In addition to Jerome Krase, the Fieldwork conference will play host to another important scholar in the emergent field Visual Sociology, Valentina Anzoise. The president of the ISA Visual Sociology Working Group, Valentina is also currently an Assistant Researcher at the European Centre for Living Technology at the University of Venice. As one of the ‘Young Researchers of the European-Aid Project, MEDIUM‘, a project exploring new pathways for sustainable urban development in China’s medium-sized cities, Valentina, will present a reflection on her most recent fieldwork in China, entitled Fringescapes: Hangzhou Future Sci-Tech City.
Valentina’s discussion will focus on the urbanisation-related changes that have taken place over a 30 year period in the Chinese City of Hangzhou. The focus of the talk will be on the area of Yuhang. A space originally constituted as wetlands and farmland, Yuhang was annexed by the city in 2001 and will soon play host to one of 4 national ‘demonstration cluster zones’ in China, dedicated to the innovation industry, otherwise known as the Zhejiang Hangzhou Future Sci-tech City.
Based on a 12 month fieldwork project in this ‘fringe space’, Valentina will discuss how visual methods have been used in this complex space, noting how such methods offer valuable tools and frameworks in the exploration of fields and phenomena that require a more expanded research approach. The conclusion of this presentation will consider how such approaches allow one to adapt, intertwine and integrate different knowledges and languages in the effort to generate new knowledge via visual enquiry.
A sample of Valentina’s work can be seen below, and these images, plus more will be on view at the PR1 Gallery alongside other works from other Fieldwork contributors and staff from Tuesday, 8th of November, 2016.