This website is a result of a three-year postdoctoral research about the DIY electronic music scene of São Paulo and focuses the embodiment of experiences in local music participation.
By creatively engaging with digital, audiovisual and multimodal methods, the website takes film as a pivoting element in the construction of the web content while engaging with other medias and experimenting with multiple ways of anthropological writing. The film series feature collaborations with artists, performers, scenographers, producers, filmmakers, photographers or anthropologists, and engage in co-authored filmmaking and multimodal dialogues. Each page exhibits a short film in an episodic-like structure that is accompanied by various types of media languages and multimodal interactions, displayed in a format that mix medias while debating key anthropological questions that derive from the research and collaborative exchanges. The intention is to build senosorhythms.com in the form of an online, multimodal book that feature a chapter arrangement capable of incorporating film, photography, 360 video, text (in its various forms), online conversations, links and further digital explorations. In this way the anthropological inquiry considers the complex media ecologies that the DIY electronic music scene is displaying. Moreover, the website is meant to appeal to a greater audience by moving beyond a strict academic pattern of writing or the restricted field of ethnographic filmmaking.
The seven episodes film series, that represent the spinal cord of the website, consider a variety of subjects that seek to understand the complex nature of local music participation. The mini-series depicts and reflect on the nature of “emotional atmospheres” by delving into corporeal and sensorial aspects of human and non-human interactions.
For instance, by collaborating with local light artists (Modular Dreams; Paulinho Fluxus etc.) the series describe the creative insights of forging an interactive and performative light and laser scenography that involve the physical space as well as human performances. Other episodes are character lead, but they converge towards individual artistic practices that introduces unique personages: Nubia, an original photographer that depicts human faces at parties; and Pedro/TV Bilu that performs at electronic music parties with a TV case on his head. The spectacle of the electronic music scene, as well as the integration of the drag and trance scene are presented in an episode that features a Drag Race competition that take place at a CapsLock party. This event-based episode depicts the DIY nature of local fashion used by the Drag Queens and shows the and nightlife entertainment as part of a political struggle of the LGBT+ community in Brazil. The subject of electronic music education and its specificities composes another episode that portray Erica, a DJ, producer and musical educator from Rio de Janeiro. The virtual scene, that gain more influence after the pandemic, is present in the series with a focus on the online radios of electronic music, and their role in maintaining and cultivating the scene outside the places of music gatherings. Autoethnographic audio-visual accounts are featured in an episode about the participation at a Blum party, where the authors, both audio-visual anthropologists, reflect about the creation of a sensorially rich environment that aims at connecting participants and create feelings of belonging to the scene. This episode also brings into discussion the DIY production of space and the metamorphosis of an industrial place, from an abandoned factory to a hall of musical and sensorial experiences.
Besides hosting the film series, the website will exhibit photographies, online or live conversations, poetic and anthropological reflections, 360 videos, audio tracks and Dj sets.
The website reflects upon the possibility to combine these of multimedia formats and the way it can function as an anthropological multimodal discourse on an online platform. Moreover, it reflects upon the nature of experimental collaborations in the productions of the films series, as well as account about various ways of constructing anthropological knowledge in online environments.