Making interventions

Deger, Jennifer (2009) Making interventions. In: Deger, Jennifer, (ed.) Interventions: Experiments between art and ethnography. Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 1-9.

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[Extract] Catalogue essay. Interventions explores what might happen when researchers, instead of writing about their subjects, take up visual and other media as a way of relating with others. The exhibition claims the possibility of Aboriginal people working creatively with ethnographers to generate new forms and styles of cultural production. Compelled by the idea that making - and viewing - art is a critical and productive form of social engagement, interventions offers new ways of taking up, and taking seriously, Aboriginal ways of seeing the world.

Research Statement

Research Background This essay frames the experimental ethnographic works produced for the interventions exhibition, the first explicitly 'ethnographic art' exhibition held in Australia, in association with the Australian Anthropological Association annual conference in Sydney 2009.
Research Contribution The essay positions art as a mode of social engagement, arguing for the place of new creative practices in anthropology, particularly, in this case, for ethnographers with long-term fieldwork experiences in Aboriginal Australia.
Research Significance This essay--together with the exhibition that the author curated--marks a formative moment in the recognition of creative practice as a legitimate form of collaboration and social theorising in anthropology. Several of the contributors to this exhibition, including Deger herself, have gone on to lead major ARC projects involving experimental practice with Aboriginal people.
Item ID: 34071
Item Type: Book Chapter (Creative Work)
Media of Output: Print
ISBN: 978-1-74138-345-4
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Catalogue contributors: Michael Aird, Chris Barry, Jennifer Biddle, Rosie Napurrurla Tasman, Susan Marrawakamirr, David Gurrumurruwuy Bukulatjpi, Anthony Redmond, John von Sturmer.

Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2014 12:30
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950205 Visual Communication @ 50%
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