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Making Sense

For an Effective Aesthetics- Includes an original essay by Jean-Luc Nancy


Edited By Lorna Collins and Elizabeth Rush

This volume of texts and images has evolved from papers given at the inaugural Making Sense colloquium, which was held at the University of Cambridge in September 2009. The chapters collected here reflect the multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary sense made at this event, which became something of an artistic installation in itself. The essay ‘Making Sense’ by Jean-Luc Nancy provided the grand finale for the colloquium and is also the culmination of the volume. The collection also includes articles that expound and critique Nancean theory, as well as those that provide challenging manifestos or question the divide between artist and artisan. The volume contrasts works that use texts to make sense of the world with performance pieces that question the sense of theory and seek to make sense through craft, plastic art or painting. By juxtaposing works of pure theory with pieces that incorporate poetry, prose and performance, the book presents the reader with a distillation of the creative act.


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Acknowledgements ix List of Illustrations xi Lorna Collins Introduction 1 Part 1 Theoretical Approaches to Making Sense 7 Florian Forestier Sens et composition: quelques remarques sur la pensée du sens et de l’art chez Jean-Luc Nancy 9 Ian James Af fection and Infinity 23 Ryosuke Kakinami Making Sense of the Fragment: A Reading of The Literary Absolute 33 Part 2 Manifestos 49 Christopher Watkin Making Ethical Sense 51 Patricia Ribault Making Makes Sense: Craft as an Exploratory Mode of Thinking 55 vi Hugues Azérad Making Sense of Epiphanic Images 63 Faith Lawrence The Art of Listening 77 Part 3 Poetry 87 Carol Mavor ‘Phantoms of the Past, Dear Companions of Childhood, Vanished Friends’: Making Sense of Sally Mann’s Trees 89 Benjamin Morris On Bilingualism in English 113 Part 4 Performance Art 131 Susan Sellers and Elizabeth Wright Painting in Prose: Performing the Artist in Susan Sellers’s Vanessa and Virginia 133 Jennifer Milligan, Jean-Luc Moriceau and Victor Bellaich I Could Only Tell, by the Skin of my Body 141 Alice Shyy Making ‘Me’ Things Makes ‘You’ 149 Part 5 Making Sense as ‘Event’ 155 Caroline Rannersberger The Sensation of Painting Country in Remote Northern Australia 157 vii Lorna Collins Making Sense of Territory: The Painting Event 185 Laura McMahon Passage of Sense: Anish Kapoor’s Memory (2008) with Jean-Luc Nancy 199 Part 6 Conclusion 207 Jean-Luc Nancy Making Sense 209 Jean-Luc Nancy, translated by Emma Wilson Making Sense (Translation) 215 Notes on Contributors 221 Index 227

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