What Is Paleolithic Art?

Cave Paintings and the Dawn of Human Creativity

Author: Jean Clottes

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022618806X

Category: Art

Page: 192

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Was it a trick of the light that drew our Stone Age ancestors into caves to paint in charcoal and red hematite, to watch the heads of lions, likenesses of bison, horses, and aurochs in the reliefs of the walls, as they flickered by firelight? Or was it something deeper—a creative impulse, a spiritual dawn, a shamanistic conception of the world efflorescing in the dark, dank spaces beneath the surface of the earth where the spirits were literally at hand? In this book, Jean Clottes, one of the most renowned figures in the study of cave paintings, pursues an answer to this “why” of Paleolithic art. While other books focus on particular sites and surveys, Clottes’s work is a contemplative journey across the world, a personal reflection on how we have viewed these paintings in the past, what we learn from looking at them across geographies, and what these paintings may have meant—what function they may have served—for their artists. Steeped in Clottes’s shamanistic theories of cave painting, What Is Paleolithic Art? travels from well-known Ice Age sites like Chauvet, Altamira, and Lascaux to visits with contemporary aboriginal artists, evoking a continuum between the cave paintings of our prehistoric past and the living rock art of today. Clottes’s work lifts us from the darkness of our Paleolithic origins to reveal, by firelight, how we think, why we create, why we believe, and who we are.

Matter Transmission

Mediation in a Paleocyber Age

Author: Nicolás Salazar Sutil

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1501339486

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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Arguing for a paleocybernetic approach to current media studies debates, Nicolas Salazar Sutil develops an original framework for a new media ecology that embraces the primitive, the prehistoric, and the brute. Paying serious attention to materials used for cultural mediation that are unprocessed, unexplained, and raw such as bones and limestones, Salazar Sutil posits that advanced industrialisation of new media technology has prompted countercultural movements that call for radical new ways of transmitting culture, for instance through an experiential and high-tech appreciation of prehistoric landscape heritage. The future calls for a Palaeolithic awareness of living landscape as medium for the embodied transmission of cultural imaginaries and memories. The more media technology spurs mass forms of instantaneous media communication, the greater the need for primitive knowledge of earthling body and earthly landscape, our prime media for sustainable cultural transmission.

Animal Perception and Literary Language

Author: Donald Wesling

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3030049698

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 327

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Animal Perception and Literary Language shows that the perceptual content of reading and writing derives from our embodied minds. Donald Wesling considers how humans, evolved from animals, have learned to code perception of movement into sentences and scenes. The book first specifies terms and questions in animal philosophy and surveys recent work on perception, then describes attributes of multispecies thinking and defines a tradition of writers in this lineage. Finally, the text concludes with literature coming into full focus in twelve case studies of varied readings. Overall, Wesling's book offers not a new method of literary criticism, but a reveal of what we all do with perceptual content when we read.

Light as Experience and Imagination from Paleolithic to Roman Times

Author: David S. Herrstrom

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1683930959

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 202

View: 7137


A scholarly work of synthesis and interpretation that focuses on encounters with light, this book tells the story of its seducing individuals through the ages. Rather than the historical investigation of light’s “essential” nature, the book's subject is our relationship with light, as revealed in works of art and literature.

The Larger Conversation

Contemplation and Place

Author: Tim Lilburn

Publisher: University of Alberta

ISBN: 1772122998

Category: Philosophy

Page: 296

View: 5206


Philosophical commentaries on the difficult task of forming a deep, respectful relationship with the land.

The Making of the Mind

The Neuroscience of Human Nature

Author: Ronald T. Kellogg

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1616147342

Category: Psychology

Page: 293

View: 2888


Using the findings of recent neuroscience, a psychologist reveals what sets humans apart from all other species, offering a fascinating exploration of our marvelous and sometimes frightening cognitive abilities and potentials. According to human genome research, there is a remarkable degree of overlap in the DNA of humans and chimpanzees. So what accounts for the rapid development of human culture throughout history and the extraordinary creative and destructive aspects of human behavior that make us so different from our primate cousins? Kellogg explores in detail five distinctive parts of human cognition. These are the executive functions of working memory; a social intelligence with "mind-reading" abilities; a capacity for symbolic thought and language; an inner voice that interprets conscious experiences by making causal inferences; and a means for mental time travel to past events and imagined futures. He argues that it is the interaction of these five components that results in our uniquely human mind. This is especially true for three quintessentially human endeavors-morality, spirituality, and literacy, which can be understood only in light of the whole ensemble's interactive effects. Kellogg recaps the story of the human mind and speculates on its future. How might the Internet, 24/7 television, and smart phones affect the way the mind functions? From the Trade Paperback edition.

Philosophies of art and beauty

introducing aesthetics

Author: Hugh Bredin,Liberato Santoro

Publisher: Edinburgh Univ Pr


Category: Art

Page: 226

View: 4832


As a historical and systematic survey of philosophies of the arts, this book provides descriptive analyses of the most significant and influential art forms which help to define European culture, past and present: literature, drama, music, architecture, sculpture and painting. They are considered in relation to theories of art, aesthetic theories and poetics, which have emerged from the human need to reflect upon the arts in order to discover their nature, value and social and cultural roles.Philosophies of Art and Beautyoffers a history of European philosophical systems and aesthetic and poetic theories together with explanatory descriptions of the major Western arts, both in their current forms and as they have developed from their beginning to the present.

A World History of Art

Author: Hugh Honour,John Fleming

Publisher: Laurence King Publishing

ISBN: 9781856694513

Category: Art

Page: 936

View: 8555


Expanded to include the latest discoveries in prehistoric art as well as the most recent developments in non-Western and modern art, this is an up-to-date and wide ranging history of art.

Die Anfänge der Kunst

Author: Ernst Grosse

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3955074862


Page: 320

View: 9295


In die Die Anfange der Kunst" macht sich Ernst Grosse daran, Ziele und Wege der Kunstwissenschaft zu erlautern, wobei er selbst sein Werk als einen ersten Versuch sieht und es auch als einen solchen bewertet haben mochte. Nimmt man dies als Grundlage, so sind es anregende fragmentartige und dennoch schon sehr detaillierte Ausfuhrungen zu kunstlerischen Einzelthemen wie Ornamentik, Bildnerei, Tanz, Poesie und Musik im Allgemeinen, die Grosse hier vorlegt. Sorgfaltig bearbeiteter Nachdruck der Originalausgabe von 1894.

Annual Editions

World History

Author: David G. McComb

Publisher: Dushkin Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780697392930

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 7928



Riesen der Eiszeit

Author: Adrian Lister,Paul G. Bahn

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783799590495


Page: 192

View: 8767


Reich illustrierte Darstellung der Naturgeschichte der Mammuts und ihrer Bedeutung für die eiszeitliche Kultur.

Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 364110498X

Category: History

Page: 528

View: 2064


Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.