12-16 June 2018
Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore
In ethnomusicological studies, the audiovisual component is becoming largely preponderant in field studies as well as in the production of documents and their diffusion. The camera has now replaced the tape-recorder in most documentation activities and digital technology has made high-quality audiovisual documents accessible for archiving, analysis and publication purposes. Films are used by ethnomusicologists not only for the production of documentaries, but also for popularising, teaching, and the creation of multimedia archives. This great proliferation of audiovisual technologies has not been accompanied, however, by adequate training of researchers. In the universities, the small number of teachers and few resources means that, in most cases, it is not possible to teach fieldwork and procedures for the documentation, analysis and editing of audiovisual products in a satisfactory way.
For this reason, the Intercultural Institute of Comparative Music Studies (IISMC) has decided to develop a project dedicated to these issues with the academic supervision of Giovanni Giuriati, Marco Lutzu, Claudio Rizzoni and Simone Tarsitani.
The project has three separate but complementary parts:
1) An annual research scholarship of 5,000 euros to be assigned to a young researcher to make a documentary on an ethnomusicological theme. Projects received by means of a call for applications have been judged by a panel of three experts: Leonardo D’Amico; Francesco Giannattasio and Giovanni Giuriati. The scholarship, offered by Fondazione di Venezia, has been assigned to Dr. Christopher Ballengee (LA, USA), who is working on a documentary on traditional music – and percussion in particular – from Trinidad de Tobago.
2) A workshop in the field of visual ethnomusicology. For a week, two experts – Dr. Simone Tarsitani (Durham University) and Dr. Marco Lutzu (Università di Cagliari) will hold an intensive workshop with a selected number of participants on a relevant topic: The audiovisual documentation of fieldwork. An integral part of the workshop will be the documentation of a musical event organized by the IISMC in the same week: the Concert performed by Sunanda Sharma.
The participants selected through a call for applications are:
Ferdinando Amato; Floriana Frida Asperti; Christopher L. Ballengee (Carpitella Fellowship); Olga D. Ballengee; Celeste Cantor-Stephens; Vincenzo Della Ratta; Susannah Knights; Blanche Lacoste; Davide Olori; Dario Ranocchiari; Thea Tiramani.
3) International Documentary Film Festival (ethnomusicology theme).
During a two days festival recent documentaries (max 3/5 years form their realization) or multimedia products (included online projects, or educational projects) will be on screen. The projects will be selected by a jury or asked to partecipate upon invitation. At the end of the festival the jury will assign the “Diego Carpitella Prize”, to the most significant project. The first edition of this festival will take place in 2019 and will see the world premiere of the documentary realized by the “Carpitella Scholarship” winner.
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