5782 - The Filmmaker and the Internet Architect - The Potential of Internet Technologies for Collaborative Film

This paper examines the possibilities and limits of a more equally balanced mode of anthropological knowledge production in the audiovisual and (post-)digital field of anthropology. Already in the 1970s shared anthropology was for Jean Rouch “[…] the only morally and scientifically possible anthropological attitude today” (Rouch 1975: 96). But while Rouch was still facing technical problems of screening super 8 and 16mm films in order to get “feedback” from the subjects, video technology proved to be a first revolution to democratize representation. I argue that another – and even more important revolution – was the appropriation of the Internet protocol, as in a situation of intensified global interconnections and deterritorialization, new cinematic languages are required to create more adequate representations of people engaging in increased cultural mobility and dialogue. But furthermore, veto-rights and feedback-screenings as so-called counter-gifts are not any more the limits of anthropological knowledge production and distribution.  

By using Internet platforms such as blogs, korsakow-systems and crowd-sourcing technologies the former author of audiovisual representations becomes an interface architect who provides a platform which seeks to capture processes of transcultural communication by drawing on experimental uses of montage and collaborations and its inbuilt possibilities of crossing and defying cultural borders. It takes permanently changing montagescapes and dialogical knowledge productions as vehicles of artistic reflection on the complexities of intercultural dialogue and of multisensorial and synaesthetic modes of perception.      

Palabras claves: visual anthropology, collaborative anthropology, Internet, film, media

Autores: Walter, Florian (Lateinamerika Institut, FU Berlin, Germany / Deutschland)


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