I finished the new rough cut of the machinima on Monday night. Showed it to S who loved it. Submitted on Tuesday, six days before deadline! It feels amazing. The first big project in this study programme is now behind me. I feel so relaxed.
My process of showing the first rough cut to S (but nothing before that) proved really helpful. He had significant criticism, and in the end I think I ended up with a way better film, but that included a massacre of darlings. S provided both an outsider’s and a filmmaker’s perspective. I’m really happy with the end result.
On Wednesday we had Theory & History Unit 6–7 – the previously cancelled units on functionalism and structuralism – and on Friday we had Unit 14, on “dark” and “good” anthropology, which was the very last class of this course, which has been amazing from beginning to end. I feel that it has given me a good foundation of anthropology’s various theories.
I really look forward to writing an essay for this course, so that’s what my extra readings have been about this week. For that purpose I also transported piles of vintage magazines to my studio and started to go through them, looking for the kind of imagery that I want to write about. But deadline for that is last of May 2019, so no rush.
Except for that final essay in Theory & History, Semester 1 is now finished. One fourth of the programme. It feels really good.
Tomorrow Semester 2 kicks off with a week of inhouse classes, beginning with Multivocality & Montage, for which we got some readings in advance.
Theory and History of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Unit 6: Structural Functionalism and ‘Thoughtful Savages’ (Evans-Pritchard)
- Evans-Pritchard, Edward Evan (1937): Chapter 1: Witchcraft is an Organic and Hereditary Phenomenon. In Witchcraft, oracles and magic among the Azande (1937, 1976), pp. 1-17.
Unit 7: Structuralism and the ‘Sad Tropics’ (Lévi-Strauss)
- Lévi-Strauss, Claude (1955): Part IV: A Land and its People. In Tristes Tropiques (1955, 1961), pp. 111-132.
Unit 14: Emerging Futures (Appadurai): Dark Anthropology (Ortner)/Anthropology of the Good (Robbins)
- Ortner, Sherry (2016): Dark anthropology and its others: Theory since the eighties. In HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 6, no. 1 (2016), pp. 47-73.
- The Guardian: Turkish PM’s aide given sick leave after kicking mine disaster protester (2014, during presentation)
- Video: Three Minute Thought: What Is Governmentality? (4 min, during presentation)
- Robbins, Joel (2013): Beyond the suffering subject: Toward an anthropology of the good. In Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 19, no. 3 (2013), pp. 447-462.
Theory and History essay
- Boone, Joseph A. (1995): Vacation Cruises: Or, the Homoerotics of Orientalism. In PMLA, Vol. 110, No. 1, Special Topic: Colonialism and the Postcolonial Condition (Jan., 1995), pp. 89-107.
- Markwell, Kevin and Gordon Waitt (2008): The Lure of the ‘Sotadic Zone’. In Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, Vol. 15, Issue 2 (Mar/Apr 2008), pp. 20-22.
Multivocality & Montage
- Newbury, Darren (2001): Diaries and Fieldnotes in the Research Process. In Research issues in art design and media 1 (2001), 17 pp.
- Stoller, Paul (2014): Welcome to the Anthropocene: Anthropology and the Political Moment. (Huffpost)
- Ingold, Tim (2017): What is Anthropology? Quote in Anthropology and/as Education.
- Curran, Mark (2008): The Breathing Factory: Locating the global labouring body. In Journal of Media Practice, 9:2, pp. 139-152.
- Curran, Mark (n.d.): Guidelines regarding the formulation & writing of your research proposal, 5 pp.
- The Economist:
- Why white nationalist terrorism is a global threat
- Satire is flourishing in Ethiopia
- Britain is in the midst of a Victorian-style statue mania
- Obituary: Atta Elayyan was killed on March 15th
- With iPhone sales slowing, Apple bets on video, gaming, news and a credit card
- What came first: all-seeing gods or large societies?
- Flaws in Bitcoin make a lasting revival unlikely
- Emanuel Karlsten:
- The Verge:
- EFF/Danny O’Brien: EU’s Parliament Signs Off on Disastrous Internet Law: What Happens Next?
- 99u/Madeleine Morley: Print Ain’t Dead! (2017)
- The Hollywood Reporter: Barbara Kruger Takes on Supreme With New Exhibit (2017)
- Julia Reda: Warum die Piraten zur Europawahl unwählbar sind: Kandidat Gilles Bordelais (13 min)
- Kaiman Wong: Sony RX0 II Hands-on – What The Flip?! (10 min)
- Sara Dietschy: The NEW Sony Rx0 II – A Flip Screen !!! (11 min)
- Casey Neistat: $2 MILLION in 12 months, the price of Mr. Beast’s success (25 min, discomfort)
- The Intelligence: The Mueller report’s aftermath and Greece’s sinking Syriza party (21 min)
- Techdirt: Episode 204: The Failure Of High Tech Policing (54 min)
- Bögministeriet: Det med Kaj Pollack-marmelad (71 min)