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Animism in Art and Performance

Editors: Braddock, Christopher (Ed.)

  • Explores the concept of 'animism' in relation to a variety of art forms including theatre, sculpture, and photography
  • Questions the distinctions of animate and inanimate, subject and object, material and immaterial, live and dead to ask where 'liveness' really resides
  • Addresses the work of a varied and interesting mix of artists
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About this book

This book explores Māori indigenous and non-indigenous scholarship corresponding with the term ‘animism’. In addressing visual, media and performance art, it explores the dualisms of people and things, as well as 'who' or 'what' is credited with 'animacy'. It comprises a diverse array of essays divided into four sections: Indigenous Animacies, Atmospheric Animations, Animacy Hierarchies and Sensational Animisms. Cassandra Barnett discusses artists Terri Te Tau and Bridget Reweti and how personhood and hau (life breath) traverse art-taonga. Artist Natalie Robertson addresses kōrero (talk) with ancestors through photography. Janine Randerson and sound artist Rachel Shearer consider the sun as animate with mauri (life force), while Anna Gibb explores life in the algorithm. Rebecca Schneider and Amelia Jones discuss animacy in queered and raced formations. Stephen Zepke explores Deleuze and Guattari's animist hylozoism and Amelia Barikin examines a mineral ontology of art. This book will appeal to readers interested in indigenous and non-indigenous entanglements and those who seek different approaches to new materialism, the post-human and the anthropocene.

About the authors

Christopher Braddock is an artist, a writer, and Professor of Visual Arts at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), New Zealand. He co-leads the Ph.D. and M.Phil. programmes and the Art & Performance Research Group. He is author of Performing Contagious Bodies: Ritual Participation in Contemporary Art (Palgrave, 2013).

Reviews

“What beings are alive? What constitutes ‘alive’? Timely questions, in particular to the notion of nonhuman lifeforms in a time of mass extinction; the ecological resonance of the term ‘survive’, which is often mistaken for ‘alive’, and the question of how indigenous cultures matter today, cultures where the concept ‘inanimate object’ don’t hold sway. Where such questions start and stop, who gets to have them and why, are the subject of this wide ranging and learned book.” (Timothy Morton, Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, Rice University, USA, and author of Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence)

“It’s imperative that contemporary discussions of the ‘liveliness’ of the nonhuman world come to terms with indigenous epistemological frameworks. Putting the practices of contemporary art and theory based in European traditions to the test of rigorous dialogue with Māori ways of seeing and knowing, Animism in Art & Performance advances the conversation considerably, making terrific contributions to art history, cultural studies, and the range of theoretical tendencies grouped under the heading ‘new materialism’.” (Rebecca Zorach, Mary Jane Crowe Professor of Art and Art History, Northwestern University, USA, and author of The Passionate Triangle)

“Animism in Art & Performance demonstrates a unique instance of dual sovereignty emerging in academia. By engaging Māori, Pacifika and other academic frameworks (of interpretation, of embodiment, of performativity, and of materiality), this book offers the reader a model for critically engaged, culturally entangled, art writing. In arguments that demonstrate time and again the anti-humanism of the subject/object divide, and the anti-ecological practices that necessarily derive from that inherently exploitative relationship, several authors deploy Karen Barad’s provocative question, ‘Who gets to count as one who has the ability to die?’ The answer, in this case, is a constellation of artworks that shimmer with life.” (Hannah B Higgins, Professor of Art History, University of Illinois, USA, and author of The Grid Book)

“Chris Braddock’s edited book brings together some of the most exciting writers working today in a way that is nuanced, dynamic and multi-cultural. Particularly exciting is the way that Māori and indigenous thought is woven through the chapters in a deliberate and unselfconscious manner, and in doing so sets a new direction for writing in the 21st century.” (Dr. Ngarino Ellis (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou), Museums and Cultural Heritage Programme, The University of Auckland, Aotearoa NZ)

“An intelligent and timely collection of texts on how recent art practices open up questions of animacy and the many ways in which we attribute properties of ‘life’ or ‘non-life’ to the phenomena surrounding us. The careful critical dialogue with the Polynesian ethnographic context is a particularly welcome contribution to recent efforts to rethink animism across cultural, historical and disciplinary boundaries.” (Professor Ina Blom, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo, Norway)

“Animism Lives! This book is a valuable collection of Māori scholarship, buzzing materialist thought and ontological be-keeping written through the arts, literature and culture. What is polychronically generative, lively and teeming is not only revivified, it never lapsed.” (Douglas Kahn, Professor, Art & Design, University of New South Wales, Australia)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction: Animism and Animacies

    Braddock, Christopher

    Pages 1-20

  • Te Tuna-Whiri: The Knot of Eels

    Barnett, Cassandra

    Pages 23-44

  • Activating Photographic Mana Rangatiratanga Through Kōrero

    Robertson, Natalie

    Pages 45-65

  • Dark Sun: Solar Frequencies, Solar Affects

    Randerson, Janine (et al.)

    Pages 67-88

  • Language as a Life Form

    Gibbs, Anna

    Pages 91-107

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-66550-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-66549-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Animism in Art and Performance
Editors
  • Christopher Braddock
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-66550-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-66550-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-66549-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 291
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations, 30 illustrations in colour
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