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New Observations


We invite you to “New Observations”, a series of visual anthropology events at the intersection between art, anthropology and audio-visual cultural forms curated by the World Cultures Department of the National Museums Scotland and members of the Scottish Training in Social Anthropology consortium.

All New Observations events are accessible to Festival pass holders.

Thursday 13th June

Seeing the Wood Through the Trees: Doing Art and Anthropology in the Forest.

 

This session will bring together Amanda Thomson, Jennifer Clark, Jo Vergunst and Tim Ingold to consider the questions: How do trees look at us? And how in turn do we, who have become tree-like through long immersion in the woods, see with our arboreal eyes?
Date: Thursday 13-06-2013
Time: 2pm-4pm
Location: NMS Seminar Room

 

Friday 14th June

Exploring Reverie.

Amanda Ravetz talks about three projects and draws on object relations theory to consider the significance of reverie to artistic and visual anthropology research. Stephanie Bunn will act as a discussant.
Date: Friday 14-06-2013
Time: 10am-12noon
Location: CMB Seminar Room 4

Animated Ethnography: Embroidered Kutch Migration Narratives.

Nina Sabnani will discuss the potential of animation to represent ethnographic records and share a film made in participation with the Kutch artists.
Date: Friday 14-06-2013
Time: 2pm-4pm
Location: NMS Seminar Room

Kony 2012: Reopening Old Wounds...

Betty Okot explores the impact of the online video Kony 2012 made by the NGO ‘Invisible Children’. Mattia Fumanti will act as discussant.
Date: Friday 14-06-2013
Time: 2pm-4pm
Location: CMB Seminar Room 4

Saturday 15th June 

Shaarbek Amankul - Kyrgyz Video Art

The work of Kyrgyz video artist Shaarbek Amankul screened and discussed by anthropologist Dr Stephanie Bunn, University of St Andrews.
Date: Saturday 15-06-2013
Time: 9am-11am
Location: CMB Seminar Room 5

The Art of Reduction: Anthropological Filmmaking for Museum Exhibitions.

 

A discussion between film-maker and curator will reveal the challenges of making very short films for museum audiences. Sitar Rose and Henrietta Lidchi discuss their work on the films now playing in the Living Lands gallery at the National Museum of Scotland.
Date: Saturday 15-06-2013
Time: 11am-1pm
Location: NMS Seminar Room

United Red Army (The Young Man Was pt.1)

 

On September 28th 1977, the Japanese Red Army hijacked JAL 472 and flew it to Dhaka. The film United Red Army by Naeem Mohaiemen pivots off the audio recordings of the ensuing five-day negotiation. After the screening, the director is in conversation with Richard Baxstrom and Lotte Hoek.
Date: Saturday 15-06-2013
Time: 2pm-4pm
Location: CMB Seminar Room 5


Sunday 16th June

The Untrammeled Camera: A Topos of the Ethnographic Expedition Film.

What exactly is an expedition film? Using Carl Lumholtz’s 1920 film ‘Borneo: In the Land of the Head Hunters’, Alison Griffiths explores the expedition film’s informing contexts, historiography, and status as an intercultural record of encounters, movement through space, and looking.
Date: Sunday 16-06-2013
Time: 10am-12noon
Location: CMB Seminar Room 5

Ghosts and Numbers.

This session will include a screening of Ghosts and Numbers (2010) and discussion with Alan Klima on the topic of ethnographic form and what can possibly count as ethnographic knowledge.

This event is made possible by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science.
Date: Sunday 16-06-2013
Time: 1pm-3pm
Location: CMB Seminar Room 5