Visual and New Media Review

Visual and New Media Review is a multimedia forum for expanding the boundaries of academic and artistic engagement. Working at the intersections of anthropology, contemporary art, media, sound and film studies, and the digital humanities, the section seeks to sustain dialogues among these kindred pursuits and to provide a platform for experimental and innovative work, as well as critical assessment and reviews of scholarship, film, and visual culture.

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Questions and proposals for guest posts can be sent to section editors Andrés Romero ([email protected]) and Megan Gette ([email protected]).

A Political Passion Play: Review of The New Gospel

A Political Passion Play: Review of The New Gospel

Passion plays are theatrical reenactments of the suffering of Jesus Christ: his trial, the Stations of the Cross, and finally, the crucifixion on Calvary, outsi... More

Wutharr, Saltwater Dreams

Wutharr, Saltwater Dreams

After a busted motorboat spark plug leaves members of the Karrabing Collective stranded near the place of the saltwater Dreaming, police show up at their home w... More

Life After Catastrophe: Review of Dylda/Beanpole

Life After Catastrophe: Review of Dylda/Beanpole

Dylda (2019) by Kantemir Balagov is a film about human struggle to conceive a life amid ruins, left behind by war. It is also about the ambivalent meanings and ... More

Trembling Mountain

Trembling Mountain

Om mani padme hum. Om mani padme hum. Om mani padme hum. Gyalpo chants in a low vibration, twisting and smoothing the beads on his mala, touching them to his ... More

Castaway Man

Castaway Man

Perhaps the best place to start with Kesang Tseten’s Castaway Man (2015) is with its final scene—with grainy archival footage of a man burying a time capsule in... More

Who Will Be a Gurkha

Who Will Be a Gurkha

Kesang Tseten’s Who Will Be a Gurkha (2012) is a corporeal film full of movement, exertion, physicality, and masculine energy. The film follows the archaic sele... More

Ethnocine: Hay Betl7em هاي بيت لحم

Ethnocine: Hay Betl7em هاي بيت لحم

We close out curating some of the works from Ethnocine Collective by showcasing two episodes from Laura Menchaca Ruiz and Khader U. Handal's Hay Betl7em (2018–2... More

Four Alleys

Four Alleys

Alley Knowing As Tim Dee (2015, 5) says in Four Fields, “what is extraordinary about them often seems familiar.” By them, Dee means fields and their natural and... More

Ethnocine: Get By

Ethnocine: Get By

The riveting and melodic sounds of the people’s chant inaugurate the opening scene. “Fighting for justice (fighting for justice), and a living wage (and a livin... More

Ethnocine: Nobel Nok Dah

Ethnocine: Nobel Nok Dah

Blur. As the camera moves in and out of focus, we linger in the blur, in the opaque space of subjectivity in motion. When the image comes into focus, we find ou... More