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(Re)configuring Territories Talk: Anthropology, Fieldwork, and Design Research

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Anthropology, Fieldwork, and Design Research
– With Francisco Martinez and Polina Medvedeva
Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at 16 (EET)

Interest in anthropology is growing in situated architecture and design research circles, with fieldwork and community-led design processes becoming an increasingly important part of the critical discourse. What should architects, designers, and artists know from anthropology and its methodology? What can these disciplines learn from each other?

(Re)configuring Territories program curator Tommi Vasko talked with professor Francisco Martínez and filmmaker and artist Polina Medvedeva about fieldwork and the relationships between artistic research and anthropology.

A recording of the conversation is available here:


Francisco Martínez

Francisco Martínez
Francisco Martínez is an anthropologist dealing with contemporary issues of material culture through ethnographic experiments. In 2018, he was awarded with the Early Career Prize of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, and currently he works as Associate Professor at Tallinn University.

Polina Medvedeva

Polina Medvedeva
POLINA MEDVEDEVA is a Russian-Dutch filmmaker and artist based in Amsterdam. Her work researches the notion of informality, focusing on informal economies and non-conformist communal structures, their principles of which influence the aesthetics of her videos.

Tommi Vasko

Tommi Vasko
Tommi Vasko is a Helsinki based graphic designer and -researcher who writes theoretical and fictional texts about design practises of the near future and about visual phenomena rising between emerging information technologies and ecological thinking. Tommi approaches his practice as an interdisciplinary collaborative process in which philosophical reflection and everyday maintenance labour relate to experimental ways of organizing design education, approaching technology as well as making images, videos and texts.