Panels and Workshops

The festival includes a lively strand of workshops alongside the screening programme. 

Programme details of 'New Observations' can be found here.



LUX, Artists' Moving Image, and Colletive Gallery Edinburgh are organising a Summer School to coincide with our Film Festival:

Please see programme and booking information: Factish Field: An Art and Anthropology Summer School presented by Collective and Lux

With contributions from artists: Sven Augustijnen, Mark Boulos, Andrea Büttner, Duncan Campbell andWendelien van Oldenborgh
and Anthropologists: Richard Baxstrom, Rupert Cox, Tim Ingold, Angela McClanahan (Summer School leader) and Amanda Ravetz

Consisting of a series of in conversation events, talks and discussions, workshop sessions, artists' presentations and  film screenings, the Summer School is a unique opportunity to be part of a small, dynamic group with unparalleled access to leading artists and thinkers in these fields

Factish Field takes as its starting point the French anthropologist Bruno Latour’s concept of the ‘factish’, a combination of fact and fetish as a way of thinking about the relationship between facts and beliefs. Latourargues that there are no facts separable from their fabrication and suggests that fetishes, objects invested with mythical powers, are fabricated, and that "facts" are not.

Throughout the week, both artists and anthropologists will be paired for a series of in conversation events, and will develop workshops in which the group will consider some of the‘big’ questions surrounding both anthropological and art practices, where they intersect and diverge, and the potentially creative, generativeserendipities that might be found in the margins that exist between the two disciplines. Topics include:

Context – where does it play out? In the field, studio, gallery, academia?
Fieldwork – how can artists and anthropologists share research methodologies?
Making – where are the links between theory and practice?
Public – who is the audience? And how is it distributed?
Ethics – who makes the rules and how are they imposed or regulated? Is it important that they are?


Factish Field is supported by Creative Scotland


Organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain & Ireland (RAI) since 1985, it is an itinerant festival that moves biennially from one university host to another, in association with local community and cultural organisations.

The festival will be held from Thursday 13 June to Sunday 16 June 2013 in Edinburgh, hosted by National Museums Scotland and the STAR consortium. Scottish Training in Anthropological Research (STAR) is a collaboration between the Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St. Andrews. Over 60 new films will be screened alongside a conference 'New Observations' and a selection of special events and workshop about art & anthropology and the use of archival film.

The RAI Film Festival is held in collaboration with the Center for Visual Anthropology, University of Southern California.

Our Sponsors

The Festival gratefully acknowledges sponsorship from:

UDDA NMS SSGS ED Unversity of Aberdeen StAndrews WILEY