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Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Bete & Deise, HD video, 2012. Courtesy the artist.


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Factish Field

21 February 2014

Symposium in collaboration with LUX

Factish Field takes as its starting point the French anthropologist Bruno Latour’s concept of the ‘factish’, a combination of fact and fetish as a way of thinking about the relationship between facts and beliefs. Latour argues that there are no facts separable from their fabrication and suggests that fetishes, objects invested with mythical powers, are fabricated, and that ‘facts’ are not.

The Factish Field symposium explored ideas of art-ethnography. An invited panel of artists and anthropologists presented their ideas on art and ethnography and how they apply this to their own practice.

Speakers included Brad Butler, Karen Cunningham, Angela McClanahan (chair) and Chris Wright. The programme also included screenings of films by Wendelien Van Oldenborgh and Andrea Büttner.


Download the information handout from the day.

Download The Or Not... a reflection on Factish Field: Art and Anthroplogy Summer School by Kirsteen Macdonald.


Archive, Factish Field: Karen Cunningham, Fib, 12 October – 24 November 2013

Archive, Factish Field: Bertille Bak, Faire le mur, 18 January – 2 March 2014


Factish Field was a collaboration between Collective and LUX to develop a year-long programme of screenings, talks, a symposium and two new artist commissions. Factish Field takes as its starting point the French anthropologist Bruno Latour’s concept of the ‘factish’, a combination of fact and fetish as a way of thinking about the relationship between facts and beliefs.