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'Passa La Banda?' by La Cosa Preziosa | Photo by Rachel Topham, © Ethnographic Terminalia 2011

Passa la banda?’, a sonic ethnography of a southern Italian festa, continues my line of research into my double heritage Italian and Irish through the medium of sound. This 16mins soundscape documents the various phases in the celebrations in a remote rural village, in Italy’s largest national park. Field recording to editing lab, this work explores some of the keynote sounds of my cultural heritage and at the same time raises the question of whether these sounds can speak to other cultures listening in, and whether they can translate as emotional expressions of religious and civic sentiment.

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ET2011 gallery space view | Photo by Rachel Topham, © Ethnographic Terminalia 2011

The work was selected for presentation at Ethnographic Terminalia 2011: field, studio, lab at the Eastern Bloc Center for the arts in Montréal, Canada. Running parallel to the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association, Ethnographic Terminalia presented a diversity of material, conceptual and creative engagements between art and anthropology, capturing a variety of mediums where anthropology and art intersect.

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Culture Ireland kindly supported my presence at the exhibition, during which time I also introduced the work as part of a Gallery Talk on 19
th November at 2pm, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. - An extract can be viewed at: http://vimeo.com/32387974

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