Tim Ingold (Pdf or epub) Lines A Brief History

SUMMARY Lines A Brief History

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 G. 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 you of course it is a different mental process but it seems to me that the historical reality is a lot 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 works

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Lines A Brief History

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. 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 are 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

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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. 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 yet 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


10 thoughts on “Lines A Brief History

  1. says:

    I have to admit that initially I had some problems with Ingold's approach this is obviously not a history of th

  2. says:

    In `Lines' Tim Ingold retraces the contours of 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 su

  3. says:

    useful if wondering about lines is your thing

  4. says:

    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 s

  5. says:

    In this book Tim Ingold examines line making in the fields of drawing storytelling weaving observing and writing Lines can be 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 t

  6. says:

    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 c

  7. says:

    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 are 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 w

  8. says:

    Thus the anatomical gaze not unlike that of the shaman resolves bodily surfaces into their constituent threads But whereas

  9. says:

    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

  10. says:

    After reading this book I don't think I'll ever see walking the same way again Definitely an interesting read