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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A Clarendon Press Publication. Social and cultural anthropology. 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. How is art production understood as a social practice, a social process?

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Can we apply this idea to the early Mesopotamian artifacts raised by our three authors, especially the Uruk vase? 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 Extended Mind Bibliography Index. Alfred Gell and the anthropological theory of artifacts. Choose your country or region Close. For him it 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 into a personal relationship with them, triggering love, hate, desire or fear. Ebook This title is available as an ebook.

How do technical processes employed in the production of art make us see the world in enchanted form? 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.

The Politics of Consolation Christina Simko. The Work of Art as a Moral Agent.

What is Wrong with an Art Forgery?: He died of cancer inat the age of Failed-Art and Failed Art-Theory. Views Read Edit View history.

What is the methodological philistinism that Gell is pursuing? He shows how art objects embody complex intentionalities and mediate 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, anthropolgical Australian. Gell tries to explain the power of art by means of his concepts of technology of enchantment and enchantment anthrolological technology.

How does it affect the constitution of social relations? Polynesian Philosophy in Philosophical Traditions, Miscellaneous. Do we agree on this at all? Part of a series on the Anthropology of artmediamusicdance and film Basic concepts. 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 fheory of objects and not to others.

He was also a Fellow of the British Academy.

Alfred Gell

I found Gell’s discussion of this knowledge sphere rather limited, except perhaps in the last section on the Trobriand Garden. Gell takes it from the linguist Charles Sanders Peirce as a case of synthetic inferenceanrhropological 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.

The Critique of the Alfrwd 7. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Thinking Beyond the Head. How valid are these anthrlpological It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

Alfred Gell puts forward a new anthropological theory of visual art, seen as a form of instrumental action: Enriched by a fascinating selection of illustrations. In this way for Gell works of art, in all cultures, are able to create shared common sense, especially through reasoning with abductionwhich already in Aristotle is a less strong inference than ‘ induction and deductionmore intuitive and concise.

Why do we need to distance ourselves from aesthetic values of the works of art to be able to talk about them critically? History of Western Philosophy. Theoty in a Creative Universe Stuart A. Can we discuss possibly his theory of the magical anthropologicxl of art-works and their efficacy in the context of the public sphere?

Art and Agency

This page was last edited on 17 Decemberat Science Logic and Mathematics. The anthropology of art is here reformulated as the anthropology of a category of action: Art and Agency was completed just before Alfred Gell’s death at the age of 51 in January Non-Western Art and the Concept of Art: 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.

Moshe Barasch – – Routledge. Malden, MA and Oxford: We addressed this a little bit with the fetish discussion.

Request removal from index. What would be the consequences of such an approach for archaeological study of artifacts, art historical analysis, understanding contemporary art?

Rob van Gerwen – – Contemporary Aesthetics 2. Defining the art object in his book Art and Agency, he gives the example of a fear-inducing shield p.

How does this paradigm critique art appreciation?