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By Anette Hoffmann
Series: Sign, Storage, Transmission
Published: 23 February 2024
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5902-8
... voice recordings phonograph performativity linguistics Lautarchiv Berlin acoustic trace ...
Series: Sign, Storage, Transmission
Published: 23 February 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059028-003
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5902-8
... Chapter 1 interweaves the speech recordings of the Senegalese speaker Abdoulaye Niang with the history of acoustic recording as a practice of colonial knowledge production Germany. Holding these two strands together, the chapter challenges the tale of the Lautarchiv in Berlin as a result...
Series: Sign, Storage, Transmission
Published: 23 February 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059028-001
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5902-8
... the history and nature of the Lautarchiv (sound archive) at Humboldt University in Berlin, where recordings of African soldiers and civilians, made in the early twentieth century, are held, and suggests that we understand the speakers on the recordings as the makers of the Lautarchiv. In Fragment I, Samba...
Series: Sign, Storage, Transmission
Published: 23 February 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059028-006
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5902-8
... The afterword discusses the concept of “knowing by ear,” the performative capacities of voice, and how sound archives transfer different takes on colonial history. Arguing that the Lautarchiv in Berlin, despite growing attention, is still a sequestered space, the author suggests that its spoken...
Series: Sign, Storage, Transmission
Published: 23 February 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059028-002
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5902-8
... The introduction presents acoustic recordings from the Lautarchiv (sound archive) in Berlin as acoustic fragments of a polyphonic historical sound track of colonial knowledge production, which were sequestered in an archive for a century. These objectified recorded moments of speech...
Series: Sign, Storage, Transmission
Published: 23 February 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059028-004
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5902-8
... Chapter 2 engages with the audio-visual traces of Mohamed Nur. The Somali intellectual traveled to Germany with a Völkerschau (ethnic show). He worked at fairs and as a model for artists, and he was recorded as an internee in Ruhleben Camp near Berlin, where enemy civilians were held during...