Eyes on music: Projects on visual ethnomusicology. 2021 Edition

 “Eyes on Music” is the title of a series of projects on documentation and audiovisual production in ethnomusicological studies set up by the IISMC in 2018 and coordinated by Giovanni Giuriati, Marco Lutzu, and Simone Tarsitani. The series has been conceived starting from the realisation of the increasingly predominant role played by audiovisual recordings in fieldwork 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 production accessible for archiving, analysis and publication purposes. Films are used by ethnomusicologists not only for the production of documentaries, but also for outreach, teaching, and the creation of multimedia archives. The great proliferation of audiovisual technologies has not been accompanied, however, by adequate training of researchers.
In the universities, the small number of teachers and the limited resources mean that, in most cases, fieldwork methodologies and in particular techniques for recording, editing and analysis of audiovisual materials are not taught in a satisfactory manner.


1) An annual research scholarship of 5,000 euros in memory of Diego Carpitella, to be awarded to a young researcher to produce an audiovisual documentary on an ethnomusicological theme. Projects received by means of a call for applications will be judged by a panel of three experts. The winner will undertake to make the documentary, which will be premiered in Venice the following year. A copy of the material produced during the making of the film will remain in the IISMC Archive.


2) A workshop in the field of visual ethnomusicology. For a week, two experts will hold an intensive workshop with a selected number of participants on a relevant topic of audiovisual documentation in ethnomusicology. This year’s workshop will be on “Audiovisual ethnomusicology and online platforms”. For this year, the workshop will take place online. 


3) Short festival of films and multimedia products in the field of ethnomusicology. The purpose of this series is to encourage the circulation of audiovisual products of ethnomusicological interest through screenings, moments of reflection and meetings with the directors. The work of the winner of Carpitella scholarship will be premiered during the festival.


Competition for a research scholarship in memory of Diego Carpitella for the creation of an audiovisual product of ethnomusicological interest.


Application deadline: 1 April 2021


As part of the series Eyes on Music: Visual Ethnomusicology Projects, the Intercultural Institute of Comparative Music Studies (IISMC), has set up a research scholarship in memory of Diego Carpitella for the purpose of creating an audiovisual product of ethnomusicological interest. This call for applications is addressed to young Italian and international researchers with experience in the field of visual ethnomusicology, preferably under the age 40 on the day of the deadline, who present an original and unpublished project for the creation of an audiovisual product for which they will have full rights.


The value of the scholarship is 5,000 euros (before tax).

To participate in the selection process, candidates must send the application form (downloadable online from the Fondazione Giorgio Cini website), completed in every part and with all the relevant attachments, to the secretary’s office of the Intercultural Institute of Comparative Music Studies (email: musica.comparata@cini.it) by 1 April 2021.

Projects and applications will be examined by a panel of experts who will select the scholarship winner by 1 May 2021. The panel will be composed of three members appointed by the IISMC. The panel reserves the right not to award the scholarship. The IISMC secretary’s office will communicate the result of the selection process to all candidates (via email) and the name of the winner will be published on the Fondazione Giorgio Cini website.

The scholarship winner will commit to making the audiovisual product within one year of being awarded the scholarship. Work in progress will be periodically monitored in a way to be agreed upon with the panel and the project advisory committee. Once the product has been finished and delivered, the IISMC will organise a public screening of the documentary in Venice.


An integral part of the scholarship is the holder’s participation in the workshop on Audiovisual ethnomusicology and online platforms, organised by the IISMC, to be held online on Zoom from 14 to 18 June 2021


A copy of the definitive film and documentation collected during the making of the audiovisual product will be kept in the IISMC Archives, which may use them for research purposes or to promote the Institute’s activities.


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Call for applications for the workshop on Audiovisual ethnomusicology and online platforms


Teachers: Marco Lutzu and Simone Tarsitani
Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 14-18 June 2021


The Intercultural Institute of Comparative Music Studies, in collaboration with Durham University’s Department of Music and LABIMUS – Laboratorio Interdisciplinare sulla Musica dell’Università degli Studi di Cagliari is organising a workshop for ethnomusicologists or anthropologists on the topic of Audiovisual ethnomusicology and online platforms.

The workshop will be delivered online on Zoom from 14 to 18 June 2021 and will address the principles of theory and practice of audiovisual production, with special attention to the emerging needs of ethnomusicological research that uses online platforms. 

Participants will develop knowledge and skills that will be helpful on the one hand to carry out ethnomusicological making the most of online platforms for communication, and on the other hand to plan audiovisual productions with everyday tools (from smartphones to laptops). 

The workshop will be delivered by Marco Lutzu and Simone Tarsitani, ethnomusicologists with years of academic and international experience in audio and video production.

Participants who wish to be considered for selection should submit the downloadable application form with required attachments to the secretary of the Intercultural Institute of Comparative Music Studies (via email: musica.comparata@cini.it) by 1 April 2021.


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Intercultural Institute for Comparative Music Studies