The Allied Tsimshiam Tribes of Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla are less than enthusiastic about the opening of an exhibition of objects from the Dundas Collection which was auctioned to much controversy at Sotheby’s New York last Autumn. Fundraising efforts by Canadian Museums and Tribal groups failed to generate enough fundsContinue Reading

From Chris Pinney, UCL Anthropology and Northwestern University: An Example of the New American Orientalism, but raises interesting questions of the materiality of transmission. William Mazzarella’s “Internet X-Ray: E-Governance, Transparency and the Politics of Immediation in India” Public Culture 18(3) Fall 2006 has an interesting analysis of new technologies andContinue Reading

Tree of Life.A reproduction of the first-known sketch by Charles Darwin of an evolutionary tree describing the relationships among groups of organisms.The image was featured in Darwin, the most in-depth exhibition ever mounted on this highly original thinker.The exhibition ran from November 19, 2005, through August 20, 2006, at theContinue Reading

Following our ebay theme of disturbing auctions and reflectoporn, this story in the Guardian describes how a Cambridge student was banned from ebay after putting himself up for sale. Ebay countered that his “listing breached eBay’s No Item policy and has been removed … You may not list intangible itemsContinue Reading

Ed Potton has written a great article on the materiality of production and political economy of the Oscar statuettes in the London TImes… The award for a polished bit of casting goes to…