Thursday Night Live! Lecture Rethinking Aerial Testimonies by Public Lab

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Rethinking Aerial Testimonies: Collaborative do-it-yourself tools for human rights activism and storytelling

Hagit Keysar (Public Lab)

Do-it-yourself (DIY) aerial photography is as old as photography itself. However, there are material, political and technoscientific barriers that prevent the view from above being used in meaningful ways in citizen-driven investigations. A DIY technique developed by Public Lab in 2010 using kites and balloons managed to address some of these obstacles, making this approach available at low cost to wider publics. The technique was first used to monitor the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, providing information and imagery to help circumvent a media blackout and today, Public Lab’s kit is being used around the world by activists, researchers and communities to investigate environmental justice issues. Could this technique be used as a collaborative form of truth-making in human rights contexts and as a tool for visual, spatial storytelling?

This talk will focus on two case studies in Lebanon and Israel/Palestine that demonstrate the use of DIY aerial photography as visual testimony for articulating and asserting rights 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 and embodied 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.

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