Anthropologist Kristiina Lavia has already three years ago made a film about designing a chair: She portraits the Norwegian designers Svein Gusrud, Torstein Nilsen and Sigurd Strøm – and the way they experience their work with design and creativity. Lavia is currently giving the first course in design anthropology for designers at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design. She even encouraged her students to publish their fieldnotes in a blog (only in Norwgian, though).
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The way we move tells us who we are. The rhythm of our walk, the sports we play and our dances define us as individuals and cultures. Movement also can cross borders. That makes modern dance a stunning example of global communication, since, according to dance anthropologist Judith Lynne Hanna, there may be as many dance languages as humanity's 6,000-plus verbal languages. >> continue
Exotic dancing - is it art? Interview with dance anthropologist Judith Lynne Hanna (Minnesota Public Radio)
Book review: Heartbeat of the People: Music and Dance of the Northern Pow-Wow. Tara Browner (American Ethnologist)
Photojournalist Nayan Sthankiya, OhmyNews
Very little attention in today's fast-paced society is paid to the history and dedication involved in the production of traditional Korean fans. However, one man in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province, continues to keep the art alive in much the same way it was practiced hundreds of years ago. >> continue
The biggest exhibition of contemporary African art ever held in Europe, Africa Remix (Hayward Gallery, South Bank, London) is a dizzying testimony to the variety of artistic expression throughout this vast continent – from Nigerian junk sculpture to Egyptian video installation, from South African sculptor Jane Alexander's haunting animal-headed figures to the obsessive fantasy cities of Congolese artist Bodys Isek Kingelez. Perhaps the biggest departure from previous showings is the fact that many of the artists don't live or work in Africa. >> continue
Photographers Andrea Robbins and Max Becher, who have work up at the Bernard Toale Gallery, are anthropologists of a sort. They document explosions of one culture within another, which occur through migration, colonialism, but also through odder means, such as appropriation.
They've photographed a town in Washington that sells itself as Bavarian, with chalet-style architecture, signage in a Germanic font, and lederhosen worn during parades -- even though the town has no historic ties to Germany. Their work examines the strange gaps and attractions between societies with a cool, deadpan eye.
That particular interest in German culture shows up in the pair's exhibition at Toale, ''German Indians." Certain people in Germany enjoy dressing up in traditional Native American garb. >> continue
Anthropologist Joanna Kirkpatrick, Outlook India
Much has been written on jihadism, terrorist training camps and anti-secularism, but so far none of the published material has ever provided grass-roots evidence of where public opinion, the views of the chhoto lok, stand. Yet these are the very people the jihadis and worse are so successful in organizing.
Thus, it behooves analysts to take a look at the rickshas, an important source of visual revelations on public opinion. Ricksha pictures tend to be ignored by the gentry as vulgar and not art, but my years of research on ricksha art have shown me all too clearly what the common man in the streets has on his mind >>continue