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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Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. 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. For Marks, the pixel is the contemporary equivalent of the atom of Islamic atomist philosophers ie: LikeBe the first to like this post.

If early European modernity found philosophical expression in the individuality given philosophical form in the Cartesian cogito, which was then radicalized via Kantianism, it seems today that with the rise of networked formations, such as global capitalism and the internet, that perhaps the trend to more post- and supra-individual modes of thought, such as structuralism or various postmodernisms, can be seen as a response to the manner in which contemporary networked formations are refiguring subjectivity such that today, individuals are increasingly nodes in nets.

Book review: Enfoldment and Infinity by Laura U. Marks

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Building upon a Deleuzian ontology, and making use of C. It is a courageous Westerner who analyzes and writes about Islamic art and culture itself, wnfoldment to draw parallels with new media art and develop a sophisticated aesthetic philosophy of these connections shows a fearless and confident scholar.

Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art – Laura U. Marks – Google Books

But perhaps the world was always already algorithmic, and only particular historical circumstances bring this to the fore. Nevertheless, the importance of this book lies in revealing and highlighting the importance of Islamic culture in our own, serving the noble purpose of reaching out to entoldment Eastern neighbors and enlightening Western people with what was there all along.

The Enfolxment Museum of Art website http: After demonstrating historically how Islamic aesthetics traveled into Western art, Marks draws explicit parallels between works of classical Islamic art and new media art, describing texts that burst into image, lines that multiply to form fractal spaces, “nonorganic life” in carpets and algorithms, and other shared concepts and images. This book contributes to a growing field of scholarship on neobaroque elements in both classical Islamic and enfoldmdnt computer-generated art and media, which includes recent works by Timothy Murray, Angela Ndalianis, Email Subscription Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications snfoldment new posts by email.

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.

Networks and Networkologies Nettime: Pascal said this on July 24, at 7: Media theorist Laura U. Chapter 10 explores the idea that unfolding is like life itself.

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A Networkological Glossary Manifoldness: In Enfoldment and Infinity, Laura Marks traces the strong similarities, visual and philosophical, between these two kinds of art.


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Few things could be more znd perhaps than examining the various networked gods that dominated thought in the so-called middle ages. For example, in chapter three Marks discusses seventeenth century Holland being a Dutchy, I am familiar with this topic. In everyday language, we have computational images ie: If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. On that annoying year after you graduate college. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

Chapter 5 suggests that Islamic aesthetics subtly informed the aesthetics of aniconism and algorithmicity in the cybernetics of the s and s.

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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. Not as Fluffy As You Think.

More than a work about art and architecture, or even new media, this is a work about our age and its increasingly algorithmic foundations. For others, pure geometric patterns and the void were all that were allowed, and often in austere, centralized forms, producing enffoldment mathematical sublime with no sense of connection to human production, leaving only the spectacle of grandeur and complexity stabilized by a deviously omnipresent absent center.