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Alien Agency Experimental Encounters with Art in the Making

Author
Chris Salter
Publisher / Label
The MIT Press
Country
USA
Language
English
Publication year
2015
Type of publication
Book
Number of pages
320
ISBN
9780262323581

Index

Contents

Acknowledgments ix 
Preface xi 
Introduction 1

I	Resonances 19

  1	Hearing Perspectives 21
  2	From Agency to Practice 40
  3	Green Belts in Goethe's City 41
  4	Stories Told of Sonic Reals 50
  5	Four Ears, or Listening as Making 53
  6	Can Architecture Hear? 62
  7	Hearing View 65
  8	Affects and Atmospheres 80
  9	Tuning 83

II Cellular Vitality 85

  1	A Living Machine? 88
  2	Suspicions of a Wet Kind 92
  3	Experiments in a Lab at the End of the World 94
  4	The Tissue Culture Point of View—Part I 107
  5	Techniques for Immortality 113
  6	The Tissue Culture Point of View—Part II 116
  7	Surface Tensions 119
  8	The Tissue Culture Point of View—Part III 121
  9	A Tutorial on Muscle Cell Energetics 124
  10	Where the Art Is... 126
  II	The Tacit Knowing of Tissue 127
  12	A Revealing School Seminar 136
  13	Goals and Purposes 138
  14	Tissue Culture Hands On 141
  15	Life's Triumph in the Dish 150
  16	Eight Failed Experiments in Substrate Sketching 152
  17	Reflections on Bare Life at the Bench 155
  18	Collagen Trials While the Clock Ticks 157
  19	Suspension 162
  20	Is Life in Bodies? 163

III Sensorium 167

  1	Limens 169
  2	Mediations of Sensation 170
  3	Three Tensions 176
  4	Four Seminars in Sensory Experience 178
  5	Translation and Enactment 188
  6	Atmospheres Unveiled 190
  7	Technologies of the Senses 193
  8	Seeding Alter 195
  9	How to Invoke the Cosmos 201
  10	Experience Near-Far 210
  11	The Missing Sense 211
  12	The Conditions of Sensory Assemblage 214
  13	Displace 225
  14	"Death, Limbo, and then Heaven down the Hall" 228
  15	Is Sense in Culture? 235

Conclusion: Is the World a Laboratory? 239 

Afterword by Andrew Pickering 243

Notes 247
References 273 
Index 297