ARCHIPELAGO ARCHIVES STUDY # 02

Mapping an Art-Anthropology Nexus



Although there is something innately pessimistic about the engineer’s gaze that scouts the world for problems, it is also quite naively optimistic in seeking solutions. And for a while already, the engineer-turned-artist in me was seeking a solution: to turn the artist into something else.

In your essay of 1975: ‘The Artist as Anthropologist’, I found a suitable substrate on which to cultivate my own experiences with art and science, and indeed with life as such as I have lived it over three and a half of the four decades since you published that essay.

(Excerpts form letters to Joseph Kosuth)
Image: Unidentified photograph, Mangkunegaran Archives (Surakarta)



Mark