Between Art and Anthropology: Contemporary Ethnographic Practice

Between Art and Anthropology: Contemporary Ethnographic Practice




Between Art and Anthropology provides new and challenging arguments for considering contemporary art and anthropology in terms of fieldwork practice. Artists and anthropologists share a set of common practices that raise similar ethical issues, which the authors explore in depth for the first time.

The book presents a strong argument for encouraging artists and anthropologists to learn directly from each other's practices 'in the field'. It goes beyond the so-called 'ethnographic turban' of much contemporary art and the 'crisis of representation' in anthropology, in productively exploring the implications of the new anthropology of the senses, and ethical issues, for future art-anthropology collaborations.

The contributors to this exciting volume consider the work of artists such as Joseph Beuys, Suzanne Lacy, Marcus Coates, Cameron Jamie, and Mohini Chandra. With cutting-edge essays from a range of key thinkers such as acclaimed art critic Lucy R. Lippard, and distinguished anthropologists George E. Marcus and Steve Feld, Between Art and Anthropology will be essential reading for students, artists and scholars across a number of fields.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847885012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 11/15/2010
Series: Contemporary Ethnographic Practice Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Arnd Schneider is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. Christopher Wright is Lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Table of Contents

List of Plates vi

List of Figures viii

Notes on Contributors xi

Acknowledgements xv

1 Between Art and Anthropology Arnd Schneider Christopher Wright 1

2 Farther Afield Lucy R. Lippard 23

3 The Artist as Shaman: The Work of Joseph Beuys and Marcus Coates Victoria Walters 35

4 Hearing Faces, Seeing Voices: Sound Art, Experimentalism and the Ethnographic Gaze John Wynne 49

5 In the Thick of It: Notes on Observation and Context Christopher Wright 67

6 Fieldwork as Artistic Practice Tatsuo Inagaki 75

7 Affinities: Fieldwork in Anthropology Today and the Ethnographic in Artwork George E. Marcus 83

8 Show and Tell: Weaving a Basket of Knowledge Amiria Salmond Rosanna Raymond 95

9 Tracing Histories Mohini Chandra Rebecca Empson 103

10 Collaborative Migrations: Contemporary Art in/as Anthropology Steven Feld Virginia Ryan 109

11 Making Art Ethnography: Painting, War and Ethnographic Practice Susan Ossman 127

12 Cultural Knowledge on Display: Chinese and Haudenosaunee Fieldnotes Morgan Perkins 135

13 Making Do: The Materials of Art and Anthropology Anna Grimshaw Elspeth Owen Amanda Ravetz 147

Notes 163

Index 187

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