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Art, Ethics and Provocation


Anna Suwalska-Kolecka and Izabella Penier

The main purpose of this volume is to look into a wide spectrum of artistic ventures which cross boundaries and challenge habitual thinking, consequently involving an element of provocation. While it is true that not all great art is provocative, the most memorable artefacts are these which have confounded our aesthetic expectations or stirred our moral imagination. However, as the turn of the millennium witnessed ever more shocking artistic gestures of provocation, the question arises if there are any limits to artistic freedom. The essays collected in this book offer a truly interdisciplinary perspective and deal with creative acts of transgression from a broad range of fields: literature, theatre, visual art, film, anthropology, and others. This volume will appeal to readers interested in artistic and academic pursuits that are subversive and irreverent.
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Cinema and Anthropology. Film as a Source of Knowledge


Abstract: The contemporary anthropological thought broadens the scope of research, being concerned with film, visuality, and image. In this context, a wide and non-standard approach to footage is present here. Film is no longer seen merely as a method of visual record of the image of other cultures, but it can be viewed as a work of art itself. Therefore, a standard documentary is not the only valuable source of knowledge for anthropology. As a result, an artistic or experimental film with its avant-garde techniques and creative methods may become an area of research.

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