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  • December 1, 2020
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xcol, un inventario de la invención etnográfica

  • Xposition
  • November 20, 2020
La etnografía es un acto de invención. Los antropólogos (y las antropólogas también) inventan siempre la manera de investigar con otras. La creatividad e inventiva que es integral a la actividad empírica de la antropología (y de manera amplia de la etnográfica), ha sido raramente reconocida por esta disciplina. Inventiva y creatividad parecen estar prescritas, muy al contrario de lo que ocurre en el mundo del arte, donde la creatividad es una de sus señas de identidad. Este encuentro online es la presentación / lanzamiento de ‘xcol. An ethnographic inventory’ en el Laboratorio de Antropología Audiovisual Experimental del MUSAC: tras una introducción del argumento teórico sobre la inventiva etnográfica se presenta una navegación guiada por el inventario xcol.

Care review

  • Glossary term
  • November 16, 2020
A modality of ‘peer review’ undertaken with care searching to be as inclusive as possible, leaving no one behind: that...

Note-taking: A ‘fieldwork device’ duplex

  • Xposition
  • November 16, 2020
A re-description of my two-fold engagement as ethnographer-cum-documenter in the activist design collective En torno a la silla. Highlighting the importance of note-taking as a ‘fieldwork device’ for the problematizing and relating in the field.

Ethnographic experimentation: Other tales of the field

  • Xposition
  • November 16, 2020
Ethnographic experimentation refers to an ethnographic modality where anthropologists venture into the collaborative production of venues for knowledge creation that turn the field into a site for the construction of joint anthropological problematizations. Invoking the trope of ethnographic experimentation we aim at describing how anthropologists creatively venture into the production of venues of knowledge creation through processes of material and social interventions that turn the field into a site for epistemic collaboration: a site for the construction of joint anthropological problematizations.

‘Devicing’ fieldwork

  • Xposition
  • November 16, 2020
We would like to intimate a mode of collaboration that is neither a constitutive condition of fieldwork nor a deliberate strategy informed by political and ethical commitments: Collaboration as an epistemic figure that describes how anthropologists creatively venture into the production of venues of knowledge creation in partnership with their counterparts in the field. In these situations, the ethnographic method is re-equipped with new infrastructures, spaces of knowledge production, relationship forms and modes of representation.

Collaborate

  • Inventory
  • November 16, 2020
xcol is an open-source platform for collaborative inventorying: meaning that anyone is free to use its contents. But also that...

The ethnographic invention

  • Xposition
  • November 15, 2020
Ethnography is an act of invention. Anthropological inquiries always demand to invent how to inquire and how to relate to others, this is the central argument upon which xcol-Inventory has been built. But if invention has always been integral to the empirical practice of ethnography, the imperative to care for our knowledge practices should also involve to care for the inventiveness of our modes of inquiry.

Antropologías multimodales

  • Inquiries
  • November 14, 2020
Una antropología que no está basada en lo textual sino en lo multi-sensorial, que es performativa antes que representacional y que es inventiva antes que descriptiva. La antropología multimodal nos sitúa ante otros 'modos' de indagación antropológica.

Playing with method

  • Inquiries
  • November 8, 2020
How could games redevelop our repertoires of ethnographic representation and intervention? What vocabularies and considerations might allow us to unfold their full potential as relevant ethnographic or peri-ethnographic genres?

Prototypes

  • Glossary term
  • November 6, 2020
In the language of this platform prototypes are open-ended material experiments in anthropological practice at the hinges of the ethnographic,...

Open formats

  • Glossary term
  • November 5, 2020
The term open formats refers to the experimentation with meeting formats as pedagogical spaces for the apprenticeship of ethnographic experimentation....

Xcolars

  • Glossary term
  • November 5, 2020
Those interested in documenting and caring for ethnographic invention, filling up xcol inventory with content (inventions, xpositions, inquiries and terms...

Inventathon

  • Glossary term
  • November 5, 2020
Gatherings and more or less thematic workshops organised by xcolars where ethnographic invention is celebrated and taken care of by...

The Lab is not Blah: Academic encounters, venues to re-train ourselves

  • Xposition
  • November 3, 2020
Meetings are, together with papers and books, perhaps the quintessential mechanism for the circulation of academic knowledge. And yet, despite their relevance, we usually resort to the most conventional formats: paper presentations, round tables, etc. Nevertheless, anthropology has recently recognised the need to explore other ways of sharing our knowledge and thinking together. We strongly believe that formats to share and think together should be considered as part and parcel of a discussion on ethnographic experimentation. We argue for the need to document these ‘experiments in meeting’ so that they may travel, be learnt and reproduced elsewhere.

Open Formats

  • Inquiries
  • November 3, 2020
Meetings are, together with papers and books, perhaps the quintessential mechanism for the circulation of academic knowledge. Anthropology has recently recognised the need to explore other ways of sharing our knowledge and thinking together. What if we explored and documented our open formats, that is, our ‘experiments in meeting’?

Infraestructuras etnográficas

  • Inventory
  • November 1, 2020
El proceso de diseño de una infraestructura puede convertirse en el dispositivo que permite el desarrollo de una etnografía. Las infraestructuras son mundos relacionales así que co-construir una infraestructura con nuestras contrapartes en el campo es una forma de desplegar las condiciones para la relación etnográfica.

Ethnographic experimentation

  • Inquiries
  • October 30, 2020
How would an experimental fieldwork exercise look like? It’s as if the ethnographies of recent decades devoted to the study of new media, technoscience and global organisations were offering us, or even were forcing us, to reconsider the form and norm of ethnographic fieldwork. Evoking here ‘experimentation’ or ‘the experimental’ is not an act of rupture with method, but rather an attempt at renewing the descriptive vocabulary and the conceptual language of the tales of the field of our ethnographies.

Experimental collaborations

  • Glossary term
  • October 29, 2020
Experimental collaboration is an ethnographic mode of collaboration (there are others ‘modes of collaboration’) that entails field interventions through material...

Experimentation

  • Glossary term
  • October 29, 2020
Experimentation is a figure invoked in many domains, it is not though so common in anthropology. In the xcol language...

Modes of collaboration

  • Glossary term
  • October 29, 2020
The idiom of collaboration has pervaded anthropology and many other social domains in recent years, capturing the imagination of a...

Intravention

  • Glossary term
  • October 29, 2020
Intravention refers to interventions inside our own disciplines occurring in collaboration and complicity with our ethnographic counterparts and epistemic partners....

Field devices

  • Glossary term
  • October 29, 2020
Field devices are the situated and relational expressions of ethnographic modes of inquiry. A field device may have the form...

Atlas Matrix*: A collaborative practice

  • Inventory
  • October 25, 2020
Heléna Elias [1], Francesca De Luca [2] *from Latin mātrīx (dam, womb), from māter (mother) This short piece tells about a mindful collaboration, one where...

Re-enactment for Nothing – A Recipe

  • Inventory
  • October 25, 2020
‘Re-enactment for nothing’ is a recipe for the exploration of possible (re-) designs of research situations, done without wanting to...

El dibujo etnográfico. Delinear modos de indagación

  • Xposition
  • October 24, 2020
El dibujo siempre ha formado parte del oficio antropológico pero le ha ocurrido lo mismo que a la fotografía, ha sido una actividad marginada. La investigación antropológica ha integrado el dibujo al menos de tres formas distintas: (1) como formato de representación, (2) como técnica de registro y, finalmente, (3) la práctica de dibujar se convierte también en un modo de indagación antropológico.

Games ‘Open Form neu Denken’

  • Inventory
  • October 21, 2020
At the Stadtlabor for multimodal anthropology we undertook some explorations around urban games in 2019 that featured at the exhibition „Open Form neu Denken“ organized by Z/KU at the Werkstatt of Haus der Statistik.

Tomás Criado

  • Xcolar
  • October 21, 2020
Tomás Criado is Senior Researcher at the Chair of Urban Anthropology and Director of the Stadtlabor of Multimodal Anthropology of the Department of European Ethnology, Humboldt-University of Berlin.

Adolfo Estalella

  • Xcolar
  • October 21, 2020
Adolfo Estalella is Assistant Professor in Social Anthropology at Department of Social Anthropology and Social Psychology, Faculty of Sociology and Political Sciences, Complutense University of Madrid

Más que texto: antropologías multimodales

  • Xposition
  • October 20, 2020
Las antropología multimodal emerge en tiempos recientes haciendo uso de la particular condición hipermediada de nuestra época, superando la tradicional fijación de la disciplina con la escritura. Una antropología que explora formas de expresión y representación más allá de lo textual, que está basada en lo multi-sensorial, que es performativa antes que representacional y que es inventiva antes que descriptiva. La antropología multimodal nos sitúa ante otros 'modos' de indagación antropológica.

Learning to get together. An ethnographic account of the CLEENIK

  • Xposition
  • October 3, 2020
The CLEENIK is the outcome of collaborations with a Spanish cultural collective called Colaborabora. We invited them to help us organize a workshop dedicated to our sustained reflection about forms of ethnographic experimentation in the field in 2015.

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  • July 20, 2020
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