Barbara Titus

Dana Rappoport’s film “Death of the One Who Knows” selected for Riga Pasaules Film Festival

After having been selected for the Festival du Film de Voyage et d’Aventures Vecues and the Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival and being commended for the Richard Werbner Award for Visual Anthropology, Dana Rappoport’s documentary film Death of the One Who Knows has now been selected for the Riga Pasaules Film Festival.

In the Toraja highlands of Sulawesi (Indonesia), Lumbaa is one of the last masters of ritual speech. After his forced conversion to Pentecostalism, he is compelled to stop all his ritual activity and oratory. Concerned by the disappearance of “those who know”, a young Catholic priest named Yans Sulo sets out in search of the society’s ancient oral genres, seeking to invent new forms that would keep them alive. The two men meet, but it is too late. By recounting the life and death of Lumbaa, the film shows how the intrusion of a world religion disrupts a Southeast Asian society.

The trailer of the film can be watched here.

Pierre Prouteau appointed as postdoc at DeCoSEAS

We warmly welcome Pierre Prouteau in ours midst. Pierre will work for DeCoSEAS as a postdoctoral researcher on the digitization of PI Dana Rappoport’s Thrice Blooded Land multimedia corpus, and on the constitution of a critical repertoire of colonial French sound archives. Pierre will also help foster and extend dialogues between DeCoSEAS partners in various capacities. More information about Pierre can be found here.

Collaboration Citra Research Center and DeCoSEAS in Indonesian newspaper Kedaulatan Rakyat

On 24 May, DeCoSEAS partner dr. Citra Aryandari was interviewed for the Indonesian newspaper Kedaulatan Rakyat about the collaboration of Citra Research Center (CRC) with DeCoSEAS. CRC has already proposed tangible plans for the exposure to Indonesian communities of the sonic legacy of Jaap Kunst that is now located at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Outreach projects in collaboration with local (music) schools and communities are currently being prepared.

DeCoSEAS in Dutch national newspaper NRC

In February, project leaders meLê yamomo and Barbara Titus explained the aims and vision of DeCoSEAS in the Culture Section of the Dutch national newspaper NRC. Through their engagement with the Jaap Kunst Sound Collection, located at the University of Amsterdam, they touched on issues of ownership, extraction, accessibility and repatriation of archived sound material. The interview was flanked by some archived material from the collection, presented on the website of meLê yamomo’s NWO-funded project Sonic Entanglements. The interviews were conducted by NRC journalist Rahul Gandolahage. Pictures: Olivier Middendorp.

The full interview is accessible in Dutch.

The sound sample with commentary is available on the Sonic Entanglements website in Dutch and English.