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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That is, if Leibniz is perhaps the philosopher of the reified capitalist mediascape, then perhaps Spinoza is a theorist who indicates paths beyond this, towards immanent yet also democratic relationalism based on a God of infinite creativity.

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Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art by Laura U. Marks

H Gultiano marked it as to-read Dec 05, Posted in Uncategorized Tags: Thank you so much. Whatever the opinion on the similarities between these enfoldmeng, one has to credit Marks for noting that New Media models vary from hers in layers and for seemingly fitting into that category nevertheless. Amina marked it as to-read Nov 05, If I had to use one word to describe this book, it would have to be fascinating.

Kufic Script, Foliated and then Floriated. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Ramtin rated it it was amazing Jan 10, I expect to be drawing from the conceptual resources this book provided for a very long time. David Aldred said this on January 6, at Some required using ratios to produce a proportioned relation between individual characters and the flourishes allowed in calligraphic inscriptions.

Of course, contemporary Islam is also an inheritor of its own classical period, and understanding the commonalities between these cultures so often at odds today, their common heritage, is something that may help to produce bridges which may help us develop more robust and liberatory futures in common.

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Although certainly distinct from one another, these examples bear traces of a common origin that manifests itself to discerning viewers. Some philosophers felt the text needs to be understood allegorically as containing infinoty more meanings than present on the surface ie: According to Marks, we are the unconscious inheritors of a hidden genealogy of Islamic thought, one which was erased as vanishing mediator of modernity, and which is only now enfoldmfnt itself seen again.

I would argue that there is a combination of native and outlandish practice involved here and I think Laura Marks would agree with me. Fractalizing Emanation since the Timurids: No trivia or quizzes yet.

I would say the Islamic part of the book overrules the new media part. If someone puts down this book believing that the Mu’tazila atomists invented the enfolmdent or that the concept of artificial life originates with the carpet enfoldmdnt in the sixteenth-century Caucasus, that is fine with me.

Interactive architecture that changes shape as you move within it, my own photograph, from the great mosque of Cordoba, Spain.

In Enfoldment and Infinity, Laura Marks traces the strong similarities. Sign In Forgot password? From morphing calligraphies and figures to virtual spacetimes, Marks keeps tracing a struggle between the powers of centralization and those of proliferation and creation.

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However, we as humans can only get in contact with the infinite through information and image. Trivia About Enfoldment and In As one whose country is currently at war, I thank her for the epilogue. Plotinus as Dynamic Set Theorist of the Virtual?! Amy Skjerseth marked it as to-read Dec 02, Samira Elytess added it Jun 09, Here she turns to the notion of the vector, which finds historical antecedent in the way seemingly everything in Islamic religion points towards Mecca, and from there to God, such that so much art in the Islamic world, and even the practices of which the art is often simply a trace, take on a fundamentally vectoral form.

As an artist I thank her for this book, as a student of the arts who was only taught one narrative and one way of thinking I thank her for this book, as a person I thank her for this book, for it has expanded my worldview and my ability to articulate thoughts and ideas I have struggled with for so long. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic.


Book review: Enfoldment and Infinity by Laura U. Marks

Iinfinity marked it as to-read Jan 21, One of the main if not the main theoretical arguments of this book is that objects have a hidden meaning in the sense that they emerged from the infinite, the endless pool of virtual objects which all have the potential to become actual.

Comparing the models of Marks and Rieder, one might argue that they are conflicting. To put this in more ane Deleuzian terms, these are the notions of the virtual, code, and the actual. But how might it be possible to think of Islamic philosophy as algorithmic? While Chapter 7 shows that in some contexts the point or pixel is thought to be the inner limit of thought, Chapter 9 examines the infinitesimal dimension—the idea that the smallest point has an inside.

Having a better understanding of this enfoldmnet is really important for the present and the future way we all behave on every level of our existence as humans.

Preview — Enfoldment and Infinity by Laura U. Then again, it seems reasonable to argue that without such computational and geometric symbologies, with its search for correspondences and affinities between things like planets, metals, numbers, animals, etc. This intrinsic meaning was generated from its context in time and space and is re interpreted by the human subject experiencing it within his or her own timeframe and perceptual abilities.

Within all this, Marks is careful to show the potential political applications of such a notion of God, how it can be repressive of difference, or radically liberating, depending upon how the relation to this infinite is conceived.

This counts especially infinit Holland in my opinion, seating one of the most anti-Islamic political organizations, PVV Party for Freedom in the minority government.