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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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Notes on Contributors Hugues Azérad specializes in comparative literature (in particular Proust, Reverdy, Joyce and Faulkner) and French poetry. He currently works on the notions of the modernist image, aesthetic experience/knowledge and utopia in literature, poetry and film. He teaches French literature and language in the French department and at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He is the co- editor (with Peter Collier) of Twentieth-Century French Poetry: A Critical Anthology (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and the author of L’Univers constellé de Proust, Joyce et Faulkner: le concept d’épiphanie dans l’esthétique du modernisme (Peter Lang, 2002). He has also written articles on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature that have appeared in Modern Language Review, New Comparison, The Journal of Romance Studies, Alizés and La Revue française. Lorna Collins is an art theorist and arts journalist, guided by her strong interest in arts practice. She is currently completing a PhD at the University of Cambridge, where she is a Foundation Scholar at Jesus College. Her philo- sophical work develops the concept of Making Sense through the aesthetic theories of Deleuze and Guattari, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Rancière and Bernard Stiegler. The point of her research is to build an understanding of how engaging with art, through French theory, helps us to make sense of the world, which then moves a theoretical interpretation towards an actual praxis, with various Making Sense events being held around the world. Florian Forestier’s doctoral thesis concerns the speculative foundations of contemporary phenomenology and its relation...

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