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 editor Andrés Romero at [email protected]

Ethnography as a Veil: An Ekphrasic and Acousmatic Approach to Flamenco

Ethnography as a Veil: An Ekphrasic and Acousmatic Approach to Flamenco

How can one do an ethnography of a “mysterious force” that celebrates human struggle? How can one convey an experience of the uncanny in Flamenco music? Far fro... More

The Porosity of Film: A Review of Yi Cui’s Of Shadows

The Porosity of Film: A Review of Yi Cui’s Of Shadows

Distributor Icarus Films writes that Yi Cui's Of Shadows (2016) juxtaposes “the rural and the urban, the grassroot and the official, the state and the local, th... More

Siena'ga

Siena'ga

Editors' NoteSiena’ga offers the home video as an ethnographic genre. A retrieval of family memories somewhere between Siena, Italy, and Ciénaga, Colombia, Sien... More

The Legal Doctor

The Legal Doctor

Editors' NoteThe Legal Doctor is an episode from Cristiana Giordano and Greg Pierotti’s Unstories—a performance play that thinks the ongoing migrant crisis in E... More

Bodies at War

Bodies at War

We welcome you to the 2020 return of the Screening Room film series. We begin our series with Emily Cohen's film Bodies at War (2015). The film centers on the l... More

Sketching toward Alternate Openings in the Field

Sketching toward Alternate Openings in the Field

Fieldnote-taking and writing in the field comes rife with complexities of representation, what Michael Taussig (2011, 13) has described as “that drive to get it... More

Ghostly Excesses: Ethnography and Experimental Cinema

Ghostly Excesses: Ethnography and Experimental Cinema

What will I do? What will I do without exile, and a long night that stares at the water? Water binds me to your name . . . Nothing takes me from the butterflies... More

Blasted Cathedral

Blasted Cathedral

Artist Statement I am the shadow you erased, but I return to prove it is possible to be punished by the meeting point. This leaves an error of light where disgu... More

Survivors

Survivors

An aerial view descends into the city as floating trash blur the boundaries where water turns to housing settlements. The camera follows an ambulance through th... More

Out of the Ordinary: A Review of The Hundreds

Out of the Ordinary: A Review of The Hundreds

Perhaps a theory orders the world; perhaps poetry disrupts it . . . Perhaps The Hundreds (Duke University Press, 2019)—Lauren Berlant and Kathleen Stewart’s col... More