Making: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Architecture

October 31, 2020
Making: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Architecture

Making creates knowledge, builds environments and transformslives. Anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture are all waysof making, and all are dedicated to exploring the conditions andpotentials of human life. In this exciting book, Tim Ingold tiesthe four disciplines together in a way that has never beenattempted before. In a radical departure from conventional studiesthat treat art and architecture as compendia of objects foranalysis, Ingold proposes an anthropology and archaeology not ofbut with art and architecture. He advocates a way of thinkingthrough making in which sentient practitioners and active materialscontinually answer to, or ‘correspond’, with one another in thegeneration of form.Making offers a series of profound reflections on what it meansto create things, on materials and form, the meaning of design,landscape perception, animate life, personal knowledge and the workof the hand. It draws on examples and experiments ranging fromprehistoric stone tool-making to the building of medievalcathedrals, from round mounds to monuments, from flying kites towinding string, from drawing to writing. The book will appeal tostudents and practitioners alike, with interests in social andcultural anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art and design,visual studies and material culture.