This panel explores how artists are both appropriators of and appropriated by anthropological concepts and methodologies. It addresses ownership/(re)appropriation tensions that arise when artists and anthropologists contest the experiential fields of visual, material and sensorial relations
The movement and appropriation of ideas and influences in cross-cultural situations has never been a one way process, particularly in our (so-called) contemporary 'post-colonial' times. While many foreign concepts and practices may have been imposed during colonial occupations, others have been appropriated and adapted by the subject group and vice versa, resulting in eclectic manifestations or admixtures. A concerted reflexion upon this process is currently obvious in the arts and in anthropology, where there is much combining and blending of genres. The human body is intrinsic to this process - as creator, performer and as a visceral 'object' that is acted upon. All of the human senses together with diverse cultural constructions of aesthetics, tradition, time and space as well as the powerful significance of language and ritual relate to a rapid mutation in the production of local cultural representations. In various combinations, such representations are to be viewed, experienced and consumed or shunned, defaced and de-placed. This panel shall address the contested nature by which artists are both the appropriators of, as well as the subjects of appropriation by, anthropological concepts and methodologies. We seek papers from contributors who wish to explore how ownership and (re)appropriation are variously competed over between artists and anthropologists in the experiential fields of visual, material and sensorial relations. Who appropriates the 'ownership' of creativity, of creative discourses and of creative experience? And how do they do so? These are some of the questions that the panel will attempt to open up.