Why should anthropologists draw? The answer proposed in this groundbreaking volume is that drawing uniquely brings together ways of making, observing and describing. In twelve chapters, a team of authors from the UK, Europe, North America and Australia explore the potential of a graphic anthropology to change the way we think about creativity and perception, to grasp the dynamics of improvisatory practice, and to refocus the study of material culture from ready-made objects onto the flows of materials involved in the generation of things. Drawing on expertise in fields ranging from craftwork, martial arts, and dance to observational cinema and experimental film, they ask what it means to follow materials, to learn movements and to draw lines. Along the way, they contribute to key debates on what happens in making, the relation between design and performance, how people acquire bodily skills, the place of movement in human self-awareness, the relation between walking and imagination, and the perception of time. This book will appeal not just to social, cultural and visual anthropologists but to archaeologists and students of material culture, as well as to scholars across the arts, humanities and social sciences with interests in perception, creativity and material culture.
Tim Ingold is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, UK
'Following upon his bold and subtle "draughtsman's contract" for anthropology in providing it with a different set of practices tied to sensory capacities of movement, experience, and the tactile, Tim Ingold here discerns his ideas in a diverse and fascinating collection by anthropologists in the realms of "art" ,the "'visual", and "performance". In so doing, he defines new coherences for anthropology as a general science.' George E. Marcus, University of California, Irvine, USA 'Drawing (in both senses) bodily trajectories in/from fleeting instants of insight and touch, these authors explore vital convergences between being and movement, perception and description, past and future. Their work reveals how we experience life itself.' Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University, USA