Nance in favour of a opportunistic functional way of being in the world he is careful not too take a too strong position The purpose of the argument is not make a point but to establish a contingent evolving meshwork of ideas Ingold Lines are open ended and it is this open endedness of lives relationships histories and processes of thought that I wanted to celebrate Even so Ingold s way of building an argument is careful sober and scholarly A spiritual side to the discussion shines through in his accessible and humane style of writing In the themes and concepts surveyed particularly also in the pivotal role assigned to technology the printing press the the pivotal role assigned to technology the printing press the the computer Ingold s Lines connects to the arguably polemic work of media theorist Vilem Flusser There are also obvious connections to the work of Deleuze and De Landa This is a book that by its very nature could connect to a wide range of interdisciplinary research efforts It is also recommended to a casual reader in search of unusual and inspiring ideas I have to admit that initially I had some problems with Ingold s approach this is obviously not a history of the line as the subtitle suggests And his approach is so fragmentary and loose that I got lost a bit in his detailed analyses of musical notation the techniue of writing and printing and the design of genealogical family trees etc What also always bothers me in the work of anthropologists is the antagonism they at all costs want to prove between Western modernity and traditional cultures with usually a very negative undertone regarding modernity Also Ingold follows that line a bit at times I even had the impression that I was reading a downright anti modernist manifesto He often puts straight lines connecting points moving from one point to another displaying evolutionary developments in line structures etc on 1 line pun intended with rationalistic reductionism read straightness and confronts them with the looser forms of gesture singing wandering in traditional societies and suggesting that is a much richer way of approaching reality As befits an anthropologist he obviously illustrates this with examples of traditional peoples but he also cites evidence from Western antiuity and the Middle Ages and that is strange For example handwriting is compared to printing and machine computer writing as a completely different mental processMind ou of course it is a different mental process but it seems to me that the historical reality is a is a different mental process but it seems to me that the historical reality is a nuanced in our modernist approach many traditionalistic elements are included Moreover this modernist straight line rationalistic approach is not by definition negative she made possible a scientific technological approach that has made our world a whole lot livable with of course also important reverse sidesNow don t misunderstand me this is a really interesting book Ingold s musings about lines and their influence on the way we look at reality are indeed relevant And he is honest enough to bring on some nuances But he also refuses to draw conclusions deliberately so Lines are open ended and it is this open endedness of lives relationships histories and processes of thought that I have wanted to celebrate I hope that in doing so I have left plentiful loose ends for others to follow and to take in any ways they wish Far from seeking closure my aim has been to prise an opening This is an enticing invitation but it left me a bit unsatisfied Maybe I should also try his next work. Point to point connectors before becoming straight only to be ruptured and fragmented by the postmodern worldDrawing on a multitude of disciplines including archaeology classical studies art history linguistics psychology musicology philosophy and many others and including than seventy illustrations this book takes us on an exhilarating intellectual journey that will change the way we look at the world and how we go about in. .
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Ng and knowledge is imbued with THE NOTION OF DISCOVERY FINDING SOMETHING notion of discovery Finding something somewhere for the first time and perhaps naming it whereas in Ingold s version we are less destination focussed and understand and feel ourselves to be an integral part of the journey and almost always travelling in the footsteps of others in whose stories we share Indeed the path itself is made by walking and is itself a trace gestured into the landscape by many pairs of feet We are often unconscious heirs of a separated way of thinking Ingold examines instances of the inherent pre printing parity of the visual and verbal How pictures spoke to the readers of medieval manuscripts and how the vellum was like a landscape to walk in and experience rather than our printed page He asks the very good uestions How is it the word became silent and how did music lose its verbal aspect so indivisible in many cultures and times Reminding us that many things we take to be separate are in fact intimately bound is a central part of Ingold s re configuring of the way we see the world He would not see this as the imposition of a way of thinking that explains the world but rather an acknowledgement that this is how the world isAgain movement is seen as a primary element in perception and cognition so that we see along a path of perception rather than a single still point of view and our knowledge of our surroundings comes from our moving through them In fact our movement and the lines we leave and follow are so bound up with us that the traveller and their lines can be said to be one and the same thing The story of this journey does not tell of objects or things discovered but rather different topics which are in themselves further bundles and entanglements of lines Just as we are euivalent to our lines so the story walks just like a human or animalDrawing is a sophisticated form of line making One in which our mistakes are recorded in a workmanship of risk that is gestural and revealing Even in conventional drawing the goal is not to produce a likeness of whatever we are drawing but to reproduce the rhythm and movements of the world of which it is partAnother erudite practical clear and stimulating book from Tim Ingold A really helpful and inspiring book for those who know that tick boxes and bean counting should really not be running the world A very interesting read Tim Ingold does as he states right at the beginning the scope is so wide that he can only compile an overview I wished sometimes to get in depth information on specific views and thematic useful if "wondering about lines is our thing In Lines Tim Ingold retraces the contours "about lines is our thing In Lines Tim Ingold retraces the contours a momentous techno cultural evolution by investigating the status and role of an element that is so pervasive in our lifeworld that it becomes invisible lines and surfaces This evolution can be described as a movement from a topian circuitous line of wayfaring to the utopian straight line of modernity to the dystopian fragmented line of postmodernity uoting K Olwig From this central premise Ingold spins an argument that goes in different directions connecting practices as diverse as writing reading singing drawing weaving building dwelling mapping and travelling His anthropological lens draws in examples from cultures and ethnicities around the world Ingold observes hypothesizes connects Although it is clear that the author deplores our dwindling capacity for establishing life giving connections with places that give us suste. Reece and contemporary Japan Siberian labyrinths and Roman roads Chinese calligraphy and the printed alphabet weaving a path between antiuity and the presentSetting out from a puzzle about the relation between speech and song Ingold considers how two kinds of line threads and traces can turn into one another as surfaces form or dissolve He reveals how our perception of lines has changed over time with modernity converting to. ,
After reading this book I don t think I ll ever see walking the same way again Definitely an interesting read The idea of wayfaring is fine There are some interesting moments but for the most part this book dragged If he could use a page instead of a sentence he did so Too much time spent on his Lines and not enough getting to the point Thus the anatomical gaze not unlike that of the shaman resolves bodily surfaces into their constituent threads But whereas the shaman heals by dropping lines into the body the Western surgeon proceeds in the opposite direction stitching the body the Western surgeon proceeds in the opposite direction stitching the lines he already finds within the body and whose ruptures are the cause of the malaise so as to reconstitute the surfaces of the whole A thought provoking book It never occurred to me that lines are so ubiuitous The author gives a profound account of what is constituted as lines thread trace CRACK CREVICE AND SO ON INCLUDING IMAGINARY LINES WE crevice and so on including imaginary lines we continually creating but often blind to their existence Also how the stories of lines are recounted in relation to writing drawing storytelling plotting to say the least is so captivating I wonder if the idea of lines in other Asian societies would run in the same direction although he gave an example of Chinese calligraphy Whether there is a universal idea of lines is worth giving a though to The concept of lines that Tim Ingold introduces is interesting and does really deserve to be taken up and testedapplied by researchers in various fields also outside of anthropology His concept doesn t build on the established 2 and 3 dimension treatise of texture and surfaces but rather begins by itself and redefines all that it comes across to form a tentative et detailed method of perspection if I can call it thatTim Ingold is rather obsessed with lines but he does bring some interesting points Nevertheless this work by itself remains conceptional and cannot be readily applied as an established method it still needs to be tested and triedI had to read this in class as the course s readings and theory was all provided by this book The goal of the class was to try and apply the theory to our own field of research we are a very varied group of students I found it fascinating how suddenly I was able to detect lines in many areas of my field from the abstract to the practical In this book Tim Ingold examines line making in the fields of drawing "Storytelling Weaving Observing And Writing Lines Can "weaving observing and writing Lines can threads in space or traces on a surface and are the fundamental ingredient of the lived world to the extent that the study of peoples and things amounts to the study of lines The lines in uestion are emphatically not the abstracted straight lines of Euclidean geometry the line seen on a map or the straight line as seen in much modernist art and architecture It is the fluid improvised gestural and felt line made by people and things as they live in the world The logic of inversion uses lines to contain and separate dictate what is in and what is out define order and measure and each step in that procedure sueezes the life out of whatever it is attempting to study A conventional map reduces a landscape to a surface over which one can be transported It contains no people no lifeIngold wants to put the rhythm of life back into anthropology by taking on the style of the wayfarer rather than specimen collector This involves seeing our contact with the landscape as valuable and real and one worth revisiting Much Western travelli. What do walking weaving observing storytelling singing drawing and writing have in commonThe answer is that they all proceed along lines In this extraordinary book Tim Ingold imagines a world in which everyone and everything consists of interwoven or interconnected lines and lays the foundations for a completely new discipline the anthropological archaeology of the lineIngold's argument leads us through the music of Ancient ,