Anomalies and Non-representative Instances in the Ethnographic Field Recording

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18 Nov 2013

6.30pm to 8.30pm

‘Anomalies and Non-representative Instances in the Ethnographic Field Recording’ is a lecture performance by Noah Angell that focuses upon the presence of anomalous moments within the ethnographic field recording : flukes, deviations, and events that play little or no part in their local economy of meaning.

Angell will play examples of such recordings considered through varying frames: the way that a community’s outsiders are represented in relation to that community; staged interventions by the recordist which ‘bend’ traditional forms, and editing of ethnographic material that favours the inclusion of the fleeting and incidental.
This presentation will feature recordings from Bahia, Cuzco, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Malacca, Red Lake, and Paris -taken from Angell’s own collection of ethnographic records which will be absorbed in an act of collective listening. The publishing of these anomalous moments in ethnographic documents raises the questions of what such deviations from traditional forms can tell us about the world from which they have departed, and how much artifice is acceptable in the re-staging of bygone forms.

Noah Angell
Noah Angell was born in the United States in 1980, studied for his MAFA at Central Saint Martins and lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions and events include ‘Crying in the Ethnographic Field Recording’ at The Freud Museum, London;  University of California Riverside, ‘Forgetting and Negative Space in the Ethnographic Field Recording’ at HDLU in Zagreb, ‘Anomalies and Non-representative Instances’ at Studio Pompstraat, Rotterdam, ‘Labor & Rhythm’ at Banner Repeater, London, ‘Figure 3: I Don't Know What To Say’, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, and the solo exhibition Noah Angell: Film Works at Oksasenkatu 11, Helsinki. 
This event is part of the sensingsite series organised by Steven Ball, Susan Trangmar and Duncan White at CSM. 
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PLEASE NOTE: Places are limited for this event. As it is a sound based performance lecture, please arrive 15 minutes before the lecture is due to begin.