School of Visual Anthropology – SVA2020

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A thirteen days workshop that will consist of interactive lectures and mentored field work and post-production work in groups to up to 5 participants. English is the working language of the school

SILENCE – SOUND – NOISE

is the theme of this year's Summer School of Visual Anthropology in Belgrade.

These three mutually intervening concepts are both physical descriptions of the world as well as culturally conditioned. As such, they offer complex and often contradictory layers of meaning.

Sound recording allows for the temporal dislocation of a sound from its time and place of origin, but does not facilitate the ability to do the auditory equivalent of sustaining the gaze on an image for as long or as short as one desires (...) This way of thinking about the temporality of sound has often led to an essentialization of sound as ephemeral, or at least elusive. (Helmreich 2010)

That is why we always think of sound and image not just as complementary tools, image giving the sound a necessary context (or a lack of such) and vice versa, but as two manifestations of the same phenomena. By combining pictures and sounds we can create new harmonies or dissonances that can make discover unexpected cracks in our social reality. These two “remote” senses respond to waves and allow us to experience things which are not in our immediate surroundings – the famed “Other”. Of these two, image gives us the necessary distance, and sound the necessary immersion. Isn’t it strange that so often when we are talking about “the voice of the other” we actually mean showing the image of the Other? 

In embracing an understanding of audiovisual anthropology that does not stop at voiceover, but extends to all the patterns of a complex environment made up of speech, music, sounds, noise, and silence, this subject opens up many possible debates on how we can configure our film narrative, parallely examining both the aural and visual world around us. New digital technologies have now expanded the acoustic environment globally, thus also offering unprecedented opportunities to the “ethnographic ear.” (Marazzi, 2019)

Sound is both the object and (partially the  method) of our audio-visual research in 2020. The sound of human voice, the sound of music, the sound of home – the notion of “sound” is neutral, if not positive. It always asks for more explanation about the nature of the sound and the listener. Sounds are culturally conditioned and ethnographers have the task to categorize a variety of sound milieus and attach meaning to them. The sound recording can be heard as if it were music or at least an organized sound from which we could decode various affective or subliminal reactions.

Silence, as solitude, is something we yearn for in an urban landscape. And yet, in political and social activism, silence is a synonym for passivity. Silence in social everyday life is conditioned by cultural patterns that impose rules of conduct in different places. Silence can also be understood as a liminal phase in which an individual or collective awaits the reaction of the "other".

On the other hand, "noise" is presented as the enemy of "sound" and an exhaustive shuffling of the diverse sounds that need to be parsed. It is a social construct elicited by various social practices that can be interpreted as sound miles or a collage of sounds that are most commonly latently configured. Soundscape research seeks to draw public awareness of the acoustic environment and to improve our work in the experience of listening. With the help of advances in audio technology, field recording and archiving, environmental sounds become important for the social interpretation of our everyday lives. 

We at Visual Anthropology Center are interested in discovering and investigating what is the variety of meanings and interrelations they can have in the urban environment of today’s Belgrade but also exploring their ambivalences and paradoxes in the more general context.

A short movie for each group, based on their own ideas and research.

A photo exhibition for the participants doing photography. The exhibition will be presented during the workshop and is going to stay exhibited in the Visual Anthropology Center for an indefinite period.

The movies will have an open screening on the 27th of July, and will also be screened at our partner festivals - Vizantrop festival, Etnofff in Skopje, Northern Macedonia, SEF in Zadar and ETNOFILm in Rovinj, Croatia. Most successful films may also be screened on other festivals.

The goal of the project is to introduce visual anthropology to established professionals in film making and/or social sciences who would like to broaden their perspectives as well as to scholars who are new to this field(s). We provide theoretical and practical workshops, involving filming and post-production of short anthropological films. The call is open for applicants with or without experience - what matters is enthusiasm towards promotion of social awareness through visual anthropology.

Our aim is to encourage critical thinking,o fostering tolerance for the Other, while broadening the knowledge of participants as film-makers and social scientists.

Participants will work in multinational teams and will learn in a creative manner about approaching social issues with sensitivity. We find it crucial for any filmmaker to be able to develop an ethical relationship towards the material they are working with and most importantly to the protagonists of their films.

Our lecturers and mentors come from different fields ranging from feature film through documentary to academic disciplines of social sciences and will share their knowledge through theoretical lectures, analysis of ethnographic films and sensory-ethnographic exercises. They will also assist participants in fieldwork and post production. Participants will learn from each other as well as from our professors – we find the exchange of ideas through teamwork as important as the knowledge that we have to offer.

Lecturers from various countries will share their individual methods, introducing scholars to audiovisual longitudinal fieldwork. The methods our school promotes include participatory observation, cinema verité, direct cinema, sensory ethnography and more. Academic professors, professional filmmakers and young researchers with background of experimental film genres from Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Northern Macedonia, Slovenia, USA and Serbia will hold intensive classes during 4 days in cozy atmosphere on many locations in the city: Faculty of media and communication, Ethnographic Museum, SUN Hostel etc.

Through interactive lectures students will be able to, in accordance with their research topics, recognize and apply methods in their movies. Participants will be introduced with advanced techniques of recording, working with camera in field terms, editing procedures and different methods in archiving materials.

Having adopted the theoretically based and practical knowledge in this field, students will be able to independently make social responsible media content, thus spreading impact among peers and general public.

All participants will attend the interactive lectures together. The language of the lectures will be English. Every filming group will be supported by professional mentors experienced in ethnographical fieldworks and filmmaking.

Relja Pekić, MA of Ethnology and Anthropology at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade. Director of the Visual Anthropology Center, Belgrade. Active as a member of the international collective VIZANTROP, editor of their monthly online magazine.

Miklós Barna-Lipkovszki, born in Budapest, Hungary (1987). MA of Documentary film-making at the University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest.  Technical director of the Visual Anthropology Center. He is a documentarist: he writes, takes still or moving pictures. He also works in theater – taking videos, photos or even acting in indie performances. he is active as a translator, writer and creator of projects, works as a fixer, manages databases - as long as it’s challenging, interesting, enticing and it serves a purpose. Has lived in Italy, Germany, Serbia.
Known for his communication skills, sense for aesthetics, knowledge of history and politics. He is proud of his large international network of friends and colleagues including fellow journalists and artists but all kinds of people who motivate and help him.

Nina Mladenović is an undergraduate MA student of Ethnology and Anthropology at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, Serbia. With the interest in visual anthropology and ethnographic film, in April 2016 she attended the School of Visual Anthropology (ŠVA) and later, in November of the same year, the ŠVA workshop held in Skopje, Macedonia. Since 2017 she is a part of the Vizantrop collective where she worked on publishing the Vizantrop magazine and organized film screenings and lectures in order to promote Visual Anhtropology, Ethnographic film and interdisciplinary research of audiovisual culture. In April 2019 she participated in a research workshop held in Rovinj, Croatia, organized by ETNOFILm Festival. She is co-author of three short ethnographic films screened at festivals in Serbia and the region.

Camillo Pasquarelli was born in Rome (1988). Only after completing his studies in political science and anthropology, he decided to devote himself entirely to photography. Nowadays, is mostly interested in personal and long-term projects and deals with documentary photography trough the combination of the anthropological approach and the photographic medium. Since 2015 he has been working on a visual project about the valley of Kashmir, India, exploring the notion and the experience of conflict, memory, religion and political aspirations.

In 2017 he received one of the Alexia Foundation Student Grant to keep working on  “Endless winter”.In 2018 was selected for the NOOR - Nikon Masterclass in Turin, Italy. His projects received several awards such as LensCulture B&W, Short Story at World Report Award, Feature Shoot Emerging Photographer, 1st prize at Fotoleggendo, 1st prize at Kuala Lumpur International Photo Awards.
Furthermore, his works have been published on Time, Der Spiegel, National Geographic, Internazionale, BuzFeed, Mashable, Il Reportage, Gazeta Wyborcza, Il Manifesto, Left, among others.

He have been exhibited at festivals in US, England, Russia, Italy, Spain, India, Israel, Lithuania, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates.
Dániel Szandtner is a cinematographer and producer from Budapest, Hungary. Check out his IMDB profile!

Valentino Bianchi was born in 1988 in Rome, Italy. After several years abroad, (England, Spain, Kuwait), he currently lives in Palermo, Sicily. He is a reportage and portrait photographer specialized in the analog and film photography. While he began taking photographs several years ago, he only started taking the medium of photography seriously when he discovered the hands-on nature of black-and-white film and what are now referred to as 'traditional' printing methods. For him, nothing else can do this. “Film photography allows me to consider my work over time as part of a creative process. I thoroughly enjoy develop and printing my own negatives.“ He is currently working on two long term reportage and he documents the everyday life of the people that lives the city of Rome, especially for the Rione Trastevere, working for the local newspapers.

Antonin Blanc is a film director and cinematographer based in Paris, France. His works have screened at several international film festival, and he has worked for various companies spanning the mainstream to the art house, such as Capa, Vice, CNN, Universal Pictures, Tencent News, Le Front de Gauche, and les productions de l'insensible. His current work topic is related to the city, the notions of movement, History, and how do individuals mingle with these invisible ties.

​https://vimeo.com/antoninblanc/

https://www.antoninblanc.com/

SLOBODAN NAUMOVIĆ Associate Professor at the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology, University of Belgrade, SRB.

He does research in Political Anthropology, Visual Anthropology, Historical Anthropology, Memory Studies, Socialist and Postsocialist Worker's Culture and Industrial Heritage. Their most recent publication is 'Оглед о филму "Енклава" Горана Радовановића: шта проживљавамо и чега се сећамо размишљајући о искуству гледања једног савременог историјског кинематографског дела' (Essay about the film "Enclave" by Goran Radovanović ...) . Slobodan Naumovic currently works on collective memory and workers' c culture in pre-socialist, socialist and post-socialist era industrial and family photography in a mining and metallurgical town in Serbia.

THOMAS JOHN, Research Associate, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Institute for Latin American Studies at the Free University Berlin, GER.

At the moment he is finalizing his PhD thesis on affective and emotional negotiations within a local South Mexican indigenous audio-visual documentary art scene.

He is a trained filmmaker and visual anthropologist, too, and teaches since 2013 practical and theoretical audio-visual anthropology classes at the WWU Münster, where he is involved at the Institute of Ethnology and the MA Visual Anthropology, Media and Documentary Practices. https://weiterbildung.uni-muenster.de/anthropology

He is interested especially in exploring the filed of intersection between documentary arts and visual anthropology, artistic research practices, and experimental modes of the representation of human experience.

SARAH LUNAČEK-BRUMEN, Associate Professor, Department for cultural anthropology, The University of Ljubljana, SLO

She graduated from Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology and Sociology of Culture with a degree in African cinema. She also visited the African Film Festival in London, Milan and Ougadougou, and participated in the selection of films and the writing of a catalog for the retrospective of the African film at the Slovene Cinematheque in June 2000. As a young researcher at the Department of Asian and African Studies, between May 2003 and August 2004 at Tuaregs in North Niger, conducted a field research for the Doctoral Thesis Perception of Europeans and Americans and the West Agadez (Niger) views, which she advocated in December 2008. She completed postdoctoral studies at the Maison Meditéranéennne des Sciences de l'Homme in Aix en Provence in France (EGIDE scholarship) on the topic of social stratification of Tuaregs and development studies and at the University of Belgrade (exchange of Erasmus External Window Coopeartion BASILEUS), where she began to explore the links between SFR Yugoslavia and Africa during non-alignment.

At the University of Belgrade, as well as in Nova Gorica and Koper, she conducted several guest lectures, attended international anthropological conferences. In June and July 2005, she organized an exhibition of photographs by Souleyman Mohammed The Modern Nomads in collaboration with the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum and the Murska Sobota Provincial Museum. She is a member of the International Editorial Board of the Afrika magazine - the Arts and Culture Study, the Africanist Network at EASA, the African Center and the Liminal Institute.

CHRISTINE MODERBACHER, born in Vienna. Filmmaker and Anthropologist.

Trainings in Visual and Social Anthropology and Documentary Film (MA Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester, MPhil Social Anthropology at the University of Vienna, SIC – Sound Image Culture – Brussels, PhD Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen).

Since 2009 making films (Men at work 2010, A Letter to Mohamed 2013, Red Earth White Snow 2018), texts, audio video installations (Channel #1, Container), carpentry and radio shows. Focusing on migratory and marginal worlds as well as visual and textual storytelling; currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany.

Awards/Grants (selection): Artist in Residence in Paliano, Italy, Young Artist Award – Category: Artfilm (Anerkennungspreis Kunstfilm des Landes Niederösterreich), Juryprice: Best Film (A Letter to Mohamed) – Sorrento Film Festival, Startstipendium Innovative Film (Young Artist Scholarship) for Innovative Films from the Austrian Ministry of Art and Culture, Postgraduate Fellowship Programme –  European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS), Best Film at the main Festival category “Equality and Community” (Red Earth White Snow) – Engaged Ethnographic film festival "Vizantrop".

VALENTINO BIANCHI was born in 1988 in Rome, Italy. After several years abroad, (England, Spain, Kuwait), he currently lives in Palermo, Sicily. He is a reportage and portrait photographer specialized in the analog and film photography. While he began taking photographs several years ago, he only started taking the medium of photography seriously when he discovered the hands-on nature of black-and-white film and what are now referred to as 'traditional' printing methods. For him, nothing else can do this. “Film photography allows me to consider my work over time as part of a creative process. I thoroughly enjoy develop and printing my own negatives.“ He is currently working on two long term reportage and he documents the everyday life of the people that lives the city of Rome, especially for the Rione Trastevere, working for the local newspapers.

CAMILLO PASQUARELLI was born in Rome (1988). Only after completing his studies in political science and anthropology, he decided to devote himself entirely to photography. Nowadays, is mostly interested in personal and long-term projects and deals with documentary photography trough the combination of the anthropological approach and the photographic medium. Since 2015 he has been working on a visual project about the valley of Kashmir, India, exploring the notion and the experience of conflict, memory, religion and political aspirations.

In 2017 he received one of the Alexia Foundation Student Grant to keep working on  “Endless winter”.In 2018 was selected for the NOOR - Nikon Masterclass in Turin, Italy. His projects received several awards such as LensCulture B&W, Short Story at World Report Award, Feature Shoot Emerging Photographer, 1st prize at Fotoleggendo, 1st prize at Kuala Lumpur International Photo Awards.

Furthermore, his works have been published on Time, Der Spiegel, National Geographic, Internazionale, BuzFeed, Mashable, Il Reportage, Gazeta Wyborcza, Il Manifesto, Left, among others.

 

 

 

 

 July 15: day one: participants arrive to the accommodation. In the afternoon the introductory lecture will be held. Afterwards participants will get a detailed schedule of SVA and will be provided basic information about moving around Belgrade during a short introductory event.

July 16-19:theoretical and preparatory work: the first phase of the workshops will consist of interactive lectures by various professionals from different fields. There will be 3 lectures per day concluding every day with a practical exercise. The lectures will be divided in two blocks of up to 3 hours each, with a lunch break and smaller breaks.

July 19-24: fieldwork: participants will be divided in groups of up to 4; each group will have their own film mentor which will help have 3 days for shooting one movie per group.

 July 24-26: video editing: in cozy co-working space in SUN hostel every group will get their editing mentor to help them get their short films ready for the public screening on the evening of  July 27.

Belgrade is a rare example of metropolis on the Balkans. Our local participants will guide international ones through the orderly chaos of everydays in this eclectic crossroads city between East and West -- an inspiring environment where unusual subjects are nothing out of the ordinary.

The summer school activities will take place in the center of Belgrade on Visual Anthropology Center - VAC hub, and partly in SUN hostel (Novopazarska 25).

Participants will have their full accommodation, breaks, mentor consultation, brainstorming and editing sessions in SUN hostel. Some of the international mentors will also be accommodated in the same hostel, so the participants will have a possibility for consultations at any time.

The organizers will provide 2 meals per day. Breakfast will be based on self-service, whilst dinner will be a warm meal.

Early Bird application until March 1th

Be amongst the first to apply to this year’s Summer workshop which  will be hosted by VAC in Belgrade between 15th and 28th  of July. If  you apply in the early bird period you can get a discount of 20% from  the application fee and you can start consulting our team regarding  your potential project right away. Only five places with discount  participation fee, so don’t wast time – get the worm!

Candidates applications will be accepted until 1st of June 2020.

The best 30 young students and professionals, selected on the criteria of experience, motivation and creative personalities, will attend an intensive film-making journey from 15 - 28th of July.

The successful applicants will be notified latest by 10th of June.

The pricing for the School is progressive. The price groups have been determined based on average GDP per capita.

Your price group is based on the country of your residence (or income), and not the country of your origin.

 

I               900 € Luxembourg, Norway, Switzerland, USA, Australia, Austria, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Canada

II             700€ Germany, Belgium, Finland,Iceland, France, UK, Japan, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, Israel, South Korea, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Taiwan, Cyprus

III            500 € Greece, Slovakia, Portugal, Estonia, Poland, Hungary, Chile, Turkey, Mexico, Lithuania, Latvia, Uruguay, Chile, Croatia, Romania, Argentina

IV            300€ Russia, China, Bulgaria, Serbia, Northern Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Bangladesh, India, Lebanon, Montenegro, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, South Africa, Belarus, Ukraine, Iran, Kosovo, Armenia, Georgia, Pakistan ...

 

First group is for residents in countries with GDP per capita above 45000 $, the fourth with less than 11355 $ which is the World average. For practical reasons the groups don’t contain all countries but only the ones we’ve been in touch so far. If your country is not on the list please contact us.

Based on our calculations one participants schooling, material, housing and food costs 500 €, which is the average of group 1. and 4. So for the SVA to be financially sustainable we decided to have this progressive pricing system.  If you cannot afford the price of your country, please feel free to contact us as well by e-mail with a special note after filling the application form.

Please NOTE: if an institution or a travel grant is paying for you then the full price is to be payed.