Rumour has it Thursday is the new Friday so today I’m heading over to a talk at Canning House - the cultural centre based in East London – being given by writer Simon Pritchard all about fiestas... For several months he toured
FRIDAY MAY 23RD MAY
In an effort to boost Lucy’s street cred, today I’m off to a show of urban photography at the Tate Modern offering a pictorial history of both the street and studio, aiming to expose the differences in imagery that arise from using these two locations. Context and representation are of huge importance to anthropologists so anything that gets you thinking about those issues can’t help but be useful. Moreover, the collection includes work by photographers often studied on Visual Anthropology courses thanks to their sensitive approaches to the human subject, including Robert Mapplethorpe and Diane Arbus. Arbus has been labelled a producer of ‘contemporary anthropology’ because of her attempts to engage her subjects more closely and consciously in the photographic dialogue – you can read more in this article. Street & Studio is on until the end of August and entrance costs £8 for students.
SATURDAY MAY 24TH - Silk & Sculpture
Come Saturday I’ll be down at the
SUNDAY MAY 25TH - Community with Chomsky
On Sunday I’m off to see a new exhibition at the Tate St. Ives by community artist Adam Chodsko. Over the past 17 years, he has put together an assortment of video, performance, posters, sculpture, sound, photography and other media, all created in collaboration with peripheral communities who “define themselves through their own rituals and folklore. He combines traditional inspiration with his own creative bent to tell stories about the communities’ lives, as well a fictional Carnival ritual imagined at some point in the future. The exhibition runs until 21st September and entrance is £5.75 or FREE if you’re under 18.
MONDAY MAY 26TH – Not just a hand-me-down
Back down at the Horniman today for another new exhibition – ‘India Recycled’ which looks at how cast-off clothes, as well as old saris (for those of you who don’t wear them already!), are recycled in northern
TUESDAY MAY 27TH - Doing the Gormley-Sutra
Anthony Gormley, the famous British artist who draws a lot of his inspiration from his studies and interest in anthropology, returns tonight with a performance piece in which he has collaborated with other well-renowned composers and choreographers. ‘Sutra’ is showing at Sadler’s Wells in
Also, a reminder today that places for the London Anthropology Day 2008 are almost full up. The day is a fantastic opportunity to learn why Gormley and others (see above) were so inspired and fascinated by anthropology with a series of introductory workshops and talks. To book your place, and also learn more about other valuable resources on the subject, check out the website for lots of information.
WEDNESDAY MAY 28TH - Eternal stories
As I mentioned on last week’s blog, stories and storytelling are crucial to many societies since they act as a way for the members to understand themselves and each other. For outsiders they also provide a really useful way of learning how those communities work. Today, there’s a fantastic opportunity to hear two Native American storytellers from Lakota in the