The multiple media strand of the AV programme. Addressing the present and future of ethnographic audio-visual practices each presentation will be hosted by their authors.
A core challenge for contemporary anthropology is learning to project itself, its past and legacies, towards future scenarios. Yet, how can we envision the future? How can we envision what cannot yet be heard, seen or felt? How do societies and cultures engage with this unpredictable notion?
We believe that audio-visual media play a central role in this quest. Media is a terrain of experimentation with novel ways for exploring the social and material world, for teaching and for communicating our research results with the scientific community and the outer world. Media inscribe the future in our ongoing dialogues between the present and our disciplinary past.
The audio-visual programme of the 14th EASA Biennial Conference will offer a window onto the variety of possibilities for conducting, teaching and communicating anthropological research that characterize contemporary and possible future scenarios. Acknowledging the extent to which anthropological audio-visual practices today are largely entangled with the technologies, practices and modalities of communication that can be found in other fields we have, for the first time in EASA’s history, opened up the program to a broad range of formats, including, besides ethnographic documentary film also ethnographic fiction films and ethnographic short films, installations, photo essays, soundscapes, interactive documentaries, non-linear productions, videogames, drawings, embodied technologies, visual performances, etc.
The program will hence be divided into two strands:
* the “films” will be shown in a devoted auditorium during the whole programme
* the “presentations”, i.e. displays of audio-visual work of non-linear, interactive, multimodal and performative nature.
The programme also curates the incorporation of live ethnographic drawing during the Early Career Scholars’ Forum and hosts a roundtable on curating.
Addressing the present and future of ethnographic audio-visual practices each presentation will be hosted by their authors.
"Relatogramas" (ethnographic drawings) by Carla Boserman (University of Barcelona Design Center)
There will be a live intervention by Carla during the Early Career Scholars Forum (Plenary C). She will make her relatogramas live during the speeches. She will then present them in more depth in Presentation session 8 of this programme.