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Research as, a Labour of love

Arterritory has just recently published Una Meistere’s extensive interview with British social anthropologist Tim Ingold (1948), and on the 6th of August, he will be the guest on RIBOCA2’s online series of talks and conversations to share his thoughts on the relationship between imagination and memory and the role of these phenomena in transforming the collective prejudices of youth and the elderly. So now, in the unenviable interval between these two states, which are saturated and exhaustive in themselves, it might be interesting to look at what Ingold's method of research is and how it can be engaging for all concerned.

Firstly, he, just like Tobias Rees, another hero I have met in the course of this series of talks, opposes the established protocols for "hard science" research, the narrow specialization of various disciplines, the mandatory distancing from research objects, their categorization, and an ethnographic approach to anthropology.

This position and the ideas and practices that have emerged as a result, have freed not only both scholars themselves but it has also greatly expanded their audience. Tim Ingold, a high-ranking academic, has long been the star of art forums rather than scientific conferences, and not because of the growing global demand for popular science, but because of the realization that contemporary artists are actually doing the same thing, as he is - anthropology.

Research as, a Labour of love . Vents VÄ«nbergs 

About the British anthropologist, Tim Ingold’s work


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