Ecologies of Thought
Sensory technologies for
epistemic interrogation

RAFFAELLA FRYER-MOREIRA
FABIANA ASSIS FERNANDES
MATHEUS DA ROCHA MONTANARI

ANA CAROLINA BRAGA NETO
PATRICK WHITE

SUPPORTED BY THE UCL GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT FUND

This project aims to establish an international partnership between artists, anthropologists, indigenous communities, sound designers and botanists, in an interrogation of the role of sound in ecological knowledge and archival practice. Establishing a creative dialogue between the divergent approaches to ecological knowledge articulated by G&K indigenous communities and botanists at the Escola de Botanica in São Paulo. In light of the urgent need to revise and rethink human-ecology relationships on a global scale, while acknowledging the new epistemic possibilities of data capture technologies, we propose to collaborate with G&K community members to explore the different kinds of data these devices afford, and the ecological knowledge they make possible. Using Photogrammetry, Arduino microcontrollers and diverse sensors, we explore the epistemic possibilities each equipment offers to community members and botanists, encouraging a process of collaborative interrogation of other knowledges, and opening possibilities for reconceptualising divisions between technical and ecological knowledge.

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This research process will contribute new datasets to the Guarani and Kaiowá Digital Archive and Virtual Museum currently being developed by the UCL Multimedia Anthropology Lab and the Kuñangue Aty Guasu, in partnership with the British Museum's EMKP and UCL Grand Challenges. These datasets will be reviewed and analysed together with Guarani and Kaiowá community members, leading to a collaborative process of curatorial selection in preparation for an interactive exhibition, to be held in Campo Grande.

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