Deger, Jennifer, and Gurrumuruwuy, Paul (2016) Ringtone. [Video]

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Ringtone is a documentary film in which Australian Aboriginal families offer glimpses into their lives and relationships through their choice of cellular ringtones. From ancestral clan songs to 1980s hip hop artists and local gospel tunes, the ringtones of each individual situates them in a world of enduring connection and explores the intrusions and demands brought by mobile phones to a once remote community in northern Australia.

Research Statement

Research Background This film explores the resonant poetics of ringtones in Arnhem Land. Produced by Miyarrka Media, the arts collective based in Gapuwiyak which Deger is a co-founder, the film is one outcome from Deger’s ARC Future Fellowship, Digital Relations: New Media in Arnhem Land. The film has been variously displayed as a stand-alone film or a multi-screen installation as part of the Gapuwiyak Calling exhibition.
Research Contribution Almost all the anthropology of mobile phones has concentrated on the communicative functions of talk and text. This film approaches the impact of mobile phones from a different perspective, concentrating on the poetics—and perils—of technologically mediated sensuous connection as it is made to matter in Arnhem Land. In both form and content, film makes a significant and original contribution to studies of digital culture and indigenous aesthetics, as well as offering stylistic innovation in collaborative anthropologic filmmaking in its fixed frame direct to camera form of address.
Research Significance The film has screened at a number of anthropological and documentary film festivals and has been awarded several prizes including Best Short Film at the Society for Visual Anthropology film festival in 2015.
Item ID: 35873
Item Type: Video
Media of Output: Video
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Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2016 04:51
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 30%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing @ 20%
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