Phone & spear: a Yuṯa anthropology

Gurrumuruwuy, Paul, Deger, Jennifer, Gurunulmiwuy, Enid, Balpatji, Warren, Balanydjarrk, Meredith, Ganambarr, James, and Djingadjingawuy, Kayleen (2019) Phone & spear: a Yuṯa anthropology. Goldsmith Press, London.

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Abstract

[Publisher's description]: A visually striking intercultural exploration of the use of mobile phones in Aboriginal communities in Australia.

Yuta is the Yolngu word for new. Phone & Spear: A Yuta Anthropology is a project inspired by the gloriously cheeky and deeply meaningful audiovisual media made with and circulated by mobile phones by an extended Aboriginal family in northern Australia. Building on a ten-year collaboration by the community-based arts collective Miyarrka Media, the project is an experiment in the anthropology of co-creation. It is a multivoiced portrait of an Indigenous society using mobile phones inventively to affirm connections to kin and country amid the difficult and often devastating circumstances of contemporary remote Aboriginal life.

But this is not simply a book about Aboriginal art, mobile phones, and social renewal. If old anthropology understood its task as revealing one world to another, yuta anthropology is concerned with bringing different worlds into relationship. Following Yolngu social aesthetics—or what Miyarrka Media translate as “the law of feeling”—the book is a relational technology in its own right: an object that combines color, pattern, and story to bring once distant worlds into new sensuously mediated connections.

Item ID: 62318
Item Type: Book (Research - A1)
ISBN: 9781912685189
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2019 Miyarrka Media. A digital version of this book is available Open Access, under a Creative Commons Attribution international licence (CC-BY 4.0), via the publisher's website.
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2020 04:39
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1901 Art Theory and Criticism > 190103 Art Theory @ 30%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies @ 40%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 30%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950199 Arts and Leisure not elsewhere classified @ 30%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 30%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 40%
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