interventions: experiments between art and ethnography

Deger, Jennifer (2009) interventions: experiments between art and ethnography. Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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Edited exhibition catalogue with essays by J.Deger and John von Sturmer and contributions from anthropologists and artists Michael Aird, Chris Barry, Jennifer Biddle, John von Sturmer, Susan Marrawakamirr and David Bukulatjpi (with Jennifer Deger), Tony Redmond.

Research Statement

Research Background This edited catalogue was produced as part of Deger's exhibiton interventions: experiments between art and ethnography, curated at the invitation of the Australian Anthropological Society as a special event at their annual conference in 2009 at the Macquarie University Art Gallery. The theme of art as a form of social engagement and critical response rise to a range of work foregrounding the formative relational knowledges and ethical responsibilties produced through long-term ethnographic encounter.
Research Contribution This exhibition highlighted the possiblities of practice-led anthropological research in ways that had not previously occurred at such a scale. Including Aboriginal photographer, Michael Aird, and artist Chris Barry, it also highlighted the interdisiplinary vectors enlivening ethnography and its practioners.
Research Significance The exhibition and catalogue mark a formative moment in Australian anthropology, one in which art practice and performance assumed a more central and recognised place within the academy. Since that time it has become far more common for anthropologists and anthropological conferences to feature performances and artworks/exhibitions produced by researchers. In addition the exhibition and catalogue produced a new sense of what a public anthropology might look like.
Item ID: 36676
Item Type: Book (Creative Work)
ISBN: 978-1-74138-345-4
Keywords: practice-led research, art, Aboriginal, experimental ethnography, anthropology, collaborative methods
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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.

Funders: Australian Research Council, Macquarie University
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2014 00:35
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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