Everyday Adventures in Anthropology: A Fieldwork Science::Documentary Art
Anthropology is simultaneously a fieldwork science::documentary art insofar as it employs a range of practical methods in the field to research social life and generate new knowledge about human beings, but is largely a text based discipline that uses written accounts and arguments, and to a much lesser extent, film, photography, sound recordings, drawings and material artifacts, to communicate its theories and findings to academic and non-academic audiences.
This workshop will explore the relationship between images, texts and fieldwork in order to think more critically about the possibilities and constraints of visual and sensory modes of research and representation. In doing so it will draw on recent classic and experimental works that have been produced under the rubiric of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, including film and sensory ethnography, experimental methods, multi-media works, photo essays and graphic art, sound and voice research, performance and ethnofiction.
Andrew Irving is Director of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester. His research areas include sensory perception, time, illness, death, urban anthropology and experimental methods, film and multi-media. Recent books include Whose Cosmopolitanism? Critical Cosmopolitanisms, Relationalities and Discontents, (2014 with Nina Glick-Schiller. Berghahn Press); Beyond Text: Critical Practices and Sensory Anthropology, (2016 with Rupert Cox and Christopher Wright. Manchester University Press), The Art of Life and Death (2016: Hau Monographs: University of Chicago), and Anthropology and Futures: Researching Emerging and Uncertain Worlds (2017 with Sarah Pink, Juan Salazar and Johannes Sjoberg. Bloomsbury). Recent media works include Wandering Scholars: Or How to Get in Touch with Strangers: Österreichisches Museum für Volkskunde, Vienna (2016); Live Edition: Plataforma Gallery, Bogota, Colombia (2015), and the play The Man Who Almost Killed Himself (2014) in collaboration with Josh Azouz and Don Boyd, which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival, BBC Arts and Odeon Cinemas.