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Alexandra Lippman "Tempos and Temporalities of Ownership: Property, Piracy and Public Domain in Funk Carioca"

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When Oct 07, 2014
from 12:10 PM to 01:30 PM
Where SS&H 1246
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Time has long been a concern of anthropologists. In this article, I argue that music might have something to add to anthropological understandings of temporality. After all, the organization of time is one of music’s fundamental characteristics. In order to introduce music into anthropological discussions of time, I discuss ownership within funk carioca, a popular Afro-Brazilian musical genre, which relies on sampling, dubbing, and versioning. I identify four different forms ownership and their distinct temporalities within funk carioca. These situations of ownership are a commons, copyrighted, desired for, and pirated. I call their respective temporalities looping time, limited time, imagined futurity, and in-the-meantime. These temporalities are linked, respectively, to an ongoing present, the past, the future, and a heterotemporality. Each mode of ownership presents musicians with unique ways to make money and/or build their reputation. Songs’ circulation through multiple modes of ownership often simultaneously further suggests how these modes are coeval rather than mutually exclusive.

Alexandra Lippman is a postdoctoral fellow at the ICIS project (Innovating Communication in Scholarship), with an appointment with STS. She recently received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine.

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