I’m a cultural anthropologist with a dual background in biology and film curation. Over the past 20 years, I have been conducting fieldwork on artistic and curatorial practices: from conceptual art exhibition to architecture; from photographic interventions in natural history museums to performances engaging the life sciences. In my current research I inquire into the audiovisual practices and media environments of marine scientists (cetacean researchers in particular) in both the Alboran sea and the Tyrrhenian sea. In collaboration with my fieldwork interlocutors, I’m currently working on curating an exhibition of marine scientific films and video installations related to contemporary cetacean research at large.
- Research & Curatorial Fellow, Getty Research Institute (Pacific Standard Time Initiative), Project: Experimental Cinema in Latin America, 2014-2017
- Fellow, Center for Middle Eastern Studies. University of California, Berkeley, 2003
- Elhaik, Tarek. 2022, “Averroes At Mexico City’s Kiosko Morisco” in Fieldwork on Philosophy: Case Studies in Anthropological Analysis. Eds. Bubandt, N. and Schwartz Wentzer, T. New York: Routledge, pp. 302-319
- Elhaik, Tarek. 2022. Aesthetics and Anthropology: Cogitations, New York: Routledge
- Elhaik, Tarek. 2016. The Incurable-Image: Curating Post-Mexican Film and Media Arts. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University
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