Ribbon of Darkness
Inferencing from the Shadowy Arts and Sciences
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Stafford organizes these essays around three concepts that structure the book: inscrutability, ineffability, and intuitability. All three, she explains, allow us to examine how both the arts and the sciences imaginatively infer meaning from the “veiled behavior of matter,” bringing these historically divided subjects into a shared intellectual inquiry and imbuing them with an ethical urgency. A vanguard work at the intersection of the arts and sciences, this book will be sure to guide readers from either realm into unfamiliar yet undeniably fertile territory.
Praise For Ribbon of Darkness: Inferencing from the Shadowy Arts and Sciences…
"If you enjoy swimming in a psychedelic soup of glittering ethereal ideas while panning for your own personal gold, then you won’t be disappointed in this book, which contains insights from a life’s work of interdisciplinary imagining. . . . there is a lot of room for interpretation when art and science collide and that, perhaps, is the joy of it."
— Times Higher Education
"It’s wonderful to see another book from the always-brilliant Barbara Maria Stafford"
— David Auerbach
"The ideas that are sewn into the textile of her writing like a multitude of small mirrors give her essays their many sided appeal. The mirrors--of the art she looks at, the writers she quotes, ideas from her other books--are worth exploring; the complexities rewarding."
— Roald Hoffmann, Cornell University
“Ribbon of Darkness is at once an account of the intellectual quest and of the invisible thread running through the author’s entire oeuvre and a thought-provoking account of the epistemic challenge to the arts and sciences by the ‘veiled behavior of matter.’ True to style, Stafford has directed a bright light to blend out the future of arts and science. Hugely readable, sharp in observations and penetrating in its account of contemporary images, the essays are the essential tooling for the arts and science of our time.”
— Susanne Kuechler, University College London
"This book is required reading for all of us who are reinventing the arts and sciences for the 21st century. Stafford, offering both a deep scholarly look back and a thoughtful look forward, calls for the resurgence of 'an artful experimental science.' She argues for those working in the arts and humanities to find common ground with those in the sciences, engineering, and medicine. This is a must read for revitalizing transdisciplinary scholarship."
— Roger Malina, The University of Texas at Dallas
“Within the many brilliant facets of this crystalline text, the authorial flame illuminates a cavern of conceptual riches, casting shadows from the aesthetic heights, to the deepest, darkest burrows of mind, technoesis, and biosensibility. I was entranced, challenged, and enlightened.”
— Roy Ascott, artist
“Stafford has given us fascinating new insights into the histories of art, science, and media—again enlightening for the understanding of our times. Ribbon of Darkness is excellent research, a great read, and a must on the bookshelf."
— Oliver Grau, Danube University
University of Chicago Press, 9780226630489, 232pp.
Publication Date: June 18, 2019