Oral Presentation Session
Reviewed by: Society for Urban, National and Transnational/Global Anthropology
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Students
Primary Theme: Cities
Secondary Theme: The Visual
This panel looks at the ways that art practice defines and depends upon particular spaces, be these museums, galleries, neighborhoods, cities, cafes, or homes. Bringing together developing themes in the anthropology of art with spatial themes developed in urban and transnational anthropology, these papers explore the social relevance of “artistic space.” How does artistic practice structure and produce space? What are the social and political consequences of this? Alternately, or in combination, some panelists may ask how existing spatial relations structure art practice, and how this impacts the way that art interacts with society.
While the particular points of theoretical engagement within this discussion are open, some potentially fruitful interventions could explore:
• How artistic practice interacts with the spatialization of social disparity (i.e. race, class, gender), and how artistic spatial production may impact social struggle along these lines.
• How artistic spaces imbricate within transnational flows of people, capital, and ideas.
• How does artistic practice mobilize spatial meaning in the production of urban imaginaries (c.f. Biron, Peterson) or in contest over national identity (c.f. Winegar, Canclini)?
• What does it mean for artists to produce “utopic” spaces within a broader urban context?
In addressing these questions, participants are encouraged to comment on what is gained by bringing spatial analysis and artistic concepts together. In what ways does this combination speak to broader concerns of anthropology? Is there something specific about artistic space that is intellectually productive?