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Ex Situ (un)making space out of place

Craig Campbell, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

Location of all events: Concordia Black Box, EV Building, room EV 0S3-848 (third basement)

Workshop: Ex Situ (un)making space out of place workshop (15 participants)
Part 1: Thursday, January 10th (9am – 12pm)
Part 2: Friday, January 11th (4 – 6pm)

Places in the workshop are limited. You are requested to pre-register by writing to Carolina Cambre at

Ex Situ is a workshop that will explore techniques for camera-led ethnographic writing. This experimental writing practice has been used by Craig Campbell and Yoke Sum Wong in exhibition and publication as part of the on-going Ex Situ project.  Ex Situ is a collaborative experiment aimed at exploring creative acts of description and evocation. The central premise of Ex Situ is that situatedness is always mediated by distance and time. Rather than take this dislocation as a given, we foreground it in our thinking about the ethics, affects, and aesthetics of description, evocation, and creation.

Ex-Situ is a collaboration led by Yoke Sum Wong and Craig Campbell
More information about the Ex-Situ project:

Exhibition: Ex Situ (un)making space out of place
Open Wednesday January 9th through Friday January 11th and Monday 14th (5 – 9pm)

This exhibition will feature select works from the (un)making space out of place series including works by Kathleen Stewart, Craig Campbell, Randolph Lewis, and others. This single channel video installation will be open for viewing at the Black Box space at the times indicated above.

Forum: Research Creation, photography, and critical making.
Monday, January 14th (6 – 8pm)

In this forum we explore the idea of research creation using the specific example of the Ex-Situ (un)making space out of place workshop. The forum begins with a group viewing of the exhibition video followed by a summary and discussion of the workshop. Finally guest commentators, including Natalie Loveless, Carolina Cambre, Chris Salter, David Howes and Arseli Dokumaci, among others, will be invited to participate in an open discussion of research creation, its promises and challenges.

Craig Campbell is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin. He is a founding member of the Ethnographic Terminalia curatorial collective and author of the book Agitating Images.  Dr. Campbell’s research is concerned with making as well as theorizing modes of description and evocation with a special focus on the ethnographic image. In particular he has been exploring the possibility for ignored, overlooked, failed, defaced, degraded, manipulated, and damaged images to activate interpretive fields typically unacknowledged in conventional ethnographies and histories.  This intermedia and aesthetic approach pushes the sensuousness of the world back into an intellectual and scholarly understanding of it.
This event is co-sponsored by the Centre for Sensory Studies

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Natalie Loveless, Associate Professor, History of Art, Design and Visual Culture, University of Alberta
Visiting Scholar, Centre for interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture, Concordia University
Thursday, January 17, 2019
2-4pm, Hall Building H-1120

Abstract: Generally understood to have emerged in the 1960s under the auspices of Fluxus, the instruction piece or score is a form with a (now) long history in contemporary art. With the instruction score, the frame of art is mobilized to reorient habitual modes of being, to invite unexpected encounters, and, in its feminist mode, to bring attention to the maintenance labour that sustains our every day, at every scale of existence. The art/life form of “daily practice” adapts the traditional instruction score by insisting that an instruction be performed daily and for an extended period of time. This daily-practice orientation does something that the one-off score does not. While the booklet or the exhibition of scores works to seed the critical creative imagination in unexpected ways, the daily practice instruction or event score insists on the value of dailyness, of the quotidian. Grounded in a history of debate on art/life and the everyday, this talk frames listening and walking as modes of daily attunement with ethical and methodological implications for art and/in the Anthropocene.]

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“If We Look Carefully There is More than Meets the Eyes”: An Audio-Visual Exploration of the Sky in Cuba
Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Victoria

Monday, January 28, 2019
6:00-7:30 pm
Hall Building, room H-1120

Abstract: This presentation reports on the results of two projects involving an audio-visual exploration of the Cuban sky. The first project gathered a series of ethno-graphic stories about the Cuban “aerial imagination.” This term is used to refer to how Cubans imagine things travelling above their rooftops, including viruses, radio waves and signals, bees, pigeons, and beliefs without apparent resistance. Produced in collaboration with the Cuban visual artist José Manuel Fernández Lavado, the ethno-graphic stories project develops an aesthetic, poetic and sensual engagement with how people imagine things circulating in the sky. The second project delved into the obscurity of the night in Guantánamo. Various clips from the film Guardians of the Night (2018; co-directed with Eleonora Diamanti) will be shown. The dark sky does not afford the same level of visibility for humans, so that other senses are awakened. With its fine and original soundtrack, the film Guardians of the Night invites us to listen to the poetics of a nocturnal soundscape. Through reflecting on these two projects, this presentation explores the sky as a medium of circulation and sensorial stimulation. Through being immersed by the sky, we discover that there is more than meets the eyes. The ethno-graphic stories and film offer sensorial ways to engage with invisible things.

Please find poster attached for more details about the event and Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier. 

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