Recording with the Body

This is an essay I prepared on the basis of portions of my dissertation in visual anthropology at the University of Milan-Bicocca, which dealt with the work of Jean Rouch and Steven Feld adopting a radically phenomenological approach. The essay asks the question of how can audiovisual recordings be closer to embodied perception and what kind of fundamental differences are there between the two. It also proposes phenomenology and James Gibson’s ecological approach to perception as a frame to see some of Jean Rouch’s work in film and Steven Feld’s in sound as attempts to bring the viewer/listener into the immediacy of embodied sensory experience.