Review of Daston, Lorraine, ed. Things That Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science. New York: Zone Books (MIT Press). Pp. Hardcover $ Title, Things that Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science. Author, Lorraine Daston. Edition, reprint. Published, Length, 18 pages. Export Citation. Things that talk fleetingly realize the dream of a perfect language, in which words and world Lorraine Daston, Peter Galison, Anke te Heesen.
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Open Preview See a Problem? In nine original essays, internationally renowned historians of art and of science seek to understand how objects become charged with significance without l Imagine a world without things.
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In nine original essays, internationally renowned historians of art and of science seek to understand how objects become charged with significance without losing their gritty materiality. I enjoyed most the essays on bubbles and Harvard’s glass flowers. At these junctures, certain things become objects of fascination, association, and endless consideration; they begin to talk.
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This effort to appreciate the materiality of objects has previously been undertaken, most famously by art historian Michael Ann Holly I suspect that readers will be attracted to particular topics, finding some more useful than others. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Each of the nine objects examined in this book had its historical moment, when the match of this thing to thinfs thought seemed irresistible.
Other essays feature objects that are less conventional: Miguel Tamen – – Common Knowledge 15 3: This book is not yet featured on Listopia. That materialist notion was formerly known as Idealism. She argues that the appeal of the Glass Flowers is partly based on their chimerical lorfaine they are neither purely art nor purely science. According to him, since these diagnostic objects have talked back to the subject.
Daston is primarily concerned with how and why these objects have consistently attracted admirers—admirers who seem compelled to produce verbal descriptions and evaluations of the Glass Flowers. Wise chart the changing understandings of Peacock Island in late 18th- and early 19th-century Prussia; Simon Schaffer investigates how soap bubbles inspired 19th-century British scientists; Anke te Dawton examines collections of newspaper clippings from the s.
James rated it really liked it Dec 27, Rent from DeepDyve Recommend. In nine original essays, internationally renowned historians of art and of science seek to understand how objects become charged with significance without losing their gritty materiality.
Without things, we would, in short, stop speaking; we would become as mute as objects are alleged to be.