Carnal Knowledge

Carnal Knowledge : Towards a 'New Materialism' Through The Arts

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 20mm | 383g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 21 integrated bw
  • 1780762666
  • 9781780762661
  • 41,292

Table of contents

List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
Introduction Towards a "New Materialism" Through the Arts Barbara Bolt

Chapter 1 From Double Navel to Particle-Sign: Towards 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 AEffect: Initiating Heuristic life Jondi Keane
Chapter 4 Materiality, Affect, and the Aesthetic Image Estelle Barrett

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

Chapter 8 In the Name of the Author: Towards a Materialist Understanding of Literary Authorship Kaisa Kurikka
Chapter 9 The Sublime: Process and Mediation Liza McCosh
Chapter 10 Fashion as an Embodied Artform Llewellyn Negrin

Chapter 11 Material-Character Animation: Experiments in Life-like Translucency Cathryn Vasseleu
Chapter 12 Instrumental Vision Rose Woodcock
Chapter 13 Real Immateriality in Australian Indigenous Art Brian Martin
Chapter 14 The Primacy of Movement: Intermediality, Affect, and Biopolitics in Tero Saarinen's Hunt Jussi Parikka and Milla Tiainen
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Carnal Knowledge is a new materialist collection, not only because it brings together new materialist work, but also because it consistently and constantly reflects on what is new about new materialisms (it does not apply conceptual tools such as affect, but traverses bodies of thought). Iris van der Tuin, Women's Studies International Forum
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About Barbara Bolt

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.
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