By Marcus Banks, Jay Ruby

Author note: Marcus Banks (Editor), Jay Ruby (Editor)
Publish 12 months note: First released June fifteenth 2011

Made to be Seen brings jointly prime students of visible anthropology to check the historic improvement of this multifaceted and growing to be box. increasing the definition of visible anthropology past extra restricted notions, the members to Made to be Seen think about the position of the visible in all parts of lifestyles. varied essays significantly study quite a number issues: artwork, costume and physique adornment, images, the equipped surroundings, electronic types of visible anthropology, indigenous media, the physique as a cultural phenomenon, the connection among experimental and ethnographic movie, and more.

The first try and current a accomplished assessment of the various elements of an anthropological method of the learn of visible and pictorial tradition, Made to be Seen would be the usual reference at the topic for future years. scholars and students in anthropology, sociology, visible stories, and cultural experiences will vastly reap the benefits of this pioneering examine the way in which the visible is inextricably threaded via so much, if now not all, components of human job.

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Veridicity was not a matter of how “naturally” things evolved under the eye of the (visual) anthropologist. If he wished to “represent” correctly the ecological knowledge that Ifugao agriculturalists had of their mountainous landscapes, he had to resort to “mediating devices” such as maps and elaborate diagrams of their seasonal activities. Here, I am concerned with how Conklin poses and solves the epistemological problem of representing Ifugao vision for himself and for his readers, rather than with Ifugao vision per se.

His ecology of modernity, drawing together the history of humans and animals, shows the interconnectedness of technology as a network, of the environment as a structured space, and of inscription as the powerful act of drawing a line (Ingold 2007). To conclude this first section, I would propose that vision pervades our cultural forms of life in skilled ways that depend both on the way sight is physically trained and on social positioning. Skilled vision is certainly “sensuous knowledge” (Stoller 1997, 1989), or “corporeal” (Mac Dougall 2006), but it is also positional, political, and relational in important ways.

The arrangement of the shelf guides my shopping according to a logic, more or less coherent to my own shopping list. I can shop according to my own strict, prearranged list or let myself be guided by an architecture that has been arranged for me beforehand. In order to manage such arti­facts we need to align our action with them and continuously coordinate between our plans of action and the interpretation of the resources around us (Hutchins 1986). The ethnographic research program directed by Lucy Suchman at the Intelligent Systems Laboratory of the Xerox Research Center of Palo Alto (PARC), has focused especially on the role of devices for seeing (diagrams, formulas, models) that simulate scenarios of action on paper, screens, and the like.

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