Byrt Wammack Weber

Byrt Wammack Weber is an independent artist and media maker, founding director of the Mexican media arts organization Yoochel Kaaj, professor of visual arts at the Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucat√°n, and member of the Sistema Nacional para Creadores de Arte-FONCA.

Adjusting the Lens

Community and Collaborative Video in Mexico

Adjusting the Lens offers a detailed analysis of contemporary, independent, indigenous-language audiovisual production in Mexico and in Mexican migrant communities in the United States. The contributors relate the styles and forms of collaborative and community media production to socially critical, transformative, resistant, and constitutive processes off-screen, thereby exploring the political within the context of the media. The chapters show how diasporic media makers map novel interpretations of image and sound into existing audiovisual discourses to communicate social and cultural changes within their communities that counter stereotypical representations in commercial television and cinema, and contribute to a newfound communal identity. The new media expose the conflict of social movements and/or indigenous and rural communities with the state, challenge Eurocentrism and globalization, and reveal the power of audiovisual production to affect political change.