Critical Arts

This cultural studies journal focuses on international regional issues, including future plans to cover the Indian Ocean Rim and Aboriginal issues.

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 6, December

Acknowledgements
Thanks to the following individuals for their contributions to Critical Arts as reviewers of articles published during the period 2012-2013 Marko Ampuja Jill Arnott Chris Ballantine Hazel Barnes Arthur Berger Louise Bethlehem Emevwo...
Aesthetics of Self-Scaling: Parallaxed Transregionalism and Kutlug Ataman's Art Practice
Abstract This article examines relations of ethnography, contemporary art practice, globalisation and scalar geopolitics with particular reference to Kutlug Ataman's artworks. Having been shortlisted for the Turner Prize at the Tate and awarded...
'Back to My Roots': Artifak and Festivals in Vanuatu, Southwest Pacific
Abstract The production of artefacts in Vanuatu (artifak in Bislama, the Pidgin lingua franca used in the islands of the archipelago) takes place in a context of cultural revival as well as tourism. Central to the production of knowledge and art...
Doing Home Works: Extended Exhibitions, Ethnographic Tools, and the Role of the Researcher
Abstract Since Hal Foster introduced 'the ethnographic turn of contemporary art' in the mid-1990s, the exchange between contemporary art and ethnography has continued to expand. Much of the debate considers the artistic incorporations of ethnography,...
Liberating Mimesis: Between Art and Anthropology
The 26th to the 28th of September, 2003, stands as a seminal date for the dialogue between art and anthropology that has developed since then. At the Fieldworks conference, held at the Tate Modern, London, (somewhat) previously disparate voices were...
Literacy Narratives as Ethnography
Abstract The aim of this special issue is to revisit the ethnographic turn in contemporary art by exploring and critically assessing how art practices show significant similarities with anthropology and ethnography in their conceptualisations of...
Making Sense: Affective Research in Postwar Lebanese Art
Abstract Based on long-term research with contemporary artists in Lebanon, who utilise documentary practices to advance experimental forms of evidence, this article explores the generative possibilities enabled by crossing disciplinary borders between...
Response Paper: What Is Contemporary Anthropology?
Abstract Building on an ethnography of contemporary art worlds and intellectual life in Mexico City, this paper re-evaluates the dominant concepts that form the so-called ethnographic turn in contemporary art, including the emblematic concept of...
Staging/caging 'Otherness' in the Postcolony: Spectres of the Human Zoo
Abstract When artists engage in postcolonial critiques, reworkings or parodies of what is often called 'human zoos', their performances claim access to the real, the culturally authentic, and the psychically primal--three expectations which Hal...
The Rhetorical Turn in Contemporary Art and Ethnography
Abstract This special themed issue, published over two consecutive issues of Critical Arts (October and December 2013), aims to revisit the ethnographic turn in contemporary art by inviting papers from theorists, artists and critics, to engage critically...
Towards an Ethnographic Turn in Contemporary Art Scholarship
Abstract While an ethnographic turn has indeed taken place in contemporary art practice, this is not necessarily the case with scholarly research in contemporary art. This is especially surprising considering the conditions under which research...
Vignette 1: Political-Erotical-Mystical Manifesto
Abstract In trying to come to terms with the illegitimacy of his identity as a working-class Afrikaans white man--belonging neither to Europe nor Africa--the author develops a practice through which art might help give birth to the self. These attempts...
Vignette 2: To Cite ... in Time
Abstract This largely aphoristic text emanates from several coagulations that have recurrently confronted the author in his artistic work. The practice of documentary filmmaking has always been a fertile ground for theoretical reflection. This text...