Author(s): Arnd Schneider
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 Mizra, 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.
Anthropology and Art Practice explores the relationship between the arts and anthropology, inspiring further debate and offering essential reading for students and practitioners alike.
Those familiar with the two previous outstanding collections edited by Schneider and Wright, examining the relationships between art and anthropology, will find this addition, making a trilogy, equally indispensable. The distinctive value of this collection is indeed its close examination of 'practice' amid the growing importance of thinking and experiment that blurs the boundaries between anthropological research and artistic intervention. No other work better shows, rather than tells, what 'keywords' like performance, collaboration, participation, installation, and curatorial/ ethnographic method mean in this lively realm of the senses, imagination, and contemporary curating. George E. Marcus, Director, Center for Ethnography, University of California, Irvine One of the most promising directions for new research into contemporary art practice can be found in the rapprochement between art history and anthropology, as artists increasingly find themselves working in complex social contexts beyond the confines of galleries and museums. Schneider and Wright's collection provides an invaluable compendium of current research at this important disciplinary intersection. Grant Kester is Professor of Art History at UCSD, USA and author of 'The One and the Many: Contemporary Collaborative Art in a Global Context'
Arnd Schneider is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo, Norway. Christopher Wright is a lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK where he teaches visual anthropology.
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 Mizr, 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 & Andrew Carlyle, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, UK Bibliography Index