Experimental Ethnography: The Work of Film in the Age of Video

Experimental Ethnography: The Work of Film in the Age of Video

Catherine Russell


Experimental movie and ethnographic movie have lengthy been thought of separate, self sustaining practices at the margins of mainstream cinema. by means of exploring the interaction among the 2 kinds, Catherine Russell throws new gentle on either the avant-garde and visible anthropology.
Russell offers specific analyses of greater than thirty-five movies and video clips from the Nineties to the Nineteen Nineties and discusses a variety of movie and videomakers, together with Georges Méliès, Maya Deren, Peter Kubelka, Ray Birdwhistell, Jean Rouch, Su Friedrich, invoice Viola, Kidlat Tahimik, Margaret Mead, Tracey Moffatt, and Chantal Akerman. Arguing that video allows us to determine movie differently—not as a vanishing tradition yet as our bodies inscripted in expertise, Russell maps the sluggish fade from modernism to postmodern practices. Combining cultural critique with aesthetic research, she explores the dynamics of ancient interruption, restoration, and reevaluation. As disciplinary obstacles dissolve, Russell contends, ethnography is a method of renewing the avant-gardism of “experimental” movie, of mobilizing its play with language and shape for ancient ends. “Ethnography” likewise turns into an expansive time period within which tradition is represented from many various and fragmented perspectives.
Original in either its number of topic and its theoretical and methodological
approaches, Experimental Ethnography will attract visible anthropologists, in addition to movie students attracted to experimental and documentary practices.

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