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, 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 in the process, and advancing substantially in regard to medical, mathematical, and scientific knowledge, before the leading edge infinnity that tradition moved back to Europe.

In all this, the tension between neo-Baroque proliferation and the forces infiniyy centralizationplays out, from classical Islamic art and philosophy to new media formations.

During the first two chapters her motivation of the title becomes clear.

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To ask other readers questions about Enfoldment and Infinityplease sign up. Chapters 3 to 5 follow the westward travels of Islamic aesthetics from the 12th through the 20th centuries. Wago Kreider marked it as to-read Nov 30, Chapter 7 is mainly devoted to atomism, a brief and fascinating movement in 9th-century Iraq, which holds that the world consists of accident and fluctuation, changing at God’s command.

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.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. View freely available titles: Clarke and Robert K. Sign In Forgot password? 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. 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.


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

This book is important because it reveals how much Islamic culture actually influenced the world and enflldment has the power to make us recognize traces of Islamic culture in.

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She argues “that new media art, considered Western, has an enfoldmnt genealogy in the aesthetics, philosophy, and science of classical Islam” p.

If early European modernity found philosophical expression in the individuality given philosophical form in the Cartesian cogito, which was then radicalized via Kantianism, it seems today that with the rise of networked formations, such as global capitalism and infiinty internet, that perhaps the trend to more post- and supra-individual znd 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.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Chapter 1 is basically an introduction and description of the approach taken in the following chapters.

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Chapter 10 explores the idea that unfolding is like life itself. On Hyalo-Signs and Crystal Images. There are 10 chapters, followed by an extensive notes section and an excellent index. Andrew Uroskie marked it as to-read Jul 16, I will undoubtedly be reading through this weblog a lot more. Thank you so much. LikeBe the first to like this post. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Her argument is more than metaphorical; she shows that the “Islamic” quality of modern and new media art is a latent, deeply enfolded, historical inheritance from Islamic art and thought.


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Aquinas, Scotus, Ockham which when combined with Maimonides, who wrote in Arabic and was widely influenced by thinkers like ibn Faradi and ibn Bajja, influenced Spinoza so much. The dome is composed of a multitude of tiny, pixel-like cells known as muquarna. Citing articles via Google Scholar.

Book review: Enfoldment and Infinity by Laura U. Marks

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. All things taken into account, I think this is a fine book which can teach us much about our origins and our ignorance. Trivia About Enfoldment and In From morphing calligraphies and figures to virtual spacetimes, Marks keeps tracing a struggle between the powers of centralization and those of proliferation and creation. Mirsaid marked it as to-read Jan 21, Create a free website or blog at WordPress.

But I had little sense of just how amazing this book was going to be. From such a perspective, thinking of our age as potentially neo-Medieval might be true in more senses than one. Whatever the physical analogues, however, according to Marks, the similarity between many contemporary Western models, such as those seen in Bergson and Deleuze, and a variety of Islamic predecessors, can be read as potential evidence for a perhaps unconscious and subterranean influence of Islamic thought on the present, often via intermediary chains of influences ie: After demonstrating historically how Islamic aesthetics traveled into Western art, Marks draws explicit parallels between works of classical Islamic art and new media art, describing texts that burst into image, lines that multiply to form fractal spaces, “nonorganic life” in carpets and algorithms, and other shared concepts and images.

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