David Redmon

David Redmon
Résidents Labex RFIEA+
pas Eurias

dates de séjour

09/09/2019 - 07/02/2020


Arts et études des arts

Fonction d’origine


Institution d’origine

Criminology and Video Ethnography in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent (Royaume-Uni)

pays d'origine


projet de recherche

Lost and found: From New York City to the Mediterranean coast

LOST AND FOUND explores a Mediterranean connection of 55,000 videos (VHS and DVD) that a New York City based Korean-American immigrant, Mr Yongman Kim, donated from his Lower East Side video store (Kim's Video) to Salemi, a small town in Sicily. Shorty after arriving in Sicily, the video collection disappeared due to Mafia infiltration. My project, LOST AND FOUND, is an epic ethnographic journey seeking to retrace the journey of the video collection to the Mediterranean town, locate and find this lost collection, demonstrate how the Mafia made it disappear in the Mediterranean, and then rebuild a replica of the Kim's Video store in the Panier of Marseille - a vibrant Mediterranean neighborhood. I have started documenting this entire journey as an ethnographic film. I have chosen Marseille as the location to rebuild a replica of the Kim's Video store due to its resemblance to the Lower East Side in NYC, the presence of the innovative Norbert Elias Center (EHESS/the Fabrique, Marseille), and the community's interest in culture and the arts (video, cinema, poetry, film festivals, music). Finally, I have managed to secure a contract with an owner of a 110 square meter building in the Panier neighborhood of Marseille where I will rebuild the replica video store, film the rebuilding of it, invite former workers to visit it (while also filming it as an ethnographic documentary), and then create a fiction movie set inside the store (and the Panier) with the owner Mr Kim and the former employees playing themselves. The process of making and shooting this fiction movie will be also be ethnographically filmed as documentary in a self-reflexive manner. This new adventure of merging the social sciences, ethnographic film and fiction will be the exciting culmination of the Kim's Video project LOST AND FOUND, and I envision the Norbert Elias Center (EHESS/the Fabrique) playing a crucial role for expert advice and also generously offering the resources and location to open up a novel space for research and knowledge creation in the social sciences.


David Redmon produces, directs, photographs and edits documentaries that have screened internationally in festivals and on television worldwide at Sundance, Toronto, Cinema du Reel, Rotterdam, Visions du Reel, RIDM, MoMA, and Viennale Film Festivals and on PBS, POV, BBC, CBC, DR, ARTE, and NHK. His body of work includes four recent “animal ethnography” films based in the world of donkeys and funded by the Leverhulme Trust: Sanctuary (2017), Do Donkeys Act? (2017), Choreography (2014), and Herd (2015); two dream/memory cinema poems Sentient 1 & 2 (2015/2016); a 6 minute snowbound ballet mécanique, Neige (2016); a suite of U.S. post-industrialization themed films set inside three interconnected factories on the coast of Prospect Harbor, Maine: Downeast (2012), Night Labor (2013), and Kingdom of Animal (2012); a feature documentary about the labyrinthine world of teenage modeling in which a New York based scout recruits Siberian teenagers to the Tokyo model market Girl Model (2011); a film linking China and New Orleans through globalized manufacturing of cheap throwaway goods for American leisure pursuit, Mardi Gras: Made in China (2005) and two “carnivalesque” character driven films set in Louisiana Kamp Katrina (2007) and Invisible Girlfriend (2009). Lastly, set on the U.S. Mexico border, a longitudinal love story about family relationships and the meaning of “home” Intimidad (2008), which has been described as “a documentary fairytale of truly humbling proportions.” A former Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University with a PhD in sociology from the University at Albany, State University of New York, David Redmon is now a lecturer in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent, UK. He is the author of Beads, Bodies and Trash (2016 Routledge).