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Perspectival Kinaesthetic Imaging: On capturing the dialogue between maker and material. 
Convenor:
Lambros Malafouris (University of Oxford)
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Format :
Panel
Sessions:
Thursday 9 March, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel, drawing on research and using examples from the 'HANDMADE - Understanding Creative Gesture in Pottery Making' project (sponsored by the ERC), will be exploring the potential of a new methodology, i.e., Perspectival Kinaesthetic Imaging for the anthropology of craft and creativity.

Long Abstract:

It is often claimed, both by anthropologists and skilled practitioners, that making is a dialogue between maker and material. How can this dialogue be captured, followed and understood from an anthropological perspective? This panel, drawing on research and material from the 'HANDMADE - Understanding Creative Gesture in Pottery Making' project (sponsored by ERC), will be exploring the potential of Perspectival Kinaesthetic Imaging for the anthropology of craft and creativity. Perspectival Kinaesthetic Imaging is an evolving methodological apparatus designed to facilitate the heightened sensitivity needed for the anthropological study of craft through the assemblage and juxtaposition of multitude view points on the process of making. This perspectival juxtaposition is made possible by a combination of multimodal visual captures (i.e., photography, video, drawing and mobile eye-tracking). Each of these multimodal visual captures affords a specific spatio-temporal perspective from which to identify and observe morphogenetic events of interest (e.g. creative gestures and modes of enactive signification) as well as follow their memory traces. Multimodal visual captures are set and employed in the context of multi-sited participatory observation. Perspectival Kinaesthetic Imaging should not be confused for a method targeting primarily the 'visual' aspects of making. Quite the contrary, it is a method designed for 'capturing' and 'visualising' multimodal aspects of creativity and skilled practices (including skilled vision) what often remain invisible or are hard to observe otherwise. The basic idea is that the juxtaposition of different media enables the discovery of connections that are often obscured when seen from a single perspectival point.

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Session 1 Thursday 9 March, 2023, -
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