Sebastian J. Lowe

Sebastian J. Lowe
James Cook University · College of Arts, Society and Education

Master of Science

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Introduction
Sebastian J Lowe is a musical anthropologist from Aotearoa New Zealand with an interest in sound worlds, music, filmmaking, creative research methods, community anthropology and collaborative ‘Mahi Tahi’ ethics. Together with Victoria Baskin Coffey he is the co-curator of otis, a community of artists & anthropologists exploring the in between of art & anthropology (www.otismakers.com). He is also a member of the New Zealand Ethics Committee - Te Roopu Rapu I te Tika (www.nzethics.com).

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Publications (19)
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When nga- taonga pūoro (traditional instruments of the Māori) practitioners improvise music in the natural environment, they can be seen as explorers navigating and traversing the contours of the acoustic landscapes. As these practitioners come into dialogue with the non-humans of the natural environment, they are able to transform these relational...
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In this article we discuss the potential of experimental film as an extended method of ethnographic enquiry within anthropology and ethnomusicology. Taking a point of departure in Aotearoa/New Zealand, with Māori carvers, composers, and musicians in and around the discourse of ngā taonga pūoro (traditional New Zealand Māori musical instruments), we...
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Chaired by friend and colleague Viktor Baskin and co-convened by myself, this experimental lab asked: How can we harness the arts in co-creative and collaborative ways to allow us to respond to the emergence and unpredictability of an increasingly partial and fragmented globalised world? It brought together scholars interested in making as a mode o...
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This chapter looks at what it means to set out to do anthropological research with tangata whenua (New Zealanders of Māori descent; literally, ‘people of the land’), from the particular perspective of a Pākehā (New Zealander of non-Māori descent – usually European) musical anthropologist with an interest in sound-made worlds. In late 2017, Lowe was...
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Our tūpuna possessed a wealth of tātai arorangi (astronomical knowledge), including te maramataka (Māori lunar calendar) and ngā taonga puoro (traditional Māori instruments). Since colonisation and the Tohunga Suppression Act of 1905, these traditions have been reinterpreted as either mythology or history, as opposed to the science that they were....
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The invitation to write this chapter offers both Wiremu T. Puke (tangata whenua – person with Māori descent) and Sebastian J. Lowe (Pākehā – New Zealander with European ancestry) the opportunity to reflect on their friendship and research partnership, which they refer to as a takarangi, or an interlocking spiral, as seen in traditional Māori carvin...
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I walk onto the stage of the Whanganui Opera House. My eyes roam around its stature, pausing gently at moments on the rows of dimly lit felted seats slumbering up on the balcony. I can hear the creaks of the old wooden floorboards stirring as members from our taonga pūoro group trickle in and gather around a table setup in the middle of the stage....
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Panel / / Shifting sands and fluid boundaries: co-creative method in anthropology Thinking with the waves of the Raglan coastline that push up onto the sand, create edges and lines, and roll back down into the sea, our panel asks how co-creative methodologies can lead us to engage with boundaries in motion, which are always already both fluid and...
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Humans mostly think of the night as a quiet time meant for rest. But, when the sun starts to go down and the daytime tourist locations around Cairns start to empty, a new energy arises. A nocturnal orchestra takes over. This work takes you on a sonic tour of the Cairns region over the course of a night. We begin with the sounds of the Spectacled F...
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The Social Lives of Grass was filmed on the 28 March, 2018, in and around the city of Kirikiriroa Hamilton in Aotearoa New Zealand. We filmed over 20 different types of grass in both urban and non-urban environments, in an attempt to capture the importance of grass as a focal point (nexus) to all life, human or otherwise. We have focused not only o...
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Let us visit eternity for the road is made of water (2018) Sebastian J Lowe (filmmaker, editor and violist) Alistair Fraser (ngā taonga pūoro practitioner and sound designer) RgShaw (wayfaring glitch, mute narrator and elaborator) Let us visit eternity for the road is made of water (2018) emerges out of the Orongorongo Valley, in the Remutaka For...
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In this presentation, Sebastian will talk about some ways he has used the medium of film for researching nga taonga pOoro (traditional New Zealand Maori musical instruments). Drawing primarily from a selection of his own films, Sebastian will look at the function(s) of film as something that not only seeks to 'show' life mis en scene (that which is...
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This short observational documentary is about the annual kūmara (sweet potato) harvest at Te Parapara Garden at the Hamilton Gardens in Kirikiriroa Hamilton, Aotearoa New Zealand. Te Parapara Garden is the only pre-European styled Māori horticultural garden of its kind in the world and was designed by tohunga whakairo (master carver) and tohunga wh...
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‘Te Ao O Ngā Hui' (The Wide World of the Gourd) is a short experimental film completed in 2016. It explores how taonga pūoro practitioners (traditional Māori instruments) come into dialogue with the voices of the atua, or the multiple deities. This project was made in collaboration with Alistair Fraser and Russell G. Shaw, as part of a wider resear...
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In this paper we look at the practice of musical improvisation within the contemporary taonga pūoro musical paradigm (Māori musical instruments). When taonga pūoro practitioners improvise in the natural landscape they can be seen as wayfarers navigating the contours of the acoustic landscape(s). As these practitioners come into dialogue with the en...
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This short documentary film is centred on a remarkable New Zealand luthier, Noel Sweetman, who describes why and how he began making violins, violas, and cellos from the 1980s. The film shows Noel in his workshop in his home atop an ancient volcano in the Waikato region as he explains his philosophy and relationships with the instruments he makes,...
Thesis
"Walter Benjamin in 1933 suggested that ‘mimesis’ as more than just a concept, being instead an inherent human faculty, namely the ‘mimetic faculty’, which facilitates our instinctive impulse to look for the ‘similar’ and furthermore feed our desire to adapt to and momentarily assimilate with the Other by means of an ‘empathetic tie’. In this thesi...

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