for Tropical Audiovisual Research
The Cairns Institute, James Cook University
We are a laboratory for communicating the heard and seen across the tropics.
We value the camera as a technology of sensuous encounter and social engagement.
We encourage dialogic approaches and collaborative productions
between researchers and communities.
Concerned with socio-cultural specific forms of perception and expression,
we welcome innovative approaches to audiovisual methods in ethnographic research,
including experimental approaches working between image and text.
ALTAR supports research outcomes in different audiovisual forms, including:
Ethnographic films and videos
Community-based video and art projects
Exhibitions and installations
Soundscapes and other audio works
Audio and/or visual content for websites
Ultimately, our aim is to foster new ways of knowing and relating to others, using
audiovisual technologies as a means of apprehending—and responding to—the
lifeworlds and values of the people with whom we work.