W012
Contemporary hybrids in visual anthropology

Convenors:
Nadine Wanono ( IMAf- CNRS)
Gilles Remillet (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La défense (ex-Paris X))
Format:
Workshops
Location:
S302
Start time:
11 July, 2012 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

As the tools of creation and data interpretation are getting richer and the methodology of fieldwork is being transformed, new forms of narration are coming into being. In this context, questions need to be asked about the notions of authorship, character, narrative and documentary storytelling.

Long abstract:

The process of gathering anthropological knowledge is today a subject of research in itself ; however, studies focusing on the exchanges between research, information technology and artistic creation (photography, film, sounds, multimedia, fine arts… etc) are still marginal. Yet these associations are well established and are undeniably generating renewed interest. Indeed we cannot underestimate the importance of collaborative projects which focus on hybrid forms, in order to describe the multiplicity of practices, experiences and viewpoints, while still taking into account whatever doubts and uncertainties may arise. The mechanisms of creation in audiovisual anthropology question the belief system which hold that images alone can provide an objective reproduction of reality. In the field of ethnographic film, for example, creative experimentation allows one to go beyond the limits of direct [observational] cinema which, despite its descriptive richness, can too often appear to miss some of the initial aims of rendering the anthropological depth of the situations being filmed. As the tools of creation and data interpretation are getting richer and the methodology of fieldwork is being transformed, new forms of narration are coming into being. In this context, questions need to be asked about the notions of authorship, script, character, narrative and documentary storytelling and are no longer removed from anthropological thinking - they have inescapably become important subjects for reflection. We welcome with interest participants who would like to look at the epistemiological foundations of creation in our field, as well as the hybrid nature of contemporary creations and their theoretical implications.