The Inbetweenness of Things

Materializing Mediation and Movement between Worlds

Author: Paul Basu

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474264808

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

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We habitually categorize the world in binary logics of 'animate' and 'inanimate', 'natural' and 'supernatural', 'self' and 'other', 'authentic' and 'inauthentic'. The Inbetweenness of Things rejects such Western classificatory traditions – which tend to categorize objects using bounded notions of period, place and purpose – and argues instead for a paradigm where objects are not one thing or another but a multiplicity of things at once. Adopting an 'object-centred' approach, with contributions from material culture specialists across various disciplines, the book showcases a series of objects that defy neat classification. In the process, it explores how 'things' mediate and travel between conceptual worlds in diverse cultural, geographic and temporal contexts, and how they embody this mediation and movement in their form. With an impressive range of international authors, each essay grounds explorations of cutting-edge theory in concrete case studies. An innovative, thought-provoking read for students and researchers in anthropology, archaeology, museum studies and art history which will transform the way readers think about objects.
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The Inbetweenness of Things

Materializing Mediation and Movement between Worlds

Author: Paul Basu

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 9781474264778

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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We habitually categorize the world in binary logics of 'animate' and 'inanimate', 'human' and 'non-human', 'natural' and 'supernatural', 'self' and 'other', 'authentic' and 'inauthentic'. However, these categories are based on false essentializations and overlook the indeterminacy that often animates social and material worlds. The Inbetweenness of Things rejects Western classificatory traditions – which tend to categorize objects according to bounded notions of period, place and purpose – and argues for the normalization of a paradigm in which objects are not 'one thing or another' but a multiplicity of things at once. Adopting an 'object-centred' approach, the book is conceived as an exhibition – a cabinet of curiosities – in which anthropologists, archaeologists, art historians, and other material culture specialists debate a series of objects that defy neat classification. In the process, they explore how 'things' mediate and travel between conceptual worlds in diverse cultural, geographic and temporal contexts, and how they embody such mediation and movement in their form. Featuring an impressive range of international contributors, each essay grounds explorations in cutting-edge material culture theory in concrete case studies. An innovative, thought-provoking read for students and researchers in anthropology, archaeology, museum studies and art history which will transform the way readers think about objects.
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Cinema between Latin America and Los Angeles

Origins to 1960

Author: Colin Gunckel,Jan-Christopher Horak,Lisa Jarvinen

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 1978801262

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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Historically, Los Angeles and its exhibition market have been central to the international success of Latin American cinema. Not only was Los Angeles a site crucial for exhibition of these films, but it became the most important hub in the western hemisphere for the distribution of Spanish language films made for Latin American audiences. Cinema between Latin America and Los Angeles builds upon this foundational insight to both examine the considerable, ongoing role that Los Angeles played in the history of Spanish-language cinema and to explore the implications of this transnational dynamic for the study and analysis of Latin American cinema before 1960. The volume editors aim to flesh out the gaps between Hollywood and Latin America, American imperialism and Latin American nationalism in order to produce a more nuanced view of transnational cultural relations in the western hemisphere.
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What are Exhibitions for? An Anthropological Approach

Author: Inge Daniels

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350065374

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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Why do people go to exhibitions, and what do they hope to gain from the experience? What would happen if people were encouraged to move freely through exhibition spaces, take photographs and be playful? In this book, Inge Daniels explores what might happen if people and objects were freed from the regulations currently associated with going to an exhibition. Traditional understandings of exhibitions place the viewers in a one-way communication form, where the exhibition and those behind its creation inform their audiences. However, motivations behind exhibition-going are multiple and complex and frequently the intentions of curators do not match the expectations of their visitors. Based on an in-depth ethnographic examination of the processes involved in the making and reception of one particular exhibition-experiment as well as a study that follows 'freed' objects into their new homes, this publication will not only shed light on what exhibitions are, but also what they could become in the future. Featuring over 175 colour illustrations and using practical examples, this is an important contribution for students and scholars of anthropology, museum studies, photography, design and architecture.
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Museum Cooperation between Africa and Europe

A New Field for Museum Studies

Author: Thomas Laely,Marc Meyer,Raphael Schwere

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 3839443814

Category: Art

Page: 272

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At a time of major transformations in the conditions and self-conceptions of cultural history and ethnological museums worldwide, it has become increasingly important for these museums to engage in cooperative projects. This book brings together insights and analyses of a wide variety of approaches to museum cooperation from different expert perspectives. Featuring a variety of African and European points of view and providing detailed empirical evidence, it establishes a new field of museological study and provides some suggestions for future museum practice.
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