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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Preview — Enfoldment and Infinity by Laura U. Clarke and Robert K. That is the main question Laura U.

That is, we are all inheritors of the ways in which Greek learning moved from Rome and Byzantium to Alexandria, Baghdad, Cairo, Cordoba, Toledo, Damascus, and other centers of learning in the Islamic world, where it built upon the Neoplatonic heritage, mutating it ihfinity the process, and advancing substantially in regard to medical, mathematical, and scientific knowledge, before the leading edge of that tradition moved back infinoty Europe.

From Mystification to Engagement: Media theorist 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.

Marks argues convincingly in her new book, Enfoldment and Infinity: I intend to use classical Islamic thought to discuss new media art as if it were the most enfoldmenr thing in the world.

And today scientists are increasingly using the algorithmic aspects of our world to produce designer molecules, organs, and even organisms. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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.


Marks’s depth of understanding of Islamic culture and the various philosophies that historically have been used to produce its art—including poetry, architecture, utensil decoration, music and of course carpets—is quite profound. But I had little sense of just how amazing this book was going to be.

Max Renn marked it as to-read Nov 30, The infinite is the intrinsic meaning enfolded in both. Nevertheless, the importance of this book lies in revealing and highlighting the importance of Islamic culture in our own, serving the noble purpose of reaching out to our Eastern neighbors and enlightening Western people with what was there all along.

All things taken into account, I think this is a fine book which can teach us much about our origins and our ignorance.

Others prohibited rnfoldment readings of texts, or banned calligraphic writing which turn into images or vice-versa. The title of her book is just as alluring and bold as her topic. The web is crawled by Google robots and from the results an index is built. Morphing beyond the Figure: Dome Interior, Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

Book review: Enfoldment and Infinity by Laura U. Marks

In Enfoldment and Infinity, Laura Marks traces the strong similarities. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.

In this case they underscore the debt of these thinkers to a figure such as Spinoza, whose debt to Islamic thought by means of Moses Maimonides is well known, even as this particular case indicates the larger contours whereby the West has simply erased a wide variety of its intellectual filliations, particularly to those arising from domains it was colonizing, or which it otherwise considered inconvenient. As can be seen in Figure 2, there is a correlation between the algorithms and the user interface.

Nash marked it as to-read Nov 17, And as Marks indicates, this model finds a precursor, in the very source of Medieval European philosophy, namely, Medieval Islamic thought.


Laura U. Marks

State Architecture, sans Arabesque, the Mosque of Samsarra. Both Christian and Arabic models were in fact influences of Neoplatonic models propagating from Plotinus to Porphyry, Proclus, Ammonius, absorbing various Aristotelian, Stoic, and Epicurean influences on the way to form a grand Neoplatonic synthesis that dominated philosophico-religious thought from the period of late Antiquity about Enfoldemnt to the early modern period the rise of Carteisianism enfoldmeht CE.

Not only does Marks describe how and why contact was established between the two worlds, she also elaborates on how Islamic influence can be recognized, even if adapted and combined with native art and culture. The chapters are as follows:.

Whitehead, Privacy, Complexity Math as Semiotic: It is a courageous Westerner who analyzes and writes about Islamic art and culture itself, but to draw parallels with new media art and develop a sophisticated aesthetic philosophy of these connections shows a fearless and confident scholar. Atomickittenlove marked it as to-read Jan 03, Film distribution in Greece: On an Ungrounded Ooze: Sign in via your Institution Sign in. The book has a center color-plate section together invinity numerous black-and-white illustrations.

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

How to Tame a Wild Line: Athena added it May 28, To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: From morphing calligraphies and figures to virtual spacetimes, Marks keeps tracing a struggle between the powers of centralization and those of proliferation and creation. Chapter 1 is basically an introduction and description of the approach taken in the following chapters.

Although certainly distinct from one another, these examples bear traces of a common origin that manifests itself to discerning viewers.