Screening Manakamana and Nepal Earthquake Fundraiser

Manakamana Screening
Noon on Sunday, May 17th (2015)
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz. Tickets $10
Director Stephanie Spray will be in attendance for a post-film discussion.

Screen Shot from Spray's Manakamana.

Screen Shot from Spray’s Manakamana.

High above Nepal’s lush, mountainous landscape, a cable car carries pilgrims, villagers and the occasional American tourist to an ancient Hindu temple. For centuries, devoted followers had to undertake an arduous multi-day trek to reach the shrine of the wish-fulfilling goddess Manakamana. Today, the trip takes just under 10 minutes. Filmed entirely inside these cable cars as they glide over fog-enshrouded peaks and remote villages, MANAKAMANA captures the conversations of its passengers – personal exchanges, anecdotes, shared observations on the landscape below – and emerges with a rich, vibrant view of Nepal, a land of ancient traditions and rituals on the brink of a technologically-powered future.


The proceeds from this screening will be donated to the American Nepal Medical Foundation to support their efforts in providing medical care and disaster relief in response to the recent tragedy in Nepal.





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Workshop with visiting fellow, Samuel Cepeda.

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Research and Remediation techniques in the critical study of media.

The research of contemporary culture frequently implies paying attention to the symbolic production in different media, as well as the material and semantic consequences of its remediation. The researcher, in order to understand the symbolic production within a group or culture, needs to deeply comprehend it as a creator too. In this workshop, through the practice of various remediation techniques we’ll approach a way of theorizing while producing.

Date: Friday, May 8th. 2015. noon – 2pm
Location: Intermedia Workshop (SAC 4.120)

Free and open to all

Samuel Cepeda was born in Nuevo León, México. He’s a media artist and has been doing research and teaching since 2000 in private and public universities in México. He is currently a full time artist and researcher working on his dissertation at Tecnológico de Monterrey in the PhD program of humanities studies in science and technology.


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Workshop with Stephanie Spray

Stephanie Spray is a visiting fellow with the Intermedia Workshop (with support from the South Asia Institute). She is an award winning documentary filmmaker, currently finishing her PhD through the Sensory Ethnography Laboratory in Anthropology at Harvard University. Her latest directorial project is titled MANAKAMANA.

In the workshop Stephanie will discuss her film Manakamana and her work in Nepal with a community of itinerant musicians called the Gandharba as well as her practice as an anthropologist and filmmaker.  Sponsored by Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas in Austin.

You can learn more about her work at her website:

Tuesday, April 21st. 2015. 3pm-5:30pm
Studio 4D (CMB 4.122)

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Imagining Manipur

Installation by Jogendro Singh Kshetrimayum.

imagining Manipur

There are 387 photo images all together, 273 of which were generated by the image search of “Manipur” on Google (generated during the months of April and May 2014). The remaining 114 images are from my field visits to Manipur in 2009, 2011 and 2013. The photos are all in 4X6 prints. The images from the ethnographic fieldwork are merged, without any distinct boundary, with the images generated by Google search engine. The area enclosed by the seven vitrines is a reflection of the ‘work space’ where I struggle to write about Manipur. There are papers, articles, drafts, corrections and rejections. The copies of The Sangai Express, locally published in English and Manipuri, were collected during the field visits. The piles of American Ethnologist and American Anthropologist, stacked up or spread out, are indices of the production of ‘anthropological knowledge’ and its uneven distribution. In one of the shelves of the first vitrine to the left, there is a receipt of the books on Manipur that I checked out from the Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL). PCL has more than 300 books and documents on Manipur in its collection. Some of them are hard to find in the libraries of Manipur.

The reflections on the glass panels create some interesting effects for the images – some of which were happy accidents and some deliberate. The exhibition is part of the final project in Craig Campbell’s Intermedia and Aesthetics (Spring 2014).


Jogendro Singh Kshetrimayum
Graduate Student Department of Anthropology
University of Texas at Austin
Venue: Next to SAC 4.114 – 4.120
Time: Spring 2014 – Summer 2014


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Ex-Situ Workshop in UK

structures3bEx-Situ co-organizer and Dept. of Anthropology affiliate, Yoke Sum Wong (Lancaster University) has organized a symposium and writing salon for this May.

Download programme.pdf


15 MAY 2015

The title of this meeting is inspired by Raymond Williams’ Structures of Feeling essay (1977) in which we explore “a kind of feeling and thinking which is indeed social and material, but each in an embryonic phase before it can become fully articulate and defined exchange.”

It is this embryonic phase that we give attention to in the experiencing of architecture as immaterial and material and as we navigate its configurations – negotiating towards the affective consciousness of spatial form/s that is at once social and personal – emergent and emerging – in an ‘interrelating continuity’. How do spatial forms contribute to, as Susan Lepselter writes, an ethnography of emergent feeling? How do we feel architecture and world it – taking worlding as a way of apprehension and comprehension – giving it a structure that we make (non)sense of.

The bridging of thought and feeling, the sensations that we encounter in built environments – despair, happiness, joy, fear, dread, hope, disgust nostalgic, warmth and so on – are often evoked instantaneously before we begin to stitch the narratives together or to grasp why we are attuned to the spaces the way we do. Another way of framing it is through Kathleen Stewart’s ‘atmospheric attunements’ which “attend to the quickening of nascent forms, marking their significance in sounds and sights and the feel of something’s touch or something penetrating…[turning] a potentiality into a threshold to the real.”

The structure of this gathering is based on the writing workshops held at The University of Texas, Austin, and the Ex-Situ Workshop in Marfa, Texas. As opposed to the conventional academic paper, we seek the “embryonic” eg. creative short pieces that reflect the theme (broadly) and are no more than 750 words or a presentation piece of no more than 15 images or 10 minutes of video/audio productions. We also welcome all forms of experimental work.

At present, the call for participation is internal and we hope to hear an expression of interest by 31 March. Instead of an abstract, we seek an idea, a theme, an image.Our aim is to have three presentations per hour to provide time for discussion.

Please respond to or

download the poster: structures3

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Director Joshua Oppenheimer in Discussion

627-627x336Joshua Oppenheimer, Oscar nominated director of The Act of Killing (2012) and Look of Silence (2014), will be at the University of Texas, Austin for a public discussion on his practice as a documentary filmmaker.  This discussion will cover a wide range of themes led by faculty members from Anthropology and Radio Television and Film with time for the audience to ask questions of Oppenheimer.  Some of the themes we will explore include documentary aesthetics, ethics and collaboration in filmmaking, approaches to cultural difference, the promise of documentary in the aftermath of violence.

Joshua Oppenheimer is a multiple-award winning documentary filmmaker and recipient of MacArthur Genius Award.

Thursday, March 12th.

3:30-6:20 pm.  Screening of the Act of Killing (director’s cut)
7-9 pm.  Discussion with Joshua Oppenheimer

Location: Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 1.202

Free and open to the public

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Intermedia Fellows

The Intermedia Workshop is pleased to introduce two fellows for January 2015. Stephanie Spray (visiting from Harvard University) and Samuel Cepeda (visiting from Tecnológico de Monterrey).  Stephanie and Sam will be making use of the workshop, attending departmental activities, and sharing their work in screenings and workshops.

Stephanie Spray joins us with support from the Department of Anthropology and the South Asia Institute.

Samuel Cepeda joins us with support from the Department of Anthropology and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies.


Screen Shot from Spray's Manakamana.

Screen Shot from Spray’s Manakamana.

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Intermedia fellow: Samuel Cepeda

01_Clods_h_NN_52x35cmsSamuel Cepeda [] was born in Nuevo León, México. He’s a media artist and has been doing research and teaching since 2000 in private and public universities in México. He is currently a full time artist and researcher working on his dissertation at Tecnológico de Monterrey in the PhD program of humanities studies in science and technology. He has also worked for media companies as Televisa, and (a NY Times company), creating old and new media content for massive distribution. His work is mainly engaged with the boundaries between science & technology, visual studies and anthropology; often questioning the social and scientific ways of building realities, trying to broaden the vision of any reality we could be used to.

Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 12.21.58 PMAt UT austin, trying to expand his research experience in Digital Visual Artist networks, Cepeda will participate in our academic community by attending workshops, public lectures and meeting informally with students and faculty at the Intermedia Workshop,
Anthropology Department, College of Communications and College of Fine


Feel free to contact him:

t – @elfusible
g+ samuelcepeda


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Multispecies Tailgate

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Multispecies Tailgate party at Monkeywrench Books.

Images courtesy of Jimmy Beveridge.

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Multispecies Tailgate

A Discussion On Survival & Syncretic Biocultural Lifeways

Monkey Wrench Books 110 East North Loop. Austin, TX.
Sunday, October 5th 6:30-8:30 pm. 2014

Featuring readings and discussions of four just released books:

Aesop’s Anthropology: A Multispecies Approach, by John Hartigan
Agitating Images: Photography against History in Indigenous Siberia, by Craig Campbell
The Multispecies Salon, edited by Eben Kirksey
Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging False Promise of Genetic Science, by Kim Tallbear.


These authors are innovating new ways to work with images, to think about indigeneity, and to recognize the nonhumans that shape our daily lives. A lively discussion will ensue. We’ll be making of Acorn Mush with some words about survival and syncretic biocultural lifeways. Scott Webel (Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata) will be presenting on local figs and the multispecies community of consumers that converge on the tree. Tamara Becerra Valdez (Folklorica) will share excerpts from her workshop on wildcrafting and Craig Campbell will report on pecans and the urban foraging scene.

Poster: 2014 Multispecies Tailgate


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