Tim Ingold

Crossing Borders: Tim Ingold 15 November 2011
Materials, movements, lines

Social Anthropologist Tim Ingold’s interests lie in establishing an approach to creativity and perception which is capable of bringing together the movements of making, observing and describing. He attempts to refocus the study of material culture, from ready-made objects onto the circulations of materials that these processes entail.

In this talk he will explore the generative dynamics of skilled practices that in the very precision they seek – are bound to respond to moment-by-moment variations in the environmental conditions of their enactment. By considering the potential of drawing as a method and a technique much neglected in recent scholarship, Tim aims to reconnect observation and description with the movements of improvisatory practice.


Professor Tim Ingold is Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen . He is a fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Taking an unconventional approach to anthropology he is looking at ways of bringing it together with architecture, archaeology and art and their mutually enhancing ways of engaging with our surroundings.

His bibliography includes Perception of the Environment: Essays in Livelihood, Dwelling and Skill (2000). Lines: A Brief History (2007), Creativity and Cultural Improvisation (with Elizabeth Hallam, 2007), Being Alive: Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description, (2011)