Expedition Content (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 18m

Constructed from thirty-seven hours of tape recordings of the 1961 Harvard Peabody Expedition to West Papua (which resulted in the creation of a number of noted ethnographic works including Robert Gardner’s Dead Birds), Expedition Content is an augmented sound work that documents the encounter between the expedition group and the Hubula people. Created by anthropologist Veronika Kusumaryati and sound artist Ernst Karel, this piece of sonic cinema reflects on intertwined and complex historical moments in the development of approaches to multimodal anthropology and the ongoing history of colonialism in West Papua, whilst also acting as a fascinating examination of the processes and properties of recorded sound.

You can read an interview with the directors by Che Applewhaite here,


Ernst Karel

Bonus Content

Expedition Content Extended Discussion