recently I came across a review on Deborah Reed's book on auto\ethnography, which was claiming that the body of texts compiled under the title were not actually fitting to the limits of a.e., they were leaving it rather vague to the extent that confusing it with reflexivity.
at that point what needs to be revisited is, I reckon the concept of reflexivity again. Edmund Leach argues that "Ethnographers
must admit the reflexivity of their activities; they must be autobiographical" (qtd in Okeley, 1992, p. xii). he seems to be tying autobiographicality, the biographical situatedness of the researcher with reflexivity.then, what separates a.e. from such a perspective is that, a.e. claims to write one's own culture, making the researcher the subject of the research, which requires a reflexive attitude.
I also have some suspicions in regard to my case. Is what I am doing not actually a self-reflexive look at my work, is it necessarily an ethnography? ın what sense do I claim to do ethnography?
the field, is as I have told to myself, and to people who asked what is your phd about, is the feeling of home, and particularly my feeling of home, my changing conception of belonging, and identiy.
George E. Marcus states the common interest in fieldwork by artists and social scientists, he states that it is the practice of fieldwork, that actually attracts artists. so, ı guess, what is happening at the fieldwork and its unorthodox perception, why artists are so much into the fieldwork must be stated, investigated.
ın Miwon Kwon and Hal Foster we can find close answers to the question, the expansion of the site, the discursive meaning it gained, and the role of artist as cultural worker. the multifariousness of site make the artist to handle the site to be worked on from a multi dimesional perspective, to take it as an interlocutor, a living body to correspond to, to work together.
ın this sense, what to look for within the field, how to look for it, the way the usual fieldworker looks, works becomes a possible venue to ponder about.
the artist has some other kind of research agenda, design for the field, another kind of "question at the back of their mind"().
then comes the issue of representation, the representation of the fieldwork is in the text form in conventional ethnograpy. however, this is being challenged due to the questions of representability, the problematics of knowing, knowledge production.