Veronika Kusumaryati and Ernst Karel discuss their sound work for cinema, Expedition Content and the sometimes controversial responses it has engendered.  Composed from the audio archives of the 1961 Harvard Peabody Expedition to Netherlands New Guinea that resulted in Robert Gardner’s film “Dead Birds” about warfare among the Hubula (Dani) people of West Papua, Expedition Content documents the encounter between the expedition and the Hubula and reflects on complex moments in the development of visual/multimodal anthropology, the lives of the Hubula and sound recordist Michael Rockefeller, scion of the Standard Oil family, and the ongoing history of colonialism in West Papua. 

Veronika Kusumaryati is a political and media anthropologist working on the issues of colonialism in West Papua. She holds a PhD in anthropology and film and visual studies from Harvard University and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

Ernst Karel works in the area of reality-based audio, image-sound collaboration, and postproduction sound for nonfiction film, with an emphasis on observational cinema. He is currently affiliated with the Department of Film and Media at the University of California, Berkeley.  

This event is sponsored by the Anthropology Department and the Center for Visual Anthropology.

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