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Dr. Hagit Keysar: The DIY Testimony: Negotiating the public field of aerial vision



Ort der Veranstaltung
HBK Brausnchweig, Raum wird noch bekannt gegeben


19:00 - 20:30

This talk analyzes the political potentials of a do-it-yourself (DIY) aerial photography technique using balloons and kites, which was developed by the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab) for purposes of environmental activism. This study, however, shifts away from the focus on environmental evidence and examines the use of DIY aerial photography as a participatory research methodology and a form of storytelling. It focuses on two case studies in Israel/Palestine that demonstrate the use of DIY aerial photography as visual testimony for articulating and asserting rights abuse in struggles over land, space and place. The distinctive politics of the DIY testimony will be presented here vis-à-vis other forms of aerial testimonies and unpacked through its particular experimental, embodied and performative qualities. This talk argues for the exploration of and experimentation with the potentials of civic technoscience as a way of materializing counter-dominant visual practices in human-rights activism. Furthermore, it will expand on the use of self-built instruments in the course of fieldwork for developing a “technologically engaged ethnography” that opens opportunities for alternative forms of knowledge co-production by means of experimental technological practice and engagement.

Dr. Hagit Keysar is an activist, an anthropologist, and currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society. She has been living and working in Israel/Palestine, her research is practice-based and brings together visual work, activism and critical theory. She completed her PhD at the Politics and Government Department, Ben Gurion University, Israel. In her thesis, titled: “Prototyping the Civic View From Above: Do-It-Yourself Aerial Photography in Israel-Palestine”, she critically examined the political potential of civic/community science and open-source practices in situations of civic inequalities and human rights violations (mostly in East/West Jerusalem), focusing on the use of Do-It-Yourself aerial photography techniques. Hagit completed her MA with distinction from the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology in the University of Manchester (UK) and BA in Fine Arts from the Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design, Jerusalem.

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