Soundscapes of Recollection: Testimony and Memory Work in Documentary Cinema

Project leader

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2017
End date: 31/12/2019
Funding: 1950000 SEK


project aims at a film theory of sound and audiovisuality, with special
attention to the aesthetics and agency of filmed testimony in
documentary film and media. Providing a reassessment of memory work in
documentary enactment, the proposed study will account for overlooked
aspects of recorded voices, performed speech and cinematic soundscapes.
Special attention will be paid to voice as speech, personal address, and
a sonic event with affective implications for the experience of filmed
testimony. "Voice" also as a concept in documentary theory, where it
relates to agency and authority. Upsetting the assumed opposition (in
the popular conception of ”non-fiction film”) between documentary
veracity and poetic imagination, this project will apply a
phenomenological perspective on the timbre and tone of mediated voices,
the phonogénie (Jean Epstein) of recorded voices and its
significance in documentary representation. The project will contribute
to scholarship on historiography, commemoration and ethics in
documentary cinema, while also proposing a theoretical framework in
close dialogue with conceptual approaches to filmed testimony, oral
history and cultural memory in contemporary film and visual art.

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