W068
Corporeal vision

Convenors:
Rupert Cox (Manchester University)
Christopher Wright (Goldsmiths College, University of London)
Stream:
Worskhops
Location:
Biol B37
Start time:
21 September, 2006 at 11:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

Vision is inextricably connected to hearing, touch, smell... This workshop will explore a range of connections between vision and other senses, and trace their implications for developing new practices in visual anthropology.

Long abstract:

'The image does not explain: it invites one to recreate it and, literally, to relive it.' Octavio Paz <br/>Paz reminds us that vision is corporeal - it is inextricably connected to other senses, hearing, touch, smell... Vision is visceral and, as Roy Wagner has argued for Melanesian visual worlds, the image has to be experienced in order to be understood - it cannot be adequately reduced to verbal (or written) descriptions. In this light the term visual anthropology is something of a misnomer, and the sub-discipline should be understood as a practice that needs to take full account of the sensual turn recently advocated by some anthropologists. This workshop will explore a range of connections between vision and other senses, and trace their implications for developing new practices in visual anthropology. Connecting vision to other senses in this way suggests that both the methodological approaches employed, and the artefacts that result from them, need to be explored in the light of what David MacDougall has recently called the corporeal image. <br/>We would like to invite presentations of work in a variety of media, accompanied by short papers, or introduced by their creators. The aim will be to use this 'sensory turn' as a way of rethinking the practice and theoretical implications of visual anthropology.