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Carnal Knowledge: Towards a New Materialism Through the Arts

Carnal Knowledge: Towards a New Materialism Through the Arts

Edited by: Barbara Bolt, Estelle Barrett

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Carnal Knowledge is an outcome of the renewed energy and interest in moving beyond the discursive construction of reality to understand the relationship between what is conceived of as reality and materiality, described as the 'material turn'. It draws together established and emerging writers, whose research spans dance, music, film, fashion, design, photography, literature, painting and stereo-immersive VR, to demonstrate how art allows us to map the complex relations between nature and culture, between the body, language and knowledge. These writings are unique in the field because they represent the authors' commitment to a new materialism through the creative arts. The questions they address include: Does the material turn in the creative arts take a different turn from continental epistemology, philosophy and the humanities? How does the agency of matter, the material nature of artistic practice and the notion of 'truth to materials' affect what we understand as the 'new materialism'? In engaging with these questions the book offers perspectives on the emergence of this exciting fresh field of new materialism.

Table of Contents

Toward a 'New Materialism' Through the Arts
Barbara Bolt

Discourse, Events and Material Interventions

Chapter 1
From Double Navel to Particle-Sign: Toward the A-Signifying Work of Painting
Katve-Kaisa Kontturi

Chapter 2
Metaphors of the Mind: Art Forms as Modes of Thinking and Ways of Being
Danielle Boutet

Chapter 3
Affect: Initiating Heuristic Life
Jondi Keane

Chapter 4
Materiality, Affect, and the Aesthetic Image
Estelle Barrett

The Matter of Film

Chapter 5
The Matter of Film: Decasia and Lyrical Nitrate
Nicholas Chare and Liz Watkins

Chapter 6
Recovering the Hidden through Found-Footage Films
Dirk de Bruyn

Chapter 7
Moments of Affection: Jayce Salloum’s everything and nothing and the Thresholds of Testimonial Video
Ilona Hongisto

Carnal Insistence

Chapter 8
In the Name of the Author: Toward a Materialist Understanding of Literary Authorship
Kaisa Kurikka

Chapter 9
The Sublime: Process and Mediation
Liza McCosh

Materiality, the Virtual and the Real

Chapter 10
Fashion as an Embodied Art Form
Llewellyn Negrin

Chapter 11
Material-Character Animation: Experiments in Life-Like Translucency
Cathryn Vasseleu

Chapter 12
Instrumental Vision
Rose Woodcock

Chapter 13
Immaterial Land
Brian Martin

Chapter 14
The Primacy of Movement: Variation, Intermediality and Biopolitics in Tero Saarinen’s Hunt
Milla Tiainen and Jussi Parikka

Author Info

Estelle Barrett is Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University. She is the author of Kristeva Reframed:Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts (2011) and is co-editor, with Barbara Bolt, of Practice as Research: Approaches to Creative Arts Enquiry (2007), both I.B.Tauris. Her reviews and articles have appeared in such publications as Text, Social Semiotics, Double Dialogues and the Journal of Visual Arts Practice. Barbara Bolt is Associate Professor in the School of Art at the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne. She is a practising artist and art theorist. Her publications include Art Beyond Representation: The Performative Power of the Image (2004) and Heidegger Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts (2011), both I.B.Tauris. She is also co-editor of Practice as Research: Approaches to Creative Arts Enquiry (I.B.Tauris, 2007) with Estelle Barrett, and of Sensorium: Aesthetics, Art, Life (2007) with Felicity Coleman, Graham Jones and Ashley Woodward.

Bibliographic Info

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

ISBN: 9781780762661
Publication Date: 30 Nov 2012
Number of Pages: 288
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: 12 integrated bw

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