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Art History
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ARTH 3220
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Alla Myzelev

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Lecture 9 Oct. 04. 2012 On “hybridity” and “moving beyond” Homi K. Bhabba Homi Bhabha The Location of Culture •Position of Liminality •“liminal” negotiation of cultural identity across differences of race, class, gender and cultural traditions •Subjects are formed ‘in-between’, or in excess of, the sum of the parts’ of difference (usually intoned as race/class/gender, etc) Edward Said’s: Orientalism - paradigm of knowledge - this is how West deals with any culture that is ‘other’ (not west) - west creates this binary between ‘us’ civilized, educated and ‘them’ ‘other’ and uncivi- lized, etc - hegemony, rule and power, west over the rest. - valid criticism Bhabha - says ok this isn’t great, but not giving any representation to the ‘other’ - what did they think of this representation - how they react to the colonization - what they have to say - can they use this representation to their benefit or was it negative - how have traditions developed or changed as a result of compilation of cultures - particular interest British colonization of India and what happens as a result of that - how did the people living there adapt to this colonization - how did the relationship develop, negotiation of culture and tradition - two cultures come together and negotiate their influences, ideas, - Bhabha’s contribution: saying we cannot only consider that Britain influenced India (or France on Niger or Main stream Canada and Aboriginal culture) but that its a relation- ship of negotiation, influence both ways - by ignoring this, then perpetuating orientalism Hybrid people - Metis may consider self hybrid. (Aboriginals and European fur trappers) •“Colonizer” and “colonized” cannot be viewed as separate entities that define them- selves independently •Liminality not only pertains to the space between cultural collectives but between his- torical periods, between politics and aesthetics, between theory and application. According to Babbha •The “beyond” is neither a new horizon, nor leaving behind the past •We find ourselves in the moment of transit where space and time cross to produce complex figures of differences and identity •The move away from the singularities of ‘class’ and ‘gender’ as primary conceptual and organizational categories, has resulted in an awareness of subject positions. Sites of genealogy. Renee Green. Installation, 1990. - I used architecture literally as reference, using the attic, the boiler room and stairwell to make associations between certain binary divisions such as higher and lower and heaven and h
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