Experimental Ethnography: The Work of Film in the Age of Video / Edition 1

Experimental Ethnography: The Work of Film in the Age of Video / Edition 1

by Catherine Russell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822323192

ISBN-13: 9780822323198

Pub. Date: 05/12/1999

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Experimental film and ethnographic film have long been considered separate, autonomous practices on the margins of mainstream cinema. By exploring the interplay between the two forms, Catherine Russell throws new light on both the avant-garde and visual anthropology.
Russell provides detailed analyses of more than thirty-five films and videos from the 1890s

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Experimental film and ethnographic film have long been considered separate, autonomous practices on the margins of mainstream cinema. By exploring the interplay between the two forms, Catherine Russell throws new light on both the avant-garde and visual anthropology.
Russell provides detailed analyses of more than thirty-five films and videos from the 1890s to the 1990s and discusses a wide range of film and videomakers, including Georges Méliès, Maya Deren, Peter Kubelka, Ray Birdwhistell, Jean Rouch, Su Friedrich, Bill Viola, Kidlat Tahimik, Margaret Mead, Tracey Moffatt, and Chantal Akerman. Arguing that video enables us to see film differently—not as a vanishing culture but as bodies inscripted in technology, Russell maps the slow fade from modernism to postmodern practices. Combining cultural critique with aesthetic analysis, she explores the dynamics of historical interruption, recovery, and reevaluation. As disciplinary boundaries dissolve, Russell contends, ethnography is a means of renewing the avant-gardism of “experimental” film, of mobilizing its play with language and form for historical ends. “Ethnography” likewise becomes an expansive term in which culture is represented from many different and fragmented perspectives.
Original in both its choice of subject and its theoretical and methodological approaches, Experimental Ethnography will appeal to visual anthropologists, as well as film scholars interested in experimental and documentary practices.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822323198
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
05/12/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
810,612
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
IIntroduction to Experimental Ethnography
1Another Look3
2Surrealist Ethnography26
IIDocumentary Before Documentary
3The Body as the Main Attraction51
4Ethnotopias of Early Cinema76
5Playing Primitive98
IIIThe Undisciplined Gaze
6Zoology, Pornography, Ethnography119
7Framing People: Structural Film Revisited157
IVOther Realities
8Ecstatic Ethnography: Filming Possession Rituals193
9Archival Apocalypse: Found Footage as Ethnography238
VConclusion
10Autoethnography: Journeys of the Self275
Notes315
Bibliography355
Filmography365
Index369

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