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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. 


CISSC is a proud sponsors of Protests and Pedagogy, a conference and event series commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Sir George Williams University Computer Center Occupation, from January 29 to Februaary 11, 2019. For details of the daily events and the conference programme please see their website:

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