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Camera as a Catalyst

Building upon the idea of the camera-catalyst, initiated by Dziga Vertov
and expanded by Jean Rouch, I want to address the use of camera in
anthropological fieldwork and pertaining relationship between an anthropologist
and an informant. During my stay among the Karawari-speaking people of Papua
New Guinea, the camera became a catalyst in our relationships.
It was perceived as my extension. As such it belonged to my personality
which defined it and which was defined by it. The camera was a facilitator of events
and the filming created a path for gift-exchange. People insisted on reciprocity and
interdependence. Following Gilles Deleuze’s writings, I intend to look at continuous
transformation of an anthropologist-filmmaker, the filmed person, and their filmic relationship.