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Phone & Spear: A Yuta Anthropology by [Miyarrka Media]

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"This book will inspire any anthropologist concerned about how we join together while recognizing difference in our many communities near and far...The book is not a finished product but an opening of process, proof that a yuta anthropology is not only powerful but possible. While immensely innovative, this is also a mature, masterfully crafted ethnography: what is not said is as important as what is and has been given just as much thought."
American Anthropologist

Phone & Spear does not make an argument but performs it. Its form is perhaps the most inventive of any ethnography I’ve read."
—Zeynep Devrim Gürsel, American Anthropologist

"Collectively authored by seven members of the Northern Australian-based Miyarrka Media, Phone & Spear is one of the most creative and unique anthropological texts to be published in recent memory. Proposing a Yuta, or “new,” anthropology from Yolngu perspectives, the full color photo quality pages interweave a discursive collage of images, artwork, commentary, dialogue, and analysis that is simultaneously ahead of its time and long overdue."
—William Lempert, Anthropological Quarterly --This text refers to the paperback edition.


"A beautifully conceived voyage into the mediascape of liquid photography. The authors’ profoundly collaborative method lays the basis for numerous insights into media practices that appear both new and old. Boldly grasping ‘remediation’ and ‘remix’ as both subject and method, this beautifully designed book embraces radical juxtapositions and offers a persuasive demonstration of what a re-imagined anthropology can contribute to media studies and debates around globalisation, image-flows, and ‘technologically-mediated artfulness’."
—Christopher Pinney, Professor of Anthropology and Visual Culture, UCL

"This is a remarkable book. 
Phone and Spear is destined to become a classic of its time. The images are mesmerising, supercharged with colour and creative spark. The interplay between image and text on the page is absorbing and often moving. The writing throughout is fresh, lively, extending the vitality of the visual material. The sense of an intercultural family of voices brings a dynamism and richness that is often missing in scholarly texts."
—Melinda Hinkson, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University

"A profoundly original project, an experiment in collaborative writing and cross-cultural insights based on the longstanding work of this group on a number of exciting projects involving cut-and-paste/remix phone-made media as well as films about Yolngu use of mobile phones, particularly revolving around the truly brilliant short film that they made on this topic, 
Ringtone. I think this is a fantastic contribution to an anthropology that is constantly pushing for both experimental forms and collaborative work, but so rarely really delivering on those ideas. Having the rich layering of phone-made images throughout, with a range of explanations about them, gives Phone & Spear its vitality."
—Faye Ginsburg, Professor of Anthropology, New York University

Phone & Spear is a uniquely powerful work of anthropology in and through art practice. Few works expand the depth and breadth of collaboration to produce such revelation and pleasure. Fewer still are as affecting, poignant, and downright enjoyable. Bravo!"
—Steven Feld, School for Advanced Research --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09FXHZLPR
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Goldsmiths Press (October 12, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 12, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 24675 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
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