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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Imagine a world without things. There would be nothing to describe, nothing to explain, remark, interpret, or complain about. Without things, we would stop speaking; we would become as mute as things are alleged to be. 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.
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. True to the particularity of things, each of the essays singles out one object for close attention: Each is revealed to be a node around which meanings accrete thickly.
But not just any meanings: Neither the pure texts of semiotics nor the brute objects of positivism, these things are saturated with cultural significance. Things become talkative when they fuse matter and meaning; they lapse into speechlessness when their matter and meanings no longer mesh. Each of the nine objects examined in this book had its historical moment, when the match of this thing to that thought seemed irresistible.
At these junctures, certain things become objects of fascination, association, and endless consideration; they begin to talk.
Things that talk fleetingly realize the dream of a perfect language, in which words and world merge. Norton and Elaine M. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, tlk sign up.
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Dec 01, Elizabeth rated it it was ok Shelves: This book has such a compelling title, and is actually beautifully put together the illustrations, including series of color plates in the middle, attest to a fair amount of willingness on the part of MIT Press to spend money on the volume. And, of course, a book about things deserves to have pictures of those things, not just prose describing them.
Things That Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science by Lorraine Daston
So, kudos for that. Unfortunately, however, the prose that does describe the pictures was a disappointment. The introduction leaves the reader wit This book has such a compelling lorrain, and is actually beautifully put together the illustrations, including series of color plates in the middle, attest to a fair amount of willingness on the part of MIT Press to spend money on the volume.
The introduction leaves the reader with so much hope for this interdisciplinary collaboration, where writers will describe things as diverse as glass flowers, soap bubbles, and Bosch paintings.
The former two essays were the best.
Lorraine Daston also the editor describes the glass flower collection at Harvard and uses their popularity to explore the connections between science and nature in a compelling way. Peter Gallison’s contribution on soap bubbles and the way they were mobilized as scientific evidence is equally fascinating, and his attempt to make bubbles a protagonist by writing about them as if they were a person in the tale e.
However, the other 7 selections were far more disappointing, and none of them were as compellingly theoretical as I might have liked. I think the introduction to this volume is well-worth reading, but the individual essays are probably only useful if you have a vested interest in the specific thing they each describe. Jun 10, Andee Nero rated it really liked it Shelves: I think this was an interesting idea for a book also, but the essays were so short. The essays also felt a bit disconnected, although they started to pick up steam in the second half, starting with Joel Snyder’s inquiry into film and photographic evidence.
Throughout the book, however, there were really fantastic instances of material culture in the arts and sciences and they are so extraordinary that I don’t think I will forget about them soon, especially the essays on the glass flowers, newspaper clippings I never thought of it that way! Aug 13, Kristi rated it it was ok.
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This book was beautiful produced – with plentiful illustration and printed on high quality paper. However, the content of the book disappointed my expectations. I enjoyed most the essays on bubbles and Harvard’s glass thxt. Jun 08, Jeff rated it really liked it. Contains some really good essays about how dasron carry meaning. Jessica rated it liked it May 29, Chris Hillyard rated it really liked it Nov 08, James rated it really liked it Dec 27, Aly rated it liked it Sep 10, lotraine Charlotte Tulinius rated it really liked it Dec 08, Marieke rated it really liked it Apr 14, Abigail rated it really liked it May 09, Melissa rated it it was amazing Dec 21, Jo rated it liked it Nov 23, Almudena Aznar iglesias rated it really liked it Apr 24, Karen Holloway rated it liked it Jan 03, Kim Forsythe rated it really liked it Jan 23, Thomas rated it it was amazing Jan 13, Zack Anchors rated it liked it Dastoj 02, John rated it tuings liked it Jan 15, Hajime rated it really liked it Apr 29, Hillary rated it it was amazing Apr 06, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Mar 01, Menocchio rated it it was amazing Feb 16, Alda rated it really liked it Apr 15, Carmel Seymour rated it really liked it Dec 02, Christopher rated it really liked it Jan 05, Felicia Weiner rated it it was amazing Jun 15, Kara rated it it was amazing Jul 01, Takl rated it really liked it Sep 03, There are no discussion topics on this dqston yet.
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