Call Me Back: exploring the anthropological understanding of an uncertain future through creative practice

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Abstract

16 July 2014, 18 year old James enters a phone booth in Shipley, North England, to start a dialogue with his future self, posing pressing questions about the future of his life and world. One year later, 19 year old James walks into the same phone booth responding to his past self, revealing changed outlooks and perspectives. During the year, a shopping centre is being built in the background of the phone booth, putting the change of time and immediate environment of James' home, on display. The ethnographic film Call Me Back is in postproduction and part of an on-going research project on ‘ethno science fiction’ as a method in Visual Anthropology. The research presentation will draw on the film project to explore how projective improvisation in ethnographic film could contribute to the anthropological understanding of how the participants of the fieldwork and filmmaking relate to the future, especially with regards to scientific predictions about environmental and climate change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationhost publication
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sept 2015
EventContemporary Anthropologies of Art - Department of Anthropology, Durham University
Duration: 9 Sept 20159 Sept 2015

Conference

ConferenceContemporary Anthropologies of Art
CityDepartment of Anthropology, Durham University
Period9/09/159/09/15

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