UCL Anthropology



15 November 2012–17 November 2012, 12:00 am–12:00 am

Logo Audible Observatories

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Exhibition & Opening Receptions

Audible observatories are points of sensory convergence. They are nodes where worlds perceived through the senses intersect and begin the labor of transforming independent events into knowable and meaningful claims. They speak and they are spoken to.

Ethnographic Terminalia is a curatorial collective that hosts an annual exhibition of international artists and researchers working at the intersection of art and anthropology. In November 2012, the Ethnographic Terminalia Curatorial Collective welcomes visitors to the Audible Observatories
exhibition. This year's show is organized in collaboration with Thor Anderson and is scheduled to coincide with the 111th annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association (AAA).

Ethnographic Terminalia brings anthropologists and artists together in the gallery space to investigate the borders and blurrings of contemporary art practice and alternative modes of cultural inquiry and representation. Ethnographic Terminalia is an exploration of what it means to exhibit anthropology - particularly in some of its less traditional forms - in proximity to and conversation with contemporary art practices.

Now in its fourth year (following Montréal, New Orleans, and Philadelphia), Ethnographic Terminalia represents an international array of creative material, conceptual, and new media engagements where anthropology and art intersect. For Ethnographic Terminalia 2012: Audible Observatories the curators have selected over twenty-five artists and cultural researchers including: Steve Feld, John Wynne, Rupert Cox & Angus Carlyle, and Roxanne Varzi.


A/O is comprised of three exhibitions: SOMArts, Alley Cat Gallery, and the Distributed Exhibition.

SOMArts Cultural Center
A/O Hub Exhibition
934 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Nov. 16. 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Nov. 17. 10:00am - 5:00 p.m.
Nov. 18. Noon - 5:00 p.m.

Alley Cat Gallery
A/O Satellite Exhibition
(feat. John Wynne's Anspayaxw)
3036 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
November 13 - 20. 10am - 7pm

Opening Receptions:
We are hosting two opening receptions.
Alley Cat Gallery
Thursday, November 15. 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

SOMArts Cultural Center
Friday, November 16. 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Cost: Entry is free to all Audible Observatories galleries and events (with the exception of the roundtable panel, being held at the meetings of the American Anthropological Association).

In addition to the main exhibition, other events sponsored by Ethnographic Terminalia include:

15 November 2012 - Thursday

  • 8 a.m - 9:45a.m.: AAA Roundtable
  • 7:00-10:00 p.m.: Opening Reception at Alley Cat Gallery.

16 November 2011 - Friday

  • 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.: SOMArts Reception

17 November 2011 - Saturday

  • 10:45am - noon: "Multispecies Intra-Actions: A Round Table"
  • 2:00 pm: Karin Bolender performance

Principle Curators:

Stephanie Takaragawa, Chapman University (Orange, USA)
Craig Campbell, University of Texas at Austin (Austin, USA)

Local Organizer:

Thor Anderson, San Francisco Art Institute & San Francisco State University
Kate Hennessy, School of Interactive Arts + Technology, SFU (Vancouver, Canada)
Fiona McDonald, University College London (London, England)
Trudi Lynn Smith, York University (Toronto, Canada)


AAA Community Engagement Fund, Society for Visual Anthropology, Dept. of Anthropology
University of Texas at Austin, Intermedia Workshop, Layar, SOMArts, Alley Cat Books.



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