abstractions by their function within a poetic genre—the Pindaric ode—whose structure, to a large extent, dictates the meaning of the text. While the history of political thought tends to regard its objects of study as pieces of intellectual property acquired
Queerness, Tactility, and Abstraction in the Hand-Processed Films of Roger Jacoby
This article reexamines the career of Roger Jacoby (1945–1985), an abstract painter and gay liberation activist who became renowned for processing film in his darkened bathtub and for films that featured his partner, Ondine, the Andy Warhol Superstar. Through a consideration of film shorts made in the 1970s and 1980s, the article argues that Jacoby’s principal innovation was the exploration of hand-processing, which resulted in films that resembled abstract expressionist paintings in motion. Additionally, it considers hand-processing as an overlooked, albeit powerful, vehicle for expressing non-normative sexuality in American avant-garde film. It situates Jacoby alongside gay filmmakers Kenneth Anger, Gregory Markopoulos, and Jack Smith, and considers how hand-processed media can generate a “corporealized” spectator and disrupt patterns of filmic illusionism and heterosexist protocols of sexual/gender representation.
Comments on Art and Comparative Cultural History
It is very gratifying, at the end of the long journey this book entailed, to have responses generated from two fields and from some of the scholars whose writings have inspired me along the way. What I’d like to do in my comments is not to rehash material in the book—I hope those of you who haven’t yet will get a chance to read it. (It is now available in a paperback edition.) Rather, I’d like to raise some broader issues for our future work relating to the position of navigating between the disciplines of art history and cultural history as we try to write in the links between biography, society, and style in specific national contexts, and the particular benefits of comparative analysis as we do so.
Abstraction and Apparatuses of Atmospheric Attunement in Matsutake Worlds
Scenes from mushroom technosciences illuminate forms, practices, and temporalities of atmospheric attunement. This article reanimates moments from scientific literature where chemists and mycologists chase elusive smells and spores, explicating how scientists’ experimental apparatuses of attunement arrange conditions for matsutake to be reduced and concentrated toward the goal of sensibility. Reduction and concentration do more than translate atmospheric elusiveness into specification; achieved through grinding, evaporating, and remixing, they condition a ‘tending to suspension’. Tending to suspension amplifies qualities and throws subjects and sensorial attention into the middle of volumes and durations. ‘Tending’ implies care as well as a ‘tending toward’—the sense that something may develop a tendency. Experimental apparatuses of atmospheric attunement, tending to such tendings, model a method for anthropological study of diffuse objects.
Raising the Status of a New Secondary School Type by Means of Mathematical Abstraction
Gerrit F. Gorter, Hilda T. A. Amsing, and Jeroen J. H. Dekker
Netherlands underwent a partial revolution in the 1970s. In particular, sixteen- to seventeen-year-old pupils in the upper years of pre-university education (VWO in the Netherlands) were confronted with an unprecedented degree of abstraction. That abstraction
Overcoming the Quantity-Quality Divide in Economic Anthropology
Sandy Ross, Mario Schmidt, and Ville Koskinen
] 2011: 253) “endless series of possible volitions, self-developing actions and satisfactions” illustrate how infinity, often masked as abstraction, plays a central role in money’s conceptualization. However, we rarely consider how finite amounts of
Container economies in a European transshipment port
Hege Høyer Leivestad
ascribed to money, as units of account, means of exchange, and as material abstractions of heterogeneous value, are also true for the shipping container. By ethnographically zooming in on the shipping container's movement in the container port, I show
and Thompson 2018 ; Lægaard 2019 ). 3) The interpretation of cases in CDT accordingly must follow two further principles: abstraction and comparison. Abstraction is needed in any inductive approach. The foundation of CDT on the dimension of
A Word on Life as Biological Asset
Jennifer E. Telesca
’ overlap that the reader may access on a microscale the violence of a language used in scientific management when appropriated in a field of power, or the way cold, distancing metrics of numerical abstractions get imposed on living beings, for profit
brushes aside the manifold reasons for this anxiety through recourse to stark generalities and abstractions. For instance, in her only explicit concession to critiques of the party form in her book-length exposition of communism, The Communist Horizon