Hybridity Between the Practice of Art and Ethnography 
Daniel Barroca (University of Florida)
SOAS Main Building - 4426
Sunday 3 June, 15:30-17:00 (UTC+0)

Short Abstract:

This panel explores the explicit hybridities between the practice of art and the practice of ethnography. Its aim is to trace the genealogy of a hybrid that has existed since the beginnings of anthropology. It is concerned not with material manifestations but the underlying processes.

Long Abstract

Artists and ethnographers often share a common purpose of bringing greater insight to socio-cultural processes. However, the methodologies employed are usually distinct enough to obscure these similarities. This panel seeks to explore the explicit hybridities between the two practices. As such, this panel does not aim to discuss the artist as an ethnographer or the ethnographer as an artist, but to trace the genealogy of a hybrid that has existed since the beginnings of anthropology. It explores a figure that is neither an artist nor an ethnographer but both simultaneously. It is also concerned not so much with the material manifestations of this work but the processes underlying them. Some questions to be explored are: How does this threshold between art and ethnography generate distinct forms of observation? How does it contributing to the ethnographic record? What kind of narratives does it producing? Is it opening new spaces of cultural production or expanding and/or contracting already existing fields of knowledge? How is it impacting the art world? How is it impacting the academic field of Anthropology? How is the rise of interdisciplinary approaches in academia creating new possibilities for the merging of art and ethnography? How are the art world and academia producing synergies in a world in an age of hyper-capitalism and over-connectivity? These themes and more will be explored through the contributions of anthropologists, artists and practitioners working in both realms.

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