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10. Enchanted Sight/Site: An Esoteric Aesthetics of Image and Experience

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1. Title Title of document 10. Enchanted Sight/Site: An Esoteric Aesthetics of Image and Experience - The Relational Dynamics of Enchantment and Sacralization
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Jay Johnston; University of Sydney
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) esoteric aesthetics; material agency; cultivation of perception; subtle bodies; ontology; other-than-human agency; intersubjectivity
5. Subject Subject classification Philosophy; Social Theory; Anthropology
6. Description Abstract This chapter proposes an “esoteric aesthetics” as enabling a rethinking and reformulation of aesthetic relations that distinctly takes into account varieties of material agency. It takes seriously the question of how we are to understand aesthetic engagement if we are not interacting with purely empirical material. This approach has potentially radical implications for the concept of subjectivity, artistic agency and interpretations of the role of image or object and the viewer. Therefore, the argument draws together several academic disciplines: in particular, post-structural philosophy, Western art historical discourse and the Western esoteric tradition. The objects selected for analysis are an image found in an early Coptic magical handbook (p. 12 of P. Macq. I, c. VIIth century CE) and Crow Stone (Dumfriesshire, April 1998), a work by the contemporary artist Andy Goldsworthy. Through analysis of these examples, this chapter argues that an esoteric aesthetics requires not only attention to the possible agency of image or object, but also attention to one’s own embodied experience and the multiple frameworks through which meaning is made.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 15-Dec-2016
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.30135
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; The Relational Dynamics of Enchantment and Sacralization
16. Language English=en en
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