2013/Spring: Art & Ethnography


Instructed by Lydia Degarrod.
Anthropologists and artists have borrowed techniques and theoretical approaches from each other since the beginning of the discipline of anthropology and from the inception of modern art at the beginning of the 20th century. These borrowings have intensified in the last decade with the “ethnographic turn” in contemporary art, and with the view of art as a form of research. At the same time, anthropologists are experimenting with techniques and theories of visual art to expand their audiences and also the scope of ethnographic knowledge. This course will focus on interdisciplinary contemporary works that blur the lines between art and ethnography. Of importance will be the creation of new forms of knowledge, the role of collaboration and participation, and the place of aesthetics.