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Poiesis and Enchantment in Topological Matter$
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Xin Wei Sha

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019514

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019514.001.0001

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Apparatus and Atelier

(p.203) 7 Practices
Poiesis and Enchantment in Topological Matter

Xin Wei Sha

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The motto "art all the way down," which harkens to the amodern working ethos of the preindustrial atelier, the Bauhaus fusion of craft and art, and the plenist ontological commitments driving our object-free approach to ontogenesis, prompts us to examine how such art practice and the critical studies of media arts and sciences can be sustained in the sociocultural and capital economies of the arts and the academy. What sort of working ethos can one derive to sustain the work of atelier-studio-labs like the Topological Media Lab or FoAM and their kin? Chapter 7 derives practices that draw from the collectivist practices of the engineering laboratory and the theater, as well as the more solitary aesthetico-economic practices of the art studio.

Keywords:   Atelier practice, Theatrical practice, Engineering lab, Institutional dynamics, Political economy, Research creation, Media choreography, Dynamical systems, Physics of media

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