A lecture on visual auto-ethnography by Dr. Linda Lai / Open Forum #1

A lecture on visual auto-ethnography by Dr. Linda Lai / Open Forum #1

**feature image: a video still from Linda Lai's video work I Told Them My Camera Was On (2005)


Auto-ethnography [field study about oneself] is by definition an experimental form of ethnography. According to Catherine Russell, many key examples of experimental cinema and autobiographical films could be understood as auto-ethnography. Linda Lai will discuss this view, trace such a history, and shed light on the notion of auto-ethnography in the practice of contemporary art. Various examples by famous artists and Lai's own video work will be used for illustration.       


Title of talk: "Autoethnography: experimental ethnography / a hybrid creative practice" 1:00 - 3:00pm / Saturday, March 6, 2010 1st floor, no. 99 Queen's Road East, Wanchai 


Studio's open house session will begin at 12:30pm. 

Come early to have a cup of tea (or coffee). 


Outline of talk: 


│The basic problematic: the meeting of ethnographic research and contemporary art practice │What is autoethnography? 

│‘Self’ in auto-ethnography │Autoethnography as an experimental action 

│Autoethnographic methods: 3 kinds of visual autoethnography for the "I" │Methods: personal and experimental cinema │Methods: Autobiography – Resisting autobiography - ‘Outlaw’ genres of autobiography 

│Jo Spence – a case study for multiple strategies in autobiography 

│Ethnographic methods: frames of culture, forms of writing 

│From research to art-making: mixed strategies / archiving / performance & performative strategies 

│Sophie Calle’s Take Care of Yourself - a case study Creative/film/video works discussed: film/video: News from Home (1976 Chantel Akerman), Sans Soleil (1983 Chris Marker), The Ties That Blind (1985 Su Friedrich), I Told Them My Camera was On (2005 Linda Lai), Excitable Speech: all about Cinderella (2008 Linda Lai) contemporary art: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's multimedia Dictee (1982), Gerard Richter's Atlas (1962-2006), Jo Spence's Nottingham Cancer Project and Picture of Health ? Part 1 and Part 3, Sophie Calle's Double Game and Take Care of Yourself comics: 《媽媽的抽屜在最低:性、 性別、性別政治》(莉莉), Maus: A Survivor's Tale (1986 and 1991, 2 volumes, Art Spiegelman), Loving in the War Years: lo que nunca pasó por sus labios (1983 Cherríe Moraga), Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1987 Gloria Anzaldúa ) novels《紀實與虛構》jishi yu xugou (2002 王安憶 Wang Anyi)


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