By Paula Uimonen
The goal of this e-book is to discover electronic media and intercultural interplay at an arts collage in Tanzania, via leading edge sorts of ethnographic illustration. The ebook and the sequence web site weave jointly visible and aural narratives, interviews and observations, existence tales and video documentaries, artwork performances and productions. It paints a shiny portrayal of way of life in East Africa’s basically institute for sensible paintings education, whereas tracing the wealthy cultural heritage of a nation that has combined tribalism, nationalism, Pan-Africanism, and cosmopolitanism in astonishingly inventive methods.
While following the anthropological culture of thick description, Digital Drama employs a extra inventive and obtainable form of writing. Dramatic, ethnographic info are interspersed with theoretical reflections and postulations to provide an explanation for and make feel of the unfolding narratives. The accompanying site visualizes and sensualizes the tales narrated within the booklet, unfolding a dramatic international of African dance, track, theater, and electronic culture.
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If there is an event, the campus gets louder, as Bagamoyo residents and curious visitors come to enjoy music, dance or drama performances by local and visiting artists. The murmurs of chatting voices, shuffling bodies, and ringing mobiles intermingle with the smell of perspiration emanating from warm bodies squeezed together on the hard concrete steps of the auditorium. TaSUBa staff and students scurry around, attending to visiting artists and guests, when not performing on stage themselves. Welcome to the storyboard for Digital Drama, an ethnography about digital media and intercultural interaction at TaSUBa, animated with Tanzanian sounds, sights, and sentiments.
Returning to TaSUBa, the 28 MISE-EN-SCÈNE road leading to the college continues south to Kaole, a historical trading post predating Bagamoyo, and north to historical sites, passing local government offices, a fish market, and tourist hotels. Bagamoyo5 is a small town some 75 kilometers north of Dar es Salaam, across the fabled island of Zanzibar. Located on the Swahili coast, it has a history of intercultural engagement, from Arabic and Indian traders to Christian missionaries and German colonial administrators (Mercer 2007).
TaSUBa tutors are quite aware and to some extent concerned that Tanzanian youth are increasingly influenced by global media flows, not least global popular culture. , cf. Fuglesang 1994, Weiss 2002). Indeed, like in other parts of the world, Tanzanian mediascapes are increasingly shaping people’s understanding of a plurality of imagined worlds (Appadurai 1996). In Tanzania, cultural identities and imaginations are not only influenced by the mediated sounds and images of other cultures, but also the ways in which the media are imagined.