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In April, Ton Otto joins ETlab members for a workshop - 'Utopianism' utopian/dystopian narratives - discussing the temporalities of design and its methodologies.

Following the workshop Ton will screen his film, 'On Behalf of the Living'

"On Behalf of the Living' is a stunning film. It is about Papua New Guinea, and the Netherlands and Denmark, but even more, it is about the nature of human life and death. Terrence Malick-like in its scope, it is also the best film of any kind about religion I have seen in a long time … It is a major piece of work.”
Prof. Joel Robbins, Cambridge University, UK.

TON OTTO, a Dutch citizen, is Professor of Anthropology at Aarhus University, Denmark, and Adjunct Professor at James Cook University, Australia. He has conducted long-term ethnographic field research in Papua New Guinea and has published widely on issues of social and cultural change with a focus on the relationship between agency, religion and historicity. From the start of his fieldwork, he has made extensive use of audio-visual media and this has resulted in a number of exhibition and film productions, including the award-winning films ‘Ngat is dead’ (2009, with Christian Suhr and Steffen Dalsgaard) and ‘Unit through Culture’ (2011, with Christian Suhr).

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