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Invitation to Covidentities 2020

Project

 

Welcome to our annual visual anthropology celebration of student creativity at the School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent. This includes students on the BA Social Anthropology, BSC Anthropology, BA Cultural Studies and Social Anthropology, BA History and Anthropology, BSc Human Ecology and MA in Social Anthropology and Visual Ethnography. Students have produced diverse, engaged and personal short films and interactive web based projects on people and issues that matter to them. The title of the event hints at the obstructive and productive challenges presented by the pandemic and what it has revealed about our personal and collective identities. This year our students faced the added challenge of being in lock-down during a key period in the development and completion of their projects. Some lost relatives to the pandemic.

The usual screening event in the Gulbenkian is a highlight of the year for many of us. We present it this year online with the hope that many more people can join us and that we can gather old friends and alumni. Three collections of films and interactive websites integrates the impact of the pandemic through online discussions: 1. Communities, 2. Home & Away, and 3. Identity Trips. Each creates a conversation on a common theme through us finding links and the filling the gaps between them.

Films and interactive projects will be available to view online from the 3rd June. We recommend that you watch all the films and look at the websites from the same theme in one sitting before. Each requires about one hour. No films will be shown during the online event.

Our online event on the 10th June will include extended discussions, an alumni meet-up, a prize giving and online drinks. The discussions will be an opportunity for our filmmakers to speak about their and other films and for conversations to develop with those in the films, our international alumni, colleagues and friends. We welcome back Professor Hugh Brody and Dr Yasmin Fedda to award the Hugh Brody Visual Anthropology Prize and the New Horizons Prize. Dr Yasmin Fedda’s documentary film Ayouni, about two missing civilian activists in Syria, recently premiered at CPH: Dox Copenhagen. Professor Hugh Brody has been developing a major documentary project on cultural mapping in Canada. There will also be a Public Engagement Prize and an Alumni Award selected by prize winners from last year’s event.

You will need to register with Eventbrite to receive information of how to login with Zoom.

(1) COMMUNITIES

A diverse series of films explore the sense of community developed in a video club in France (Le Club Video), disconnection from loved one as a result of quarantine (20’s and Q…), camraderie and knowledge in a sailing club (Westbere Wednesdays), the cultural and community significance of teeth (Teeth), re-connecting unexpectedly to home in Pakistan and Japan because of the pandemic(The Transition & Covid 19) and thriving as a couple during the pandemic (A Couple in Corona). The interactive web projects explore plant based healing (Heal me Plantly), Jiu Jitsu communities (BJJC) and exchange, self-sufficiency and cohesion (Confused Planet).

To watch most of the films click here to view the session showcase.

If you also want to learn more about the films you can click on the links below.

Le Club Vidéo-Alix Mace

20’s and Quarantining in Europe -James Gallagher

Westebere Wednesdays-Isobel Howard

Teeth -Aishling Edwards

COVID-19 -Asomi Koishihara

The Transition -Aqdas Fatima

A Couple in Corona-Holly Maylin & George Cowell

 

Interactive Projects

Click on title links to explore.

Heal Me Plantly– Kai Greene

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Communities-Harry McQuade

Confused Planet– Lara Edwards

 

(2) HOME AND AWAY 

This session presents a contrasting series of portraits of a newly arrived family member (Clover), a father and sheep farmer (Another Hill), a inspirational grandmother (An Ordinary Life), remembering home through archival footage (The Golden Cage) to emotionally framed portraits of fellow students (Walls & Living With Generalised Anxiety and Panic Attacks). The interactive web projects explore the impact of the pandemic on a family business (Business Inception), an experimental and graphic representation of a person (Clockwork Wolf) and flowers and family (The Flower Market).

To watch all the films as part of a vimeo showcase click here.

If you also want to learn more about the films you can click on the links below.

Clover-Giles Malcolm

Another Hill– Becky Harrison

Living With Generalised Anxiety and Panic Attacks – Abby Day

An Ordinary Life– Millie Chadwick

Walls -Felicia Dean

 

To watch the Golden Cage please email msp@kent.ac.uk with ‘Password, your name, your surname’ in the subject to receive a password:

The Golden Cage-Ellie D.

Interactive Projects

Click on title links to explore.

Business Inception-Nicole Robson

Clockwork Wolf-Nicole Au Yeung

The Flower Market-Acacia Springer

 

 

 (3) IDENTITY TRIPS

Our final series of film meditate on a revealing journey of identity prompted by the pandemic (Stay Home), explore the benefits of attention to the menstrual cycle (Seasons Inside),  philosophically and poetically explore experience of time (Time and Myself), journey into Afrobeat via preparation for a performance cancelled because of the pandemic (Motherland), explores an Egyptian visual anthropologist’s long commitment to Nomadic Bedouins (Crawling on the Dust) and concludes with an auto-ethnographic and humorous exploration of an unexpected return home (Locked Down Shot). Interactive web projects aim to capture the essence of black identity touching on cultural assimilation and colourism (Black Is),  and a quest for ‘sea change’ through self exploration in Horniman museum exhibitions (Sea Change).

To watch all the films as part of a vimeo showcase click here.

If you also want to learn more about the films you can click on the links below.

Stay Home -Sarah Mazza

Seasons Inside-Olivia Haywood Smith

Time & Myself  -Andrea Cavallini

Motherland-Janice Yan Ying Yap

Crawling on the Dust-Farah Hallaba

Locked down shot-Ellie Kriel Daly

 

Interactive Projects

Click on title links to explore.

Black Is– Melissa Ngige

Sea Change– Chika Afam

 

Programme

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Discussions and Q and A

2.00 -2.50 pm  Introduction and Communities

We will open with a poem called Nightingale by Matt Rose (Whose Future? Whose Climate? Resolutionaries 2019)  out of respect for those who have died from Covid-19 and gratitude for the health and care workers who have treated and cared and continue to care for those suffering during the current pandemic.

3-3.40 pm  Home and Away

3.40-4.10  Current students and Alumni Meet-Up

4.15-4.55 pm  Identity Trips

 

5-6 Prize Giving

Public Engagement Prize-awarded by  Dr Daniela Peluso and Georgia Buckland (Recipient of the Resolutionaries Public Engagement Prize 2019)

Alumni Prize-awarded by prize winning alumni (Emilia Brumpton, Noemie Degiorgis,  Thomas Milroy & Kimberly Ubendran)  from Resolutionaries 2019

New Horizons Prize-awarded by Dr Yasmin Fedda

Hugh Brody Visual Anthropology Prize-awarded by Professor Hugh Brody

The prize giving will be recorded.

6-7 Online Drinks– To replace our post event drinks and food at the Gulbenkian we will meet online via Zoom. There will be the opportunity of smaller rooms and meeting places to meet the filmmakers and catch up with alumni.

 

For further information contact the organiser Dr Mike Poltorak on msp@kent.ac.uk

 

Top photo-Screenshots from Lock Down Shot by Ellie Kriel Daly and Seasons Inside by Olivia Haywood Smith

 

 

 

Resolutionaries 2019

Project

Matt Rose introduces the event with a poem.

 

‘Welcome and thank you for coming.  Before the films get up and running I’d like to invite us all to reflect on why we’re here and why we should care. The ideas shared today bare directly from the socially bound places and inherent relations that each film maker found themselves in. From Emilia’s discovery of the wasted abundance in bins to the experiences of reclaiming stolen power reflected by Kim. Through the woodlands and music venues of Canterbury, to the daily realities of several Greece based refugees this journey will take us through the moments of lives embodied to us through the camera’s eye. In the manifestations of what each found you will find a range of reactions to the interrelated social situations by which we’re bound. Although divided by geographical locations our films share a specific space in time and today we come together to reflect on where we’ve got to, as a rapidly dying planet inhabited by divided people, inherently unequal, these films speak to the realities that many go through – some positive, others much less so. As a planet we have many issues to solve and too much lonesome focus on this can become a minefield to behold. But together we are strong. Let the recent extinction rebellion remind us of the power of collective action against that which is wrong. And perhaps together we can come a step closer to embodying the, title of this event: Resolutionaries. Now I think that all that’s left to say is a big thank you to our judges: the alumni, Yasmin Fedda and Hugh Brody. Thank you very much, and enjoy.’ ( A Poetic introduction by Matt Rose)

 

To watch the films and learn more about them please click on the below links.

To get a taste of all the films in order watch our trailer:

To see which films won awards scroll down.

 

 

 

 

THE PROGRAMME

The Tree Lover                 Alex Clay
Lady Luck                    Gavin Knight

Technologically Ill         Noemie Degiorgis

Sofi MX                  Ghislaine Howard

 

 

L to R-Ghislaine Howard, Alex Clay, Gavin Knight, Noemie Degiorgis

 

RECREATE

Warmth Through Movement            Carolina Rodriquez-Navarro
In the Making                           Stella Pitsillidou
Under the Archways                         Tom Banks
F.I.L.T.H                                             Hana Jeal

Tom Banks and Hana Jeal

 

RECLAIM

Who Am We?                        Meredith Ament
Ms                                                  Lizzie Millard
Catholicist                                       Lucy Evans
Flowering Rapeseed      Kimberley Ubendran
What’s Eating Tom                  Thomas Milroy

 

L to R- Kimberley Ubendran, Lizzie Millard, Thomas Milroy, Lucy Evans, Meredith Ament

 

REBEL

Whose Future? Whose Climate?    Matt Rose
Appropriating Icons              Georgios Ntazos
Fashion Swarm                    Georgia Buckland
Bins to Banquets                   Emilia Brumpton

L to R-Matt Rose, Emilia Brumpton, Georgios Ntazos, Georgia Buckland

 

 

 

 

RECEPTION and REACTIONS

THE AWARDS

Public Engagement Prize
Dedicated to Lynn Bicker &
Martin Ripley -Awarded by Rob
Fish

 

Georgia Buckland receiving the Public Engagement Prize from Dr Rob Fish, Director of Research in SAC.

Awarded for the website Future Fashion Index

 

New Horizons Prize
Awarded by Dr Yasmin Fedda

 

Ghislaine Howard receives a Special Commendation from Dr Yasmin Fedda

 

Hana Jeal receives the New Horizons Prize awarded by Dr Yasmin Fedda

 

New Horizons Prize- Hana Jeal for F.I.L.T.H

New Horizons Special Commendation- Ghislaine Howard for Sofi MX

 

Alumni Prize
Awarded by Francesca Tesler &
Johannes Walter

 

 

Emilia Brumpton receives a special commendation.

Kimberly Ubendran receives the Alumni Prize

Alumni Prize-Kimberly Ubendran for Flowering Rapeseed

Read her special project on The Bodies Battle for Identity.

 
 Alumni Special Commendation-Emilia Brumpton for  Bins to Banquets

 

 

 

Hugh Brody Visual Anthropology Prize
Awarded by Professor Hugh Brody

Watch Professor Hugh Brody’s commentary on all the films here.

 

Thomas Milroy receives a special commendation from Professor Hugh Brody.

Noemie Degiorgis receives the Hugh Brody Visual Anthropology Prize

 

 

 

For wonderful photography in the dark we thank- Ollie (Oliver) Trapnell

Invitation to Resolutionaries 2019-Rebel-Recreate-Reclaim

May 21, 2019

ukvisualanth

 

Dear students, friends, alumni and supporters of visual anthropology at Kent,

In the year when Extinction Rebellion protests caught the public imagination and led to the declaration of a climate emergency of the UK Government we would like to share with you seventeen films that capture our students’ filmic positions on contemporary experience and the challenges and opportunities we face.

We have chosen to create a title, RESOLUTIONARIES, that captures our desire to fight for solutions to address those challenges. The tagline, REBEL- RECLAIM- RECREATE, encapsulates the route to solutions but also describes the themes of the seventeen short ethnographic documentaries we will screen on Wednesday 29th May in the Gulbenkian Cinema.

 

The day is a  celebration of our students visual anthropological film-making creativity, honesty and engagement. We will have four prizes that reflect the value we put on video as research and intervention. Yasmin Fedda returns to award the New Horizons Prize, informed by her award winning documentary films and PhD research in transdisciplinary films. There will be a public engagement prize, funded by Allan Bicker in memory of Lynn Bicker and Martin Ripley, and awarded on the basis of the students interactive websites. This will be awarded by our  Director of Research, Rob Fish.

We welcome back some of our prize winning alumni from last year, Francesca Tesler and Johannes Walter, who will award a prize on behalf of our alumni. We look forward to learning how they are and how they are using their visual anthropological skills now. The alumni prize is for the film that best captures their excitement of the value of film in their current jobs, study and activity.

We are always happy to welcome Professor Hugh Brody to award the Hugh Brody Visual Anthropology Prize and continue his longstanding support of our programme. This prize is awarded to the most exceptional film in visual anthropological terms. Professor Hugh Brody is an inspiring anthropologist, writer, director and filmmaker whose films are informed by a deep respect for indigenous knowledge, particularly in Canada.

Please invite friends and interested students through our facebook event.

The events starts at 11.15 on Wednesday 29th May. There will be a vegan and vegetarian lunch  at 12.30. Feel free to attend all or separate sections. Each session will be followed by a Q and A of the filmmakers. After the event there will be drinks in the Gulbenkian, followed by food and drinks in the Monument from 7.15, the only vegan pub in Canterbury.

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Mike Poltorak