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Arts in the Margins of World Encounters

Edited by Willemijn de Jong, University of Zurich, Switzerland et al.

May 2021 / ISBN: 978-1-62273-602-7
Availability: In stock
251pp. ¦ $61 £46 €52

'Arts in the Margins of World Encounters' presents original contributions that deal with artworks of differently marginalized people—such as ethnic minorities, refugees, immigrants, disabled people, and descendants of slaves—, a wide variety of art forms—like clay figures, textile, paintings, poems, museum exhibits and theatre performances—, and original data based on committed, long-term fieldwork and/or archival research in Brazil, Martinique, Rwanda, India, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. The volume develops theoretical approaches inspired by innovative theorists and is based on currently debated analytical categories including the ethnographic turn in contemporary art, polycentric aesthetics, and aesthetic cannibalization, among others. This collection also incorporates fascinating and intriguing contemporary cases, but with solid theoretical arguments and grounds. 'Arts in the Margins of World Encounters' will appeal to students at all levels, scholars, and practitioners in arts, aesthetics, anthropology, social inequality, and discrimination, as well as researchers in other fields, including post-colonialism and cultural organizations.

Snapping and Wrapping: Personal Photography in Japan

Richard Chalfen, Temple University

March 2021 / ISBN: 978-1-64889-121-2
Availability: In stock
232pp. ¦ $61 £46 €52

'Snapping and Wrapping' represents an original study in Japanese visual culture, pictorial communication, and photographic studies. Vernacular visual culture is highlighted, stressing ordinary people and everyday life to explore photographic expressions of Japanese family life. The theme of “how people looked” is described from two closely related perspectives: how people appeared in their own photographs, and how people looked at specific features of their own lives with analog camera technology. The book includes unexamined material based on a qualitative study involving personal fieldwork undertaken between 1993 and 2009. The metaphor of “wrapping culture” (Hendry) is suggested for ways of interpreting relationships of personal family photographs in conjunction with acknowledged cultural influences and values of Japanese culture. Across an introduction and six chapters, the book covers a series of research topics evoked by efforts to recover, repair, and return millions of photographs to survivors following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. Memory, privacy and kinds of information control are reviewed as parts of strategies of sharing pictures, “presence” and the use of photographs for interpersonal interaction and communication. Throughout the monograph, emphasis is placed on understanding details of analog personal photography for potential comparisons to the intensely popular digitalization of photographic recordings and, in turn, facilitate making informed speculations for future photographic practice. This book will be of interest to upper-level students, graduate students and scholars in the fields of media and culture, Asian Studies (especially Japanese visual culture), as well as those working on sensitive relationships of family, memory and representation.

Installation art as experience of self, in space and time

Edited by Christine Vial Kayser, Héritages UMR9022 (CNRS, CY, Ministère de la culture), France and Sylvie Coëllier, Aix-Marseille University, France

May 2021 / ISBN: 978-1-64889-132-8
Availability: In stock
330pp. ¦ $64 £48 €55

Installation art has modified our relationship to art for over fifty years by soliciting the whole body, demonstrating its sensitivity to space, surroundings, and the living beings with which it is constantly interacting. This book analyses this modification of perception through phenomenological approaches convoking Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, as well as Levinas, Depraz, and the neuroscientist Varela. This theoretical framework is implicit in the various case studies which revisit works that have become classic or emblematic by Carl Andre, Bruce Nauman, Dan Graham; inaugural experiments that remain available only through photographic and written archives by Jean-Michel Sanejouand, Philippe Parreno, as well as the influence of the mode in the realm of music. The book also examines the transference of this Western form to Asia, revealing how it resonates with ancient Asian representations and practices—often associated with the spiritual. The distinct chapters underpin the role of space as a metaframe, the common ground of the various installations. While the nature and agency of space varies—from social, historical space, leisurely or political space, inner psychological space, to shared empty space—these installations reveal the chiasm between the individual body and the outside space. The chapters bear testimony of the process in which the physical journey of the spectator’s body within a material—at times invisible—space and its structural components takes place in time, as a succession of micro-experiences. ‘Installation art as experience of self, in space and time’ adds to the existing literature of art history a level of theoretical, experiential and transcultural analysis that will make this inquiry relevant to both university students and independent researchers in the academic fields of philosophy, psychology, aesthetics, art theory and history, religious and Asian studies.

Wall to Wall: Law as Culture in Latin America and Spain

Edited by Carlos Varon, UC Riverside et al.

March 2021 / ISBN: 978-1-64889-160-1
Availability: In stock
231pp. ¦ $59 £44 €50

'Wall to Wall: Law as Culture in Latin America and Spain' comprises interventions from a wide array of scholars based in the US, Spain, and Latin America, exploring the encounter of Hispanophone cultures and the law. Its contributors delineate a fraught relationship of complicity, negotiation, and outright confrontation covering five centuries and a truly global landscape, from Inquisitorial processes at the onset of the Spanish Empire to last-ditch plans to preserve it in the 19th century Philippines, to the challenges to contemporary articulations of the nation-state in Catalonia. Beyond single, specialized time-period and national cultures, 'Wall to Wall' embraces and showcases the heterogeneity of the field, covering both well-known territory (Argentina, Mexico, Spain) and often-neglected cultures (Venezuela, Philippines, and indigenous communities in the Yucatan area), as well as problems that cannot be narrowed down to the nation-state (exile, independence processes, non-state laws, translation of foreign cultures). Contributors include: Aurélie Vialette, Daniel Aguirre-Oteiza, Daniela Dorfman, María Fernanda Lander, Gloria Elizabeth Chacón, Iván Trujillo, Benjamin Easton, Pauline de Tholozany, Lauren G.J. Reynolds, Ignasi Gozalo-Salellas, and Gabriela Balcarce. The chapters included foreground the conceptual diversity of the field, in dialogue with issues in literary and visual culture, (post-)colonialism, race, nationalism, gender, and class. Not only do they place vernacular objects in dialogue with current international concepts and methods, but these essays also aim to advance an autonomous conceptual and theoretical work-based approach. Its chapters aspire to enter a global discussion around the state-centered aspiration to shape culture and the many literary and cultural practices that escape it; researchers of those issues and Latin American and Iberian studies will find new venues to rethink their global archive.

Embajadoras cosmopolitas. Exposiciones internacionales, diplomacia cultural y el museo policentral

Lee Davidson, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and Leticia Pérez-Castellanos, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico

March 2020 / ISBN: 978-1-62273-906-6
Availability: In stock
286pp. ¦ $30 £22 €25

Ganador del Premio Miguel Covarrubias 2020 al mejor trabajo de investigación ¿Cómo trabajan los museos internacionalmente a través de las exposiciones? ¿Qué motiva este trabajo? ¿Cuáles son los beneficios y retos? ¿Qué factores contribuyen al éxito? ¿Qué impacto tiene este trabajo en los públicos y otros agentes interesados? ¿Qué aportaciones están haciendo a la diplomacia cultural, al entendimiento y al diálogo intercultural? El libro Embajadoras cosmopolitas considera el estado del conocimiento actual sobre las exposiciones internacionales y propone un marco analítico interdisciplinario que incluye a los estudios de museos, de públicos, la diplomacia cultural, así como los estudios interculturales y sobre cosmopolitismo. A partir de este marco analítico, presenta un estudio empírico a detalle acerca de un intercambio expositivo con duración de casi una década, desde su concepción inicial hasta su término, el cual incluyó la presentación de dos exposiciones en cinco países y tres continentes, conectando a seis instituciones culturales de alto perfil. La detallada comparación, tanto de la producción cultural de las exposiciones internacionales (a través de las colaboraciones) como de los actos interpretativos de creación de significados de los visitantes, revela las complejidades, retos, tensiones y recompensas de las exposiciones internacionales y su intersección con la diplomacia cultural. Los temas clave incluyen: la situación real de las colaboraciones internacionales, sus propósitos, procesos y retos; las políticas de la representación (y auto representación) cultural y de la museología indígena, las implicaciones para el diseño de las exposiciones, la interpretación y su mercadotecnia; las competencias interculturales y las prácticas en los museos, la recepción en los públicos y la creación de sentidos, la diplomacia cultural en la práctica y las percepciones sobre su valor. Este análisis teórico con base empírica, el primero en su tipo, provee las bases para un nuevo modelo de museos policéntricos: espacios con potencial para producir una visión caleidoscópica de centros múltiples y para ayudar a disolver los límites culturales, promoviendo el diálogo, la negociación y la búsqueda de la comprensión entre culturas. Embajadoras cosmopolitas también ofrece orientación para las tareas cotidianas en los museos, incluyendo recomendaciones para colaboraciones exitosas a nivel internacional, el desarrollo de exposiciones y la maximización del potencial de la diplomacia cultural.

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