Gapuwiyak calling: phone-made media from Arnhem Land

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

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Abstract

Catalogue of the mulitmedia installtion Gapuwiyak Callilng: Phone-Made Media from Arnhem Land exhibtion at the Anthropology Museum at the University of Queensland, 15 March – 15 August 2014, Includes essay and images from the exhibition.

Research Statement

Research Background While there has been significant international research into mobile phones from anthropological, communication and linguistic perspectives, there has to date been very limited research into mobile phones as creative, multi-media devices.
Research Contribution This catalogue highlights the enormous social significance of mobile phones in remote Aboriginal communities. Focsing on the wave of creative energy unleashed by the phones, this publication provides novel ethnographic insights into forms of Indigenous agency and performative social practice, effectively destablising normative assumptions about the role of mobile phones as devices of interconnectivity.
Research Significance As a deliberate intervention into public anthropology and museology, this research contributes to overcoming barriers to intercultural understanding and reconcilliation in Australia. The project subsequently toured internationally as a landmark installation at prestigious Margaret Mead Film Festival; it received a CHASS Australia Prize honourable mention 2014; and the catalogue was used for teaching anthropology at the University of Queensland and New York University.
Item ID: 43206
Item Type: Book (Creative Work)
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ISBN: 9781-1-74272-108-8
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC FT110100587
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2016 02:21
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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