Digital (ethnographic) montage

Among some of the old unfinished projects that I’ve had time to finish recently, is the HTML version of my essay on the use of montage as a means of ethnographic presentation. It’s definitely experimental, since I have little experience with how clicks flow through websites like this, and it is not very pretty by today’s standards either. But at least it’s small, and it won’t ruin the Internet for anyone.

Feel free to try it out and write your comments here. You can also read the more conventional .PDF version to see if you missed something.

My montage is inspired by similar experiments by anthropologist Michael Wesch and archaeologist Cornelius Holtorf.

Wesch has since expanded into proper montage with a series of short films exploring the possibilities of digital montage both in communication and as a new means of teaching. They are fascinating and well worth the watch.

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