Database narrative, spatial montage and the cultural transmission of memory: a work in progress

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  • Database narrative, spatial montage and the cultural transmission of memory: a work in progress

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    This paper relates to an ongoing collaboration between myself as an artist/producer and the Oxford Anthropologist, Wendy James. Through this work, we are exploring new possibilities for the use of interactive digital media in the communication of anthropological ideas and arguments. The work sits alongside James’ writings on her long-term fieldwork in the Sudan/Ethiopian borderlands, and is intended for distribution within museum gallery settings and networked environments, and as DVD publication. It is articulated within the context of the ‘sensory turn’ in anthropology (Howes 2003) and ‘beyond text’ debates within the arts, humanities and social sciences, which seek to bring non-textual forms of communication into the heart of scholarly discourse.