Contemporary Art and Anthropology

Contemporary Art and Anthropology


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Contemporary Art and Anthropology takes a new and exciting approach to representational practices within contemporary art and anthropology. Traditionally, the anthropology of art has tended to focus on the interpretation of tribal artifacts but has not considered the impact such art could have on its own ways of making and presenting work. The potential for the contemporary art scene to suggest innovative representational practices has been similarly ignored. This book challenges the reluctance that exists within anthropology to pursue alternative strategies of research, creation and exhibition, and argues that contemporary artists and anthropologists have much to learn from each others' practices. The contributors to this pioneering book consider the work of artists such as Susan Hiller, Francesco Clemente and Rimer Cardillo, and in exploring topics such as the possibility of shared representational values, aesthetics and modernity, and tattooing, they suggest productive new directions for practices in both fields.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845201036
Publisher: Berg Publishers
Publication date: 11/01/2005
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.51(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

Introductions—Arnd Schneider and Christopher Wright * Moon and Mother: Francesco Clemente's Orient—Christopher Pinney * Where Green Grass Comes to Meet Blue Sky: A Trajectory of Josef Sima—Michael Richardson * On Susan Hiller—Denise Robinson * Reflections on Art and Argency: Knot-Sculpture between Mathematics and Art—Susanne Küchler * Artists in the Field: On the Threshold between Art and Anthropology—George E. Marcus and Fernando Calzadilla * Visual Essay—Dave Lewis * Exploring the Work of Rainer Wittenborn and Claus Biegert, Nikolaus Lang, and Rimer Cardillo-Arnd Schneider and Christopher Wright * Travels in a New World: Work around a Diasporic Theme by Mohini Chandra—Elizabeth Edwards * The Ancient American Roots of Abstraction—Csar Paternosto * Carlos Capeln: Our Modernity not Theirs—Jonathan Friedman * The Case of Tattooing—Nicholas Thomas

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