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Read & Download Being Alive Essays on Movement Knowledge and Description 107 ☆ ➵ [Reading] ➷ Being Alive Essays on Movement Knowledge and Description By Tim Ingold ➪ – Anthropology is a disciplined inuiry into the conditions and potentials of human life GenerationStore life to where it should belong at the heart of anthropological concernBeing Alive ranges over such themes as the vitality of materials what it means to make things the perception and formation of the ground the mingling of earth and sky in the weather world Alive Essays on eBook #8608 the experiences of light sound and feeling the role of storytelling in the integration of knowledge and the potential of drawing. Ingold's overarching purpose in this book and much of his work in general is to bring 'life' back to anthropology So away with the myth of absolute objectivity and grasping truths and separating the world into compartments and units Conventional Western academic thinking uses what Ingold calls 'the logic of inversion' in order to keep the world still enough in order for to understand it However according to Ingold's thesis it is precisely the flux and 'mess' of the world that is its life and if you do away with it an impossible task in any case you end up examining a fictionLife is an ongoing unfolding process and rather than objects existing in it things occur A thing is only a discreet element depending on how we look at it It is a knot of the lifelines spun etched and drawn in the world by the workings of the beings that dwell in it The derivation of the word 'thing' as a 'gathering' fits nicely with Ingold's vision as opposed to the hard edged and graspable ' ject' of ‘object' The Icelandic parliament is called the ‘thing’ meaning ‘gathering’So if the world is of a flux than we are led to believe by received academic wisdom and practice how are we to behave We don't act on the world we participate in it and maintain an openness and vulnerability in our engagement with it We are swept up and involved in it because there is simply no vantage point available that is not also part of the world Feelings of wonder and astonishment infuse us as we witness the minutiae of life in each moment and the simple fact that the world exists at all As we proceed we become wiser in the ways of the world and how we treat itIn common with contemporary neuroscience Ingold re unites the capacities of perception movement and cognition into a single phenomenon seen from different angles Tim Ingold prioritises movement as the key element in this process Mind infuses the body as we direct our attention but in a leaky world it also spills out into the world we inhabit The world of the imagination myth dreaming etc and the physical world mingleThe traces left behind by living in the world are the stories of those things that have left the traces We are the meshwork of lines we leave behind and are enmeshed in The artefacts we create and tools we use are also replete with stories In fact they are their stories and the experience of these stories however told will give a much fuller clearer and accurate account of these things than a cataloguing of material form attribute and structure Traces are gestural If one knows how to read footprints handwriting an unmade bed or an archeological site the traces speak of the gestures made and from there we can feel the implied state of those who made those marks Tools also have an implied gesture in the way they invite you to hold and treat them and well used tools will have the marks of their use and misuse clearly etched and rubbed into themTools and their use imply tasks and in his example of sawing a piece of wood Ingold sees this simple task as having a preparatory phase and then an irrevocable setting out into the task itself with the first cut that cannot be undone This is also true of drawing an art form that incorporates many of its 'mistakes' into the final item The intention of the worker is not on the finished product although there usually is a clear product in mind but in the work of creating it in each gesture of the process of its creationI have an immediate response of recognition and agreement with Ingold's position Both in life and work I can see how being immersed in the world and its unfolding and interacting with it and others in an embodied and integrated way is both an accurate description of how the world is and an effective and useful way of operating in it However I am left vague as how to employ this knowledge in the pursuit of my research into storytelling We are clearly enmeshed in the world but 'enmeshed' immediately conjures images and feelings of disorientation and confusion which are inimical to the discovery and transmission of knowledge In order to write these words I have used a digital copy of a printed book and rendered that into notes and diagrams in the search for patterns that I find illuminating interesting and useful for the research that I intend to undertake – or am in the process of undertaking How much like a saw is my iPad and how much a machine for categorising excerpts of text Am I still in an unfolding heuristic hands on mode or have I retreated into an ivory tower of category and abstractionIngold puts experience and practice at the centre of knowledge and its transmission and sees an essential unity in the different orders of experience While conventional academic study 'others' its material he invites us to study 'with' and to 'together' it Drawing is central to observational practice and description however what is it I am meant to draw and how metaphorically can I take the word 'drawing'There is one element of the mark and trace view of the world that Ingold does not touch on and it is the rubbing out of traces of production Once a job is done around the house we're meant to clear up We can infer that the work has been completed because the shelves are up however the black powdery mortar that littered the floor is no longer there so the story of our struggle with the soggy interior of the inside wall of an Edwardian terraced house has been silenced And a good thing too The kitchen is clean and no trace of the near disaster remains and no one need know The audience have no need to know about the shenanigans that went on during rehearsals and will be none the richer for hearing about it Leaving aside the obvious sinister possibilities of this dynamic it is a normal part of being in the enmeshed world that we edit what we say and let people into a tidied up version of our own reality by engaging in tasks that erase traces leaving only the clean floor or the tidy kitchen that gives us the story that erasure has happened This connects with Lewis Hyde's discussion on dirt Dirt never really goes away – it just ends up on the cloth and gets rinsed away down the drain and eventually into the sea The food on my plate is a valued source of nourishment and pleasure until I've finished and then its just washing up Maybe this is an important part in many people’s strongly negative reaction to leaving a lot of food on the plate We've turned food into dirt but it still looks like food It is a crack in the way we organise the world and we don't like itThis book is stimulating erudite and direct The practical everyday examples really help pin down what he is trying to get over Although he is an academic and the book is stuffed with

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Anthropology is a disciplined Essays on PDFEPUB #231 inuiry into the conditions and potentials of human life Generations of theorists however have expunged life from their accounts treating it as the mere output of patterns codes structures or systems variously defined as genetic or cultural natural or social Building on his classic work The Perception of Being Alive ePUB #186 the Environment Tim Ingold sets out to re. Ingold is a meticulous and systematic writer even a little dare I say it analytical which is rather surprising given that he’s very much in the school of flow pulsing from Lucretius to Bergson to Guattari and Deleuze His project though is multifaceted here aiming to give anthropology a new lease on life by pointing it in the direction of philosophy in a space where ethnography has come to dominate But it’s by far than this taking many lines into ways of being and knowing from earth and weather to wayfaring naming and storying to stitching drawing and writingHe begins in materials and follows the lines of materiality to force and flow rather than objects and things For someone who is carrying forward a distinctly non western ontology he however finds himself in many dichotomies such as the one above Flow vs thing line vs representation drawing vs painting line vs point textility vs taxonomy and prior design inner vs outer This is not to say that the project is unsuccessful for we enter into these combustibilities uite completely and can often in fact find how things are in fact lines or how innerness is what we don’t know rather than what drives life how life is not an “inner generative force” so much as a special example of material processesHe argues we don’t move across an already laid out world but through a world in perpetual formation” In which every name is a condensed story And I would add every thing a name and each name a thing extending its line outward There is in fact much here for writers from the moment of kairos to the importance of learning as wayfaring and hence to “mind faring” He sets wayfaring over against both transport and transmission since the latter two are focused on points of arrival or predetermined content Rather things happen as we move So we should be following the materials” not a taxonomy which is the colonial project par excellence Nor even a network which for him is focused too closely on the points or persons lines connect Rather “meshwork”In his chapter Drawing Making Writing he invites us to the threshold of concrete poetry but which it seems he hasn’t yet discovered He should I’d like to see what he makes of it

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Being Alive Essays on Movement Knowledge and DescriptionTo unite observation and descriptionOur humanity Ingold argues does not come ready made but is continually fashioned in our movements along ways of life Starting from the idea of life as a Alive Essays on Movement Knowledge Epubprocess of wayfaring Ingold presents a radically new understanding of movement knowledge and description as dimensions not just of being in the world but of being alive to what is going on ther. One of the most interesting post Deleuzian writers to take up the arguments and apply them Ingold is an anthropologist but his arguments are much broader and indeed apply to a wide swather of scientific inuiry Also he draws on all of the main post Cartesian thinkers Heidegger James Whitehead Merleau Ponty Deleuze and Guattari and still others This book is a particularly well thought out treatise on looking at science in new embodied ways The only criticism I have is that his argument in favor of story telling as the only approach to rethinking approaches to theory is too heavy handed but it is one difficulty among a multitude of strong points