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Experimental Ethnography

by Neither/Nor
Filmography of the works observed and analyzed by Catherine Russell in her study, Experimental Ethnography: The Work of Film in the Age of Video. From the preface: “Once ethnography is understood as a discursive structure, its affinities with filmic ontologies of memorialization, redemption, and loss can become a rich source of allegorical possibility. If the cinema itself has taken on some of the aura of a ‘vanishing culture’ as it gradually evolves into the multiple forms of digital and electronic media, experimental ethnography refers to a mode of representation that understands itself as a practice that is historical, that takes place in… Read more

Filmography of the works observed and analyzed by Catherine Russell in her study, Experimental Ethnography: The Work of Film in the Age of Video.

From the preface:

“Once ethnography is understood as a discursive structure, its affinities with filmic ontologies of memorialization, redemption, and loss can become a rich source of allegorical possibility. If the cinema itself has taken on some of the aura of a ‘vanishing culture’ as it gradually evolves into the multiple forms of digital and electronic media, experimental ethnography refers to a mode of representation that understands itself as a practice that is historical, that takes place in a moment, or across several moments in time. As a practice grounded in colonial culture, ethnographic film has exploited cinematic realism as a form of preservation, but that realism is now in decay. As archaic textual forms become legible as discourses of imperialism, as the gaze of power is dethroned, new histories can emerge. Reworking memory and tradition as fantastic forms of cultural desire — rather than sites of authenticity — ontologies of loss can become allegories of desire.”

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