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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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Untimely Futures

Untimely Futures

(p.159) Chapter Six Untimely Futures
The Incurable-Image

Tarek Elhaik

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter speculates on the future of contemporary anthropological ‘installations’ by reappropriating the very term ‘installation’ beyond its traditional home in the art world. Such reappropriation — indeed theft — invites the reader to sense the incurable-image as a form of life that harbors and struggles with a futurist mode of care. This symptomatology enables a renewed encounter between the conceptual personae composing this book's assemblage — curator, anthropologist, artist. The personae they repeat are ‘not just a matter of diagnosis. Signs imply ways of living, possibilities of existence, they're the symptoms of life gushing forth and draining away’. Ultimately, these incurable-images and iterative assemblages begin to release untimely futures in which the artists, anthropologists, and curators use inter-media experimentation as part of a demanding ethics of immanence to endure our states of curation.

Keywords:   installation, art, incurable-image, conceptual personae, untimely futures, artists, anthropologists, curators, inter-media experimentation, states of curation

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