Jaws, old dwellings, and a mermaid: Meditations of a shark anthropologist on multimodality
Aich, R.S. (2021). ‘Jaws, old dwellings, and a mermaid: Meditations of a shark anthropologist on multimodality’, entanglements, 4(2):10-15
Situated between the liminality of loss of loved ones and his own identity, in this récit, a shark anthropologist meditates on the path of multimodality. This personal narrative takes the readers among the high waves of Southern oceans of New Zealand and calm ponds of West Bengal India, piercing Antarctic chill and warm nights of Kolkata, and sparkle of light on a shark skin and the visions of a mermaid he felt was awaiting him beyond the ocean. It is a meditation on the philosophical and sensory intricacies of imagined and real images and their effect on identity, and argues for the significance of multimodality in communication. Here, multimodality is not just a method but a way of being, travelling between the artistic and operational modes of creativity; depression and the ever-awake spirit, and love and the stoic ocean of loss.
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