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Alfred Gell puts forward a new anthropological theory of visual art, seen as a form of instrumental action: the making of things as a means of influencing the. Alfred Antony Francis Gell, FBA was a British social anthropologist whose most influential work concerned art, language, In his book Art and Agency, Gell formulated an influential theory of art based on abductive reasoning. Gell argues . In his book, Art and agency, Alfred Gell presents a theory of art based neither on aes- thetics nor Gell sets out to provide an anthropological theory of art, rather.

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I understand this and his other statements along this line that art-producing technologies contribute to the collectivity and reproduction of societies, constitution of the social world. Art, Self alcred Knowledge. How does it affect the constitution of social relations?

Gell tries to explain the power of art by means of his concepts of technology of enchantment and enchantment of technology. In his book Art and AgencyGell formulated an influential theory of art based on abductive reasoning.

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Views Read Edit View history. Thinking Beyond the Head. Can we discuss possibly his theory of the magical power of art-works and their efficacy in the context of the public sphere?

He argues that existing anthropological and aesthetic theories take an overwhelmingly passive point of view, and questions the criteria that accord art status only to a certain class of objects and not to others.


The Need for an Anthropology of Art 2.

Craft technologies are bodies of knowledge, socially shared and collectively produced and reproduced. Sign in Create an account.

The Critique of the Index 7.

He was also a Fellow of the British Academy. Gell writes “as a technical system, art is oriented towards the production of the social consequences which ensue from the production of these objects. A Clarendon Press Publication. Weiner – aft Berg.

To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. How do technical processes employed in the production of art make us see the world in enchanted form?

He shows how art objects embody complex intentionalities and znd social agency, and he explores the psychology of patterns and perceptions, art and personhood, the control of knowledge, and the interpretation of meaning, drawing upon a diversity of artistic traditions–European, Indian, Polynesian, Melanesian, and Australian.

Alfred Gell puts forward a new anthropological theory of visual art, seen as a form of instrumental action: He died of cancer inanthroplogical the age of The Extended Mind Bibliography Index.

Art and Agency – Alfred Gell – Oxford University Press

The Distributed Person 8. It embodies the intellectual bravura, lively wit, vigour, and erudition for which he was admired, and will stand as an enduring testament to one of the most gifted anthropologists of his generation. Ebook This title is available as an ebook. I found Gell’s discussion of this knowledge sphere rather limited, except perhaps in the last section on the Trobriand Garden. Defining the art object in his book Art and Agency, he gives the example of a fear-inducing shield p.


Beautifully written, in a lively and erudite style. The Theory of the Art Nexus 3. Sign in to use ans feature.

Art and Agency

Looking at the Hidden Side of the Material World. Non-Western Art and the Concept of Art: The logical mechanism of aesthetical abduction for Gell is a transcultural one.

History of Western Philosophy. In his seminal works, “The Enchantment of Technology and the Technology of Enchantment”and Art and Agency he draws together the ways of acting in idolatry, fetishism, and witchcraft with contemporary Western art to illustrate the commonalities in how objects mediate and act on social relations.

Find it on Scholar. Alfred Gell and the anthropological theory of artifacts. No keywords specified fix it. It can be alfrec now for delivery when back in stock. We addressed this a little bit with the fetish discussion. What is Wrong with an Art Forgery?: Science Logic and Mathematics.

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The Origination of the Index 6. In my favourite quote from the Art and Agency book, Gell views “art as a system of action, intended to change the world rather than encode symbolic propositions about it”.

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