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]

Chemical Immersions: The Chemo-Ethnography Installation at #AmAnth2017

Chemical Immersions: The Chemo-Ethnography Installation at #AmAnth2017

Stepping into the Chemo-Ethnography installation felt a bit like walking into a party. Noisy, excited conversation filled the dark, hot room, which was lit by s... More

Sonic Registers and Observational Techniques: A Review of Linefork

Sonic Registers and Observational Techniques: A Review of Linefork

Sound precedes most imagery and all meaning: it causes trajectories and orientations to rebound, as though its resonance and timbre mark affective and atmosph... More

Making the Rounds: Ethnographic Film in Circulation

Making the Rounds: Ethnographic Film in Circulation

In April 2017, Melissa Lefkowitz and Alia Ayman invited five anthropologists, filmmakers, and industry professionals whose work is integral to thinking about ... More

Activist Objects: The Materiality and Meaning of Human Remains in Postconflict Peru

Activist Objects: The Materiality and Meaning of Human Remains in Postconflict Peru

In this essay, I explore an event that inspired my interest in the performative aspects of making political claims. The images included here were made at the Ap... More

Deserts of Polyphonic Longing: A Review of El Mar La Mar

Deserts of Polyphonic Longing: A Review of El Mar La Mar

The world appears tranquil at its edges. There, on the radiating borders between this and that, there’s a slight fog, or the thinnest of desert dust: almost f... More

Watery Worlds: A Review of Helena Wittman and Theresa George’s Drift

Watery Worlds: A Review of Helena Wittman and Theresa George’s Drift

Imagine a giant crocodile is paddling in the primeval ocean, back and forth, circling around, constantly mixing the mud with the water. Everything is in motio... More

Film, Photography, and the Contemporary Museum: An Interview with Denis Chevallier and Florent Molle

Film, Photography, and the Contemporary Museum: An Interview with Denis Chevallier and Florent Molle

What follows is an edited transcript of an interview that contributing editor Julien Porquet conducted with Denis Chevallier, Professor of Anthropology at Uni... More

Behind the Screens: Anand Pandian

Behind the Screens: Anand Pandian

It’s been a while, but I’m happy to finally publish this third post of the Visual and New Media Review video blog, Behind the Screens. The blog highlights the... More

Creative Criticism: Sound and Listening in Sensory Documentary

Creative Criticism: Sound and Listening in Sensory Documentary

The Visual and New Media Review section of the Cultural Anthropology website is pleased to announce a new series, Creative Criticism, which will give space to... More

Ryzyka: A Curated Conversation

Ryzyka: A Curated Conversation

I walked into the director’s office of the cultural center in the village of Severnoye—a settlement that was recently renovated with the support of a regional p... More