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What does this visualization (including caption) say about toxics?

Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 6:32am
The images in this essay contribute to a sense that toxicity prompts, and is caught up in, political and social discourses. The commentary tells the viewer that we might only understand ambiguous, atmospheric toxcities through the lenses provided by science, media, and political statements. Toxics are therefore not seen as particles, but through words, images, attempts to provoke action. They are therefore affective existents in themselves.
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Can you suggest ways to enrich this image to extend its ethnographic import?

Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 6:27am
I do not think that 'enriching' is the point of this. The point seems to be to place imagery in circulation and in conversation. The variety of images in this conversation is what prompts reflections about toxicity, rather than a single image itself.
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What kind of image is this? Is it a found image or created by the ethnographer (or a combination)? What is notable about its composition | scale of attention | aesthetic?

Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 6:17am
The images which appear in this essay are images of information. Whether they are found, created, or found and created simultaneously, they are images which seek to communicate a 'truth'. The ethnographer puts found informational images back into circulation, placing them alongside new informational images that the ethnographer has created. The notable thing about these is their circulation on the surface of the issue - they are a re-presentation of an idea of what is happening. The scales of attention are shifting, they zoom in and out. The aesthetic, however, is always on the surface of things.
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Can you suggest ways to elaborate the caption of this visualization to extend its ethnographic message?

Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 5:54am
The annotations in this essay intrigue the audience. They do not tell a 'truth', nor do they pretend there is one out there. They circulate fact-fictions, like the media stories they talk about. I would like to know more about how the pollution in Delhi is felt/experienced/sensed, as well as how it is talked about. This is another form of information about air pollution, which ethnography is particularly good at expressing.
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How does this visualization (including caption) advance ethnographic insight? What message | argument | sentiment | etc. does this visualization communicate or represent?

Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 5:30am

The interplay between visualisations' style, content and origin show the uncomfortable mixing of the political, the environmental, and the social. Like toxic air, the story of Delhi's air pollution slips easily across different conceptual boundaries. The story is one about atmospheres - undoubtedly there, and yet, impossible to grasp. Instead, the ethnographer gestures towards it with image and language. These are fictions showing the way towards a fact, and, simultaneously, obscuring it.

This set of visualisations advances understandings of what ethnography does. Its power to gesture, and its powerlessness to reveal a single 'truth' is manifested in this visual essay.

The sentiment is lodged between a feeling of impotence to know and to do something ('Miracle cures') and of potential revelation. I do not know where this polluted air comes from, and what it really is ('the elemental ambiguity of PM2.5') but the feeling is, if we keep looking, keep reading, there might be a thread to grasp hold of, which will lead us to the answer. Maybe ethnography is a bit like a postmodern novel, where the 'truth' remains forever beyond reach and we are left rumaging through the detritus, delightful and intriguing in itself.

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