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Touching and Imagining: An Introduction to Tactile Art

Touching and Imagining: An Introduction to Tactile Art
Jan Svankmajer

Translated by: Stanley Dalby | Introduction by: Cathryn Vasseleu

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Description

Jan Aevankmajer wrote this remarkable book on tactile art when he stopped directing films after censorship by the Czechoslovakian government and experimented intensively with tactile phenomena and the creative imagination. Illustrated with over 100 images, the book is organised around many reproductions of Aevankmajer's wondrous tactile art objects, tactile poems, experiments and games. It also includes dialogues with, and artworks by, other collaborating artists from the Group of Czech and Slovak Surrealists. Aevankmajer also gathers together as contributors such notable exponents of tactual experience as Edgar Allen Poe, Guillaume Apollinaire, Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, Meret Oppenheim, Ay-O, and F.T. Marinetti. Michael Havas, producer of some of Aevankmajer's films, says of the book: 'it is typically Aevankmajer: erudite and very consequential. Sometimes also very funny and erotic. Totally unique.'

Table of Contents

  • List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Translator's Note Editor's Preface Introduction to the English Language Edition Tactilism Touch
  • 1. Introduction 2. Between Utilitarianism and Imagination
  • 3. Restorer 4. Sources of Tactile Imagination 5. Short Anthology of Tactile Art 6. Inside
  • Afterword: Tactilism Reviewed Notes Bibliography Index

Author Info

Czech Surrealist, Jan Aevankmajer, is best known for his extraordinary animated films, Alice, Faust, Little Otik among them. His work far exceeds the limits of film and, whether film, visual or literary, is connected with the collective activities of the Group of Czech & Slovak Surrealists.

Review

'It is typically vankmajer: erudite and very consequential. Sometimes also very funny and erotic. Totally unique and a brilliant example of how Czech intellectuals and artists were capable despite total isolation and censorship under Communism of discovering cosmopolitan islands of knowledge where you would least expect them.' Michael Havas, Czech documentary film producer/director

Extras

Read Jan Svankmajer's brand new introduction.
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Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

Paperback
ISBN: 9781780761473
Publication Date: 27 Mar 2014
Number of Pages: 224
Height: 246
Width: 189
Illustrations: 90 integrated bw illustrations

Hardback
ISBN: 9781780761466
Publication Date: 27 Mar 2014
Number of Pages: 224
Height: 246
Width: 189
Illustrations: 90 integrated bw illustrations

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