The term 'glitch' traditionally means an error. It can also mean a systems correction. Legacy Russell's theory of Glitch Feminism provides a useful framework in liberating Anthropology from its past violence, while offering a foundation to create a Multi-modal feminist and non-binary future.
Traditionally, the word "glitch" is taken to represent an error.
Glitch Feminism, a term and theory developed by the curator Legacy Russell, posits a future using technology to ghost the binary body:
"Glitch Feminism is a creative and political exploration of how the Internet as material can expand - or 'glitch' - the construct of the binary body. It deploys the language of 'glitch' in positing that an 'error' within the flawed machine we operate within - one that disproportionally enacts violence on historically 'othered' bodies - is not an error at all, but rather an integral systems correction to the mechanics of culture and society as we know it."
Legacy Russell: Glitch Feminism. Youtube.com/watch?v=DqNPgd5B3io
Inspired by Cyborg Feminism and Afro-futurism, could Glitch Feminism be useful in imagining a future feminist, non-binary Multimodal Anthropology?
For the panel, I am expanding the use of the term 'technology' to mean film, photography, sound, performance, and other iterations of what Multimodality can be.
What could "glitching" the discipline that historically 'othered' bodies and cultures offer in revisiting histories and shaping possible futures? The binary body in anthropology is one that has endured colonization, and whose present knowledge production often persists in reproducing gendered and racialized bodies for the academic gaze.
Glitch Feminism as a theory is liberating. It is about potential, not just inclusivity, but a shifting of power that bodes a different future. Given this opportunity to employ Glitch Feminism as a research modality, how will Multimodality respond?
Accepted papers:Session 1 Wednesday 8 March, 2023, -
Harsha Menon (Independent)