EASA2020 logo16th EASA Biennial Conference
New anthropological horizons in and beyond Europe
21-24 July 2020 in Lisbon
ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon and ICS-Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon

EASA2020 Lisboa - Film programme

22 accepted films as list 4 days 12 sessions


Thursday 23 July
Film Screening + Q/A: 11:00-13:00
LIVE Q/A: 12:20

Sudanese Industrial Sound: Sonic Labour in a Truck Workshop

2019 | 3’ | Sudan / Germany
Valerie Hänsch

The experimental video explores the relationship between manual labour, sound and rhythm among Sudanese lorry-blacksmiths who are specialised in modifying the English Bedford truck. The master craftsman Abd al-Ghani and his crew sometimes create rhythms by hammering specific patterns of beats to animate and cheer them in their forging. During a collaborative ethnographic research project, Abd al-Ghani said: “The rhythm we create with the hammer is like music for us. You hear it like music in your heart and it gives you enthusiasm for the work.” It is the created rhythm that supports control of and immersion into work and keeps up the workflow. Sonic labour is a playful rhythmisation that provides both enthusiasm for arduous work and steady bodily movement and concerted coordination. In the short video, different types and episodes of ‘musical’ forging in Abd al-Ghani’s workshop are mixed and remixed into a web of Sudanese industrial sound.