Genres of Emergence: Immanence in the Ayoreo Video Project – film screening and public lecture

Wednesday 5 April 2017
Film screening: 2pm
Public lecture: 4.00–5.30pm
Dinner with Lucas Bessire: 7pm

Deakin University Downtown
Level 12, Tower 2
727 Collins Street 
Docklands

Join the Alfred Deakin Institute For Citizenship And Globalisation for a screening of the experimental ethnographic film Farewell to Savage, followed by a public lecture by Lucas Bessire, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma.

Event details

Genres of Emergence: Immanence in the Ayoreo Video Project
This lecture explores unexpected social forms that emerged in a video workshop held together with recently contacted Ayoreo of the Bolivian and Paraguayan Gran Chaco. It does so in order to craft a larger reflection about writing alterity through emergence rather than supposedly deterministic technologies or stable cosmologies. In doing so, the lecture addresses how the particular objectifying power of video colludes and collides with Ayoreo life-projects, ethnographic aspirations and wider projects of governing difference. The lecture argues that unauthorised Indigenous self-imagery and the minor conditions of its production may offer untimely correctives to the visual economies, perceptual silos and political lexicons often presumed to define the present. In doing so, it asks how Ayoreo remediations of self and world may charter novel axes for ethnographic writing and critique to come.

The public lecture will be preceded by a film screening.

Farewell to Savage (70 minutes)
This experimental ethnographic film uses footage from the workshop process, archives and a drone to craft a non-linear reflection on the power of visuality to provoke new ways of relating to the world, each other and our own past selves. In sustained dialogue with each of the Ayoreo videos, the film documents how the filmmaking process unleashed new potentials and dilemmas for all involved, in ways that pose important questions for anthropological theory, practice and advocacy. 

A dinner with Lucas Bessire will follow the lecture at 7pm.

About Lucas Bessire

Lucas Bessire is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. He is a political anthropologist who has published widely on contemporary conditions of crisis, critique and change across the Americas. Trained in film production and theory, he has also made three ethnographic documentaries with the Ayoreo-speaking peoples of the Gran Chaco. He is author of the award-winning ethnography Behold the Black Caiman: a Chronicle of Ayoreo Life (2014, University of Chicago Press) and director of the Ayoreo Video Project, a collaborative Indigenous video initiative in Paraguay.

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Please note that no registration is required for the film screening, but you must register if you wish to attend either the lecture of the dinner (or both). 

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Key information

Date and time

Wednesday 5 April 2017
Film screening: 2pm
Public lecture: 4–5.30pm
Dinner with Lucas Bessire: 7pm

Location

Deakin University Downtown
Level 12, Tower 2 
727 Collins St
Docklands