Experimental Ethnography: The Work of Film in the Age of Video (Paperback)Catherine Russell (author)
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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 Melies, 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.
Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 635 g
Dimensions: 230 x 154 x 31 mm
"This is an extremely important and innovative book. Russell brings together two distinct fields from film studies that have previously remained separate-the avant-garde and ethnographic film-and reconstructs their relationship in such a way that both fields are significantly transformed."-David E. James, author of Power Misses: Essays Across (Un)Popular Culture
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