Saturday, December 6, 2014

Presentation at the Society For Visual Anthropology Conference

For this Saturday at the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Producing Anthropology in Washington D.C., USA, I am presenting my paper Borrowing Methods: Theory and Practice in the Society for Visual Anthropology session entitled: Visual Research Methods in Practice: Production and Uses of Photography, Social Media, and Graffiti. 
Below is the abstract for my paper. 

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Abstract for Borrowing Methods: Theory and Practice

           Borrowing Methods; Theory and Practice will introduce an artist borrowing methods related to anthropology. The current Internet-based collection project will be the example to introduce an artist employing ethnographic roles for research, and the visual significance of digital media used toward documenting interdisciplinary practice.
            The Internet-based collection project is formed and defined by material culture and anthropological methodologies. These methods contribute to the visual documentation in a form of media such as video clips or print media objects. The collection project website offers the accessibility of each monthly addition posted.
            My roles within the ethnography process from the current project are a postmodern inquiry that include Sarah Pink’s proposal to rethink the traditional roles of participant observation to a multisensory experience. I use these ethnographic roles as working roles in my art practice to develop knowledge pertaining to each collection theme.
            I use digital media to present the knowledge I have gained from my ethnographic process. The forms of digital media that will be presented are video, text in the form of “online” publishing, and social media as a whole. My blog examines the use of social media as a presentation platform for self-publishing and the medium of video, such as the 60-second format, that contributes to my continuation of video presenting research. 
            The acknowledgement of the artist’s voice in borrowing research methods contributes to the future discussion of visual research as well as development of ways to employ digital media regarding theory and practice.  


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