This is the fourth edition of Dastavezi the Audio-Visual South Asia, and we are happy to welcome five authors from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Germany, and the United Kingdom as contributors. Aside from two documentary films and two photo essays, we extend our repertoire to feature a piece by the singer and artist Wajiha Naqvi, who, with the help of one of her audio recordings, reflects on how her embodied practice produces affective atmospheres.
In the last two issues, we argued that multi-mediated research challenges and extends the textual focus of social sciences. This challenge leads us to ask various new questions: How does social science research benefit from incorporating new media? How does time matter in academic and audio-visual cognitive labor? And, crucially, which novel criticisms become possible at the crossroads of these processes? These three moments—relation-making, time, and critique—are a heuristic key for our attempt to theorize the connection between audio-visual and textual contributions. While these three are mutually interdependent and productive, in this issue, we will mainly focus on one of them: relation-making.