Ongoing projects

ImageSkin has Eyes & Ears
Daniela Vávrová’s PhD project is an audiovisual ethnography in a Sepik community, Papua New Guinea. With the Karawari-speaking Ambonwari and their saying 'Skin has Eyes and Ears', Daniela explores how people shape and are shaped by their social and cultural environment through their sensory experience. Daniela focuses in particular on the visible ‘skin, body’ and invisible ‘insideness, understanding’ as the main domains of people’s lives and the interaction between these domains. She implements audio-visual material into her writings and explores the limits of sensory mediation through the writings and screen.
ImageCountry, Ancestors & Men
Bård Aaberge’s current project is filming five Dreaming narratives as told and dreamed by Kuku Yalanji elder Roy Gibson at five Dreaming story locations within the Greater Daintree region in Far North Queensland. A DVD will be produced and given to Roy for community use. The audiovisual material also forms a complementary audiovisual part of his PhD thesis as well as a part of larger filming process about the Yalanji traditional knowledge in the past and present.
Image PNG imageBrideprice Exchange in PNG
Rosita Henry is employing the methods of visual anthropology to document exchange transactions and other events. Visual media are now an accepted part of anthropological research and vital tools for collaboration with research participants and dissemination of research results. Rosita has already recorded a wealth of film footage on brideprice exchanges and mortuary exchanges that requires editing. She plans to use the facilities provided by the Cairns Institute to produce of an ethnographic film on contemporary cultural transformations in brideprice exchanges and several shorter ethnographic video clips for communication of results to the community and the broader public and as a means for integrating her research into her teaching.
Image Octet StreamMourning Ritual Among the Kamula
Mike Wood is working on a short film about a key mourning ritual among the Kamula people, Papua New Guinea. The ritual uses song and dance to allow for the intense expression of grief and compassion. The resulting video will be used for teaching purposes while other copies will be taken back to Kamula communities.
Image ULAW (Sun) audioPeople’s Relations With Spirits
Christiane Falck is currently working on an exhibition about people’s relations with spirits in a Sepik community in Papua New Guinea. Part of the exhibition will be audio-visual material as well as artefacts collected during her PhD fieldwork. Since spirits inhabit an unseen sphere, Christiane is currently experimenting with ways in which audio-visual material can be used to capture the immaterial and can be presented in a way that will help the visitor of the exhibition understand people's lifeworld. The exhibition will further address topics such as 'rituals of life and death', 'people's relations with the dead', and explore how she herself came to be seen as a spirit of the dead.
Image image/x-iconDocumentation of Cultural Heritage of Huave People
Chiara Bresciani will be documenting relevant elements of cultural heritage of Huave people (also known as Ikoot's or Ikojts), an Indigenous group living in Southern Mexico. This audiovisual material will be part of her PhD project about agency, cultural change, and tradition. - Chiara has been working in this area since her MA in Anthropology. As a side project, she had collected and elaborated visual materials (videos, pictures) and edited them in a DVD co-authored by fellow anthropologist and friend Marta Iannetti. - “There is an important debate in Anthropology on the objectification of the local culture by the ethnographer, and issues of appropriation, "stealing" and (lack of) reciprocity are particularly significant in post-colonial countries and/or Indigenous contexts”, states Chiara. “Dios mangüy means "thanks" in Huave language, as the DVD has been conceived to acknowledge the contribution of the host community in the research and to partially restitute some of the data collected (pictures, video, information), in a form that is more "material" and accessible than academic writing”. - The DVD is self-produced under a Creative Commons license of CC BY-NC-ND type (Attribution, Non commercial, No derivatives). It features: - Eight short thematic clips to be used as didactic material for the teaching of the Indigenous language in local schools; - A short video by Chiara Bresciani on the preparation of food for festive/ritual events and an 11 mins video by Marta Iannetti on traditional midwifery; - A slideshow of pictures taken in the village, with background music from local composer Obdulio Muriel; - The digital version of some of the drawings and other materials (two rhymes, a tale and a recipe) created by the children of local primary school and collected by anthropologist Laura Montesi; - A clip with a short introduction to the project and film credits.
ImageHeritage Consultation Through Web Design
Jennifer Gabriel is creating a website for her project in Papua New Guinea. It involves an interactive website for world heritage consultation and will draw upon innovative production methods which include the use of circular narrative in website design. One of the techniques that will be explored involves the viewers to temporally find themselves in between a beginning and an end, enabling audiences to have an experience that meets their own needs and perceptions. This will be achieved through setting, theme and dialogue. Circular narrative in website design involves the transition from a real world to an imagined one, and finally ending back in reality. User Experience as a field in Website creation puts the content and the interface into a familiar framework, allowing visitors dive right into the experience.
ImageWalkabout Store
Walkabout (Retail) Store is a portrayal of a Polish missionary and his movements between the various settlements in the rainforest of the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea. The story reflects upon traditional concepts of exchange and negotiation, disclosing the change-producing elements of religion and commodification. The footage for this audio-visual project was shot by Daniela Vávrová during her year-long fieldwork in the area. She is momentary editing the story together with Kristian Lupinski. Borut Telban, whose anthropological research among the Karawari-speaking people has spanned more than twenty years, will act as consultant.
Image D source codeMiyarrka Media, new media arts collective
Jennifer Deger is working on a number of film and museum installation projects as part of the new media collective, Miyarrka Media, including 'Christmas Birrimbirr' ('Christmas Spirit') and 'Gapuwiyak Calling'. In her collaborative and experimental media work with Yolngu has co-directed and produced of a number of documentary films including 'Gularri: That Brings Unity' (1997/2011), 'Manapanmirr in Christmas Spirit' (2012), 'Ringtone' (2014) as well as the video artworks 'Christmas with Wawa' and 'My Red Yolngu Heart'.
Image Octet StreamWitoto Murui of Colombia
Katarzyna I. Wojtylak (Kasia) is a PhD scholar in Anthropological Linguistics at Language and Culture Research Centre. Her project focuses mainly on the linguistic description of Witoto Murui, a South American indigenous language from the north-eastern part of the Amazon rainforest in Colombia. During her fieldwork, Kasia collected numerous audio-visual materials with an intention to create a short documentary film about the Witoto Murui language and culture. Currently, while collaborating with the co-editor of the film, Kristian Lupinski, she is preparing her materials for editing. Contact: katarzyna.wojtylak@jcu.edu.au
ImageCreative Imaging
Kristian Lupinski is a talented BA student of the Creative Industries (Media Design) program at the JCU. Throughout his life, he was involved in a number of video and film productions, such as these of the Little Earth Productions (Carins). He is also a member of the Tropical Arts Council. At the end of the year, he is going to undertake a field trip to the Amazon. He is going to collect material for his audio-visual project that focuses on the culture of the Witoto Murui people. Currently, he is working with Daniela Vávrová on her film project about a Polish priest in Papua New Guinea.
ImageGoing home to Girramay
Seraeah Wyles began filming with an idea of creating a series of films that showcase the importance of learning and sharing cultural knowledge within her traditional owner group ‘Girramay’ on her father’s lineage. Her current project with the assistance of ABC Open was to create a short film ‘Going home to Girramay’ - showcasing the importance of making your connection to country, family and culture as well as the importance of also finding alternative ways to record cultural knowledge to share with future generations and also to inform the wider community of the roles and responsibilities that exist within each traditional owner group and how to rightfully respect one’s cultural country. This short film has won the price for the best James Cook University Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Film Maker award at The Understory Film Festival which was held on 19 July 2014 > http://vimeo.com/user29218664