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1000 Voices – online storytelling as advocacy

May 19, 2011
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Thanks to reader Naomi Sunderland for writing in with a link to 1000 Voices – a project gathering first person stories of people living with disabilities in Australia to use in disability research, advocacy and policy change. Hosted at Griffith University and sponsored by a range of government and non-government orgs, the project is...

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Debates on agency, management and interventionism in Aboriginal Art

May 13, 2011
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Contemporary Australian Aboriginal art can be argued to be one of the most well known examples of collaborative ethnographic practice using creative art – the multiple functions of works, the layers of inter and cross-cultural collaboration shaping the works, the underlying relationship of Aboriginal painting to story, culture and cultural expression – all qualities...

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Exactitudes – categorizing with the camera

May 6, 2011
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Exactitudes – categorizing with the camera

I am interested in the ways people use photography to capture the specific and link it to the more general and vice a versa… to do the work of coding and categorizing – so often aimed at in research – using the visual as the primary tool. So here is a cool project looking...

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Visual Ethnographies of Place – during and after

April 29, 2011
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Visual Ethnographies of Place – during and after

How do we use visual ethnography to represent places? Landscape images alone often render a place somewhat opaque – capturing a static moment, leaving out the dynamism of country, weather, sensory experience, encounters, people and their lived stories. For me some of the most successful uses of the visual in telling stories of place...

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Theories of participation and collaboration

April 15, 2011
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See this recently posted musing on participation and collaboration on Savage Minds blog… It pertains specifically to social and digital media technologies and the resulting communities, but presents an interesting typology… Any thoughts from others on the nature of participation and collaboration in media/arts/ethnographic contexts?

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Participatory Ethnography – One Arm Point Community School Culture Program

April 8, 2011
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Participatory Ethnography – One Arm Point Community School Culture Program

Recently published by Magabala Books is “Our World: Bardi Jaawi Life at Ardiyooloon”, a collaborative ethnography of Bardi culture as enacted through the One Arm Point Community School Culture Program. One Arm Point is an Aboriginal community on the Dampier Penninsula, North West of Broome, Western Australia. TheĀ  book draws on materials made out...

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Letters from the Backside – Fairgrounds Racetrack and the New Orleans Neighborhood Story Project

April 1, 2011
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Letters from the Backside – Fairgrounds Racetrack and the New Orleans Neighborhood Story Project

Checkout the newest offering from the Neighborhood Story Project in New Orleans: “After a season of writing workshops on the backside of the Fair Grounds, the Neighborhood Story Project has produced an exhibition of open letters written by jockeys, trainers, grooms, hotwalkers, veterinarians and track employees… Each year, more than 700 workers arrive in...

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Big Stories 2

April 1, 2011
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Big Stories 2

Out of South Australia comes the newest incarnation of Big Stories Small Towns, a project in which resident film makers have made portrait films about people in the communities of Port Augusta, Murray Bridge and Raukkan. There are also some films made by community members themselves, these are well worth having a look at,...

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Highrise – 360 Documentary

March 25, 2011
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Highrise – 360 Documentary

Following on from the National Film Board of Canada’s desire to continue participatory film making into the digital age they have produced an ambitious participatory digital ethnography project called High Rise. NFB calls High Rise a 360 degree documentary – by which they mean it is an interactive documentary – a field growing in...

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Side by Side in 2011

March 25, 2011
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Side by Side in 2011

Side by Side blog has been rather quiet for many months now – mainly because I (Maya) have been busy with my new son Aubrey who was born last September. We’ve been taking some time to get to know each other away from the digital world, but we are now getting into a routine...

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