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The Clever Object

The Clever Object

Matthew C. Hunter (Editor), Francesco Lucchini (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-71076-0

Dec 2013, Wiley-Blackwell

218 pages

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The Clever Object presents a multidisciplinary exploration of the ways objects materialise, embody, or negotiate various forms of intelligence, revealing its use as an analytic tool of art-historical interpretation.

  • Presents an original theory (“the clever object”) that draws on contributions from a variety of fields, including history of art, anthropology, philosophy of science, and design history
  • Features interviews with two contemporary artists
  • Advances a theoretical conversation by combining historical contributions (from medieval/early modern) with contemporary perspectives
  • Represents the results of a project developed from an intensive research seminar in which all contributors participated and developed their work in evolving dialogue

6 Notes on Contributors

8 Chapter 1 The Clever Object: Three Pavilions, Three Loggias, and a Planetarium
Matthew C. Hunter and Francesco Lucchini

32 Chapter 2 Aleardino’s Glass
Francesco Lucchini

52 Chapter 3 Object, Image, Cleverness: The Lienzo de Tlaxcala
Byron Ellsworth Hamann

80 Chapter 4 Picture, Object, Puzzle, Prompter: Devilish Cleverness in Restoration London
Matthew C. Hunter

102 Chapter 5 Screen Wise, Screen Play: Jacques de Lajoue and the Ruses of Rococo
Katie Scott

142 Chapter 6 William Morris’s Tapestry: Metamorphosis and Prophecy in The Woodpecker
Caroline Arscott

160 Chapter 7 Fischli and Weiss’s Equilibre/Quiet Afternoon (1984-5)
Rachel Wells

174 Chapter 8 Clever Objects – Tell-Tale Objects
Simon Starling in conversation with Christiane Rekade

186 Chapter 9 Fragments of Great Visions
Ian Kiaer in conversation with Christiane Rekade

198 Chapter 10 Response: Clever Fetishists
Roman Frigg

204 Chapter 11 Response: Playing Dumb
Glenn Adamson

211 Index