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Barrie Machin is an anthropologist, poet, artist and author, with several epublications to his credit. He is also selling prints and a limited edition artist's book La Rêverie Sauvage on his website.
His latest books Warriors and Maidens: Cultural Codes in Western Cretan Mountain Village and Passing Shadows will be published in hardback by the end of August 2012 followed by a book of photographs. Coming around the end of June text books in iBooks Author and other formats:
iBook 1: Warriors And Maidens: A Portrait Of A Cretan mountain village 1967-1968, this contains audio tracks, videos, music and photographs. Very useful in introductory courses in social anthropology, Mediterranean and gender studies, but also of great interest to visitors to Greece since, unlike many academic studies, the text is written in plain English. iBook 2: Passing Shadows a movies Songs of Fate And Other Essays: A Film of a Traditional Cretan Funeral with essays on: Death in Crete, Pavlos Giparis, Rizitika and Moiroloyia, Vasilis Arvanitis, Gender And Culture In The Mermaid Madonna, Charos In Modern Greek Folk Songs Rites of Passage, including a discussion of: Loring Danforth's book about Death Rituals In Greece, J.C. Lawson, Patrick Leigh Fermor, audio recordings of Moiroloyia, including a long and extremely moving moiroloyia from the last professional dirge singer in Crete. Very useful for students of anthropology, Mediterranean and Greek Studies and death studies but of wide general interest. iBook 3: Three Ethnographic Films 1: 1984 Sitari (10 mins) Threshing in Western Crete. 1984 Eagle Nests of Crete (15 mins) Herding in Western Crete. 1985 Burnt Harvest (9 mins) A poignant film about charcoal making 1985 Passing Shadows (30 mins) Death ritual in Western Crete. A pioneering single system super 8 film. iBook 5: 1988 Warriors and Maidens (54 mins). This film examines the way history economics and religion combine to produce enduring gender codes governing the social relationships between men and women. 1988 Warriors and Maidens a discussion (48 mins). With Margaret Papandreou and leading Greek feminists. These films play well on the iPad.
He has published numerous articles about Greece and Visual anthropology.
His recent eBooks include Every Day is 9/11 about the war in Iraq, Antarctica: A Travel Survival Guide, The Moral Premises of Nuclear War and a 2012 Cat Calendar, and soon to be released children's book: David Is An Animal.
He has lectured at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and the University of Western Australia and since 1989 has worked as an independent filmmaker and consultant. He made films in Greece, Sri Lanka, India, Brazil, Japan and Australia. His film Iramudun won the Blue ribbon in cultural studies at the American Film Festival in 1984 and a major prize at the International Anthropology Film Festival in Parnu Estonia.
He was the first anthropologist to produce a single system super 8 full-length ethnographic documentary Passing Shadows: Death Ritual in Western Crete and the first to use video extensively in field research and film production. In 1989 He received the Anthropos-Omega award for lifetime contribution to visual anthropology at the same time as Jean Rouch, Claudine de France and Karl Heider. Altogether he has spent 24 years in field research.
His work ranges from ethnographic monographs, satire like Beyond The Cringe, Sex Drugs Fishing Religion DIY And Terrorism
The Assasination Of American Presidents And Other Fun Things
to serious ethnographic films of exorcist rituals, or short art films like birth and death of light and black humour in the print about child abuse in the Catholic Church, surreal sculpture: like Tidal Plain or and political comment, like the Surge, surreal prints like That's The Way to Do It, and poetry.
Lately his artwork examines the distance between the renaissance aesthetic and the contemporary free market aesthetic and the death of meaning. He has turned to designing or concealing whole buildings in a vain attempt to recover a sense of integration and beauty when all around the world is falling apart.
A recent architectural work is a visualization of a Healing Conservatory is an extraordinarily beautiful and innovative piece whose glass display visualizations are a dialogue between the work and the surrounding space and an indictment of the banality of the new.
He has been President of the West Australian Anthropology Society, elected member of the Association of Commonwealth Anthropologists, elected Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Fellow of the Australian Anthropological Society.