit - revealing history through landscape in contemporary film’, published in ‘Painful Heritage - Leaving the dead’ anthology edited by Marek Jasinski and Leiv Sem, Skrifter (Transactions), The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters.

 

February 2012

‘In Transit’ Limited edition DVD (120 editions) with an accompanying text by Dr Brieg Powel and photographs by Heidi C Morstang. Internationally distributed


PRIZES

2014         2nd Prize. Festival international du Documentaire Eau et Climat, Belgium.

            Prosperous Mountain

2008        1 Premio de VideoArte, El Almacen de las Artes Foconorte / El Ayuntamiento de Astillero, Spain (1st prize for ‘Divers’ and Official Selection for ‘Certain Degrees Below’)

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS OF PHOTOGRAPHIC AND MOVING IMAGE WORKS

 

2016               MAS, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santander, Spain

2014 / 2015          Sichuan Fine Art Academy, Chongqing and Jialing Jiang Gallery,

                   Nan Chong City, China, group exhibition (curated by Liz Wells)

2014               Video Guerrilha / FENACULT 2014, Luanda, Angola

                   group exhibition (curated by Liz Wells)

2013               Nottingham Contemporary, UK

2013               5th International Video Art Festival Camaguey, Cuba

2012/13             Video Guerrilha, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2012               Plymouth Arts Centre, UK, solo exhibition

2011 & 2010          MadridFoto. Contemporary Photography Art Fair, Madrid, Spain

2011               Espacio Atlantico, Vigo, Spain (Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo)

2011               Elusive, Camberwell Space, London

2010               ‘Third Space’ II Baltic Biennale of Contemporary Art, Derzhavin Museum,

                   St. Petersburg, Russia

2010               Northampton University Gallery, Land/Water group exhibition

2009               ‘Atmosferas’ Galeria Ana VilaSeco, La Coruna, Spain, group exhibition

2009               Chelsea Art Space, London, group exhibition

2009               Galerie Art Fort Reveur, Bruxelles, Belgium (ArtExpo)

2009               Collaborators’ ROOM Artspace, London, group exhibition

2009               ‘Brand’ Videotank, Zurich, Switzerland, solo exhibition

2008               ‘Chapters’ Galeria Ana VilaSeco, La Coruna, Spain, solo exhibition

2008               ROOM Artspace, London, group exhibition

2008               National Centre For Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Russia, group exhibition

2007               ‘Trace & Transcience’, CCANW, Exeter

2007               ‘Forest Dreaming 7’ CCANW, Exeter

2005-06             ‘The Art of White’, The Lowry, Salford / Manchester

2005               ‘On Leaving & Arriving’, G39, Cardiff

2005               Silent Movements Intercity: Vlissingen, Breda, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

2005               Pump House Gallery, London (The White Station)

2004               Clapham Picture House, London, cinema screenings

2004               London Gallery West, University of Westminster (with Christie Brown)

2004               Gyumri International Biennale, Armenia

2004               R O O M, Bristol, solo exhibition, commissioned by Picture This

2003               L’Alternativa, CCCB, Barcelona, Spain, International Film Festival

2003               Watershed Media Centre, Bristol, solo exhibition

2002               ‘Observatori 2002’ Museum of Illustration and Modern Art, Valencia, Spain

2002               ‘European Award For Women Photographers 2002-2002’, Italy

2000               Watershed Media Centre, Bristol, solo exhibition

2000               ‘The John Kobal Foundation’, The National Portrait Gallery, London & The Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham



Research groups

  • Moving Image Arts (MIA)

Chapters
Morstang HC 2018 ''Prosperous Mountain' - Reflexion de une videaste sur le temps et le paysage de l'Arctique' in Weber P Le mythe de l'abondance - Ressources, imaginaire, formes de vie Paris, France CQFD - Contemporary France Research Chair/ French General Consulat Montreal/ CERIUM-Université de Montréal 23-38 Publisher Site
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 2011 '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 Publisher Site
Exhibitions
0 Pseudotachylyte. Bergen International Film Festival 20190925 0 1
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. 31st International Environmental Film Festival, Paris. 20140115 0 1
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 Publications
0 Divers. 0 0
0 Frames of Mind. 0 0
0 In Transit. 0 0
0 Prosperous Mountain. 0 0
0 Thinking Space. 0 0

Reports & invited lectures


 2019 Valand Academy, Gothenburg University, Sweden

2019 'Voices in the Anthropocene' Keynote Speaker, Falmouth University Institute of Photography Symposium, UK

2016 Keynote speaker at film industry seminar for film screenings and presentation on ‘Camera as my research instrument’, Nordkapp International Film Festival, Norway.

2015 ‘Environmental Photography and Humanities International Symposium’, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

 

 2014 ‘Of the Earth’ conference, Plymouth University

2013 ' Everywhere and Nowhere – New Photographic Encounters with Space, Place and Dislocation’, symposium. 

      Photography Research Group, Plymouth University

2013 ‘Avanca / Cinema: Art, technology and communication international conference’, Portugal

2012 Artist talk and screening at Govett Brewster Contemporary Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand.

2012 Keynote speaker at ‘Making visible’ International Symposium. Massey University, New Zealand. 

2011 ‘Avanca / Cinema: Art, technology and communication international conference', Portugal

2010 ‘Painful Heritage’, International symposium, Falstad Centre, Norway

2008 Landscape & Beauty’, Annual symposium, Land/Water Research Group, University of Plymouth


Other academic activities

2020
Member of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
School of Art, Design and Architecture

2018 
Athena Swan Bronze Award
Member of School of Art, Design and Architecture Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team

2012 - 15
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 - 14 (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