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25 October

NEW VISIONS: EXPERIMENTAL FILM, ART AND ANTHROPOLOGY

‘Yanqui Walker and the Optical Revolution’ dir. Kathryn Ramey, USA 2009, 33’
  • Friday 30 and saturday 31 March 2012
  • 9h30-19h00
  • Salle de cinéma

International symposium organised by Caterina Pasqualino (CNRS), Arnd Schneider (University of Oslo) in collaboration with the musée du quai Branly and the Centre de Coopération Franco-Norvegienne en sciences humaines et sociales, Paris.

How can we broaden the fields of observation of reality? Contemporary
art and experimental film are possible ways in that they disturb our assumptions and allow a distance for the observer. Tools or processes
used by visual artists and filmmakers - pen camera, looping, fast or slow movements, multiple screens, networking surveillance cameras - question our understanding of the world. These news visions encourage the observers as anthropologists, to change the shape of their stories.

During the 1940s and 1950s,  artist and ethnographer Maya Deren researched  the practical and theoretical implications of the filmed image.
She suggested that it is not enough to save the appearances of the world through film. The filmmakers must subject themselves to restore their double
vision through multiple sensory experiences. Similarly, other artists
and anthropologists argue that the optical perception of the world is
not sufficient, as one has to consider how its formal qualities mingle with acoustic, haptic, olfactory, and gustatory sensations.

The representation of lived time is another field of investigation.
Anthropologists, who wonder how to stay closer to the complexity of
lived time in the field, look to offer new forms of restitution, while
experimental artists, who struggle against the compression of
narrative time, set up elements for a new foundation of an increased
sensitivity to the real.

Anthropology, art and experimental film question our perception. To see
is also to understand. This conference attempts to renew visual testing
protocols in order to amplify our understanding of the world.

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écouter les interventions du vendredi 30 mars

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écouter les interventions du samedi 31 mars

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