Accepted Paper:

Read Letters and Asynchronous Perspectives  
Juan Castrillón (University of Pennsylvania)

Paper short abstract:

This work envisions an audiovisual correspondence between Fukuda and Juan Castrillón's experiences in the Northwestern Amazon and Rwanda, in which they explore different notions of crisis and temporalities on a shared-perspective chronotope.

Paper long abstract:

After forty years, the Cubeo Emi-Hehenewa people (an indigenous community living at the Northwest Amazon, southern Colombia) decided to build a new ceremonial long house, merging a recent past in which they were deprived of their own ceremonial life due to Christian missionization and a present embedded in ancestral Cubeo spaces and temporalities. This sound-image-letter presents my interest on the essay film, understood as a thinking-through-gaps artifact (Rascaroli 2017), to explore an audiovisual rendition of the spatio-temporal narratives of my fieldwork among the Cubeo featuring this building process. This rendition is not a proper translation of the Cubeo. Rather, it holds filmmaking on the notion of equivocality -- "to situate oneself in the space of the equivocation and to dwell there" (Viveiros de Castro 2004) -- to see how the meaning of the ceremonial long house appears mistranslated, misspelled, or perhaps transfigured, as new situations surround the construction of these ceremonial site. By exploring this notion of equivocality, I suggest that the encounter between audiovisualities happens asynchronously, opening gaps for new and varied evaluations to emerge; in which heard voices, fluid pronouns, and blurred and moved images interact. This exploration sets the correspondence with Fukuda's works, proposing a chronotope that diffracts and situates different perspectives.

Panel P18
Chronotopes during crisis: a sound-image-letter correspondence
  Session 1