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What if all works of art were better understood as functioning apparatuses, entangling their human audiences in experiences of becoming? What if certain works of art were even able to throw the brakes on becoming altogether, making nothings rather than somethings? What would be the ethical value of making nothing, of stalling becoming; and how might such nothings even be made? Some Ways of Making Nothing: Apophatic Apparatuses in Contemporary Art borrows its understanding of apparatuses from quantum mechanics and the process philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead, and its understanding of nothing from apophatic (negative) theology. It then proposes a new way of understanding art, applying this understanding to artworks by Arakawa and Gins, Robert Fludd, David Crawford, Joshua Citarella, William Pope.L, and Haim Steinbach. Philosophy, physics, theology, and media theory are traversed and involved in order to understand art differently so that it might be made to matter more.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Donation Page, Copyright, Title Page, Dedication
  2. pp. i-x
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 15-22
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  1. I. Regarding Apparatuses and Apophasis
  1. 1. Regarding Apparatuses
  2. pp. 23-128
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  1. 2. Regarding Apophasis
  2. pp. 129-200
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  1. II. Some Apophatic Apparatuses in Contemporary Art
  1. 3. How To Do (No)things with Words: Robert Fludd’s Diagram of Hyle Vs. Arakawa and Gins’s Mechanism of Meaning
  2. pp. 201-270
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  1. 4. Generative Algorithms and Perpetual Deferment: David Crawford’s Stop Motion Studies and the Delayed Choice Quantum Eraser
  2. pp. 271-312
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  1. 5. Br(e)aking Archives and Sabotaging Institutions: Joshua Citarella’s Compression Artifacts and William Pope.L’s Black Factory
  2. pp. 313-362
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  1. 6. Theory Traps: Haim Steinbach’s Object Ensembles
  2. pp. 363-416
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  1. III. Conclusions
  1. 7. Toward an Ethics of Nothing
  2. pp. 417-440
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  1. Bibliography
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781953035387
MARC Record
OCLC
1245577658
Pages
462
Launched on MUSE
2021-04-10
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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