April 24: Panel 4: Expanding Soundscape: Experiments in Field Recording

KEVIN T. ALLEN, filmmaker and sound artist

Kevin T. Allen is a filmmaker and sound artist who makes ethnographically imbued “sound-films” in Vietnam, Sri Lanka, India, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, the Wild West, and the migrant farm worker community of Immokalee, Florida. Recent research leads him to find culture not exclusively in human forms, but also inherent within physical landscapes and material objects. His work is featured internationally at museums and festivals and is funded through the Jerome Foundation. He is a part-time assistant professor of sound and filmmaking at The New School.

MAILE COLBERT, Doctoral Research Fellow at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Collaborator in the research group on Cinema and Philosophy, IFILNOVA

Maile Colbert is an intermedia artist and educator with a concentration on sound and video. She holds a BFA in The Studio for Interrelated Media from Massachusetts College of Art, an MFA in Integrated Media/Film and Video from the California Institute of the Arts, and is currently a Research Fellow towards a PhD in the Estudos Artísticos program in the College of Social and Human Sciences at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She has had multiple screenings and exhibits, and has performed and screened widely in Japan, Europe, Mexico, and the States.

[image via Cornell]

BRIDGE from Kevin T. Allen on Vimeo


  1. I was surprised to learn that a subway ride is at a decibel level that can damage your hearing. As someone who has hearing loss in my family, this is particularly troublesome. I also used to work on aircraft motors and have been diagnosed with tinnitus, or a ringing in my ears that comes and goes. This panel really made me think about my hearing and hearing protection more.

    I also really enjoyed Bridge and Body Electric. Bridge was interesting because I watched it while wearing headphones and the primary source of the sound would jump back and forth between ears. It would be great to view on a large screen with surround sound. Body Electric is something that I am going to have to watch on my own screen as here the sound is too muffled to really take in. Though I really enjoyed the visuals and the concept.

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