[-empyre-] visualization between art and anthropology

fiamma montezemolo fiammamontezemolo at gmail.com
Sat Jul 9 19:19:59 AEST 2016

Hi all,

Many thanks for your discussion last week, I have been following it with
some delays but with great interest.

I will try to jump into the conversation, starting mainly from my fieldwork
which - as Christina mentioned - has consistently been located between art
and anthropology. I've been dwelling in this milieu for the last 20 years.
More recently, inspired by Susan Hiller in particular, I've moved away from
academic anthropology which was based on my long term fieldwork in Mexico
(at the border between TIjuana and San Diego, where I resided for 6
years).  As a result, I have attempted to translate my work into an
artistic practice with the aim of bypassing the questionable divide between
theory and practice, between the conceptual and sensorial. In my
research-based art, I began to create inter-media, inter-disciplinary and
cross-genre interventions being particularly interested in those practices
that reflect on the border as a mobile category of experience, of sensible
AND conceptual mediations, disciplinary negotiations, and geopolitical
articulations. My very first video work has been in Chiapas with the
Zapatistas during the '90s:


My focus at the time was on gender and ethnicity from a 'post-feminist'
perspective (Donna Haraway, Rosi Braidotti, Renato Rosaldo, etc.). Since
then, of course, I moved on to other topics and themes because an
'identity-politics based' orientation became 'majoritarian', so to speak,
borrowing from Deleuze and Guattari.

At the moment, my major preoccupation is to visualize my research-based art
practice through various media forms:

1) fieldwork intimacy through apps:


2) Ecological problematics, primarily via installation work:


3) border issues, primarily via the video-essay form:

http://www.fiammamontezemolo.com/#traces (password: fiamma)

Looking forward to having more stimulating conversations,

Fiamma Montezemolo
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