Anomalies and Non-representative Instances in the Ethnographic Field Recording

18:30, Monday 18 November 2013
Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection
Granary Building
1 Granary Square
King's Cross
London N1C 4AA

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 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.
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