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. 5, October

100% Bag Tanned: Action Research Generating New Insights on Design Processes
Abstract This article discusses two examples of experimentation with design and anthropology using action research as a method, combining observations and engagement through making. The author describes the use of action research vis-a-vis handmade...
Contested Grounds: Fieldwork Collaborations with Artists in Corrientes, Argentina
Abstract This article represents an exercise in dialogical anthropology, based on a collaboration with contemporary visual artists in a specific fieldwork locale in Argentina. The deeper epistemic interest is in exploring contemporary 'speaking...
From Information to Inspiration, Sensitivities Mapped in a Casus of Central-African Music Analysis and Contemporary Music Composition
Abstract The increased digitisation of cultural objects has resulted in a vast resource of accessible research data. For researchers (and artist-researchers) this abundance of information requires critical analysis and assessment of the available...
I Am Merely the Place
Abstract This essay explores the proposition that the other/otherness/alterity is within us, and how we remain strangers to ourselves, as the title of the book by Julia Kristeva (1991) claims. The concept of 'multiple identity' is examined on the...
Organising Complexities: The Potential of Multi-Screen Video-Installations for Ethnographic Practice and Representation
Abstract This article explores a new configuration of contemporary video art and anthropology by introducing three recent multi-screen video installations (Solid Sea 01: The Ghost Ship by Multiplicity, Sahara Chronicles by Ursula Biemann and A Tale...
Revisiting the Ethnographic Turn in Contemporary Art
Abstract An increasing wave of art events has occurred since the 1990s that have displayed significant similarities with anthropology and ethnography in their theorisations of cultural difference and representational practices. In this theme issue...
Urban Cracks: Sites of Meaning for Critical Artistic Practices
Abstract The continuous emergence of neglected residual spaces and sites of dereliction challenges the functionality of many contemporary cities. These 'urban cracks' (Steel et al. 2012) are transitionary zones falling between the conventional boundaries...
Visual Ethnographies of Displacement and Violence: Land(e)scapes in Artists' Works at Thupelo Artists' Workshop, Wellington, South Africa, 2012
Abstract This article draws together processes of art-making and academic ethnographic writing, It does this by including artists' written comments on the personal and self-reflexive processes of artwork construction, as well as images of artworks,...
Whose Portrait Is It?
Abstract This practice-based research in and through art aims to develop a critical approach to representation that is based on primary fieldwork. It addresses the question of how we can identify with the depictions/descriptions of our 'selves'...
'Woundscapes': Suffering, Creativity and Bare Life-Practices and Processes of an Ethnography-Based Art Exhibition
Abstract 'Woundscapes' is an exhibition collaboratively produced by 11 anthropologists and artists from different countries, whose work focuses on the reproduction of particular gazes, stereotypes and individual memories that are all connected to...
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