Veranstaltungen und Kurse

19-21 Octobre 2018

Ethnographic Museum, University of Zurich

Regard Bleu & CAV Symposium

The Regard Bleu and the Symposium are organized in cooperation of the Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zurich, the Audio-Visual Commission of the Swiss Anthropological Association and the the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Bern

Call for films open!

We are proud to announce this year’s 13th edition of ‘Regard Bleu’, a festival for ethnographic student film and media organized by students of the Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zürich.

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CAV Symposium
Virtual realities: Re-thinking ‘experience’ in the age of new immersive media
For more than a century, social anthropology has attempted to describe, translate, and evoke the experience of Others. Using methods that situate the anthropologist in her collaborators’ time and space, the idea of “being there” and approximating what it must feel like to act and exist in different kinds of environments, has inspired a variety of approaches to looking, hearing, writing and recording. However, how close we as anthropologists can actually get to conveying the experiences of Others has always had its limitations, leading to critical debates of what is actually achievable. Currently, we find ourselves in the midst of a technological revolution: Virtual Reality (VR) and 360° video encapsulate the proposition of literally creating virtual environments that evoke an experience that comes closer than ever before to a sensory reality. With a look behind the scenes of VR and/or 360° video productions, discussing practical workflows, viewing selected examples and engaging with the theory behind the media, this year’s CAV Symposium is dedicated to the experiential, political and ethical possibilities, implications and limitations of the so-called new “immersive media”.

11 November 2017


CAV panel at the Annual Meeting of the SES: Pictures in boxes: the video in ethnographic museums (CAV)

Presenting films and video installations is a widespread practice in contemporary ethnographic museums and exhibitions. The commissioning of films and videos by scientific institutions has a long history and the ideological links between museums, cinema and fairs, is quite well documented (as in Alison Griffiths Wondrous differences (2002) for instance). Contemporary recording technologies and the decreasing cost for the production and diffusion of media outputs enable researchers in the social science to realise and to present videos and films installations even in small institutions or for low-budget enterprises. The various uses of films and moving images in museums raise challenging questions regarding the status of pictures and about their roles in museographical narratives. Included as constitutive part of or as an articulation of the argumentation, considered as providing scientific proof or as illustrations, as sensitive or poetical evocations, as ironic counterpoints or alternative discourses, the possibilities are numerous and have different epistemological consequences - either from the point of view of the producers of the images, the curators, the scenographers or the viewers. What are the theoretical implications of depicting bodies, gestures, objects, buildings, landscapes, etc.? And what is at stake when museums display or reproduce discourses by social actors, scientific specialists or experts? Are films produced for exhibitions an appropriate way of depicting fieldwork experiences and findings? Are they means of integrating alternative voices or points of view? Or are they ways of transmitting forms of sensitive and haptic knowledge? The influences of the screening devices and displays (projections, Tv-screens, computer displays, interactive devices, etc.) on the perception of the work are also to be critically discussed.

This panel aims to examine the uses of various audio-visual techniques in exhibitions, with a focus on the heuristic, narrative, epistemological and aesthetic implications of the respective presentations. We propose to discuss different experiences and approaches by ethnographic filmmakers or curators on recent uses of films or video installations in exhibitions.


Sophie Wagner, Ethnocineca Wien: Filming a museum. Behind the scenes of Vienna's Weltmuseum.

Pierrine Saini, Musée d'ethnographie de Genève: Sur l'usage du film dans l'exposition "L'effet boomerang"

Karin Leivategija, Estonian National Museum: Encountering Films in the Estonian National Museum

Janine Prins, University of Leiden: Blending Video into a Colonial Heritage Experience

Steffen Köhn, Freie Universität Berlin: The Humboldt-Lab and it Politics of Representation

Baptiste Aubert, University of Neuchâtel: Filmer au village : jeu d'opportunités et de contraintes dans deux exercices de recherche filmée à Isérables (Valais)

11-16 September 2017

Colonie Sur-le-Vau, Travers (NE)

CAV Summer School with Iris Zaki

Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern

Bereits zum dritten Mal organisiert die Audiovisuelle Kommission der Schweizerischen Ethnologischen Gesellschaft (SEG) eine praxisorientierte Summerschool. Der fünftägige Workshop zum Thema "Porträt" findet vom 11.-16. September 2017 statt.

Als universitätsübergreifender Kurs bietet die Summerschool auch dieses Jahr eine Plattform für Studierende verschiedener Universitäten und Regionen der Schweiz, um sich über das filmische Schaffen innerhalb der Sozialanthropologie auszutauschen. Dadurch wird nicht nur eine Vernetzung unter Studierenden ermöglicht und gefördert, sondern auch die Herausbildung und Weiterentwicklung einer Schweizer visuellen Anthropologie vorangetrieben.

Geleitet wird die Summerschool von der Filmemacherin Iris Zaki, die mit uns anhand der Realisierung von Porträts von einzelnen Menschen und/oder Gruppen die Eigenschaften und Bedingungen für die Repräsentation des "Anderen" reflektiert.

Die Summerschool nimmt sich dadurch verschiedener Themenbereiche an: Neben der Frage nach dem Verhältnis zwischen Ethnographie und Dokumentarfilm geht es auch um verschiedene filmische Ansätze (vom observational cinema bis zum Autorenfilm), Filmtechnik, sowie ethische Fragen, die sich beim filmischen Schaffen eröffnen. Durch die gemeinsame Diskussion der medienpraktischen Übungen wird den Studierenden ein vertiefteres Verständnis aktueller Thematiken der Visuellen Anthropologie geboten.