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antropolog med forunderlig kjærlighet for museumsstøv

Useful collections, as seen from an art museum?

The last year I’ve been working in a museum of mainly Norwegian and Western art, architecture and design –the National Museum of such actually- in Oslo, Norway. Here are no worries about offending the source communities of the works in … Continue reading

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Am I guilty? Does it help that I feel guilty?

In some of my posts and the report I have mentioned something I call “anthropological guilt”. I use that term to describe how I as a Western anthropologist often feel guilty because of specific or even possible wrongdoings of “my … Continue reading

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Tale of an Elephant…and Others.

NHMNH Museum and Exhibition Photos, a set by Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History on Flickr. Entering the majestetic old building of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History from the equally impressive National Mall in Washington D.C. you meet … Continue reading

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Unhappy holidays? “Christmas Spirit” and the “gift of grief”.

Does Christmas make you sad? And will a gallery/museum near you be lucky enough to give you the “gift of grief”? While hoping everyone are enjoying happy holidays I just want to recommend a Christmas related and wonderful work of … Continue reading

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Carol for another Christmas and new year (and new possibilities!)

As I hastened home from town after some last shopping I noticed a middle-aged man walking unsteadily, barefoot in far too big shoes, and holding up a winter jacket in front of him, like a little boy carrying a star … Continue reading

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Art as useful inspiration/provocation? Notes from the Arts Council Norway conference 2011.

To get some inspiration for the “writing up” of my fellowship project I went to Lillehammer (2,5 hrs north of Oslo) and the annual meeting place for museum people in Norway -which from now on is the conference of “Kulturrådet” (Arts … Continue reading

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Blogstafett: Pinner på rekke mellom glitrende stein.

Ps: This post is a contribution to a “blog relay” ahead of the Arts Council Norway’s 2011 conference and therefore written in Norwegian. I wrote about an example of artistic (re)use of ethnographic collections and will write more in my … Continue reading

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