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Occasional Paper 6: Destructivistas

Joel Cahen (2012, revised 2016)

With our present day awareness, the arts as we have known them up to now appear to us in general to be fakes fitted out with a tremendous affectation. Let us take leave of these piles of counterfeit objects on the altars, in the palaces, in the salons and the antique shops. They are an illusion with which, by human hand and by way of fraud, materials such as print, pieces of cloth, metals, clay or marble are loaded with false significance, so that, instead of just presenting their own material self, they take on the appearance of something else. Under the cloak of intellectual aim, the materials have been completely murdered and can no longer speak to us.

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Occasional Paper No 4: Properties and Social Imagination

Haidy Geismar, UCL Anthropology

We are pleased to announce the latest issue of our Occasional Paper Series as well as the relaunch of the site with new and improved design by our newest editor, Matt Hockenberry.

Properties and Social Imagination is a book length project that drew on explorations and experiments by students and staff working with UCL’s Ethnography Collections.

The project has drawn together Masters and PhD students, staff, and a team of scholars and artists based in the College for Creative Arts at Massey University. Our primary focus is UCL’s ethnographic collections and we have explored the dynamic ways in which the formal qualities of stone, wood and cloth create new cultural sensibilities and new collaborative research practices. Our projects instantiates the dynamism of collections-based research and presents a number of visual projects inspired by these processes, demonstrating that collections are not static but continually in motion.…

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Call for Occasional Paper Series

We launched our Occasional Paper Series (ISSN 2158-5660) in 2010 with the intention that it would provide a novel, peer-reviewed, forum in which to publish research that would be hard to publish in the conventional home of an academic journal, but that was more extensive or rigorous than a blog entry. Since then, we’ve published a white paper on cultural protocols, a multimedia guide to plastic pollution and citizen activism, a paper (written by an undergraduate) about the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina on Waveland, LA, and an extensive book of experimentation inside UCL’s Ethnographic Collections.

We are actively seeking further submissions to continue harnessing the power of the web to publish alternative and interesting things. Submissions can include:

  1. Alternative writing formats
  2. Photo essays
  3. Sound and Video
  4. Comics, Manga, Animations

And so on…

All submissions are peerreviewed by our chief editors or editors at large and will be indexed by the library of congress.…

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