Gapnotes is a website about visual anthropology maintained by me, Karl Andersson. I’m attending the MA Visual and Media Anthropology programme at Freie Universität Berlin 2018-2020.
The name Gapnotes means fieldnotes from the gap between virtual and actual worlds. That gap, as noted by Tom Boellstorff in Coming of Age in Second Life, is critical for us as a human species; our ability to relate to the gap, not least by attempting (not) to bridge it, is what defines us as human beings.
In practice, this means a focus on “virtual worlds” such as online platforms. But the brilliant philosophy of the gap lets us extend the concept of virtuality to less obvious realms and phenomena such as fantasy, ideal, religion, celebrity, pornography, fake news, archival/found photography, and more. It is our continuous negotiation of these constructs that Gapnotes is infinitely intrigued by and wants to explore.
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