Thinking in Place: Art, Action, and Cultural Production (Hardback)Carol Becker (author)
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Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 184
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
-Yi-Fu Tuan, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin, author of Human Goodness
"Art educator and social critic Carol Becker challenges us with her reflections on the constitutive importance of place in art and in life. Part memoir, part meditation on political violence and art making in recent times, these essays transcend the narrow boundaries of Western `global art' think, showing how writing about the arts is more than ever deeply implicated in multiple histories and social struggles."
-Andreas Huyssen, Columbia University, author of Present Pasts: Urban Palimpsests and the Politics of Memory
"Carol Becker is a gifted story teller with a rare ability to reanimate decisive, yet for Americans largely forgotten, histories after pilgrimages to the sites in which the shattering events occurred. Through her learned and fluid tellings, she argues repeatedly, and eloquently, for the connection between place and memory. Without an embodied relationship to place, and a personal and collective commitment to creative witnessing of the stories that make places repositories of trauma and energy, Becker cannot imagine community and progress. By linking such witnessing to the processes of artists, many of whom, she points out, persistently and fearlessly reinvent the personal and collective past through image and myth, Becker underlines the need for artistic creativity in post-9/11 America. The questions her book raises about the body and memory, and creativity and history, could not be more timely."
"For Carol Becker, traveler, there are no roads; she makes her path as she walks and takes the only road that can be taken, the ethical one. And along her extraordinary path, she creates spaces of hope and resistance. Her long journey takes us to centers of western culture and helps us separate the culture from the spectacle-and identifies the difficulties ahead. She also takes us to places with no names, inhabited by people without names. She names them, and the naming is a revelation that illuminates these dark times and questions all of our assumptions about our own cultural values. This is an extraordinarily generous and deeply challenging book, that gives as much as it demands."
-Alfredo Jaar, artist, architect, filmmaker, MacArthur Fellow