MULTIMEDIA ENCOUNTERS

​CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

TUESDAY 12TH JANUARY


 

17:45 - 18:00 | Introduction: Multimedia Encounters 

Raffaella Fryer-Moreira (UCL) 

18:00 - 19:30 | Opening Panel: Knowledge Otherwise 

How can anthropological knowledge be thought otherwise? What might the implications of this be for research practice and communication more broadly? This keynote panel introduces the core themes of the conference by bringing together three contemporary thinkers and the unique ideas that each mobilise in their critical engagements with knowledge. 

·       18:05 | Professor Haidy Geismar (UCL) | Curatorial Dreams for a Future Museum Anthropology

·       18:25 | Dr Ludovic Coupaye (UCL) | The Anthropology of Techniques and the Techniques of Anthropology 

·       18:45 | Kuña Jaqueline Aranduhá (Kuñangue Aty Guasu / UFGD) | Decolonising anthropology: a perspective
                    from   Guarani & Kaiowá indigenous women 

·       19:05 | Panel discussion


19:40 - 20:40 | Kuñangue Online: Opening Ceremony 

The Kuñangue Aty Guasu is the Great Assembly of Guarani and Kaiowá indigenous women, based in Mato Grosso Do Sul, Brazil. It was founded in 2006 when indigenous women decided collectively that they would be their own spokespersons and create their own space for political discussion and decision-making. Just as traditional academic conferences are introduced by their elders and guardians of knowledge in the form of keynote speakers, the Guarani and Kaiowá always begin with their elders, and every conference and meeting of theirs begins with their sacred chant, calling on spirits to ensure productive conversation. These Nhandesys are female shamans, powerful interlocutors between worlds. With their permission we include their chant, inviting us to deconstruct our own methods of knowledge production, discussion, and presentation via comparison.

 

 

WEDNESDAY 13TH JANUARY | AFTERNOON SESSION


 

16:00 - 17:45 | Panel 1: Knowledge in Times of COVID 

The global pandemic has radically changed the ways in which anthropological research is conducted and communicated, transforming how knowledge is produced, taught and learnt in institutions around the world. The transition to digital and remote working practices has required us all to develop new methods, leading us to interrogate established knowledge formats which have remained unexamined for too long. While this brings new challenges, it has also presented new opportunities through which knowledge can be both produced and understood. This panel explores these questions, drawing on research from diverse ethnographic contexts and reflecting on the experimental methods that have arisen in these times of uncertainty. 

·       16:05 | Rae Jereza (Binghamton University) | Co-producing ethnographic place from afar: Digitally mediated
                    ethnography in the time of Covid-19

·       16:20 | Fiona P. McDonald & Benjamin Day Smith (University of British Columbia) | Multimodal Approaches
                    to Digital Tools for Immersive Learning Environments in the Anthropocene

·       16:35 | Steffen Köhn (Freie Universität Berlin) & Nestor Siré (Independent) | Screen- walks: Exploring digital
                    connectivity with the help of desktop cinema

·       16:50 | Robert Lemelson (UCLA) | “Tajen: Interactive”: Complementing a Canonical Text with Contemporary
                    Interactive Visual Ethnography 

·       17:05 | Fabiana Assis Fernandes (IDAC) | Kuñangue Online & Participative Research

·       17:20 | Panel Discussion​
 

17:50 - 18:00 | Break 
 

18:00 - 18:30 | Keynote Presentation: Rafael Schacter (UCL) - A curatorial methodology for anthropology 

 


 

WEDNESDAY 13TH JANUARY | EVENING SESSION


 

18:30 - 20:30 | Panel 2: Multimedia Anthropology in the Anthropocene 

The global scale of environmental change has caused shifts in human-ecology relationships, problematising the division between nature and culture, and demanding new ways of understanding
the worlds in which we live. This challenge to nature-culture thinking also challenges us to develop a
new concept of knowledge, one which is not grounded in the subject-object divisions through which western epistemologies have been shaped. The diverse human-ecology relationships of others, and the specific ecological concepts they are grounded in, have led to an increased appreciation of the role of sensory experience in knowledge. This panel explores these ideas in both content and form, drawing on technologies of immersion to examine the ecological and ontological diversity presented by the lifeworlds of others. 

·       18:35 | Hermione Spriggs (UCL) | Traps as Artworks and Artworks as Traps 

·       18:50 | Ignacio Gutiérrez Crocco (CIGIDEN) | Exploring alterity on the face of disasters: an immersion into
                    the 1960’s earthquake from the Panku 

·       19:05 | Bert Gilbert (Independent) | Sensoring Sound: Mapping the Invisible

·       19:20 | José Sherwood (University of Manchester) | Indigenous Futurisms: On Jaguars and Onto-
                    Epistemologies

·       19:35 | Iman Datoo (Emergent Knowledge Bureau) | Kinnomic Botany: Freeing the Potato from its Scientific
                    and Colonial Ties 

·       19:50 | Maria Fernandez-Pello (University of Texas at Austin) | Soil science, soil fiction: experiments with dirt
                    magic and film apparatuses 

·       20:05 | Discussion​


 

20:30 - 00:30 | Kuñangue Online Panel 1: Report on Mapping of Violence 

In this panel, members of the Guarani & Kaiowá women’s council present their report on a research project they conducted in 2020, Mapping Violence Against Women. Drawing on almost 100 first-hand reports of indigenous women who have been victims of violence. This panel presents the stark reality faced by indigenous women in Brazil. The reports were collected by indigenous women who have been victims of sexual and political violence, as part of a project supported by FIMI. This panel is posed as a public hearing, and these strong women denounce the brutal violation of their human rights to a number of key officials: the state public prosecutor, an influential female judge, and local human rights defenders. 

 

 


 

THURSDAY 14TH JANUARY | AFTERNOON SESSION 


 

16:00 - 17:45 | Panel 3: Multimedia Bodies 

How do multimedia representations of the body alter our relationship to ourselves? This panel explores how multimedia encounters with death, beauty, trauma, and divinity shape our experiences, and how they are understood. What kinds of identities are constructed through our encounters with sound, VR, and AI? How might this shape he ways in which these aspects of human experience are researched, and how that research is shared? 

·       16:05 | Yiannis Christidis (Cyprus University of Technology) | A Final Preparation

·       16:20 | Ye Funa (UCL) | Beauty +: You are living in the desert of the real, but I’m in the beautiful

·       16:35 | Samuel Tettner (University of Manchester) | Ethnographic Experiments on Sufi Sama through
                    Collaborative Sound Art Installations 

·       16:50 | Juliet Brown (UCL) | Immersive Encounters with Developmental Trauma

·       17:05 | Panel Discussion

·       17:30 | Break

 


 

THURSDAY 14TH JANUARY | EVENING SESSION


 

18:00 - 18:45 | Keynote Presentation: Chris Watson - Murder Cleugh to Lindisfarne - A journey through some Northumbrian acoustic landscapes

 

18:45 - 20:30 | Panel 4: Rethinking Sonic Ecologies 

What does climate change sound like? What kind of knowledge does this present? This panel explores the relationships between sound, knowledge, and ecology, drawing together researchers from diverse disciplines to examine the particular ways in which sonic engagements with our surroundings can shed light on human-ecology relationships. When traditional divisions between nature and culture are questioned, how can immersion in sonic ecologies offer new forms of multispecies understanding? 

·       18:50 | Giuliana Funkhouser (San Francisco Art Institute) | Data Sonification + Perceptual Geographies

·       19:05 | OS Collective (UT Austin & Duke University) | Ordinary Schizophonia 

·       19:20 | Maria Nastase (UNATC) | Sonic Images: Pixel Sonification in Photographic Image

·       19:35 | Mark Peter Wright (UAL) | Microphone Check

·       19:50 | Panel Discussion

·       20:20 | Break​

20:30 - 00:30 | Kuñangue Online Panel 2: Guarani and Kaiowá fighting against COVID 

The Guarani and Kaiowá elders are guardians of knowledge that is both sacred and vital to the identity and survival of their communities. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Indigenous communicators across Brazil voiced concern for these knowledge systems, and the threat posed by a deadly virus that targets the elderly. As part of The Kuñangue Aty Guasu, indigenous women, activists, academics and legal professionals from this region gathered to discuss the political situation within their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their discussions expose the chronic problems that indigenous people face, such as lack of water and infrastructure, and call for unity among activists. The Guarani and Kaiowá peoples have worked tirelessly to create and maintain COVID-19 barriers, and to ensure territories have access to supplies. As a result of their efforts, death rates have thus far been kept extremely low, and their autonomous acts of community protection have been acknowledged by activists across Brazil. 

 

 



 

FRIDAY 15TH JANUARY | AFTERNOON SESSION 


 

16:00 - 17:45 | Panel 5: Algorithmic Thinking 

How can concepts challenge their own mechanisms of production? Can we develop methodologies of practice and thought which unsettle the very processes through which they emerge? This panel explores how recursive mechanisms can be coded into methods of practice and thought, asking whether algorithms can challenge their own instructions, or if designs can undermine their own foundations. How can these case studies propose a model of knowledge that is capable of redefining itself, where alterity is the method, rather than the object, of research? 

·       16:05 | Anna Mladentseva (UCL) | Recursive Alterity: Experiments in Virtual Reality and Machine Learning

·       16:20 | Mohsen Hazrati (Akademie Schloss Solitude) | Fāl Project AR 

·       16:35 | Isadora Dannin and Stratton Coffman (MIT) | Proof of Concept 

·       16:50 | Zach Mason (Lancaster University) | Machine Learnt Landscapes 

·       17:05 | Panel Discussion

·       17:35 | Break

18:00 - 18:30 | Keynote Lecture: Lior Zalmanson Accessibility or Excess Ability?

The talk will be focused on how does the tech industry frame AI as a means to "solve" access to sounds and images by Blind, Deaf and disabled people. How welcomed, effective and versatile are AI interpretations? What purposes (other than access) are served by their deployment and public promotion? Do they deepen and excite public engagement with the project of digital accessibility as justice, or do they offer permission to disengage? Dr. Zalmanson will discuss two recent works "Excess Ability" and "image may contain" that were part of an exhibition named "The Question of Intelligence: AI and the future of Humanity" in the New School, NYC. The works challenge Silicon valley's "solution-ism" approach regarding the topic of website accessibility. In his practice, Lior hacks or reverse-engineers the machine learning algorithms, intended to make the web more accessible, to expose how they might, in reality, create adverse effects.

18:30 - 19:00 | Break 

 





 

FRIDAY 15TH JANUARY | EVENING SESSION


 

19:00 - 20:00 | Concluding Round-Table: A Conference Otherwise 

How can a conference be thought otherwise? This concluding round-table examines the processes through which this conference was produced, and the partnership between UCL MAL and the Kuñangue Aty Guasu which took place in parallel. When an academic conference is posed as a variant of an indigenous online assembly, and vice versa, what can we learn about the ways in which knowledge can be produced, shared and understood? 

·       Rozi Sukosd-Kosa (UCL) 

·       Raffaella Fryer-Moreira (UCL) 

·       Fabiana Assis Fernandes (IDAC) 

·       Kuña Jaqueline Aranduhá (Kuñangue Aty Guasu / UFGD) 

20:00 | Closing Ceremony from the Kuñangue Aty Guasu 

The Closing Ceremony of the Kuñangue Aty Guasu is marked by laughter and celebration, fuelled by the joy of a successful exchange. The conference plays an important role in fostering a united community,
but also in inspiring revolutionary fervour, where community strength translates as political strength. The success of the Kuñangue Aty Guasu online was widely recognised, and was the object of anger and fear from male authority figures. Women, children, and elders, for whom this annual meeting was a great social and political success, dance in defiance of those who have sought to constrain them. 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

JAQUELINE ARANDUHÁ

“We need to occupy digital networks and decolonise screens”

 

Jaqueline Aranduhá | Guarani & Kaiowá Indigenous Leader

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Haidy Geismar |

Professor of Anthropology | UCL

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Ludovic Coupaye |

Lecturer in Anthropology | UCL

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Rafael Schacter |

Lecturer in Anthropology | UCL

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Lior Zalmanson | Researcher and New Media Artist | Tel Aviv University

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Chris Watson | Sound Artist

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