This issue explores syncretism – the collision or reconciliation of disparate beliefs, systems of thought and forms of expression. Syncretism has been understood as the acceptance of foreign or unfamiliar practice and in Diderot’s thought, the harmony of eclectic sources. More recently it has become associated with Candomble, Santeria and Vodou, which reflect the myriad of African, Amerindian, European and North American cultures from which they emerged. Here, ostensible incorporation allowed for covert resistance and a rich process of mélange, in which associations between symbols, icons, and a variety of techniques and media are assembled.

The fifth issue of Drain queries whether syncretism is an appropriate term for the constructive interaction between different cultures. Additionally, it questions whether syncretism maybe used to describe the fluid transference of the sacred and secular in contemporary art. Finally, may syncretism be considered a disjunctive and open form of cultural production, as applicable to Candomble as it is to multi-media installation and open source works on the web?


Drain is a refereed on-line journal published biannually. The journal seeks to promote lively and well-informed debate around theory and praxis. Each issue of Drain will have a specific concept that it explores. We are especially keen to publish pieces that connect the conceptual framework of each issue to themes such as globalization, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, capitalism and new technologies, as well as ethical and aesthetic concerns. As such, we welcome creative responses to contemporary culture, as well as written work by practitioners in the field of culture. Our primary mission is to provide an environment where a variety of creative activities can be explored with a combination of sensitivity and rigor

Managerial board:
Avantika Bawa
Celina Jeffery
Adrian Parr

Celina Jeffery
Greg Minissale
Adrian Parr
Advisory Editors:
Nikos Papastergiadis
Anthony Shelton
Simon O 'Sullivan
Art Editors:
Avantika Bawa
Michelle Barczak
Erin Dziedzic
Brantley Johnson

Ted Hiebert
Timothy Allen Jackson
Catalina Lozano-Moreno
Simon O'Sullivan
Hattie Gordon
Paolo Plotegher
Candice Ward
James Coupe
Craig Drennen
Erin Dziedzic
David Jeffreys
Nancy MacGregor
Megan Gould
Christian Simmons
Susan Krause
Allsopp & Weir
Craig Drennen
Nicole Antebi
Shelli Land & Kevin Phillips
Roberto Lange
Dasa Bausvosa

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