Presenting Anthropology - Weeks 13&14 (Readings)
& Best Practices
My inspiration for this course was actually Project Runway. I don't particularly care for reality shows, since they largely highlight interpersonal relationships I couldn't care less about, but for me, the draw of Project Runway is that the contestants are actually very talented. On a weekly basis, I get to see people who are really good at their job employ their skills and engage in a creative process, creating things in a matter of hours that I could never accomplish. I was hoping that some of this same energy and creativity could be found within the graduate students here at UWF, and so far I have not been disappointed.
|Augmented reality Loris at the London Zoo|
The best PR challenge, though, is always the avant-garde one, where contestants come up with an outfit that is so outlandish and bizarre that it's actually compelling and chic. Sometimes they use strange materials, sometimes they use unnatural shapes, and sometimes their designs are complete and utter crap. But the point is always that they tried to do something totally innovative.
- Assignment 1: Find at least one example of what you would consider avant-garde presentation style and bring to class.
- Assignment 2: Alone or in a group, create something awesome that has never or rarely been seen before in anthropology - ideas include Dance Your PhD, augmented reality, 3D printing or scanning or modeling, writing a Choose Your Own Adventure story, creating a hands-on lab activity, etc. Anything goes... well, just please don't turn in a pasta mosaic of Boas doing a Kwakiutl dance.
- Case, A. 2011. We are all cyborgs now. (Video and critique on The Society Pages.)
- Dawdy, S.L. 2010. Clockpunk anthropology and the ruins of modernity. Current Anthropology 51(6):761-793.
- Hay, I. & M. Israel. 2001. 'Newsmaking geography': communicating geography through the media. Applied Geography 21(2):107-125.
- Marcus, G.E. and F.R. Myers. 1995. The traffic in art and culture: an introduction. In: The Traffic in Culture: Refiguring Art and Anthropology, Marcus & Myers, eds., Ch. 1, pp. 1-54.
- Augmented reality in a printed book of Paris
- 3D print of your own skeleton
- Digitised Diseases
- Social media as epidemiology tool (NY Times)
- Dance Your PhD
- Academic performance art: Nobel laureate physicist hangs out on street corners, answering questions
- Ubiquitous Anthropology and other augmented reality articles by S. Iaconesi