Chin reintroduces the Laboratory of Speculative Ethnology, a research project bringing together the imaginative verve of design with the ethnographic deep texture of anthropology. The Laboratory seeks to articulate a synergy between ethnography and design that affirmatively claims space beyond normative, white territories. Working explicitly within an antiracist framework, the Laboratory is strongly influenced by ideas from afro- and ethnofuturism. Key to the project are our lab suits, laboratory clean suits made out of Dutch Wax fabrics. We experiment in and through the suits with various technologies including sound, cameras, and a variety of sensors to explore modes of researching.
MDP Student Researchers: Justine Esquivel, Claire Le Nobel, Michael Milano, Bianca Nasser
Dr. Elizabeth Chin is an anthropologist whose research interests include children and childhood; consumption; dance; race; urban geography; Haiti. She approaches these from an ecumenical theoretical perspective, grounded in political economy, critical theory and a good dose of literary, artistic and postmodern influences. PhD, Anthropology, City University of New York; BFA, Drama and Anthropology, NYU. http://labofspeculativeethnology.tumblr.com