Art as Method/Archaeology from Afar:

by Annie Danis, Annie Malcolm and Elise Nuding

Temporal and Spatial Interventions in Ethnography

Performance and Anthropology are temporal entities. Duration, location, and documentation are key methodological concepts. This “panel” brings together several methods of presentation to explore the relationship of creative practice to the analysis of creative practice through time. Combining lecture, discussion, and performance, the panel participants reflect on the relationship of temporal methods to their research on art production, art markets, and art as method in the social sciences. To do so, we present several works that illustrate these experimentations with academic fields to probe the boundaries between Anthropology, Archaeology, and Art.

In the Fall of 2014 all Malcolm and Danis collaborated with three other anthropologists and artists on an exhibition, performance, and installation of work, hyperloop (or) round holes, exploring the temporal unboundedness of performance. In the Spring of 2015 we collaborated again on a sound composition and performance, Not Seen / Seen, exploring memory and experience in archaeological knowledge production, which was presented in the context of an academic conference in order to disrupt the concept of expertise.

These works serve as the jumping off point for an exploration through sound, movement and anthropological analysis developed over the summer of 2015 from Malcolm’s recent anthropological field-work in China. Our specific intention is to queer the boundary between art and analysis and open a discussion about representation of and in time.


Annie Danis works at the intersection of art and archaeology to explore sensory engagement and performance as method. Her work includes community-engaged archeological fieldwork, research, and performance that explores the relationship of objects, people, landscape, and history. She is a Ph.D. student in archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Annie Malcolm does research in China on aesthetic responses to economic change, employing visual methodology, and Chinese language, philosophy and the contemporary art as context. She is a PhD student in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to Berkeley, Malcolm made performances in New York City.

Elise Nuding is a dance artist; a mover and a thinker whose creative practice includes performance, choreography, and writing. Her practice-based research explores the relationship between people, places, and things, and seeks to make these ever-shifting interplays present through performance. Based in London and Stockholm, she holds an MA from London Contemporary Dance School and a BA from Brown University. Her work has been presented at locations across the UK, in Providence, R.I. (USA), Stockholm, Lisbon, and Berlin. www.elisenuding.com