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Making Sense

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

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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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Illustrations Figure 1 Anish Kapoor, Tall Tree and the Eye (2009), Royal Academy of Arts, London. Courtesy of the Royal Academy of Arts and Anish Kapoor, 2010. Figure 2 Sally Mann, Untitled (#1) (1998). Copyright Sally Mann. Courtesy of the Gagosian Gallery. Figure 3 Sally Mann, Untitled (1998). Copyright Sally Mann. Courtesy of the Gagosian Gallery. Figure 4 Sally Mann, Untitled (GA #15) (1996). Copyright Sally Mann. Courtesy of the Gagosian Gallery. Figure 5 Sally Mann, Candy Cigarette (1989). Copyright Sally Mann. Courtesy of the Gagosian Gallery. Figure 6 Vanessa Bell, Abstract Painting (1914), oil on canvas. Courtesy of the Tate, London. Figure 7 Caroline Rannersberger, The Fold 6 Panel (2009), oil and encaustic on African mahogany, private collection. Image courtesy of the artist. Figure 8 Caroline Rannersberger. Parallel Worlds (2008), beeswax, pigment and oil on paper, private collection. Image courtesy of the artist.

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