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The Incurable-ImageCurating Post-Mexican Film and Media Arts$
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Tarek Elhaik

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474403351

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403351.001.0001

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Introduction

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The Incurable-Image
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Tarek Elhaik

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403351.003.0001

This book examines post-Mexican film and media arts and proposes a conception of curation as both repair and counter-actualization. It does so by introducing the concept of the incurable-image. Building on a participant-observation of curatorial platforms and experimental media arts in Mexico City, the book animates a trans-media assemblage that grew out of a convergence of three interconnected themes: the role played by the discipline of anthropology in shaping the contours of Mexican modernity and its avant-garde media arts and visual culture; the lessons learned from the tradition of experimental ethnography and the important ‘Writing Culture’ debates in academic anthropology in the United States during the 1980s; and the so-called ‘anthropological turn’ in visual studies and contemporary art since the 1990s. The book turns its attention away from cross-cultural geographies towards a geophilosophy of departures and arrivals modulated by Mexico City's chaotic intellectual life.

Keywords:   film, media arts, curation, incurable-image, Mexico City, anthropology, modernity, avant-garde, experimental ethnography, contemporary art

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