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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Request removal from index. The Work of Art as a Agecny Agent. Style and Culture 9. Science Logic and Mathematics. Alfred Gell puts forward a new anthropological theory of visual art, seen as a form of instrumental action: Let’s consider not simply works of art themselves, or the production of the works of art, but also the organization of art-producing technologies. So the artworks mediate the social agency. Art, Self and Knowledge.

The Distributed Person 8. The Politics of Consolation Christina Simko. Art and Agency was completed just before Alfred Gell’s death at the age of 51 in January 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. Alfred Gell and the anthropological theory of artifacts.

Gell closely follows different forms of effectiveness of ‘technical virtuosity’ of the artist. Moshe Barasch – – Routledge. How valid are these categories? Craft technologies are bodies of knowledge, socially shared and collectively produced and reproduced. Alfred Gell puts forward a new anthropological theory of visual art, seen as a form of instrumental action: Can we apply this idea to the early Mesopotamian artifacts raised by our three authors, especially the Uruk vase?


Anthropology, Art, and Aesthetics.

Art and Agency – Alfred Gell – Oxford University Press

Art and Agency was completed just before Alfred Gell’s death at anthropologiacl age of 51 in January No keywords specified fix it. The Need for an Anthropology of Art 2.

That is, using the logical mechanism of abduction: Google Books no proxy Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. Art can enchant the viewer, who is always a blind viewer, because “the technology of enchantment is founded on the enchantment of technology” the title of a previous essay on aesthetics by Gell is The Technology of Enchantment and the Enchantment of Technology He died of cancer inat the age of The Civil Sphere Jeffrey C.

Why do we need to distance ourselves from aesthetic values of the works of art to be able to talk about them critically?

The Extended Mind Bibliography Index. The logical mechanism of aesthetical abduction anthropolobical Gell is a transcultural one. Contradictory Lives Lisa I. Thinking Beyond the Head. Malden, MA and Oxford: Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. How do agecy processes employed in the production of art make us see the world in enchanted form? I found it quite intriguing, since this is one of the critical questions we have in front of us when dealing with the ancient world and the world of colonial Africa.


Gell takes it from the linguist Charles Sanders Peirce as a case of synthetic inferencewhere you are in very strange circumstances, which could be explained by the supposition that it is a case obedient to some rule, and therefore we adopt such a supposition. Social and cultural anthropology. Gell argues that ‘ art in general although his attention focuses on visual artifacts, like the prows of the boats of the Trobriand islands acts on its users, i. The best book by one of the leading anthropologists of his generation.

Ebook This title is available as an ebook. We addressed this a little bit with the fetish discussion.

Alfred Gell

Looking at the Hidden Side of the Material World. Gell taught at the London School of Economics, among other places. For him bell comes to a stylistic virtuosity, able to get some sort of living presence responsereacting to works of art as if they were living beings or even people acting agencyentering aagency a personal relationship with them, triggering love, hate, desire or fear.

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