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Methodological approaches to art and artists? 18 Replies

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Comment by Carlo Cubero on October 30, 2013 at 9:21am

Call for Laboratories

The European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) is calling for proposals for the production of research-based creative works, with interactive and collaborative components, for its upcoming biennial conference in Tallinn, Estonia to be held from 31st July - 3rd August, 2014.

EASA2014 will provide spaces for producing and presenting ethnographic works that are not exclusively based on text-based conventions, but that are constituted through visual, acoustic, performative, and other forms of experience-based knowledge.

We are calling these spaces "Laboratories" in order to recall experimental practises and activities. The intention of these Laboratories is to explore methodological and epistemological possibilities of carrying out and presenting anthropological research using non-text based forms.

We are particularly looking for proposals with an interactive and collaborative component. Laboratories can be organised either as closed events (stating the names of the participants), or as invitations for individual submissions (which the respective Laboratory’s convener will be able to choose from among potential contributors).

For more information: http://www.easaonline.org/conferences/easa2014/cflabs.shtml

Comment by Tomie Hahn on February 17, 2012 at 12:38am

Than, _Performance Studies: An Introduction_ by Richard Schechner (2006) might be interesting for you. Best of luck.

Comment by Than Vlachos on February 17, 2012 at 12:15am

Can anyone point me in the direction of a good review article on the anthropology of theater? The only one I can seem to find is from 1993. Are there at least some good places one could get started to find more current research?

Comment by Fabrizio Loce Mandes on January 30, 2012 at 12:31am

Fourth Edition of "Contro-Sguardi: International Anthropological Film Festival "

Theme of the year 2012: "For a culture of Work"

Perugia (Italy)

CALL FOR VIDEO, PHOTOS, SOUNDS AND PERFORMANCE

(Deadline: 20 February 2012)

 

The Ass. “Contro-Sguardi”, in collaboration with the Anthropological Section of the Department Man and Environment (Uomo e Territorio) of the University of Perugia (Italy), the city council of Perugia, Informagiovani and the cultural association Macadam, promotes the fourth edition of “Contro-Sguardi: International Anthropological Film Festival”. Theme of the year 2012: “For a culture of work”.

With this call we would like to solicitate the submission of documentary films, fictions, ethnographic, photographic exhibitions, and proposals for theatrical and musical performances related to the topic in question.

Since 2008 the festival, founded to bring together works of anthropological cinema, is open to diverse forms of visual representations. Since last year the festival became biennial, and each edition will concentrate on a specific thematic topic related to socio-cultural dynamics and contemporary societies. Contro-Sguardi 2012 proposes several kinds of differently structured workshops and debate sessions on a broad range of topics related to the “culture of work”. The aim of this theme is to reflect on the crisis of current economic and social models which progressively shrink the spaces of work, especially of young people, with many repercussions for personal and social life. Specifically, with “Culture of Work” we mean the multiplicity of social contexts, anthropological, economic, political and emotional that define work as a practice, knowledge, and existential status of the human being through which it is realized as well for self-determination.

In the awareness of social research, which increasingly requires a dialogical and experimental comparison of new techniques and technologies with their visual productions, “the Festival” opens a Call for video aimed at filmmakers, students, researchers and teachers.

The video participants at the event will be divided into two categories 1) “Competition” divided into “Documentary” and “Fiction”; 2) “Festival”, which will make the text of the regulation Contro-Sguardi festival 2012.

Partecipants at the "Competition" section are eligible for a award and a short list of selected films will be screen at “Festival do Filme Etnografico do Recife 2012” to be held in Recife in Brazil and Contro-Sguardi is twinned.


Info: www.controsguardi.com ;

controsguardi@gmail.com

controsguardi.blogspot.com ;


Call For Entry Contro-Sguardi festival 2012

Entry Form Contro-Sguardi Festival 2012

Regulation Contro-Sguardi festival 2012

Comment by Julia Yezbick on January 8, 2012 at 3:45am
SENSATE.jpg
a journal for experiments in critical media practice

Sensate is a peer-reviewed, graduate-student-run journal for experiments in critical media practice. It aims to create, present, and critique innovative projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences  and to build on the groundswell of pioneering activities in the digital humanities, scholarly publishing, and innovative media practice to provide a forum for scholarly and artistic experiments not conducive to the printed page.

Sensate is currently accepting: 
1. Submissions for publication (Due: February 8, 2012)
2. Applications (Due: February 1, 2012)

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1. Call for Submissions:

Exploring new ways to archive, curate, and organize academic multimedia scholarship, Sensate invites submissions of scholarship and art whose work is not conducive to the printed page. We experience the world through many forms and modes of mediation. Sensate seeks to acknowledge these various forms and assert a place for scholarship that engages the viewer/reader/listener on multisensorial and multimodal levels. We encourage submissions that creatively bridge research and media-based work, and aim at going beyond an illustrative relation between text and image towards both solid and innovative modes of scholarship and artistic practice. 

The integration of form and content is crucial to our mission and thus rather than a list of guiding questions we would like to offer a list of possible approaches that demonstrate efforts to unite form and content and to provoke inquiry through creative combinations of exposition and expression.

We are currently seeking work in any of the following categories/disciplines: artistic research, research as sensorial practice, visual anthropology, sensory ethnography, digital humanities, sound studies, multimedia mash-ups, media archeology, digital collections of audio and/or visual materials, digital cartography, performance and its documentation, and critically-inflected art in all media. Thematically, we are especially interested in the humanities and social sciences, but welcome projects in the sciences that entail similar approaches. 

The above guides are not meant to be proscriptive, and we welcome submissions that extend beyond these possibilities. Queries about possible article content as well as submissions from graduate students are also encouraged.

Submissions are due by February 8, 2012 at which time the editors will make initial decisions. Please use the Chicago Manual of Style for all citations. 

Submit via our online submissions form
Contact us with any questions.


2. Call for Applications: 
Sensate is currently accepting applications to be a part of our team in three core areas: Web Design and Development, Editor/Producer, and Media and Outreach. Deadline for applications is February 1st. We are open to applications from individuals based outside of the Boston/Cambridge area. Complete job descriptions can be found on our website.

Submit via our online application form
Contact us with any questions.
Comment by Martin Hoyem on October 21, 2011 at 7:25pm

New story in American Ethnography Quasimonthly:

 

"Everyone has to go to jail some time in his life."

The Holy Barbarians -- a documentary book about the beatnik scene of Venice West in Los Angeles -- was first published in 1959. Penned by journalist, writer, and beat poet Lawrence Lipton, it put the "hip, cool, frantic generation of new Bohemians" on intriguing display to mainstream USA, and it was a huge commercial success at the time of publication. Although the book contains good chunks of conceited sociology and lengthy theoretical stretches about poetry, it also offers quite a few engaging ethnographic vignettes. As an example we have picked for you a snippet from the chapter where Lipton, in order to clarify the character of the beats, portrays other outcasts who navigate the same social space.

For all you switchblade Daddy-Os -- and for the rest of you, too -- here is Lipton's Juvenile Delinquents.

Comment by Ceren Can Aydın on May 18, 2011 at 10:21pm
You could check the book 'Contemporary Art and Anthropology by Arnd Schneider and Christopher Wright that specifically deals with this issue.
Comment by Sheyma Buali on May 18, 2011 at 6:46pm
am thinking of the debate between art and ethnography, mainly in the context of experimental documentation. Any ideas?
Comment by Julia Yezbick on April 26, 2011 at 3:29pm
New journal from Harvard's Sensory Ethnography Lab and the new metaLAB@Harvard:

Sensate is an online, media-based journal for the creation, presentation, and critique of innovative projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Our aim is to build on the current groundswell of pioneering activities in the digital humanities, scholarly publishing, and innovative media practice to integrate new modes of scholarship into the cognitive life of the academy and beyond.

Sensate aims to foster new forms of scholarship that expand the traditional paradigm of academic discourse and open new possibilities for scholarship and artistic creation. Fundamental to this expansion is reimagining what constitutes a ‘piece’ of scholarship or art. Work featured in Sensate might take the form of audiovisual ethnographic research, multimedia mash-ups, experiments in media archaeology, participatory media projects, or digitized collections of archival media, artifacts, maps, or objects. By highlighting the processes of media and knowledge production, we hope to foster emergent and generative scholarship.

We hope that you will find many ways to engage with not only the content, but the ever-expanding network of Sensate collaborators. We welcome any feedback, provocations, and invitations for collaboration. Please contact us at: info@sensatejournal.com.

Sensate is free and open-access. Please visit the site at: http://www.sensatejournal.com/.
Comment by Sheyma Buali on April 24, 2011 at 2:57pm
as someone looking to create visual ethnographies of place, i often find myself unsure if my work can be categorized as anthropology or art. my portfolio in progress: http://cargocollective.com/sheymabuali I welcome comments
 

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