Rachel Ward is a Ph.D. candidate currently conducting anthropological research in artists’ studios and archives in New York City. She has an M.Sc. in Social Anthropology and a G.Dip. in Visual Anthropology, focusing on documentary filmmaking, archaeology, art and culture in Indigenous Arnhem Land, Australia, and Patagonian Chile. Now pursuing her doctorate in Interactive Arts & Technology, Rachel’s work converges on Digital Anthropology and the creation of artistic and experiential technologies for cultural preservation. In her applied work, she has designed and built public anthropological art installations that allow visitors to generate visual/ documentary/ archival stories via auditory- and touch-interactivity — which she describes in her recently-published chapter in the book Digital Echoes (2018). She has produced several films, including a documentary short about the overlap of Appalachian and punk music and Sneakerhead (2016), a portrait of an overzealous Air Jordan collector, which was featured in a 6-month exhibition in the Museum of Vancouver (MoV).
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