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Creative approximation. The evocation of sensory experience in introspective media art projects and the question of I-witnessing in sensory ethnography.
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 engage with and evoke instances of human experience that necessitates going beyond the recording of environments and stimuli. The outcome of that process can be a medium of representation which effectively turns subjective bodily condition into an intersubjective experience, offering the public an in-depth insight into a particular condition of being.