Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Mongrel practices

In September, I'll be giving a lecture in the School of Art & Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I plan to put some recent cosmopolitical thinking into action:

Seeding a mongrel practice: anthropological reflections on art + design + everyday life

"Art and design have long understood the importance of context, and since anthropology shares this concern I thought it would make a fertile place to begin our courtship. After all, each of us approaches our own practice in terms of the meaning and value we attribute to particular connections between people, places, objects and ideas--even if those meanings and values may differ--and I believe we can learn a great deal from each other. After exploring some of the ways in which symbolic and material culture, history, and power play out in the everyday practices of art, design and anthropology, we'll discuss some of the related ethical challenges we face as students, teachers and practitioners in an increasingly interconnected world. And ultimately, we'll begin to imagine what might constitute a socially and culturally critical practice--a mongrel and voluptuous practice--based on our shared concerns."

(image from Uncomfortable Proximity by Harwood@Mongrel)


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