Daniela Vávrová

    Daniela Vávrová

    Adjunct Research Fellow

    Cairns

    Dr Daniela Vávrová is an Adjunct Research Fellow, Director of the AV Lab, and a founder of ALTAR (Anthropological Laboratory for Tropical Audiovisual Research) at The Cairns Institute and College of Arts, Society and Education, James Cook University in Australia. Since 2005 her field site is situated in the Ambonwari village of East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea. Her PhD thesis, Skin Has Eyes and Ears: an audio-visual ethnography in a Sepik society, explores how people shape and are shaped by their social and cultural environment through their sensory experiences. Beside the written thesis, she also made a feature-length film as part of the thesis. This film was screened at several ethnographic film festivals around the world and received the student prize at the 13th Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival (GIEFF 2016) in Germany. Her specialisation is visual anthropology, photography, and experimental filmmaking. See more at: https://danielavavrova.net 

    Publications

    Henry, R., & Vávrová, D. (2016). An Extraordinary Wedding: Some reflections on the ethics and aesthetics of authorial strategies in ethnographic filmmaking. Anthrovision, 4(1), 1-20. doi: 10.4000/anthrovision.2237 

    Telban, B., & Vávrová, D. (2010). Places and spirits in a Sepik society. Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 11(1), 17-33. doi: 10.1080/14442210903499400

    Telban, B., & Vávrová, D. (2014). Ringing the living and the dead: mobile phones in a Sepik society. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 25(2), 223-238.

    Vávrová, D. (1998). Sen môjho života [The dream of my life]. Bratislava, Slovakia: Kultúrne Zariadenie Petržalky.

    Vávrová, D. (2002). Cuban reality. Plus 7 Dni: The weekly magazine, 51-52, 58-64. 

    Vávrová, D. (2002). Hach Winik - True people. Kormoran Travel magazine, 9, 26-33. 

    Vávrová, D. (2002). The last Mayas. Plus 7 Dni: The weekly magazine, 42, 54-59. 

    Vávrová, D. (2003). The café shops in Vienna are always full of surprises. Kormoran Travel magazine, 1, 54-55. 

    Vávrová, D. (2003). Egypt: Through the desert and the oases. Kormoran Travel magazine, 3, 22-29. 

    Vávrová, D. (2003). Garifunas from the Northern Honduras. Cestovatel Travel magazine, 4(1), 27. 

    Vávrová, D. (2003). Interactive guide through the history. Kormoran Travel magazine, 3, 46-47. 

    Vávrová, D. (2003). The secret of Mr. Sacher. Kormoran Travel magazine, 2, 60-61. 

    Vávrová, D. (2005). A basket for Yapisay. From the diary - Papua. Travel magazine TravelFocus, 2, 32-35. 

    Vávrová, D. (2006). Albania: Land of Benz. Travel magazine TravelFocus, 4, 24-27. 

    Vávrová, D. (2006). Albania: Up. Down Benz, 44, 36-37. 

    Vávrová, D. (2006). The Future of Visual Anthropology: Engaging the senses [Book review]. Anthropological Notebooks, 12(2), 141. 

    Vávrová, D. (2006). Metje Postma and Peter Ian Crawford: Reflecting Visual Ethnography: Using the Camera in Anthropological Research [Book review]. Anthropological Notebooks, 13(2), 148-151. 

    Vávrová, D. (2007). The rituals of life. Magazine pool: Life & culture, 18, 36-39. 

    Vávrová, D. (2008). Ambanwurinma. The Ambonwari women. The Cultural Journal Apokalipsa (special issue on Gender), 124-125, 131-141. 

    Vávrová, D. (2009). The cinema of Robert Gardner. Edited by Barbash, Ilisa and Lucien Taylor [Book review]. Social Anthropology, 17(4), 484-485. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8676.2009.00088_1.x

    Vávrová, D. (2009). Doing audio-visual ethnography. From silent film to hypermedia. Magazine for social and cultural anthropology Die MASKE (special issue on anthropological film), 1, 4-6. 

    Vávrová, D. (2009). Enet & camera. .tyždeň [The weekly magazine], 12, 50-53. 

    Vávrová, D. (2009). The island of sago flavour. .tyždeň [The weekly magazine], 8, 48-51. 

    Vávrová, D. (2009). Montgomery, Heather. 2009. An introduction to childhood: anthropological perspectives on children's lives [Book review]. Anthropological Notebooks, 15(3), 110-112. 

    Vávrová, D. (2009). Schools & the language of birds. The weekly magazine. tyždeň, 27 July, 52-54. 

    Vávrová, D. (2009). Visual interventions. Applied visual anthropology edited by Pink, Sarah [Book review]. Social Anthropology, 17(3), 364-365. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8676.2009.00075_11.x

    Vávrová, D. (2010). Book review of "The Tactile Eye: touch and the cinematic experience" by Jennifer M. Barker, University of California Press, Berkeley. Anthropological Notebooks, 16(2), 78-79.

    Vávrová, D. (2010). Review article: Cinema and Anthropology [Book review]. Anthropological Notebooks, 16(3), 147-150. 

    Vávrová, D. (2013). Orbiting the land. Summer Gyro News: Quarterly magazine of ASRA (Australian Sport Rotorcraft Association), 27(5), 24-25. 

    Vávrová, D. (2014). Cinema in the bush. Visual Anthropology, 27(1-2), 25-44. doi: 10.1080/08949468.2014.852058

    Vávrová, D. (2014). 'Skin has eyes and ears': Audio-visual ethnography in a Sepik society. PhD thesis, James Cook University.

    Vávrová, D. (2017). River nomads [Review of the film River nomads]. Global Ethnographic, May(1), 1-3. 

    Vávrová, D. (2017). Sharing the visible and invisible domains of lived experiences with the Ambonwari of Papua New Guinea. In S. Gair & A. van Luyn (Eds.), Sharing qualitative research: Showing lived experience and community narratives (130-149). Abingdon: Routledge.

    Vávrová, D. (in press). Book review [Review of the book Looking with Robert Gardner, by R. Meyers, W. Rothman & C. Warren]. Visual Anthropology Review

    Vávrová, D. (in press). Camera as a catalyst. In P. I. Crawford & N. Križnar (Eds.), Teaching visual anthropology. NAFA 6.

    Vávrová, D. (in press). The rocking of canoe and custom: Shifts in Ambonwari’s perception of invisible realm, secrecy and village hierarchy. Journal de la Soci.t. des Oc.anistes. [special issue ‘The materiality of Sepik societies New visions, old problems’, edited by Philippe Peltier, Markus Schindlbeck and Christian Kaufmann]

    Photographic exhibitions

    Transmissions. 27 May–20 June 2004. Intersections of Cultures in the City Tower Gallery Vilshofen, Germany

    Express Yourself.  01 July–05 November 2004. One part of a touring photo exhibition, Transmissions, Water Tower (teahouse), Prague, Czech Republic

    Sonnenmusik. 01 October–14 November 2004. The Smallest Gallery, (next to Tribeka Cafe), Graz, Austria

    An Ambonwari Woman. 01 October 2005–31 March 2006 (B&W 30x35 cm, personal developing). Department of Social & Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, Universitaetsstrasse 7, Vienna, Austria

    Karawari People, Papua New Guinea6–20 November 2006. SJ – Communication Centre, Dr. Ignaz Seipel square 1, Vienna, Austria

    Framing the issues. Photographic Exhibition and Ethnographic Film Festival. September 2011 – Celebrating PNG Independence Day at JCU Cairns Library and in Tanks Arts Centre, Collins Ave, Edge Hill, Cairns.

    Trios in b&w. 2008, 8th Göttingen International Film Festival, German

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    Extended Profile
    Selections and awards

    Enet Yapai. An Ambonwari Girl | 25 minutes, HDV format, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea (see above)

    2009                                  

    • Wiley-Blackwell Student Film Prize Commendation at 11th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film, Leeds, UK, 1-4 July
    • Screened at the international conference Transcultural Montage, Moesgaard Museum, Aarhus, Denmark, 24-27 August
    • Selected for screening at the NAFA 2009, Nordic Anthropological Film Association, in Koper, Slovenia, 7-11 September
    • Screened at the British Science Festival under Anthropological Film: Winner of the 2009 RAI prize, London, UK, 10 September

    2010

    • Selected for screening at the International Student Ethnographic Film Festival at Goldsmiths University of London, UK, 2-5 March
    • Screened at the 7th Eyes and Lenses Ethnographic Film Review, at the State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw, organized by the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw, Poland, 12-14 March
    • Selected for screening at the World Film Tartu Festival of Visual Culture, Estonia, 22-28 March
    • Selected for screening at the Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival, in Göttingen, Germany, 12-16 May
    • Selected for screening at the 5th Moscow International Festival and Scholarly Conference of Visual Anthropology: Mediating Camera, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 20-24 September
    • Selected for screening at Regard Bleu # 6, presentation of the student films, Völkerkundemuseum der Universität Zürich, 24 - 25 September
    • Selected for screening at the 19th International Festival of Ethnological Film at the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade, Serbia, October 14-18

    2011

    • Screened in Allison Jablonko’s workshops entitled Visual Anthropology: Between Ethnographic Film and Visual Research at the First Jerusalem Ethnographic Film festival

    Enet Yapai. An Ambonwari Girl | DVD is used as teaching material and it is distributed by The Royal Anthropological Institute: www.therai.org.uk

    2013

    • A photograph of Enet Yapai Returning Look (2011), third place in photographic competition of ANSA, Australian Network of Student Anthropologists, at the annual Australian Anthropological Society Conference, 6-8 November in Canberra

    ‘Skin has Eyes and Ears’ Audio-visual Ethnography in a Sepik Society, Papua New Guinea | 83:22 minutes, English subtitles, HDV format, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea (see above)

    2014  

    • Selected for screening at NAFA (Nordic Anthropological Film Association) film festival, 4-6 June, Isafjordur, Iceland
    • Selected for screening at the 33 rd Jean Rouch International Film Festival, 8-14 November, Paris, France
    • Selected for screening at SVA (Society for Visual Anthropology) Film and Media Festival, 3-7 December, Washington DC

    2015

    • Selected for screening at DEF (Days of Ethnographic Film) Slovenia, March 9 – 13, Ljubljana

    2016

    • Chosen for screening at FACA (Festival of Anthropological Cinema and Art) in Portugal, March 11, Lisbon
    • Selected for screening at 13th GIEFF (Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival) in Germany, 4 – 8 May                                
    • Fieldwork in Social Sciences: New Tools, Changing Practices and Emerging Boundaries of an Evolving Practice, workshop, Paris, 30 – 31 May
    • Student Film Prize at 13th GIEFF (Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival) in Germany, 4 – 8 May

    Extended Profile
    Presentations

    2006 | Walking, Seeing, Sharing: Trios in B&W | Photographic exhibition at 8th Göttingen International Film Festival, Germany, 24-28 May  

    2008 | New Guinea, Fieldwork Footage | Ethnographic footage and multimedia with commentary section at the Days of Ethnographic Film in Ljubljana, Slovenia

    2009 | Beyond the Visual Notes: A Widow’s Story | Visual footage with commentary section at the Days of Ethnographic Film in Ljubljana, Slovenia

    2009 | Camera as a Catalyst: Experience from Papua New Guinea | Presentation at the NAFA 2009 symposium celebrating thirty years of Teaching Visual Anthropology in Europe and Beyond, Nordic Anthropological Film Association, in Koper, Slovenia, 7-11 September

    2010 | Camera as a Catalyst: Experience from Papua New Guinea | Presentation at the Colloquium Ethnography: Interactive Research and Reciprocity, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Cairns, 24 - 25 July

    2012 | Visual Explorations: Dialogic Recording in a Sepik (PNG) Society | Presentation at the Australian Anthropological Society Conference, 26-28 September in Brisbane. Panel 1: The Anthropology of Media

    2012 |  Ringing the Living and the Dead: Mobile Phones in a Sepik Society | Presentation together with Borut Telban at the Australian Anthropological Society Conference, 26-28 September in Brisbane. Panel 11: Social Lives of and on Computers, Technology and The Internet

    2013 | Skin has Eyes and Ears – filmic excerpts | Presentation ‘work in progress’ on 28 February, Centre For Visual Anthropology Forum, The Australian National University

    2013 | 'Skin has Eyes and Ears’ Audio-visual Ethnography in a Sepik Society, Papua New Guinea | 84 minutes. English subtitles. HDV format | A rough-cut presented at a research workshop Artefacts of Time: Transoceanic Transactions, 25 July, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University

    2014 | An Extraordinary Wedding’: Constraints and Freedom in Ethnographic Filmmaking | Presentation together with Rosita Henry at the Colloquium – Difference and Domination: The Power of narrative in Ritual, Performance and Image – 24-25 July, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University

    2014 | ‘Skin has Eyes and Ears’ Audio-visual Ethnography in a Sepik Society, Papua New Guinea | 84 minutes. English subtitles. HDV format | Wednesday 29 October, ALTAR monthly film screening, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University | https://espaces.edu.au/altar/film-screenings/skin-has-eyes-and-ears

    2015 | ‘Kay Wurukrarin’ (Rocking Canoe) | 14:28 minutes. English subtitles. HDV format | Wednesday 28 October, presentation of the video clip at the symposium: The Materiality of Sepik Societies in 2015: New Visions, Old Problems, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, part of Sepik Art exhibition; www.quaibranly.fr


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    Photographs and paintings

    2004 – present  |  Individual photographs published in different journals and magazines in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia

    2004 | FrontPage: Anthropological Notebooks 10(1), Ljubljana, Slovenia

    2005 | Collection of photographs published in magazine Zebratl: Migration and Age 4/05, Nr. 4. Zebra (Zentrum zur sozialmedizinischen, rechtlichen und kulturellen Beratuung von Auslaendern und Auslaenderinnen in Oesterreich), www.zebra.or.at, Graz, Austria

    2008 |  FrontPage: Anthropological Notebooks 14(2), Ljubljana, Slovenia

    2008 | FrontPage: Prostori Neskladij: Etnografija Prostora in Kraja v Vasi Dhërmi/Drimades, Južna Albanija. (Spaces of Discordance: Ethnography of Space and Place in the village of Dhërmi/Drimades, Southern Albania.) Nataša Gregorič Bon. Publishing house ZRC, Ljubljana, Slovenia

    2008 | FrontPage: Apokalipsa, the cultural journal (special issue on Gender) 124-125/2008, Ljubljana, Slovenia

    2008 | Photographs to the interview with Dr. Borut Telban in the magazine Mag 23/12/2008, Year XIV, No.51, pp. 64-67, ed. Delo d.d., Ljubljana, Slovenia

    2009 | Photographs in chapter “A Struggle with Spirits: Hierarchy, Rituals and Charismatic Movement in a Sepik Community” by Borut Telban. In: Religious and Ritual Change: Cosmologies and Histories. Stewart J. Pamela and Andrew Strathern (eds.). Durham: Carolina Academic Press, pp. 133-158

    2009 | BackCover: Enet Yapai with the commentary on Ethnographic Documentaries and Public Anthropology, Anthropology Today 25(4)

    2009 | Cover and portfolio with interview, Port No.21, the visual arts magazine (03,04/2009), Bratislava, Slovakia, www.photoport.sk

    2010 | Photograph for one of the posters of the World Film Festival of Visual Culture, in Tartu, Estonia, 22-28 March

    2010 | NAFA Network, Vol. 17.2 (April 2010), Newsletter of the Nordic Anthropological Film Association, www.nafa.uib.no, Denmark

    2013 | Photographs for the article Adria passenger: Dr. Borut Telban, Adria Airways In-Flight Magazine, October/November 2013, pp. 32-35, Slovenia

    2014 | Photographs to the interview with dr. Borut Telban in the magazine Reader’s Digest Slovenija (1)14, pp. 10-13, Slovenia

    2014 |  Cover: Enet Yapai with her ‘father’, a brother’s son (2011), Visual Anthropology (27)1-2.

    2014 | Photo Essay with audio – Maraymin Amung ‘Food of the Water’, for the website of the Australian Anthropological Society, November 2014

    2015 | Cover: Screening in Crocodile-1 Clan area for the atalogue of DEF (Days of Ethnographic Film) Slovenia, March 9 -13.

    Paintings

    2004 | Illustration Incognito (2002) for the front page of La oralidad: ¿ciencia o sabiduría popular? Editor Emilio Hernández Valdés. Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo de la Cultura Cubana Juan Marinello, Cuba


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    Video documentaries

    2004 |  Capoeira | 4 minutes, mini DV format, the Capoeira Academy, Wimbergergasse 8, Vienna. Concept, camera and sound by Daniela Vávrová, montage by Christin Veith, interviews by Eva Paulus, reflectangulo 361°

    2005 | Art as Communication | 20 minutes, mini DV format. Interview with the artist Imaikalani Kalahele from Hawaii. Camera by Ferdinand Karl (from the original

    2005 | Four Hawai’ian Artists, 2004). Re-edited by Daniela Vávrová, Vienna, reflectangulo 361°

    2005 | Charismata: From Bush Spirit to Holy Spirit | 28 minutes, mini DV format. Co-authored with Borut Telban, filmed and edited by Daniela Vávrová. Institute of Anthropological and Spatial Studies, Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia

    2006 | The Look | 15 minutes, mini DV format. Visual concept, filmed, edited, and produced by Daniela Vávrová, Vienna, reflectangulo 361°

    2007 | Skizzen von gestern und morgen | 100 seconds with Franz Horvath, Schikaneder Cinema. HDV format. Filmed, edited and produced by Daniel Nehm and Daniela Vávrová, Vienna, Austria

    2007 | FRANZ | 45 minutes, HDV format. Filmed, edited and produced by Daniel Nehm and Daniela Vávrová, Vienna, Austria. Premiere on 25 August, 9 pm, Schikaneder Cinema

    2008 | Enet Yapai. An Ambonwari Girl | 25 minutes, HDV format, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea. A part of Mag. Phil. thesis. Filmed, edited and directed by Daniela Vávrová, produced by the Institute of Anthropological and Spatial Studies, Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Distributed by The Royal Anthropological Institute > www.therai.org.uk

    2009 | Bohinj Trio (Pa Kwa Chang, Tai Chi Chuan, Makotokai Karate) | 3 x approx. 40 minutes, HDV format. 26th International Stage of Martial Arts, Bohinj, Slovenia, 24-28 June 2009. Filmed, edited and produced in cooperation with Christin Veith | www.makotokai.com

    2010 | Sound & Vision: two friends (working title) | Mary from Manus Papua New Guinea doing PNG radio program in Cairns Community Radio Station, 89.1 FM | HDV format, Cairns, Queensland, Australia

    2014 | ‘Skin has Eyes and Ears’ Audio-visual Ethnography in a Sepik Society, Papua New Guinea | 83:22 minutes, English subtitles, HDV format, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea | Filmed, edited and produced by Daniela Vávrová | This film is an audio-visual part of my written PhD thesis bearing the same title.

    work in progress | Augustina Awsay. A Widow’s Story (working title) | HDV format, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea

    work in progress | Walkabout Store | Story of a Polish priest Piotrek Wasko | HDV format, Amboin Perish, East Sepik Province, PNG

    work in progress | An Extraordinary Wedding, marriage, modernity and traditional exchange in the Highlands of PNG. Filmed by Rosita Henry, editing Daniela Vávrová


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