Brandon Bergem: “Foreign-Familiar”

This student video was created as part of the Master of Architecture course ARC3017: Thesis Research and Preparation taught by Professor John Shnier. In this graduate level studio, Professor Shnier directs students to use film as a creative and iterative medium to explore their thesis discourse and research.

“Foreign-Familiar” was created by Master of Architecture thesis student Brandon Bergem who describes it as:

“A tale of two islands in the far north. One real. One mythological. Svalbard and Thule.”

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