Call-and-Response

Deger, Jennifer (2014) Call-and-Response. In: Deger, Jennifer, (ed.) Gapuwiyak calling: phone-made media from Arnhem Land. UQ Anthropology Museum, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

[Extract] In 2008 the introduction of Telstra's 3G mobile network generated a wave of creative energy across the bush communities of Arnhem Land in Australia's tropical north. New genres of video, photography and performance flourished. Travelling at lightningspeed via satellite and Bluetooth, this digital culture rode the energy of the new and the cheeky. Moving hand-to-hand, kin-to-kin, community-to-community, it drew inspiration from both the Internet and the ancestral. It was made to be watched, to be shared, and then deleted to make way for the next.

Research Statement

Research Background This essay was published by the University of Queensland in the catalogue for the Gapuwiyak Calling exhibition held at the UQ, Anthropology Museum, 15 March–15 August 2014. It is informed by Deger's on-going ARC funded research: Digital Relations: New Media in Arnhem Land which explores the role of digital media in transforming life in once-remote Aboriginal communities of Arnhem Land.
Research Contribution As the first research to be published on Yolngu phone media this essay advances a thesis that mobile phones have given-rise to a new and unique era in Indigenous media production, beyond the reach of government funded organisations. It explores the role of kinship in underpinning the new kinds of performative genres arising as the result of the phone as a device of visual media production and distribution, as well internet connectivity.
Research Significance This essay (together with the online exhibition) has been used for teaching at both graduate and undergraduate level in Australia and the US in classes on Material Culture, Indigenous Australia, and Museum Studies.
Item ID: 37303
Item Type: Book Chapter (Creative Work)
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ISBN: 9781-1-74272-108-8
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC FT110100587
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2016 04:43
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 30%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing @ 20%
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