The Multimedia Anthropology Lab is a postgraduate research network based at UCL which explores innovative and experimental approaches to conducting anthropological research. In this session, we will conduct practical experiments with multimedia methodologies to engage with the Anthropocene.
The UCL Multimedia Anthropology Lab (UCL MAL) is a student-led research network aimed at developing innovative methods for anthropological practice. In a world where new technologies offer new ways to gather data and present research, UCL MAL experiments with mediums such as sound, film, VR/360 video, graphic novels, drawing, sculpture, and installations to explore how they can contribute towards alternative forms of anthropological thinking. If anthropology is to remain relevant today we must develop new forms of practice which can dialogue with more diverse audiences, collaborate with colleagues across disciplines, and disrupt existing models of thought. In this session, we will explore ways in which these multimedia methods can be applied to the Anthropocene, experimenting with innovative approaches to conduct and present research on contemporary social and ecological challenges. We invite participants whose work does, or wishes to, incorporate non-textual research methods (such as audio, video, VR/360 video, interactive digital platforms, installations, etc.) into research practice, with the aim of engaging new publics, and facilitating dialogue across disciplines. We draw on theoretical movements in anthropology which has endeavoured to articulate experimental conceptual frameworks or new models of practice - such as the post-human, material, or ontological 'turns' - and aim to facilitate a space for interdisciplinary collaboration. This practical session aims to develop productive dialogue with participants, and provide a point of departure from which future collaborative research outputs may be developed. We believe that such collaborative initiatives are essential to address the challenges of our times.