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Digital Visuality in Cultural Identity Construction: Notes from the Festival of Pacific Arts

La visualité digitale dans la construction d’identité culturelle : Notes du Festival des Arts Pacifique
Jari Kupiainen
p. 131-142

Abstracts

In July 2012 in Solomon Islands, 27 different Pacific nations came together for two weeks for the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts to express and articulate their traditions in their present forms for other Pacific Islanders (few non-Pacific Islanders attended the event). The festival was all about producing, reproducing and transforming Pacific identities, and much of this took an explicitly visual form, which the festival context fully supported. Cameras were everywhere and shooting was continuous both in photography and video, among the audience, the performers and the organizers as well. The photos were quickly transformed into YouTube, Facebook and offline video files, Flickr photo albums and countless other forms and formats shared among and between Pacific communities online and offline. The paper analyses this visual production in the cultural framework of Rennell and Bellona Islanders that the author has been working with. In particular, it highlights issues of cultural identity construction and aspects of cultural agency related with this visual production in the context of the overall modernization of the Solomon Islands society.

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Outline

The Ethnographic Setting: fopa 2012
Photography and video at the fopa 2012
Selfies and Digital Bonding
Discussion

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The global reachability of digital communication technologies and the ubiquitous presence of related gadgets and applications even in remote places is a widely known fact, yet less is known of these processes and outcomes in societies where the shift from technological margins into digital environments occurs rapidly and coincides with the overall modernization of local societies. In modernization, traditional societies are forced into fundamental changes in all domains of social life, not least in terms of cultural identity and its representation. Digitalisation and digital technologies are presently integral elements in any modernization processes, which we may describe as digital modernity.

According to Miller and Horst (2012: 4),

“the digital, as all material culture, is more than a substrate; it is becoming a constitutive part of what makes us human.”

The statement highlights the importance of the digital in contemporary social life including the construction of cultural identitie...

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References

Bibliographical reference

Jari Kupiainen, « Digital Visuality in Cultural Identity Construction: Notes from the Festival of Pacific Arts », Le Journal de la Société des Océanistes, 142-143 | 2016, 131-142.

Electronic reference

Jari Kupiainen, « Digital Visuality in Cultural Identity Construction: Notes from the Festival of Pacific Arts », Le Journal de la Société des Océanistes [Online], 142-143 | 2016, Online since 31 December 2018, connection on 23 June 2017. URL : http://jso.revues.org/7605 ; DOI : 10.4000/jso.7605

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About the author

Jari Kupiainen

Principal Lecturer, Media Studies, Karelia University of Applied Sciences, Joensuu, Finland, jari.kupiainen@karelia.fi

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