Arnd Schneider: "Serendipity and Art-Anthropology Interventions"

In this essay Arnd Schneider discusses the methodological challenges and highlights the notion of serendipity for a number of ethnographic and art research and exhibition projects he co-ordinated and curated as part of the EU Horizon 2020 TRACES project.

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Abstract

In this essay Arnd Schneider discusses the methodological challenges and highlights the notion of serendipity for a number of ethnographic and art research and exhibition projects he co-ordinated and curated as part of the EU Horizon 2020 TRACES project, published now as part of the TRACES Companion. Five ethnographers, coming from different disciplinary backgrounds of anthropology, archaeology, architecture, and visual arts, critically engaged in reflexive participant observation with five different collaborative art projects on contested cultual heritage across Europe.

A sixth project, ‘Bel Suol d’Amore was realised by artist Leone Contini and Arnd Schneider in colonial collections in the national ethnographic museum in Rome (now part of the Museum of Civilizations), moving beyond participant observation and towards a closer form of co-production, and more properly an art-anthropology intervention.

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Published Oct. 18, 2021 10:51 AM - Last modified Oct. 18, 2021 2:31 PM