Here, there, and everywhere: Leviathan and the digital future of observational ethnography

Ohad Landesman*

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Abstract

Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor's Leviathan (2012) is often analyzed in terms of its radical film language and the unique immersive spectatorial experience it creates. Contrary to this approach, which tends to rely on a critical discourse of rupture and newness, this article discusses the film in terms of the continuities it forms with the observational sensibility in ethnographic filmmaking. Leviathan, it argues, marks a noteworthy maturation of this tradition by deploying digital technologies to create new conditions of visibility and listening. Registering explicitly and self-reflexively how its makers are inextricably bound up with the world they document, Leviathan marks new horizons for participatory observation in ethnographic cinema.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-19
Number of pages8
JournalVisual Anthropology Review
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2015

Keywords

  • Leviathan
  • digital
  • documentary
  • ethnography
  • observational

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