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Observation, performance and revolution: exploring “the political” in visual art and anthropology

Mollona, Massimiliano. 2013. Observation, performance and revolution: exploring “the political” in visual art and anthropology. Visual Anthropology, 26(1), pp. 34-50. ISSN 0894-9468 [Article]

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Following up on Marcus's seminal article on cinema and ethnography [1995] and weaving together anthropology, film theory and the analysis of four films—from the ethnographic, commercial, art and documentary genres—I argue that cinema can open a democratic and egalitarian space of observation of and interaction with “the other” and that anthropologists should approach their subjects in ways similar to some other filmmakers. But unlike Marcus, who considers films as metaphors of ethnography and advocates a posture of modernist distance, I look for juxtapositions between film and anthropology and, extending the Surrealist notion of “the double” across the fields of politics and aesthetics, I argue for a humanist anthropology, one that celebrates the dual nature of humans and cinema.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/08949468.2013.735184

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Anthropology
Research Office > REF2014

Dates:

DateEvent
2013Published

Item ID:

8527

Date Deposited:

19 Jun 2013 10:48

Last Modified:

16 Jun 2017 12:29

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/8527
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