Society for Cultural Anthropology
Oral Presentation Session
What is the relationship between imagistic thought and images themselves? Recent anthropological work has illustrated the arresting force of images: how they come to preside over us and our modes of thinking, imagining and perceiving (Desjarlais 2018; Stevenson 2014; Taussig 2018). Drawing from these lines of inquiry, I’m interested in the labor of images in approximating us to limit-experiences of transcendence (Bataille 1986), the virtual (Marks 2010; Deleuze 1989) or the beyond (Pandolfo 1997). I explore this relation through reflections on my own drawings of ethnographic scenes of arrest where I tried to think through images that hinted towards an elsewhere beyond mastery. Thus in this presentation, I approach the fieldnote drawing not as realist imagistic capture but as the plane where non-mastery (Taussig 2011) and indeterminacy can come to dwell; where thought and image touch, circle one another, and stand adjacent.