Reading Dung Kai-cheung: Invention and Authenticity

It is hard to find a traditional Chinese book to read in London. I complained to my mum and she mailed me a book from my bookshelf in Hong Kong. It was written by Hong Kong writer Dung Kai-cheung, including articles from 1997 to 2010 that shared his views on literature and experience on writing.… Continue reading Reading Dung Kai-cheung: Invention and Authenticity

Cabinet of Curiosities, Mark Dion and the University as Installation Colleen J. Sheehy, editor

A Walrus Head in the Art Museum Mark Dion Digs into the University of Minnesota Colleen J. Sheehy P.3 Nine cabinets lined the opposite gallery wall, recreating the style of Renaissance cabinets of curiosities with their density of display and the integration of biological specimens with minerals, fossils, sculpture, paintings, decorative objects, books, musical instruments,… Continue reading Cabinet of Curiosities, Mark Dion and the University as Installation Colleen J. Sheehy, editor

Fantastic Metamorphoses, Other Worlds, Marina Warner

Introduction P.2 The blurring here between art and nature, as in the imagery of wax moulding, in order to convey the migrating forms of life… metamorphosis is the principle of organic vitality as well as the pulse in the body of art. This concept lies at the heart of classical and other myths, and governs… Continue reading Fantastic Metamorphoses, Other Worlds, Marina Warner

Animism, Graham Harvey

P.xi Animists are people who recognise that the world is full of persons, only some of whom are human, and that life is always lived in relationship with others. Older usage: refers to an putative concern with knowing what is alive and what makes a being alive. It alleges a ‘belief in spirits’ or ‘non-empirical… Continue reading Animism, Graham Harvey

Aspects of Form Edited by Lancelot Law Whyte

Aspects of Form Edited by Lancelot Law Whyte Form in Plants F.G. Gregory P.57 The study of form in organisms goes by the name of Morphology, a term introduced into biology by Goethe in 1827. Gestalt Psychology and Artistic Form Rudolf Arnheim P.196 Gestalt theory deals with form only as the manifestation of forces…. e.g.… Continue reading Aspects of Form Edited by Lancelot Law Whyte

Landscape & Memory, Simon Schama

P.6 And if a child’s vision of nature can already be loaded with complicating memories, myths, and meanings, how much more elaborately wrought is the frame through which our adult eyes survey the landscape. For although we are accustomed to separate nature and human perception into two realms, they are, in fact, invisible. Before it… Continue reading Landscape & Memory, Simon Schama

Information of trees “Trees are horribly intermingled,” Fisher says. He points to the example of cottonwood trees. “Below ground, they’re connected by a network of large roots that make them one genetic individual. You can think of a trunk as really fingertips on a buried hand.” So what looks like a whole forest is really just one… Continue reading Information of trees