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Poietry : challenging solitude and the improbability of communication / Sophie-Carolin Wagner ; translation from German to English, Daniel Benedek.

Wagner, Sophie-Carolin [Browse]
  • Berlin : Walter de Gruyter & Co. [2017]
  • ©2017
277 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
Summary note:
  • Human empathy has its limits. Never being able to see through Another's eyes, never to feel what Another feels this dilemma is the starting point of Wagner's current research on art's function as a means of communication. By combining different theoretical and interdisciplinary approaches, her research clarifies why art expands our limits in communication with Another, and why nevertheless it always fails as an attempt to connect directly with Another. At the same time, the potential of art as a dynamic communication medium becomes apparent in the approximative search for new design opportunities not only does it provide a promising setting to the insuperableness of loneliness, it also provides a form for the approach to Another.
  • "Never to be able to see through the eyes of another, never to feel what another one feels, since every emotion that we can create necessarily remains our very own this dilemma is the starting point of Wagner's explorations and is examined throughout Poietry. In desperate need of connection to transcend our fundamental solitude our disposition is standing in the way of this endeavour, rendering its success indeed improbable. By appropriating different theoretical and interdisciplinary approaches, Wagner's work investigates how art as a medium may qualify to challenge the improbability of connection through communication. It scratches at the boundaries that constitute our walls, even if they can t be brought to fall and with these experimental explorations proposes a different way of thinking through the possibilities and impossibilities of connecting."
Issued in slipcase.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 93-94).
Translated from the German.
  • 9783110477269
  • 3110477262
International Article Number:
  • 9783110477269
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