EXPERIMENTAL APPROACHES TO ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH
How are ethnographic encounters with alterity mediated and transformed by multimedia technologies? Drawing on the insights and questions raised by both material culture studies and the ontological turn, we aim to facilitate a global conversation on the concepts, forms and mediums through which knowledge is produced and shared. This conference is hosted by UCL Multimedia Anthropology Lab, an interdisciplinary research network aimed at developing innovative methods for anthropological practice.
The Multimedia Anthropology Lab at University College London (UCL MAL) is proud to present an online conference and virtual exhibition Multimedia Encounters: Experimental Approaches to Ethnographic Research taking place Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th of January. This stimulating programme of art and culture will be presented entirely for free: follow links above to access panels or enter the exhibition.
How are ethnographic encounters with alterity mediated and transformed by multimedia technologies? Drawing on both material culture studies and the ontological turn, UCL MAL mobilises a global conversation on the concepts, forms and media through which we produce and share knowledge.
The conference draws together anthropologists, artists, sound designers, coders, VR/AR producers among other experimental practitioners to initiate a global conversation on experimental research formats and multimedia knowledge. Conference panels will offer stimulating debates with over 30 speakers - including sound artist Chris Watson. This selection of radical academic thinkers and cutting-edge practitioners invite us to think critically about multimedia forms of research, questioning divisions between art and science and pushing the boundaries of knowledge.
What if an exhibition could be rethought as an experiment: where the goal is to explore an idea or investigate a question, rather than view works as complete and final objects? What changes when audiences participate in the works themselves? What does this mean for art and science?
The exhibition - posed as a conference in multimedia form - includes 23 research-based artists, each presented in a custom-built VR Hub. Using the open-source platform Mozilla Hubs, this exhibition invites audiences into a conceptual labyrinth for the senses: follow different routes through the rooms, reveal unexpected encounters. At the end of the experience, audience members are invited to join the makers: instructions are given for participants to create their own VR Hubs and send them to UCL MAL. Selected hubs will be included in the exhibition labyrinth itself. Accessible on phone, desktop, or VR headset.