Enfoldment and Infinity has 9 ratings and 1 review. Essma said: I have yet to come across an art theory book that moved me so profoundly that I cried aft. “The universe is not dualistic, but folded, so spirit is separated from matter only by degree” – Laura Marks, Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic. In Enfoldment and Infinity, Laura Marks traces the strong similarities, visual and as computer code or the words of the Qur’an) is an interface to the infinite.

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Mo2this added it Sep 07, Open Preview See a Problem? Networks and Networkologies Nettime: Chapter 6 proposes a historical parallel to new media in art of the Sunni world from the 10th and 11th centuries that privileged geometric forms. Also, her discussion of the relation between Islamic atomism, the abstract line as connecting points and the pixel is very intriguing and pursued throughout the book.

I have yet to come across an art theory book that moved me so profoundly that I cried after finishing the last line. As said before, it is important to recognize the Eastern culture within our own as a means of better understanding the Islamic world. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Describing how these lines give rise to proliferation of potential figures, or how various Islamic calligraphies were disciplined by the state, only to keep having various images arise from their edges, Marks describes how there was a constant attempt to tame lines and their voids, to keep images from creeping into words and words from exploding into images, to prevent figures dissolving back into patterns, and to eliminate various other unruly aspects which came about from the productive constraint of aniconism.

Kathleen Scott; Enfoldment and Infinity: Nick marked it as to-read Jan 26, David Aldred said this on January 6, at Marks proposes an aesthetics of unfolding and enfolding in which image, information, and the infinite interact: Soviet cinema and the fantasy of no limits. For Marks these traces serve as reservoirs which periodically resurface, and whose effects are being seen today in various new media formations. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Mahdieh Fahimi marked it as to-read Dec 12, From here, Marks then proceeds to a series of semi-historical chapters, which lay the groundwork for understanding the nets of transmission of Islamic ideas to the West.


Some required using ratios to produce a proportioned relation between individual characters and the flourishes allowed in calligraphic inscriptions. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Nov 06, Essma rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mandelbrot fractals, enfolding massive diversity into elegant code from those which simply echo and reflect a centralized sameness, a difference which, building on Deleuze, could be described as that between reflection and refraction and for more on this in regard to political formations, see here.

As an artist I thank her for this book, as a student of the arts who was only tau I have yet to come across an art theory book that moved me so profoundly that I cried after finishing the last line. This finds artistic expression in the ways in which lines often seem to have a life of their own in a variety of Islamic patterns, such that these lines can be thought of as points leaping outside themselves, giving rise to forms by means of the forces they trace.

With this painting it becomes only too clear how deep the influence of Islamic culture reached into Dutch art and Western art. From Linda Williams to Kink. Mirsaid marked it as to-read Jan 21, Just as modernism was torn between the drive for purity and that of neo-Baroque excess ie: In everyday language, we have computational images ie: Information unfolds from the infinite, image unfolds from information.

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What cultural policy in the era of globalization and electronic media? Sam Scott added it Feb 05, Whatever the opinion on the similarities between these models, one has to credit Marks for noting that New Media models vary from hers in layers and for seemingly fitting into that category nevertheless. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

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Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art by Laura U. Marks

Both Christian and Arabic models were in fact influences of Neoplatonic models propagating from Plotinus to Porphyry, Proclus, Ammonius, absorbing various Aristotelian, Stoic, and Epicurean influences on the way to form a grand Neoplatonic synthesis that dominated philosophico-religious thought from the period of late Antiquity about CE to the early modern period the rise of Carteisianism around CE. Sign in via your Institution Sign in. For some Islamic governments during the classical period, strict measures were taken to rein things in.


Jean Rouch and the camera eyewitness. A Networkological Glossary Manifoldness: To put this in more familiar Deleuzian terms, these are the notions of the virtual, code, and the actual. Taken to its extreme, everything we see can be thought of as simply enfoldment and infinity, with code as the twist in the Moebial band that intertwines the one within the other without ever breaking into an otherworldly dualism.

Book review: Enfoldment and Infinity by Laura U. Marks

Mystification, for Marks, is a powerful force for repression, and she sees the austere geometric pureness of some Islamic works as similar to some modernisms which emphasize purity of geometry, or new media works that emphasize spectacle rather than interactivity. Contact Contact Us Help.

This is Not UnVirtual Reality: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. And as Marks indicates, this model finds a precursor, in the very source of Medieval European philosophy, namely, Medieval Islamic thought. Marks’s depth of understanding of Islamic culture and the various philosophies that historically have been used to produce its art—including poetry, architecture, utensil decoration, music and of course carpets—is quite profound. The infinite is the intrinsic meaning enfolded in both.

In Enfoldment and Infinity, Laura Marks traces the strong similarities. Whatever the physical analogues, however, according to Marks, the similarity between many contemporary Western models, such as those seen in Bergson and Deleuze, and a variety of Islamic predecessors, can be read as potential evidence for a perhaps unconscious and subterranean influence of Islamic thought on the present, often via intermediary chains of influences ie: Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

On my website I post the public publishings that are on the web and my bachelor thesis. Although certainly distinct from one another, these enffoldment bear traces of a common origin that manifests itself to discerning viewers.