Nathan Brown: The Limits of Fabrication: Materials Science, Materialist Poetics (2017)

13 December 2017, dusan

“Poetry, or poiēsis, has long been understood as a practice of making. But how are experiments in the making of poetic forms related to formal making in science and engineering? The Limits of Fabrication takes up this question in the context of recent developments in nanoscale materials science, investigating concepts and ideologies of form at stake in new approaches to material construction. Tracing the direct pertinence of fields crucial to the new materials science (nanotechnology, biotechnology, crystallography, and geodesic design) in the work of Shanxing Wang, Caroline Bergvall, Christian Bök, and Ronald Johnson back to the midcentury development of Charles Olson’s ‘objectist’ poetics, Nathan Brown carves out a tradition of constructivist, nonorganic poetics that has developed in conversation with science and engineering.

While proposing a new approach to the relation of technē (craft, skill) and poiēsis (making, forming), this book also intervenes in philosophical debates concerning the concept of the object, the distinction between organic and inorganic matter, theories of self-organization, and the relation between ‘design’ and ‘nature’. Engaging with Heidegger, Agamben, Whitehead, Stiegler, and Nancy, Brown shows that materials science and materialist poetics offer crucial resources for thinking through the direction of contemporary materialist philosophy.”

Publisher Fordham University Press, New York, 2017
ISBN 9780823272990, 0823272990
xi+296 pages

Review: Tom Eyers (boundary2, 2017).

Publisher
WorldCat

PDF (26 MB)

Theo van Doesburg: Principles of Neo-Plastic Art (1919–) [DE, EN]

27 November 2017, dusan

Van Doesburg‘s treatise on De Stijl movement.

First published in Dutch as “Grondbegrippen der nieuwe beeldende kunst in the magazine Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 13:1 & 13:2, 1919.

German edition
Publisher Albert Langen, Munich, 1925
Bauhausbücher series, 6
40+[26] pages

English edition
Publisher Lund Humphries, London, 1968
Publisher (US edition): New York Graphic Society, Greenwich, CT, 1968
x+73 pages

WorldCat (EN)

Grundbegriffe der neuen gestaltenden Kunst (German, 1925, 11 MB)
Principles of Neo-Plastic Art (English, 1968, 45 MB)

Suzanne Lacy (ed.): Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art (1995)

22 November 2017, dusan

“Departing from the traditional definition of public art as sculpture in parks and plazas, new genre public art brings artists into direct engagement with audiences to deal with the compelling issues of our time. This is the first definitive collection of writings on the subject by critics, artists, and curators who are pioneers in the field. Includes essays by Judith Baca, Estella Conwill Májozo, Suzi Gablik, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Mary Jane Jacob, Allen Kaprow, Jeff Kelley, Lucy Lippard, Patricia C. Phillips, and Arlene Raven.”

Publisher Bay Press, Seattle, 1995
ISBN 0941920305, 9780941920308
296 pages

Reviews: Kirkus Rev (1994), Gaye Green (Art J, 1999), Carole Gold Calo (Public Art Dialogue, 2012).
Commentary: Stephanie Smith (Afterall, 2011).

Editor
WorldCat

PDF (no OCR, 91 MB)