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Past and Current Visual Work by IVSA Members

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  • Forward to The Photographed Cat: Picturing Human-Feline Ties, 1890-1940

    John Grady, | Monday, 14 July 2014, | Posted in Published Work

    Why did we let cats into our homes instead of keeping them outside where they belong? Arnold Arluke and Lauren Rolfe tell us why in The Photographed Cat, Syracuse University Press. John Grady reflects on the context of this cultural change in the forward.

  • Visual Sociology Class in Action

    Hear Every Voice

    Stephen Ogumah , | Wednesday, 04 June 2014, | Posted in Exhibits

    Hear Every Voice: NYC and the National Park Service, documentary by Stephen Ogumah was created in summer of 2009. This film documents a civic engagement project produced in partnership with Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and Gateway National Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service.

  • Urban Performance Art Only for Dyslexics

    Urban Performance Art Only for Dyslexics

    Joyce E. Sanchez, | Friday, 14 February 2014, | Posted in Published Work

    Urban Performance <art> only for dyslexic  explores ways of understanding  the relationship between art, psychology and neuropsychology as disciplines, taking art to the educational field and the pedagogy to the field of art in search of common solutions granting  each other benefits from their own disciplinary canons. It is an inclusion action art  for children with  reading difficulties. It was launched August 18th 2012 in the Anthropological and Contemporary Art Museum (MAAC) of Guayaquil.

  • Exploring Society Visually

    John Grady, | Monday, 13 January 2014, | Posted in Published Work

    A collection of fifteen visual essays and slideshows prepared for three textbook in introductory sociology for W.W. Norton.

  • Image and Society

    Image and Society

    Yannis Skarpelos, | Thursday, 02 January 2014, | Posted in Published Work

    Vision is the sense that constantly lures us to the world. This is why philosophers condemned vision as prone to illusion. Constant and obvious, image is something out of thought, unless mechanically created. Still, we still doubt about its honesty, authenticity, and the truth of its obviousness.

  • Constructing knowledge in the public space.

    Symbology of Interculturalism. Urban Performance.

    Joyce E. Sanchez, | Monday, 16 December 2013, | Posted in Published Work

    Symbology of Interculturalism is a performance that takes place in the city of Guayaquil in an attempt to construct knowledge together with its people.

    The performance is supported by Intercultural Cardboard Press, Community Art Practices Lab with the intention  to conduct interdisciplinary research upon interculturalism as  a research topic.

    The research strives to answer questions: How people in Guayaquil learn about interculturality? Is it possible to assimilate  through images related concepts to interculturalism?

    The research answers these questions in the text Ethnology of an Urban Pedagogy of Interdisciplinary Art. Promoting a Social Didactic in the city.

    The research tries to make visible the connections between art and social pedagogy.

    In order to achieve our research goals we have engaged our  work to  ethnography and visual methodologies.  And definitely taking  art to an interdisciplinary field engaging its practices to social processes, cultural and artistic management.

  • Why We Should Take Advertisements Seriously

    Why We Should Take Advertisements Seriously

    John Grady, | Sunday, 24 November 2013, | Posted in Published Work

    Advertisements are important social and cultural documents. A representative sample often reflects a society’s concerns and values as accurately as well-executed surveys do. But how is this possible? 

  • Following the Absence Track in Manchester: Traces and Leisure sites in Peter Street

    Following the Absence Track in Manchester: Traces and Leisure sites in Peter Street

    | Friday, 22 November 2013, | Posted in Published Work

    An online version of a dissertation by Gonzalez Miguez, Carlota. This study is an initial attempt to investigate the idea of absence in the context of the city of Manchester, following the traces left by the buildings that do not exist anymore or have a different function. A group of six buildings, consisting in theatres that were in Peter street have been selected to represent this idea.

  • The Minstrel

    The Minstrel

    Luana Kaderabek, | Wednesday, 30 October 2013, | Posted in Projects

    This documentary has been created as part of the Digital Anthropology (MSc) program at UCL and has been nominated one of the three best films in the autumn/winter class in 2012.

  • Teaching Urban Documentaries, Part II

    Teaching Urban Documentaries, Part II

    Jerome Krase, | Monday, 28 October 2013, | Posted in Published Work

    In Part I, I discussed documentary pedagogy and Richard Broadman’s Brownsville Black and White (2000) and offered that we consider the strengths and weaknesses of the medium and individual products. This part concerns Bullfrog Films four-part environmental series Edens Lost and Found, Biophilic Design, and I.M. PEI: Building China Modern.