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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Evoking the intangible. Sensory media, anthropological film and art-based practice in engagements with epistemically challenging phenomena


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 28 Aug 11:00 - 15:30


Room 3.132

"Recent decades brought a surge of methodological experiments in anthropology: challenging or reinventing the formula of ethnographic film, embracing the creative possibilities of sensory media, and combining anthropology with art in fusions of creative practice, performance and ethnographic research. Interrelated circumstances necessitate such turn to alternative means of evoking and representing lived realties. For once, paradigmatic shifts in anthropological theory grasping at alternative modalities of being call for renewed encounters with topics that seemed to have been analytically tamed and foreclosed. Second, the need for ontological reframing called upon by acknowledging human and non-human lives in the anthropocene or its imminent wake. Third, the surge in technological developments that prompt existential questions about sentience, subjectivity and agency and ways in which these can be addressed anthropologically. The above description does not foreclose the range of challenges we must face and the means we can face them by employing non-textual or hybrid media. This panel welcomes anthropologists who seek or invent new methods and forms of engagement, contemporary artists and filmmakers drawn to anthropology, and those who operate across and beyond these disciplinary realms and question their boundaries."


  • P 21.1
    • Dr. Lorenz, Jan (Adam Mickiewicz Univeristy)
    • Dr. Goldstein, Piotr (Trinity College Dublin)
  • P 21.2
    • Dr. Lorenz, Jan (Adam Mickiewicz Univeristy)
    • Dr. Goldstein, Piotr (Trinity College Dublin)

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In this paper, I will pursue the idea that using 360° films can be staged as a first step to both narrative and sensorial collaborative methods. During my current research, participants are invited to wear binaural microphones and 360° camera in order to travel an everyday walking path in autonomy. After meeting up with me, they will be engaged into a new experience of their path through a « vi ... More
Presented by Hugo MONTERO on 28/8/2019 at 11:00
In this paper, I explore how a collaborative film can become “ethnographic” by proposing a critical relation with the audience through challenging the viewer´s suspension of disbelief. I follow Pink (2011) who proposed that ´ethnographic images´ do not exist in isolation or without a viewer, but rather that the ´ethnographic´ status can only emerge in the encounter with the audience. ... More
Presented by Dr. Angélica CABEZAS PINO on 28/8/2019 at 11:40
This paper considers the paradigm of audiovisual representation in anthropology as parallel to ethnographic accounts. I will be looking at the media art projects evoking internal sensory experiences that are not a consequence of intersubjective stimuli that could be registered in a documentary fashion. Through a process that I call creative sensory approximation, artist and anthropologists can eng ... More
Presented by Dr. Jan LORENZ on 28/8/2019 at 14:25
In the Municipality of Jantetelco, Morelos, Mexico, a group of young people have adopted the new technologies, gathering in artistic collectives and organizing to make audiovisual works in the form of documentaries, fiction and animated films, in order to revive and preserve the celebration of the ""Día de Muertos"". They have thus created agencies and made their cultural practices visible. Throu ... More
Presented by Dr. Juan Carlos DOMÍNGUEZ DOMINGO on 28/8/2019 at 9:20
During collaborative compositional work in recording studios, spoken narratives were reduced to a series of vocable utterances, rendering the understanding of processes reliant on the technical understanding of the participants. Conversation about the progression of audio work is grounded in references to other signs, rather than cohesive descriptions of such. Usage of analog hardware and it ... More
Presented by Holly WARNER on 28/8/2019 at 12:20
As part of the annual ethnographic and performative laboratory, a group of students (anthropologists, dramaturgists and theater directors) jointly conceptualised, problematised and worked on the project about different masculinities. The assumption of the project was a discussion, negotiation, and exchange of research methods, strategies and ways of exploring social practices by combining ethnogra ... More
Presented by Dr. Magdalena SZTANDARA on 28/8/2019 at 15:05
What does it mean to reflect on being a participant practitioner of an ethnographic engagement that one had carried out to ethnographizing the participation as a practice of method? My paper would like to present the workings of one particular art/experimental research method project called Zariyein which simultaneously straddled being an art project in its working an execution while also being a ... More
Presented by Dr. Subhashim GOSWAMI on 28/8/2019 at 14:45
This paper concerns the memories of perpetrators of state violence, particularly lower level actors who carried out the murderous plan during the May 18 in 1980, Gwangju, South Korea. In 1980, Gwangju, located in the agricultural Honam region in South Korea, became a theater of state violence as a great many civilians were brutally killed by the martial law army. But we still know almost nothing a ... More
Presented by Dasom LEE on 28/8/2019 at 12:00
After years of silence during the communist rule, since 1989 Jewish culture has been every year more broadly presented in Poland. Today it is most visible through Jewish festivals which take place all over Poland. The most described of them is the Jewish Festival of Cracow. Although greatly popular, the festival (and its surroundings) has attracted a lot of media and academic critique. Concerns ar ... More
Presented by Dr. Izabella GOLDSTEIN on 28/8/2019 at 13:45
This text explores a recent movement in the world of film and anthropology, which in the past few years has come to be known as “sensory ethnographic cinema”, a mix between experimental ethnography and avant-garde film. This innovative film genre and/or ethnographic practice forms a part of what David Howes has called “the sensory turn”. This paradigm champions the body and sensory experie ... More
Presented by Dr. Antonio ZIRION
The project 'Visualising the Invisible' arises from a larger one which appreciates that alongside the most often studied forms of civic activism - engagement in NGOs and social movements - exist a variety of 'everyday activisms' which are different from NGOs in that they do not yearn for donor's money, and from movements in that they do not aim to attract attention. Such activisms are often quiet, ... More
Presented by Dr. Piotr GOLDSTEIN on 28/8/2019 at 14:05
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