This panel explores emerging artistic constellations crafting new tropes of being and belonging through an array of aesthetic expressions ranging from representations of biogenetic substance, territorialised ritual painting, to objects circulated within the realm of auction houses and art fairs.
This panel explores emerging artistic constellations crafting new tropes of being and belonging through an array of aesthetic expressions. These range from artistic experiments and representation of biogenetic substance like human DNA, embryos and cells as reconstituted 'transection' of molecular 'life' as inherently aesthetic; territorialised ritual painting and its winding career between the compulsions of commodification and the intimate relations of its making; to objects being circulated, bought and sold within the realm of auction houses, international exhibitions, biennales, and art fairs. The panel illuminates cosmologies of being through stories of creativity, liberating imaging of the body/mind, and of the turbulent ménage between neoliberal capital and (postcolonial) cultures. From the standpoint of art production as aesthetic aspiration to belonging, the panel charts the unexplored avenues of local, global and 'universal' imaginations and their incessant co-constitution. The panel invites papers on aesthetic expressions across regions, and in particular those contributions which seek to destabilise art taxonomies around the adjectives of the 'native', the 'indigenous', and 'folk' and recast the above expressions transcending fixed notions of place, identity, and nexuses between forms and belonging. Moreover, the panel wishes to explore the productive tension between the commodity form and the infinite possibilities, and unintended consequences, opened up by this very status - at times, but not only, the aesthetic expression's actual raison d'être - with the new media enlarging their life-spaces. Overall, the panel wishes to contribute towards the anthropological rethinking of the agency of maker and object.