Contemporary Art and Anthropology

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Bloomsbury Academic, Feb 19, 2006 - Art - 223 pages
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This book takes an innovative approach to representational practices within contemporary art and anthropology. Traditionally the anthropology of art has tended to focus on the interpretation of tribal artifacts, but has not considered the impact such art could have on its own ways of making and presenting work. The potential for the contemporary art scene to suggest innovative representational practices has been similarly ignored. This book challenges the reluctance that exists within anthropology to pursue alternative strategies of research, creation and exhibition, and argues that contemporary artists and anthropologists have much to learn from each others practices.

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Arnd Schneider is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and European Studies at the University of East London, England and Senior Research Fellow (Habilitationsstipendiat, DFG) at the University of Hamburg, Germany. Christopher Wright is Lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

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