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Skilled mediations

Cristina Grasseni and Thorsten Gieser

In this special section, we conceptualise ‘Skilled mediations’ to examine the following questions from several ethnographic perspectives: How do skills and media interact, enable and limit our engagement in our material and social environments? How can this be studied ethnographically? We take our previous works on ‘skilled visions’ and ‘enskilment’ as starting points to define skilled mediation as a mode of engagement with the senses, practice, skill and media.

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Franziska Weidle

Guiding and transforming our creative practices, this paper argues for a critical investigation of the techno‐material affordances at play in doing visual research with digital media. It interrogates how software and skill might interact to mediate creative engagements with digital materialities. Drawing on two ethnographic case studies of and with the Korsakow System – an authoring system for creating generative multiple links between media assets – I show how software combined with other imaging technologies can (re‐)focus attention and action towards the intangible workings of digital code. Three exercises will demonstrate how a with relational media systems challenges and complements ethnographic filmmaking through the adoption of iterative software and design methodologies. Rather than gaining control over code, the aim is to gain control over the loss of it in the field and in front of the screen. In the context of an advancing digital visual ethnography, such a affords an experiential and responsive mode of knowledge production sensitising us to the complexly layered affordances and constraints of digital materialities and the in which they are entangled.

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Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

Medical Design Anthropology, Improvisational Practices and Future Imaginings

Jonathan Ventura and Wendy Gunn

, passive and dependent life, disabled persons increasingly involve technology in their daily lives in ways that aim towards enskilment rather than taking skills away ( Kilbourn 2011 ). Kyle Kilbourn (2011 , 2012 ) accentuates the patient’s active role

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Elisabeth Hsu

Livingstone , 157 – 172 . Hsu , E. and P. Esposito . Forthcoming: Micro-Gestures in Chinese Foot Massage . Ethnographic film, 30 mins. Hsu , E. and C. H. Lim . 2016 . ‘ Enskilment into the Environment: The Yijin jing Worlds of Jin and