The Future of Ethnographic Museums Conference

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An Evening of Sound, Light and Performance for 'The Future of Ethnographic Museums' conference

Saturday 20 July 2013

The Pitt Rivers Museum (PRM) has been collecting music, sound and instruments for over 100 years. ‘Sound Galleries’ is a series of ongoing events designed to explore the role of sound, listening and performance in cultures. The galleries of the Museum are plunged into darkness and then bathed in music, sound and roving performances. Visitors move through the galleries exploring the spaces by torchlight.

On Saturday July 20th 2013 Nathaniel Mann (Sound and Music Embedded Composer in Residence at the PRM and OCM), Noel Lobley (sound curator, DJ, and ethnomusicologist at the PRM), and Rupert Gill (DJ) curated an evening of sound, light and performance designed to transform and reveal the Museum galleries. The performance was an integral part of ‘The Future of Ethnographic Museums’ international conference hosted by the PRM and Keble College, University of Oxford (19th – 21st July 2013).

The film begins with Nathaniel Mann embedding a moving performance within the galleries using re-purposed instruments. Nathaniel moves through a soundtrack that has been mixed from the Museum’s sound archive by Noel Lobley, joining the ethnographic and the avant garde.