For anthropologists and artists “doing fieldwork” in contemporary worlds, art can be much more than an object of investigation. Curation and creation through visual, audio, or performing arts are at the heart of their work, extending the established anthropological interest in writing as a medium of thought and knowledge sharing. This exhibition presents works by anthropologists and artists who break disciplinary boundaries, and whose practice foregrounds experimental, and open approaches to the theme “field/works”.
This series is curated by Jen Clarke and Maxime Le Calvé. We intend to provide a new space for discussion around and across the thematic of the virtual exhibition "Field/Works": https://antart.easaonline.org/
All members of ANTART (EASA) are all invited to attend. If you wish to participate in a particular talk with a short paper (5 minutes) which would resonate with the topic or — even better — with the artwork presented in that talk, please get in touch with us.
ANTART FieldWorks #6: Lorenzo Bordonaro
A Home Made by Drawing is an art-research and anthropological long term project exploring the human practice of dwelling as symbolic and relational activity, and the provisional nature of human meaning-making and identity. The project investigates the dialectic between openness and closure, finite and infinite that generates a constant, ambiguous and unsolvable movement between contraction and expansion, between chaos and order. Drawing on Tim Ingold’s (and Heidegger’s) approach to dwelling, A Home Made by Drawing explores non-static and fluid manners of home-making that evoke an alternative and nomadic relationship between human beings and their environment, also suggesting different and liquid notions of identity and belonging and inviting us to be ‘at home in the world’.
Lorenzo Bordonaro (BA+MA anthropology, Università di Torino, Italy; PhD Cultural Anthropology, ISCTE, Lisbon) was post-doctoral researcher at IUL-ISCTE (Lisbon), at Sergipe Federal University (Brazil) and UTAD University (Portugal) and conducted ethnographic research in Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, Portugal and Brazil. He studied painting and drawing at ArCo (Lisbon) and is presently MA candidate in Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lisbon. His artistic practice merges with the anthropological research: his installations and public art projects are often rooted in a wider social reflexivity and in political activism. He carried out art projects in different social contexts and geographical areas: from Brazilian favelas to shanty towns in Lisbon; from the Cape Verdean ghettos to the historical neighbourhoods of Graça and Mouraria, in Lisbon. He participated in several events, festivals and collective exhibitions, among which the Architecture Biennale in Venice, Manifesta 12 in Palermo and Ethnographic Terminalia in Chicago, US.
ANTART FieldWorks #5: Pekka Kantonen and Olga Spyropoulou
Three Times a Decade: Asking for Advice (3xD:AfA) is a para-site created for the reflection of my artistic research project Three Times a Decade (3xD) taking place primarily on YouTube. I have published since 03/13/2020 a daily video diary episode from the years 1990, 2000 and 2020, and the daily uploads are planned to continue in Youtube for ten years. In this way, a microhistorical narrative is created by the continuum of three parallel video timelines. According to a comment by a viewer, the daily episode is a “historical hopscotch from decade to decade”.
Pekka Kantonen is a Finnish media artist and researcher working with socially engaged projects locally, nationally and internationally. Frequently collaborate with Lea Kantonen. Has MF in theatre science, a journalist diploma, and the doctorate in fine arts. Since the early 1980s, his artistic practice has involved co-operation with other artists, schools, museums and different communities both locally and internationally combining art with fieldwork, teaching, research and political action. In these open ended co-operative projects both mediums and goals are discussed. His artistic fieldwork includes an ongoing video diary since 1990, community based art projects with Wixárika and Rarámuri in Mexico, Seto in Estonia, and Sámi in Sápmi since the middle 1990s.
Olga Spyropoulou (b. 1985, Athens) is a performance artist and researcher who utilizes disorder as an artistic practice. She is interested in how we relate to each other and experiments with different modalities of spect-actorship and non-hierarchical methodologies.
ANTART FieldWorks #4: Filipa Pontes & Aina Azevedo
The DicionáriosDeArtista (ArtistDictionaries) project started in 2010 and consists of a set of artist’s books, produced in Mozambique, Portugal, China, and Norway. The main objective is to create a compilation of graphic reflections on my relationship with places and their local culture.
It is site-specific, involves fieldwork and mixes drawing with hints of autoethnography. Using memory, self-reflection and imagination, Filipa takes a personal and self-referential investigation into certain aspects of contemporary culture and society. The specificities of the place are observed and lived but also viewed as an object for reflexive inquiry.
Filipa Pontes is a Portuguese visual artist and researcher. She pursues a degree in Graphic Design (ESAD.CR, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal, 2005), a postgraduation in Creative Illustration (EINA, Barcelona, Spain, 2007) and a PhD in Fine Arts – Drawing (FBAUL, Lisbon, Portugal, 2020). She connects art practice with a socially engaged perspective rooted in a self-reflexive approach. Filipa Pontes works mainly in the drawing field to create performances, installations, and artist books. In the last ten years, she has participated in international exhibitions and artistic residencies. She also works as an independent curator and as a lecturer. She lives between Berlin and Lisbon.
Aina Azevedo is a Lecturer at Universidade Federal da Paraíba (Brazil). Since 2010, during her doctoral fieldwork in South Africa, she started to draw in her notebooks and became interested in the recognition of drawing in anthropology. She published articles about drawing as a research methodology and a way of displaying knowledge in anthropology, produced graphic essays, and also investigated the historical presence of drawing in anthropology since the dawn of the discipline and its developments today. In addition, she has been developing workshops on drawing and anthropology regularly, seeking to invite other anthropologists to draw. Aina is part of the Visual Anthropology Committee (CAV) of the Brazilian Association of Anthropology (ABA) and curated the first Exhibition of Ethnographic Drawing of this association in 2020.
Literature in order of mention:
Marie Louise Pratt “The Art of Contact Zones” , 1991
Drucker, J. (1995). The century of artists’ books (2. ed). Granary Books.
Lyons, J. (Ed.). (1985). Artists’ books: A critical anthology and sourcebook. Peregrine Smith Books.
Plaza, J. (1982, Abril). O livro como forma de arte (I). Arte em São Paulo, 6, sem paginação.
Pratt, M. L. (1994). Transculturation and autoethnography: Peru, 1615/1980. Em Colonial discourse, postcolonial theory (Barker, Francis; Hulme, Peter; Iversen, Margaret, pp. 24–46). Manchester Univ. Press.
Reed-Danahay, D. (Ed.). (1997). Auto/ethnography: Rewriting the self and the social. Berg.
ANTART FieldWorks #3: Gabriele de Seta
Listening is often imagined and experienced as a meditative, purposeful and directed sensory practice. As one listens, attention is channeled through the ears toward a familiar range of sonic entities: soundscapes, musical compositions, vocal communication, auditory indexes and private thoughts. But in the intervals between directed attention, as one traverses the outsideness of purposeful perception, listening can also become accidental: sonic accidents send off the ear into unexpected sensory swerves, resulting in near-misses and occasional collisions. In this artist talk, Gabriele de Seta will introduce his work Listening/Accidents, share his ideas for exhibiting it, and discuss the concept of “accidental listening” and its role in doing art with, and about, sound.
Gabriele de Seta is a media anthropologist. He is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Bergen. His research work, grounded on ethnographic engagement across multiple sites, focuses on digital media practices and vernacular creativity in China. He is also interested in experimental music scenes, internet art, and collaborative intersections between anthropology and art practice.
ANTART FieldWorks #2: Pamela Cevallos and Sandra Rozental
In this talk, Pamela Cevallos and Sandra Rozental will discuss their projects on replication and heritage in Ecuador and Mexico, and the dialogues between art and anthropology. Pamela will present the context of “Atlas 1892. Fieldnotes”, a project featured in the Field/works exhibition, which is part of her research as an artist and anthropologist in the community of La Pila (Manabí, Ecuador) on collecting practices, looting and production of crafts based on pre-Hispanic archaeological objects. She is interested in the hermeneutical and political potential of replication as a strategy that destabilizes originality and expands the idea of authenticity.
During this conversation, Sandra will present her work based on ethnographic research in San Miguel Coatlinchan, the source community of one of ancient Mexico´s most emblematic monuments that was forcefully taken to the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City over five decades ago. Through this case study, she explores the relationship between patrimony and replication — often thought about as resulting from opposite and irreconcilable forces — to show how they work in tandem in Latin American contexts. She will also discuss her current projects that are located at the crossroads between art, visual culture, and anthropology.
Pamela Cevallos is an artist, anthropologist, and professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. Her work explores the social life of things, the practices of collecting and exhibition and the uses of the archive. She has developed projects related to the history of national museums in Ecuador and the process of heritage making during the twentieth century. Her current PhD research focuses on the appropriations and uses of the pre-Hispanic through reproduction strategies.
Sandra Rozental is an anthropologist and an Associate Professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico City. Her work focuses on the social worlds created by and around patrimony, namely pre-Hispanic material culture in contemporary Mexico. She has collaborated with various artists and curated exhibitions on issues related to patrimony, museums, politics of display, collections and replicas, and co-directed the feature documentary film The Absent Stone (2013).
ANTART FieldWorks #1: Christine Moderbacher
In our first talk of the series, anthropologist Christine Moderbacher presents the ongoing project “Moving Ants on a Painted Tree”, made in collaboration with the artist Iris Blauensteiner. Reflecting one of the central ideas of the ANTART Network, “Moving Ants on a Painted Tree” is a project that seeks to advance the dialog between art and anthropology through combining ethnographic field research and artistic tools of representation. However, in practice, the two researchers/artists also reached limitations and faced difficulties that often remain unspoken. Christine Moderbacher will discuss these challenges and unfold the at times different approaches, reflecting on how art and anthropology diverge and converge.
(The project “Moving Ants on a Painted Tree” is supported by Viertelfestival, Otto Mauer Fonds, Gemeinde Berg, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology Halle.)
Christine Moderbacher is an anthropologist and documentary filmmaker. Completing her PhD at the University of Aberdeen in 2019, she is currently working at the Max Planck Institute of Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany. Her documentary films are shown in international film festivals and received a number of prizes.