Rony, Fatimah Tobing. 1996. The Third Eye: Race, Cinema and Ethnographic Spectacle. Durham: Duke University Press. The experience of the "third eye" refers to the experience of seeing the Self through the objectifying lens of "Ethnographic" film. With the third eye, one sees the Self pictured as a "landscape, a museum display, an ethnographic spectacle" … Continue reading Annotation: Rony, Fatimah Tobing. 1996. The Third Eye: Race, Cinema and Ethnographic Spectacle
Diaz-Barriga, Miguel. 2008. Distracción: Notes on Cultural Citizenship, Visual Ethnography, and Mexican Migration to Pennsylvania. Visual Anthropology Review, 24(2):133-147. In contrast to previous literature on cultural citizenship that focuses on "space" (Holston and Appadurai 1999; Flores and Benmayor 1997), the author suggests to pay attention to the “structures of belonging” as a way to understand … Continue reading Annotation: Diaz-Barriga, Miguel. 2008. Distracción: Notes on Cultural Citizenship, Visual Ethnography
Irving, Andrew. 2007. Ethnography, Art, and Death. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.), 13:185-208. Using photography and performance methods, Irving “stages” encounters with the residents of Kampala, Uganda, with the goal of mapping the city through their emotions and memories. In Irving's fieldwork performance called Life as it is lived (2000), he interviews an … Continue reading Annotation: Irving, Andrew. 2007. Ethnography, Art, and Death
MacDougall, David. 2006. The Corporeal Image: Film, Ethnography, and the Senses. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. MacDougall writes that meaning is created by the whole body, and contests the idea that thought contains only words. He proposes to “reexamine the relation between seeing, thinking, and knowing, and the complex nature of thought itself” (2). Film … Continue reading Annotation: MacDougall, David. 2006. The Corporeal Image
Ginsburg, Faye. 1995. The Parallax Effect: The Impact of Aboriginal Media on Ethnographic Film. Visual Anthropology Review, 11(2): 64–76. Ethnographic filmmakers are no longer in the same position as in the 1970s, when they were behind the camera filming the indigenous communities as their object. In these times of burgeoning indigenous media, the point is … Continue reading Annotation: Ginsburg, Faye. 1995. The Parallax Effect
Taylor, Diana. 1998. Border Watching. In, The Ends of Performance. Peggy Phelan and Jill Lane (eds). Pp. 178-185. New York and London: New York University Press. This article is about the politics of looking, and while we constantly look across borders (national, ethnic, cultural), “the issue is not if, but how we look” (180). At … Continue reading Annotation: Taylor, Diana. 1998. Border Watching.
Pink, Sarah. 2011. Drawing with Our Feet (and Trampling the Maps): Walking with Video as a Graphic Anthropology. In, Redrawing Anthropology: Materials, Movements, Lines. Tim Ingold (ed). Pp. 143-156. England: Ashgate. Borrowing from Tim Ingold's (2010) observations about “wayfaring” as itself a process of thinking and knowing, David MacDougall's idea of the corporeal image in … Continue reading Annotation: Pink, Sarah. 2011. Drawing with Our Feet.
Reason, Matthew. 2006. Documentation, Disappearance and the Representation of Live Performance. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Contributing to the continuing debates about the ephemerality/disppearance of performance as it unfolds, Reason suggests for his readers to reflect on “what exists outside or beyond or after live performance itself” (2). Documentation is an interrogative opportunity, in which performance … Continue reading Annotation: Reason, Matthew. 2006. Documentation, Disappearance and the Representation of Live Performance
Rouch, Jean. 1974. The Camera and Man. Studies in the Anthropology of Visual Communication 1(1):37-44. Rouch acknowledges Robert Flaherty (Nanook of the North, 1922) as the unconscious inventor of participant observation and feedback (so-called audiovisual reciprocity)in ethnographic methods. According to Rouch, Flaherty originated participant observation by requesting the cooperation of the Inuit people in the … Continue reading Annotation: Rouch, Jean. 1974. The Camera and Man.
Wolbert, Barbara. 2001. The Visual Production of Locality: Turkish Family Pictures, Migration and the Creation of Virtual Neighborhood. Visual Anthropology Review, 17(1):21-35. Looking at the photographs of the migrant Costum family (of Turkish origin) from the 70s, Wolbert follows Appadurai in suggesting that photographs contain “local knowledge.” Photographs taken by Ilyas (the first migrant to … Continue reading Wolbert, Barbara. 2001. The Visual Production of Locality