Anand Pandian teaches anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. His books include
Walter Murch is an Academy Award–winning film editor and sound designer, and the author of
An Anthropology of Creation
Beginning with contemporary moments of crisis that challenge the moral value and practical impact of commercial cinema, this chapter broaches the central concerns at stake throughout the book: the creative and destructive powers of cinema as a medium; the relationship between human action and worldly agencies of diverse kinds in the making of cinema and other creative artifacts; the value of ethnographic field method in grasping creation as an open-ended process of emergence; the relationship between content and form, experience and expression, in the experimental modes of narration that constitute this work of quasi-cinematic writing; and the place of images and image making in the ecology of contemporary life.