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(Un)Doing Relationships with Ethnographic Material and ‘Fieldnotes’ 
Sarah Ramadhita (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Anna Rohmann (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Alice Cazenave (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Daisy Swift (Goldsmiths, University of London)
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Friday 26 July, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

This lab experiments with multi-modal methods to make ethnographic sense of space. Using hands-on, transdisciplinary methods like camera-less photography, collecting trinkets, and AI art, we explore different dimensions of ethnographic experience and generate interconnective ways of thinking.

Long Abstract:

This lab invites participants to jointly examine how we make sense of and capture spaces, beyond text. Challenging the notion of ‘field-notes’, it aims to re-imagine their form and construction, through innovative, multi-modal methods.

Every researcher has their own relationship constructing ethnographic space. How can we reform traditional fieldnotes and reflect on what is collected and meaningful, in today’s context of poly-crisis? We explore how this can be done creatively, safely, and ethically.

As a group, we will explore a nearby location on Montjuic Hill and experiment with three interrelated approaches to multi-modal ‘field notes’:

(1) Engaging with space by creating your own effective reflection of it in a digital collage, using AI and social media.

(2) Collecting trinkets and mementos (souvenirs, rocks, found objects) that tell a story of the city.

(3) Creating camera-less photographs that unearth the city’s materiality, by collecting plants and litter and using sunlight to trace objects onto paper.

The lab culminates in a group discussion where participants share insights based on their experiences, and how these processes can ignite multi-layered thinking in ethnography.

Please prepare for note-taking and using a smartphone, and check your accessibility requirements. This is an outdoor workshop with numbers limited to 10. Please register your interest here (