Anthropology and Art Practice

Arnd Schneider and Christopher Wright
Anthropology and Art Practice
Bloomsbury, 2013

Anthropology and Art Practice takes an innovative look at new experimental work informed by the newly-reconfigured relationship between the arts and anthropology. This practice-based and visual work can be characterised as ‘art-ethnography’. In engaging with the concerns of both fields, this cutting-edge study tackles current issues such as the role of the artist in collaborative work, and the political uses of documentary. The book focuses on key works from artists and anthropologists that engage with ‘art-ethnography’ and investigates the processes and strategies behind their creation and exhibition.

The book highlights the work of a new generation of practitioners in this hybrid field, such as Anthony Luvera, Kathryn Ramey, Brad Butler and Karen Mirza, Kate Hennessy and Jennifer Deger, who work in a diverse range of media – including film, photography, sound and performance. Anthropology and Art Practice suggests a series of radical challenges to assumptions made on both sides of the art/anthropology divide and is intended to inspire further dialogue and provide essential reading for a wide range of students and practitioners.

Table of contents
Introduction – Arnd Schneider & Christopher Wright
Agit-kino: Iteration No.2 – Craig Campbell, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Entrada Prohibida (Forbidden Entry) – Juan Orrantia, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
In Conversation with Christopher Wright – Anthony Luvera, Independent Australian Artsist, Writer and Educator based in London, UK
Traversing Art Practices and Anthropology: Notes on Ambiguity and Epistemological Uncertainty – Thera Mjaaland, Independent Photographer and Social Anthropologist, Norway
Surgery Lessons – Christina Lammer, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria
A Word is Not Always Just a Word, Sometimes It is an Image – Kathryn Ramey, Emerson College, USA
Out of Hand: Reflections on Elsewhereness – Robert Willim, Lund University, Sweden
On Collections and Collectivity – Brad Butler & Karen Mirza, Independent Artists and Filmmakers, UK
In Conversation with Christopher Wright – Raul Ortega Ayala, Independent Artist, Mexico
In-between – Jennifer Deger, The Australian National University, Australia
An Imaginary Line: Active Pass to IR9 – Kate Hennesey, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Dancing in the Abyss – Living with Liminality – Ruth Jones, Artist and Curator based in Wales, UK
In Conversation with Helen Lundbye Petersen – Yvette Brackman, Independent Artist, Denmark
With(In) Each Other: Sensorial Practices in Recent Audiovisual Work – Laurent Van Lancker, Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany
In Praise of Slow Motion – Caterina Pasqualino, researcher, CNRS/LAIOS, France
Sky-larks: an Exploration of a Collaboration Between Art, Anthropology and Science – Rupert Cox, University of Manchester, UK & Angus Carlyle, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, UK

Available for loan for Ethnodoc members

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