Tasting Tea and Filming Tea: The Filmmaker's Engaged Sensory Experience

Anthropology Seminar Series

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Jinghong Zhang

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Room 1.13, Coombs Extension (8), Fellows Road, ANU

Date

Wednesday, 17 May, 2017 - 09:30 to 11:00

Exploring the sense of taste with ethnographic film is challenged by the nature of taste that is hard to record, describe and remember, as well as the characteristic of film's representation of subjects through image and sound. Based on the author’s experience in tasting and filming tea in China, this paper discusses the importance of incorporating the sensory experience of the filmmaker in exploring and representing the taste sensation. It argues that film can go beyond the limit of describing taste verbally to represent and evoke the sense of taste, specifically through the filmmaker’s embodied experience. Through active engagement with the sensory environment, film also generates new anthropological knowledge, linking the sensory experience of the filmmaker, the subject and the viewer more efficiently.

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