While the importance of the relationship between anthropology and contemporary art has long been recognized, the discussion has tended to be among scholars from North America, Europe, and Australia; until now, scholarship and experiences from other regions have been largely absent from mainstream debate. Alternative Art and Anthropology: Global Encounters rectifies this by offering a ground-breaking new approach to the subject. Entirely dedicated to perspectives from Asia, Latin America, and Africa, the book advances our understanding of the connections between anthropology and contemporary art on a global scale. Across ten chapters, a range of anthropologists, artists, and curators from countries such as China, Japan, Indonesia, Bhutan, Nigeria, Chile, Ecuador, and the Philippines discuss encounters between anthropology and contemporary art from their points of view, presenting readers with new vantage points and perspectives. Arnd Schneider, a leading scholar in the field, draws together the various threads to provide readers with a clear conceptual and theoretical narrative. The first to map the relationship between anthropology and contemporary art from a global perspective, this is a key text for students and academics in areas such as anthropology, visual anthropology, anthropology of art, art history, and curatorial studies.

chapter 3|6 pages

African art in the global contemporary: Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi in conversation with Arnd Schneider1

ByUgochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, Arnd Schneider

chapter 4|11 pages

What is art anthropology?1

ByShinichi Nakazawa

chapter 5|10 pages

Art anthropology: Shinichi Nakazawa in conversation with Arnd Schneider1

ByShinichi Nakazawa, Arnd Schneider

chapter 6|13 pages

Flowers’ life: Notes and reflections on an art-anthropology exhibition

ByTomoko Niwa, Tadashi Yanai

chapter 7|6 pages

Theories in images: Tadashi Yanai in conversation with Arnd Schneider

ByTadashi Yanai, Arnd Schneider

chapter 9|16 pages

Dobrak! Taking matters into their own hands

ByAdeline Ooi

chapter 10|6 pages

Turning targets in Indonesia and beyond: Mella Jaarsma and Adeline Ooi in conversation with Arnd Schneider

ByMella Jaarsma, Adeline Ooi, Arnd Schneider

chapter 11|16 pages

Art and anthropology: Portrait of the object as Filipino

ByAlmira Astudillo Gilles

chapter 12|8 pages

In the presence of Filipino art and objects: Almira Astudillo Gilles in conversation with Arnd Schneider

ByAlmira Astudillo Gilles, Arnd Schneider

chapter 13|19 pages

Tigers and splashes: An action-oriented art and art education exchange between Bhutan and Switzerland

ByAnnemarie Bucher, Sonam Choki, Dominique Lämmli

chapter 15|20 pages

Ethnography, ’pataphysics, copying

ByX. Andrade

chapter 16|8 pages

Inscription and desinscripción: X. Andrade in conversation with Arnd Schneider1

ByX. Andrade, Arnd Schneider

chapter 17|18 pages

Conversación de Campo (Field Conversation)

ByRosario Carmona, Catalina Matthey, Maria Rosario Montero, Paula Salas