9780500281369

Searchlight : Consciousness at the Millennium

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  • ISBN13:

    9780500281369

  • ISBN10:

    050028136X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-09-01
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc

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This book is an unprecedented exploration of the nature of consciousness and its embodiment in many forms of contemporary art including painting, sculpture, installation, video, film, and computer media. At what is possibly the most portentous moment in recent history--the turn of the millennium--Searchlight reveals the threads of a new aesthetic, reaching from the early nineteenth century through its extraordinary fulfillment in the art of the present. Consciousness is the bedrock of all experience, the foundation of all perception and interaction, the source of meaning. As such, it may be said to have been the primary subject of art for the past 125 years, ever since the Modernist revolution of the nineteenth century shifted artists' goals from the direct representation of the seen world to the expression of felt experience. As art increasingly focused on the perceiver rather than the perceived, the consciousness of the artist and the viewer moved to the foreground of the artistic event. The book features essays by writers in the fields of art history, philosophy, cognitive science, theology, and linguistics. Over one hundred illustrations show some of the most extraordinary works of art made over the past twenty years by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Agnes Martin, Ad Reinhardt, Bill Viola, Yoko Ono, Stan Douglas, Gillian Wearing, Adrian Piper, and Gary Hill. The volume also includes classic reflections on consciousness by such renowned scholars as William James, Thomas Nagel, the Dalai Lama, Francisco J. Varela, John R. Scarle, and Nobel Laureate Francis Crick. Searchlight complements an ambitious, groundbreaking exhibition of the same title organized by the CCAC Institute of the California College of Arts and Crafts. It includes a comprehensive essay by Lawrence Rinder, director of the CCAC Institute, and George Lakoff, professor of linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, and texts by Mark Bartlett, Franck Andre Jamme, Steve Kolpan, Alva Noe, D. J. Pughe, and Yvonne Rand.

Table of Contents

foreword
13(6)
Lorne M. Buchman
introduction
19(6)
Lawrence Rinder
consciousness art: attending to the quality of experience
25(38)
Lawrence Rinder
George Lakoff
bateson through the looking glass
63(12)
Steve Kolpan
ascension
75(12)
Franck Andre Jamme
bill viola, pneuma, 1994
87(8)
D. L. Pughe
proust/douglas/edison: ``...something dark indeed...''
95(13)
Mark Bartlett
on seeing untitled #3: bands of white and graphite
108(13)
Yvonne Rand
excerpt from the principles of psychology, chapter ix: the stream of thought
121(10)
William James
what is it like to be a bat?
131(10)
Thomas Nagel
the problem of consciousness
141(10)
Francis Crick
Christof Koch
the puzzle of conscious experience
151(10)
David J. Chalmers
is the brain's mind a computer program?
161(10)
John R. Searle
could a machine think?
171(10)
Paul M. Churchland
Patricia Smith Churchland
perception and consciousness: a conversation, gentle bridges: conversations with the dalai lama on the sciences of mind
181(11)
Jeremy W. Hayward
Francisco J. Varela
works in the exhibition 192

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