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Things-in-common and the Aesthetic Reassembling of Identities

Conference contribution
Authors Tintin Wulia
Published in Paper presented at "Chinese-Indonesians: Identities and Histories" conference, Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Publication year 2019
Published at Valand Academy
School of Design and Crafts
School of Global Studies
Language en
Keywords Chinese-Indonesians, Aesthetics, Identities, Art, Things-in-common, Boundary Object, Assemblage, Reassembling, Integration
Subject categories Aesthetics, International Migration and Ethnic Relations, Cultural Studies, Visual Arts

Abstract

While art's capacity for social change has been widely discussed, the mechanisms of this change are rarely examined in details. This paper offers a conceptual analysis of one such mechanism. In particular, it describes a mechanism occurring in art practices, through “things-in-common” as social agents, by focusing on concepts of identity and the social as assemblages. Practical case examples of things-in-common – drawn from the author’s art projects relating to migration and identities since 2008 – are analysed through concepts in cultural studies, posthumanist feminism, and STS/Science and Technology Studies including Actor-Network Theory. This analysis demonstrates how things-in-common facilitate an "aesthetic reassembling" of identities, which can serve as a building block of social change.

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