This book interrogates how new digital-visual techniques and technologies are being used in emergent configurations of research and intervention. It discusses technological change and technological possibility; theoretical shifts toward processual paradigms; and a respectful ethics of responsibility. The contributors explore how new and evolving digital-visual technologies and techniques have been utilized in the development of research, and reflect on how such theory and practice might advance what is "knowable" in a world of smartphones, drones, and 360-degree cameras.
Edgar Gómez Cruz is Vice-Chancellor Postdoctoral Research Fellow at RMIT University, Australia. He has published widely on a number of topics relating to digital culture, ethnography, and photography.
Shanti Sumartojo is Research Fellow in the Digital Ethnography Research Center at the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, Australia.
Sarah Pink is Distinguished Professor and Director of the Digital Ethnography Research Center at RMIT University, Australia.
1. Introduction2. Refiguring Techniques: Technologies, Possibilities, Emergence and an Ethics of Responsibility in Visual-digital Research3. Drone Bodies: Sensual Amalgamations of the Vertical4. For a Non-Linear Visual Ethnography: Reflections on the Use of i-docs as a Tool for Scientific Research5. Empathetic Visuality: Go-Pros and the Video Trace6. Careful Surveillance at Play: Human-Animal Relations and Mobile Media in the Home7. Being There, Feeling There: Using 360 Cameras in Ethnographic Fieldwork8. Ethnography through the Digital Eye: What Do We See When We Look?9. Visual Documentation in Hybrid Spaces: Ethics, Publics, and Transition10. At the Edges of the Visual Culture of Exile