This paper offers a reflection on Tangier Trajectories, a sensory ethnography project in Tangier, Morocco using video and photography to understand the different ways in which individuals experience locality as they are “emplaced” in the global city (Merleau-Ponty 1945). Locality as I explore it here is an affect or intensity operating within a series of phenomenal passages wherein one relates to being “emplaced” by the unity of sensory and mental experience in embodied perception. I go on to argue that insofar as the creation and perception of images is inseparable from our perception of the world, they are becoming of and bear directly on communicating and experiencing locality. Looking at individual trajectories through the city, I argue that identity and locality are intertwined processes, and through this the forms what we often call “cultural globalization” takes are negotiated by individual bodies ‘entangled’ in and moving creatively and tentatively through social, cultural space. In light of this exercise, I suggest that the blurring of boundaries between culture, place, and the phenomenologically emplaced ‘individual self’ in globalization as we currently experience it and the speed with which new representational techniques and modes of display and dissemination are changing complicate the traffic between art and anthropology in which sensory ethnography seeks to carve out its place in contemporary ethnographic practice (Marcus and Myer 1995). To overcome this, I conclude, we need to stress the importance of embodied knowledge and lend our attention to the world to new forms of mediated reflection.
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Source:||MAI 58/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Cultural anthropology, North African Studies|
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