Faculty Research Symposium

"Music Videos and Media Production in Yunnan, China" organized by Jenny Chio, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

Co-sponsored by Department of Anthropology, Emory

Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Feb. 25, 2015

Location: Anthropology 206

Open and free to the public; conducted in Chinese with English translation

Na filmmakers Onci Archei and Ruhen Duoji from the Folm Museum, Yunnan, China will prssent and discuss contemporary music videos from Northwestern Yunnan. These videos demonstrate creative and popular engagement with digital media production and strategies of representation, and offer a unique look at practices of entertainment, leisure, and cultural production in ethnic minority regions. Onci Archei and Ruheng Duoji will show a few selected music videos from Lugu Lake and Lijiang.

About the speakers

Onci Archei and Ruheng Duoji are co-directors of the Moso Folk Museum in Yunnan, China, which they founded in 2001. Members of the Na and Pumi ethnic groups, they purchased a video camera and began documenting Na rituals in 2004. In 2005 they began collaborating with American media anthropologist Tami Blumenfield on the Moso Media Project. This participatory film project included a digital photography and video training workshop held at the Moso Folk Museum in 2005 and the first Moso Film Festival, held at the museum in 2006. Onci Archei and Ruheng Duoji's 2008 film, The Story of Yi Mi, was an official selection at the International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences Film Festival held in Kunming, China (2009). In 2009, Onci Archei and Xie Chunbo created the film, What Shall We Do? Change in Luoshui Village about environmental changes and tourism at Lugu Lake. The film was part of the Yunnan & Vietnam Community-Based Visual Education and Communication Project. In 2011 Onci Archei and Ruheng Duoji created a film about the incarnate Buddha from Yongning, Luosang Yishi. More recently they have begun filming outside their home communities, working with ethnic groups living in Lijiang, Qinghai, and other Tibetan regions.

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