Art and Anthropology

In this essay,  Arnd Schneider gives a broad overview of the field of art and anthropology, also in relation to art practice.

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As we can see in this Chapter*, notions of creativity, circulation of objects, agency, relationality, multi-sited research locales in global and hybrid art worlds, and importantly, the idea that art practice itself can have an influence on how the study of global art practices is exercised, now have important theoretical implications for anthropology's engagement with art. In sum, rather than thinking of two clearly separated fields, one being the investigating subject (anthropology), the other being the passive object of research (art), the two disciplines are endeavorus of knowledge production, involved in setting experimental research agendas which can enter into fruitful dialogue.

*This essay was previously published in the SAGE Handbook of Social Anthropology (2012).

Tags: Anthropology of art, social culture, material culture, human creativity
Published Nov. 17, 2016 10:23 AM