MULTIMEDIA ENCOUNTERS EXPERIMENTAL APPROACHES TO ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH
I'm looking forward to charing a panel and sharing my own research though this conference hosted by the UCL Multimedia Anthropology Lab. MAL is a network of anthropologists and artists exploring knowledge creation and experimental media (www.uclmal.com)
How are ethnographic encounters with alterity mediated and transformed by multimedia technologies? Drawing on the insights and questions raised by both material culture studies and the ontological turn, we aim to facilitate a global conversation on the concepts, forms and mediums through which knowledge is produced and shared. This conference is hosted by UCL Multimedia Anthropology Lab, an interdisciplinary research network aimed at developing innovative methods for anthropological practice.
CONFERENCE PROGRAMME & KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
The conference will take place online on the 12th, 13th & 14th of January 2021, and will be accompanied by an online exhibition of multimedia works. Each day will begin with keynote contributions from academics and practitioners whose theory and practice invite us to think otherwise, followed by thematic panels where experimental research approaches and their implications for theory will be debated in more depth.
Expanding the focus on scientific data which is common to discourse on the subject, UCL Anthropocene emphasises the causal links between the conditions of human experience and escalating ecological collapse. In this vein, this seminar will explore the potential of contemporary art practice in addressing the problems that the Anthropocene poses for our collective future.
Given the scope of the subject at hand, the format will be expansive and discursive. Each of the seven contributing UCL artists will give a short presentation (10-15 minutes) to introduce the significance of the notion of the Anthropocene within their practice and point towards ways in which contemporary art might effectively address the environmental crisis. Afterwards, these perspectives will be brought into dialogue through a 30-minute round table discussion, which will also be an opportunity to welcome questions from the audience.
How are ethnographic encounters with alterity mediated and transformed by multimedia technologies? UCL MAL invites contributions which explore ethnographic practices that are experimental - conceptually, technically, or methodologically - and which challenge established forms of research practice.
Technologies of Immersion | Sonic Ethnography | Exhibition as Research | Multisensory Media | Installations as Experiment | Digital Dialogues | other themes welcome.
HOW TO SUBMIT: Email abstracts to
Encounters with alterity are central to anthropological research. As multimedia recording devices become more accessible and diverse, they play an increasingly active and important role in research practice and communication, and offer new methods for fieldwork encounters to be experienced and shared. This conference invites contributions which explore the ways that experimental practices and multimedia tools can participate in encounters with alterity, and transform the ways in which research is conducted and presented. Topics could include: technologies of immersion and VR, sonic ethnography, exhibition as research, multi sensory experiments, digital tools for community participation, or any other related theme.
On Friday the 1st of November, at 6:30 pm, Hermione Spriggs, D Graham Burnett and Adam Jasper will be running a workshop entitled “Sanctuary and Resistance in the Attentional Economy” at Arts Catalyst, in London. More information here.