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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She discusses the similarities of unity God and codeinfinity spiritual and virtualthe vector Mecca and telepresenceaniconism figurative images and viralsabstract line and haptic space abstract decorating figures and computer art and embodied perception subjective experiences in time and space.

I acknowledge that the Islamic genealogy is the main argumentation of the book, but I think Marks could have postulated more on modern culture instead of mostly discussing historical Eastern and Western culture. Describing how these lines give rise to proliferation of potential figures, or how various Islamic calligraphies were disciplined by the state, only to keep having various images arise from their edges, Marks describes how there was a constant attempt to tame lines and their voids, to keep images from creeping into words and words from exploding into images, to prevent figures dissolving back into patterns, and to eliminate various other unruly aspects which came about from the productive constraint of aniconism.

Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art (Leonardo Book Series)

Try to trace a pattern without finding yourself in another one: Marks carefully traces the network of influences between Alexandria, Constantinople, Damascus, and Venice, and describes how Venetian culture during the period of the crusades was absolutely permeated with that of the more developed Islamic world.

Perhaps then it is not all that much of a stretch to think of all that is as algorithmic, a massively networked intertwining of potential, algorithms, and actualities.

In everyday language, we have computational images ie: The user can only interact with those two layers. Ramtin rated it it was amazing Jan 10, You are commenting using your WordPress.


To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Just as modernism was torn between the drive for purity and that of neo-Baroque excess ie: Eastern Influence in Western Art Enfoldment and Infinity gives a very detailed anc into mutual exchange of cultural values between the East and the West.

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

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From morphing calligraphies and figures to virtual spacetimes, Marks keeps tracing a struggle between the powers of centralization and those of proliferation and creation. Fractalizing Emanation since the Timurids: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Create a free website or blog at WordPress. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Melissa Ski marked it as to-read Dec 22, Sign In Forgot password?

This chapter ponders whether networks are the haptic space of our age. Nick marked it as to-read Jan 26, ehfoldment No trivia or quizzes yet.

I am a Dutch student at the University of Amsterdam. If early European modernity found philosophical expression in the individuality given philosophical form in the Cartesian cogito, which was then radicalized via Nad, 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.

If you would like enfoldmsnt authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. In that way, the Web and the Google Index are infinity, the Google crawlers and algorithms are information and the user interface is the image.

And enflodment scientists are increasingly using the algorithmic aspects of our world to produce designer molecules, organs, and even organisms. This refraction of unity into multiplicity by means of its interference with a refraction matrix of some sort is something which seems uncannily to be anticipated by some of the philosophical models described here.


And as Bernard Stiegler has argued, since so many of us have no idea how to read these often hidden codes, we are the first generation in history that has hidden its memory of how to produce itself from itself within its own products, a massive form of forgetting which is radically disempowering and which needs to be actively countered.

Media theorist Laura U.

But how might it be possible to think of Islamic philosophy as algorithmic? I expect to be drawing from the conceptual resources this book infiniyy for a very long time. To put this in more familiar Deleuzian terms, these are the notions of the virtual, code, and the actual.

And the question then becomes, what sort of God do you envisage, the radically creative one of Spinoza, or the centralizing and hierarchizing one of Leibniz? In Enfoldment and Infinity, Laura Marks traces the strong similarities In both classical Islamic art and contemporary new media art, one point can unfold to reveal an entire universe.

Ayaanle Hori areh marked it as to-read May 27, Email Subscription Enter your email address to subscribe to this enfolfment and receive notifications of new posts by email. Few things could be more contemporary perhaps than examining the various networked gods that dominated thought in the so-called middle ages.

Andrew Uroskie marked it as to-read Jul 16, A fourteenth-century dome decorated with geometric complexity and a new media work that shapes a dome from programmed beams of light: This book is important because it reveals how much Islamic culture actually influenced the world and it has the power to make us recognize traces of Islamic culture in.

On the far left side there is the vast universe of the web. For Marks these traces serve as reservoirs which periodically resurface, and whose effects are being seen today in various new media formations.