Recent theory session brought forth the request to list 5-10 seminal texts for our chosen MA ..
This is how mine read, with a recent and very relevant text indeed..
Here are my 5-10 books and references in no particular order:
* Utopias: Documents of Contemporary Art.
* Utopia limited: The sixties and the emergence of the postmodern (post contemporary interventions). marian Dekoven.
The Shock of the New, Robert Hughes. (Trouble in Utopia).
Theodore Adorno, Between Utopia and Dystopia. Minima Moralia.
The Genius of Design documentary series charting the war and post war years.
The History of modern Design. David Raizman.
Design. Anne Bony. Morris, Art Nouveau, Various.
Wabi Sabi The Japanese Art of Impermanence. Zen Buddhism. Design Principles of Wabi Sabi, Wabi Sabi in the Art of Zen.
Design for Society. Nigel Whiteley. Consumer led Design, Responsible Design and Ethical Consuming, The Way Forward.
News From Nowhere: William Morris may well provide key arguments on utopian ideals..
Transactional Analysis in Psychotherapy. Eric Berne: Social Intercourse, Analysis of Transactions, Common Types of Transactions.
Walter Benjamin: Art in the Age of Mechanical reproduction.
The Power of Making: V&A/ Crafts Council .
Key and inspiring txts- Wikipedia: Nihilism, Absurdism.
Signs Symbols and Ornament, Rene Smeets: Old and New meanings of Symbols, General Symbols Meaning and Significance.
Shop Class and Soul Craft: An enquiry into the value of work: MB Crawford (Penguin 2009).
Jacques Lacan, The Mirror Stage, Wikipedia.
Anish Kapoor Making Emptiness essay (Art in Asia) file:///Users/user/Desktop/Anish%20Kapoor%20%20Making%20Emptiness.html
Utopian Socialism: Wikipedia
Aesthetics and Morals: David Hume: Wikipedia.
As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, Adorno has proven very interesting and relevant indeed. Sharing views it would appear. I shall certainly be pursuing his literature. .
Similarly, having recently gotten round to reading the fore running’s of Wabi Sabi (The Japanese Art of Impermanence) I am equally astounded at similarities of view points and applied techniques within artistic endeavor.. Very pleased to have come by such texts with partial thanks to Ginny Lindenbaum from HSAD..
Seldom do I find myself initially so enthused by written texts, truly inspiring and mystifying at the same time. I am really looking forward to what lies ahead on this path…