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I am a practicing artist. I also write theory of art, focusing on the role and value of art in society.
I spent 9 years working with anthropologists, and a few archaeologists at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge (2009-2018) and also at the Museum Volkenkunde (Leiden Netherlands).
My scholarly (meaning written, academic) work describes the discipline of art, the type of knowledge that art produces, the role of art in democracy, and also the ethics of inter- and multi-disciplinary work with artists.
In addition to writing scholarly books and articles, I write fiction as one of many approaches to making art. I also have done performances, made paintings, curated exhibitions, faciliated participatory interventions and made sound work.
Art as a Knowledge-forming Discipline | History of Colonialism | History and Theory of Modern & Contemporary Art | Philosophy-Aesthetics | Museums Practice and Curating | Ethnography- Anthropology | The impact of Neoliberalism on Art and Museums | Indigenous Representation and Politics | Ecology: both the science and the politics
The monograph I am currently working on is called 'Between Discipline and a Hard Place' (Bloomsbury), in which I argue that artists and artists alone should define art - not audiences, critics, historians, governments or the market.
I also argue that art produces knowledge akin to any other knowledge-forming discipline - that art IS a discipline - and that art is not simply the equivalent of creativity. Because art is a discipline art practice requires education (albeit not necessarily a university education).
In addition to writing theory as an artist, I also conduct research through my art practice.
One area I investigated is the question of repatriation and belonging of both people and things.
Another is the colonial entanglements of West Papua, which is currently occupied - brutally - by Indonesia and formerly by the Dutch.
And the history Fiji, myths of cannibalism, and particularly the perpetuation of 'cannibal myths' through ethnographic artefacts, such as the Fijian 'cannibal fork'.
My PhD was in art as a democratic act, so I guess I should mention that here as well...
Fine Art and History of Art, PhD, Oxford Brookes University
1 Jun 2004 → 31 Jan 2008
Award Date: 30 Jan 2008
Gender, Society, Culture, MA, Birkbeck College
1 Sep 1992 → 30 Sep 1994
Award Date: 30 Sep 1994
Fine Art - Painting, BA, Victoria College, Prahran, Melbourne
1 Mar 1987 → 30 Jun 1990
Award Date: 30 Jun 1990
Senior Researcher, The University of Cambridge
1 May 2013 → 30 Nov 2017
AHRC Fellow in Creative Arts, The University of Cambridge
1 Apr 2009 → 31 Mar 2014
Artist-Educator, Tate Modern
1 Jan 2000 → 30 Apr 2005
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Visual Arts and Theatre Collaboration - new models for art practices in post-conflict situations
1/02/22 → 31/07/23
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Seeking Metaphors- the relationship between the self an other, and the virus in between
Jelinek, A. & Forrester-Soto, N.
1/09/20 → 31/08/22
The Discipline of Art
1/06/17 → 30/06/19
Pacific Presences: Oceanic Art in European Museums
1/05/13 → 30/04/18
A Response to the issues raised in the Special EditionJelinek, A., 31 Jan 2017, In: Ethnos. 82, 1, p. 105-112 8 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Introduction and ResponseJelinek, A., 26 Nov 2014, In: Journal of Visual Art Practice. 13, 3, p. 159-168 10 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Editorial › peer-review1 Citation (Scopus)
The Field: An Experiment in Levinasian EthicsJelinek, A., 18 Dec 2013, Living Beings: Perspectives on Interspecies Engagements. Dransart, P. (ed.). London: Bloomsbury Academic, Vol. Association of Social Anthropologists Monographs.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
This is Not Art: Activism and Other 'not-art'Jelinek, A., 28 Feb 2013, I.B. Tauris. 192 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Between Discipline and a Hard Place: The Value of Contemporary ArtJelinek, A., Aug 2020, New York: Bloomsbury Academic. 244 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Book