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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPacific Presences
Subtitle of host publicationOceanic art in European Museums
EditorsNicholas Thomas, Alison Clarke, Erna Lilje
PublisherSidestone Press
StateAccepted/In press - 2017

Abstract

This chapter serves as an intervention into current assumptions made by some anthropologists of art and ethnographic museum practitioners about the role, value and research potential of art in the context of ethnographic museums. The article critiques some common assumptions current in anthropological writing on contemporary art and posits the potential fruitfulness of an emphasis on process instead of outcome, informed by process philosophers such as Erin Manning. A description of some of the processes involved in the making of art for the Pacific Presences project is also included.

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