Ptarmigan is no longer operating in Helsinki.

Ptarmigan existed as a project space in Vallila from 2009-2011 and a mobile curatorial/creative platform until 2014. We no longer exist as an organised collective, but this website will continue to serve as an archive of the activities produced as/at Ptarmigan during these years.

Clip Kino: Africa and Amateur Anthropology
video : screening : discussion
29 June, 2011 00:00 20:00
part of project: Clip Kino

Starting in the 1940s, small portable movie cameras made it possible for just about anyone to make films as travel documents. It was only natural that amateur filmmaking would extend into the anthropological realm as travelers became interested in seeking out more 'exotic' destinations like Africa. For this Clip Kino, a selection of amateur films shot in Africa in the 1950s by Watson Kitner, Mrs. J Shipley Dixon and Harry Bernard Wright (available on will be screened. As the films are all silent, an ethnomusicological soundtrack will be added as a counterpart to the image.

Clip Kino events are self-organised screening events of short video clips & documentaries found online. It aims to drag aspects of normalised 'private' activity - of viewing downloaded content on one's own computer - into public space for screening, appreciation and debate. 

Tonight's screening is presented by John Grzinich, who  has been conducting his own forms of sound research for over 15 years, including field recording, kinetic sculptures, electro-acoustic composition, performance, group workshops and exercises in listening. Currently he lives in Estonia and works as a program and technical coordinator for MoKS, a non-profit artist-run center. He has published CDs of his sound works on international labels such as: SIRR, Cloudmirror, Staalplaat, Erewhon, Intransitive, Cut, Elevator Bath, CMR, Orogenetics, Pale Disc and others. Documentation and examples of his work can be found at:

Handbill Handbill for 'African and Amateur Anthropology' Clip Kino event. Designed by Lewis McGuffie.