Avatar Trinkets

For those of you who like your anthropologists in cryo, in an incubator (online ethnography anyone), or fighting off the mining industry – as already oft-mentioned on this blog (more links below), this little cherub should set you off with oohs and ahhs. As soon as you look closely at the picture though, it will be ahhhg and owwww. Very strange (thanks Rachel).

The description, by Sean O’neal, is stunningly good: not only is Avatar sex fucked up – ‘having magical ponytail-sex’ – but now the baby is too, as he points out its head-turning facility that will accompany you through those forlorn sleepless incubator nights.

I’d add that I guess the avatar technology could be adopted here too as it solves the problem of birth defects – just keep the kid in an incubator for life, and play with the avatar. In a rainforest enhanced with fairy lights, since no rainforest was rainforest enough.. etc etc..

There is still much to be said on that movie, but I dunno if saying nothing isn’t better.

No mention of Krisna’s baby blue either.
We should pay tribute to the film’s consultant anthropologist Nancy Lutkehaus for her expertise. Deserved and oscar, even as a ‘curator’. This from her own pen:

Cameron is like a collector of fine art who sees himself as a connoisseur, and my function was less that of a dealer who brings rare objects to the collector, but rather that of a curator whose expertise provides the imprimatur of authenticity.

The lush primal world of Pandora and the exotic culture of the Na’vi revealed in the film include many of the basic elements of what used to be called “primitive” societies — animism, a coming-of-age ceremony and test of manhood, a religion based on a supreme (maternal) tree spirit. It is truly a 21st-century elegy to a lost world — as well as Cameron’s warning to our own.

Nancy Lutkehaus is professor of anthropology, gender studies and political science, and chair-elect for the Department of Anthropology at USC College.

Bougainville material:

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  1. I knew this would pay off one day:


    22 October 2013

    Avatar investor to fund Goldsmiths postgraduate scholarships

    One of the main investors behind Oscar-winning blockbuster Avatar will donate almost £100,000 to fund new postgraduate scholarships in the Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE) at Goldsmiths, University of London.

    Patrick McKenna, Chief Executive of Ingenious Media, will announce his donation of £97,260 at Goldsmiths on Wednesday 23 October at an event addressing risk in the creative industries.

    The donation will part-fund four MA scholarships a year over the next three years, for the MA Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship course, and one PhD scholarship awarded to a single candidate who will research different types and levels of risk in the management of media and creative businesses.

    It is hoped that the PhD candidate’s research, into the identification of different types and levels of risk in the management of media and creative businesses, will make funding opportunities more attractive for investors.

    The investment and advisory group Ingenious Media was established in 1998, and since then has raised and invested more than $10 billion in the creative industries. Ingenious Media’s high-profile investments include the award-winning films Avatar, Life of Pi, and Never Let Me Go.

    Speaking about the scholarships, Patrick said: “We must do more at all levels to encourage the development of creative entrepreneurs. Our future competitiveness in the global creative economy will depend in part on understanding the dynamics of creative enterprise better. In particular, we must learn how to attract more investment into the sector, because investment is the key to competitiveness.

    “My hope is that by endowing these studentships I might contribute both to the furtherance of public understanding of these complex issues, but also in practical terms to the education and training of those who will become leaders in the creative businesses of tomorrow.”

    Patrick will be speaking at the Risk in the creative industries event at Goldsmiths, along with Baroness Estelle Morris, on Wednesday 23 October.


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