Multimedia Anthropology Lab
curator + contributing Artist
The Multimedia Anthropology Lab is a research group aimed at developing innovative methods for anthropological practice. MAL experiments with mediums such as sound, film, AR, VR/360 video, sculpture, and installation to explore how they can contribute towards alternative forms of anthropological thinking. MAL seeks to develop new forms of practice which can dialogue with more diverse audiences, collaborate across disciplines, and disrupt existing models of thought.
/// THE PORTAL WILL OPEN ///
MAL occupied the SRC in February 2020 to discuss and share our research on portals, resistance, boundaries, embodiment and worlding. Thinking through the portal as a vehicle to explore these themes, the residency was closed with an exhibition held in solidarity with the educators' strike action. The exhibition included holographic greetings [Hermione Spriggs], collaborative projections [Paula Turmina, Deborah Tchoudijnoff + Sophie Mei] and a VR portal to Indigenous Brazil [Raffaella Fryer- Moreira].
/// HYPHEN- LABS X TATE EXCHANGE ///
MAL were invited by Hyphen-Labs collective to be part of their 'Higher Resolution' Tate Exchange takeover in September 2019, which explored the theme of power in relation to digital platforms and technology and considered how art can be used as a tool of intervention.
We presented 'Technologies of Capture + Perspective Exchange' ft. 2 VR pieces and a collaborative AR sound piece [Maya Hope, Hermione Spriggs, Raffaella Fryer-Moreira, Deborah Tchoudijnoff, Sophie Mei + Charlie Bowles]
/// SPECULATIVE IMMERSION ///
MULTIMEDIA ANTHROPOLOGY IN THE ANTHROPOCENE
An exhibition presenting contemporary research on ecological crisis and human futures. Bringing together interdisciplinary works conducted by anthropologists, artists, and sound designers, this event draws on immersive spatial audio, projection mapping, and VR to take us through the shifting ecologies of our times, while inviting us to speculate on alternative futures.
Sophie Mei and Cemil Hamzaoğlu exhibited a collaborative sound piece using surface transducers, natural materials and contact + condenser mics to create a layered interactive live audio work.
/// MULTIMEDIA ANTHROPOLOGY NOW ///
Multimedia Anthropology Now draws together anthropologists and artists from around the world in an exhibition of experimental multimedia research. Featuring sixteen different works, Multimedia Anthropology Now creatively explores the role that non-textual methods—such as film, sound, 360 video, projection mapping, drawing and graphic ethnography—can play in contemporary academic practice. Multimedia Anthropology Now tests the limits of everyday media by bringing together cross-disciplinary works that break down institutional elitism to present themselves to anyone, anywhere in the form of a publicly available webpage.