18. 12. 2015
Dr. Isaac Marrero-Guillamón
This paper discusses the involvement of the ethnographer in a series of (at first unplanned) collaborations in the course of ethnographic fieldwork with artists working in an ex-industrial neighbourhood in East London, Hackney Wick. The project started in 2011, at a time of intense transformation of the area due to the construction of the Olympic Park. What was meant to be a fairly traditional participant observation exercise, looking at how art was being used to enact spaces of criticality and dissent in relation to the mega-event, evolved into a series of public interventions carried out in collaboration with different artists. Marrero discussed some of the implications of these collaborations, in the form of public platforms, for the practice of ethnography and the production of anthropological knowledge.
Isaac Marrero-Guillamón is lecturer in anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He convenes and teaches on the MA in Visual Anthropology. His research looks at entanglements of activism and artistic practice in contexts of urban change and conflict. He’s done fieldwork in Barcelona and London. He’s the editor, with Hilary Powell, of The Art of Dissent: Adventures in London’s Olympic State (Marshgate Press, 2012).