Filming Ng ā Taonga Pūoro: the potential of experimental film in anthropological and ethnomusicological enquiry

Lowe, Sebastian J., and Crawford, Peter I. (2018) Filming Ng ā Taonga Pūoro: the potential of experimental film in anthropological and ethnomusicological enquiry. Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, 15 (1). pp. 120-142.

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Abstract

In this article we discuss the potential of experimental film as an extended method of ethnographic enquiry within anthropology and ethnomusicology. Taking a point of departure in Aotearoa/New Zealand, with Māori carvers, composers, and musicians in and around the discourse of ngā taonga pūoro (traditional New Zealand Māori musical instruments), we examine how anthropologists, through the medium of film, may get closer to understanding alternative approaches to music-making within the discourse of the contemporary taonga pūoro tradition. Drawing inspiration from ethnographic film we explore the possibilities and also representational implications regarding the use of experimental film-making as a research tool within the canon of anthropological and ethnomusicological scholarship. We argue that there is space for experimental film in the anthropological discipline, especially when exploring multi-sensorial phenomena, such as music.

Item ID: 55909
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1179-0237
Keywords: visual anthropology; experimental film; ngā taonga pūoro (New Zealand Māori musical instruments); mimesis; Aotearoa/New Zealand
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Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2018 23:30
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200207 Maori Cultural Studies @ 40%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology @ 40%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 20%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 50%
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