ANT 455

Visible Evidence: Documentary Film and Data Visualization

Jeffrey D. Himpele

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In our mediated and datafied world, how can we enhance ethnography by using documentary film to convey lived experiences and data visualization to reveal and make sense of large-scale complexities? To pursue this question, students learn basic methods of filmmaking and data visualization in a workshop setting. As they learn to sculpt video, audio, big data, and geo-spatial data into visible evidence, students compare how the materiality and modes of production of these media shape expressions of ethnographic knowledge. For final projects, students may work with material from their own independent research or begin a new research project.

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