P111
Collaboration in visual work: with whom, how, what for? (VANEASA)

Convenors:
Beate Engelbrecht (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity)
Felicia Hughes-Freeland (SOAS)
Stream:
Panels
Location:
M-225
Start time:
31 July, 2014 at 14:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

Producing visuals works can be a lonely undertaking, it can also be a joint endeavor or a group event. Visual works might be any kind of objects, arrangements of objects, objects of art, film, or photography. How do people work together in the creation and the analysis of these objects and what for?

Long abstract:

Working with visuals in anthropology, means nearly always working together with other people. They come from different backgrounds and the ways of cooperation are diverse. In the workshop we would like to examine the process of collaboration in the creation of visual works and its significance for the outcome and the research question posed. Working with visual implies on one side the analysis of visual representations, of creations of art and crafted objects, but also of space, constructions, arrangements of furniture, or arrangements of any objects in daily life and at festivities of any kind. Visual representations are very often created in joint labour which might or might not be considered as collaboration. How do work people together creating visual works, with whom and what for? Working with visual implies on the other side the use of visual methods in anthropological and applied research, the creation of drawings, photographs, or films as means of analysis as well as publication thus producing visuals as document, as narrative, and/or as argument. Producing images means frequently being in relation with others. But there are moments where this relationship becomes more intimate, more intense, and/or more creative, and become be a collective and/or collaborative enterprise. How do academics work in teams, how do they work together with other academics, with non-academic colleagues, and for most with locals, politicians, and/or? What benefits are achieved for whom in collaborating or working together, and what difficulties have to be expected and overcome?