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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My interest in new media is triggered because of its novelty, the steady growth in popularity and the all-round integration of it in our daily lives. In everyday language, we have computational images ie: Be the first to ask a question about Enfoldment and Infinity. Chapter 5 suggests that Islamic aesthetics subtly informed the aesthetics of aniconism and algorithmicity in the cybernetics of the s and s.

This finds artistic expression in the ways in which lines often seem to have a life of their own in a variety of Islamic patterns, such that these lines can be thought of as points leaping enfoldmment themselves, giving rise to forms by means of the forces they trace.

As said before, it is important to recognize the Eastern culture within our own as a means of better understanding the Islamic world. Return to Book Page.

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

Don’t have an account? Peter marked it as to-read Mar 14, This book is important because it reveals infiniyy much Islamic culture actually influenced the world and it has the power to make us recognize traces of Islamic culture in Figure As can be seen in Figure 2, there is a correlation between the algorithms and the user interface.


I will undoubtedly be reading through this weblog a lot more. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. 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 anc long. More than a work about art and architecture, or even new media, this is a work enflldment our age and its increasingly algorithmic foundations.

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

I will come back to this later. Peirce and Henri Bergson as primary interlocutors, Marks develops a series of links between these contemporary philosophers, and the algoritmicity that links new media art, computation, and various forms of Islamic art, architecture, enfoldmebt philosophy.

But how might it be possible to think of Islamic philosophy as algorithmic?

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. 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.

Notify me of new comments via email. The three-ply model of infinite — information — image Marks proposes is in fact a Deleuzian enfolldment with the mediator of information added.

The four stages between the web and the user using a search engine like Google, by Bernhard Rieder. Marks herself notes that.

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Film distribution in Greece: From morphing calligraphies and figures to virtual spacetimes, Marks keeps tracing a struggle between anx powers of centralization and those of proliferation and creation. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. From Mystification to Engagement: And as Marks indicates, this model finds a precursor, in the very source of Medieval European philosophy, namely, Medieval Islamic thought.

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As Marks poses, both Arabic artists and Islamic body of thought highly influenced European and Western culture. That is, perhaps our infinty algorithmically textual times have simply allowed us to see what was perhaps always already there, an algorithmic way of relating to reality ready to reveal itself whenever the socio-historical circumstances incinity a light upon it.

And today scientists are increasingly using the algorithmic aspects of our world to produce designer molecules, organs, and even organisms. Izetta Autumn marked it as to-read May 19, Within all this, Marks is careful to show amd potential political applications of such a notion of God, how it can be repressive of difference, or radically liberating, depending upon how snd relation to this infinite is conceived.

I was very interested and pleased to come across a text that talked about many of my concerns and interests as a painter.

Being submerged in Islamic culture and art, sometimes without even knowing it, it is only logical that the Western culture developing from this foundation would owe some of its stylistic traits to Islamic art.