• A History of Glassforming

      Cummings, Keith (London: A & C Black, 2002)
      Cummings asks in what ways do the final forms of glass artefacts and products relate to the specific nature of glass and the methods invented over its history to shape it? The research involved an examination of the conventional taxonomic approaches in written accounts of glass artefacts; with the intent to expose the presumptions and gaps that prevent a fuller understanding of the material history. The work moves to expose the forces involved in the evolution of glass as a series of individual and collective creative decisions. The author examined the relationships between the unique material properties of glass, and the methods and processes used to shape it; with specific focus upon technology, tools, and equipment. The focus is upon the fact that glass becomes more and less liquid in relationship to temperature, furthermore glass acts as a universal solvent allowing artists to experiment with a range of materials that affect colour, transparency, opacity and the relationship between surface and body
    • Abject visions: Powers of horror in art and visual culture

      Arya, Rina; Chare, Nicholas (Manchester University Press, 2016-05)
    • Althusser and contingency

      Pippa, Stefano; Pippa, Stefano (Mimesis International, 2019-01-31)
      The concept of contingency plays a central role in Althusser's attempt to recast Marxist philosophy and to free the Marxist conception of history from notions such as teleology, necessity and origin. Drawing on a wealth of published and unpublished material, Stefano Pippa discusses how Althusser's unfaltering commitment to contingency should encourage us to revisit our understanding of his conceptions of structural change, ideology, politics and materialism. As grounded on contingency, Althusser's so-called 'Structural Marxism' originates in fact a 'logic of interruption' and a notion of structurally under-determined becoming; just like his theory of ideology is radically reinterpreted on the basis of his notion of 'overinterpellation'. Though constant, Althusser's relationship with contingency has not been monolithic throughout his career. As observed by Pippa, it is possible to distinguish a 'political' and a 'philosophical' moment in Althusser's late materialism of contingency. Perhaps, as this volume suggests, the problematic coexistence of these two aspects might account for the unstable character of Althusser's late philosophical project.
    • Brickworks

      Heeney, Gwen (London: A & C Black, 2003)
      The book explores the re-emergence of architectural ceramic brick as a primary material and process for public and environmental art practices. The text establishes the international field of practitioners involved in brick. It also examines the history and application of brick with particular focus on the ‘Specials Departments’ within the Brick Industry. Historic traditions and contemporary experiments inform practical processes and methodologies used by Heeney and colleagues. The author examines the way artists and architects use brick in contemporary application; exploiting its architectural potential through manipulation of wet brick, the use of newly fired bricks, or through the use of bricks and related forms as found objects and architectural forms. In the text, collaborative links are explored between artists and the many ‘Specials Departments’ of Brick Companies throughout Europe, Scandinavia and the USA. Heeney explores the possibilities of brick as an essential component of a public art practice that seeks to engage questions of site-specificity and community involvement.
    • Design for Behaviour Change

      Cooper, Rachel; Niedderer, Kristina; Clune, Stephen; Ludden, Geke (Routledge, 2017-03)
    • Desires for Reality: Radicalism and Revolution in Western European Film

      Halligan, Benjamin (Berghahn Books, 2016-02)
      What was the progressive cinema of the 1960s? In the absence of any generally agreed definitions, differing ideas abound, originating from two areas: firstly, the critical/academic histories of 1960s cinema, and secondly the conception of a ‘progressive cinema’ that is apparent in a number of 1960s films. The initial point of departure for this study is the conflict that arises between these two areas: the progressive cinema of the 1960s, as articulated in its own artefacts, does not always fully support, verify or validate the idea of a progressive cinema of the 1960s to be found in critical/academic histories. This disparity will be used to orientate this study as it seeks to expand the parameters of the critical/academic histories in order to identify and conceptualise, in a sustained way, the progressive cinema of the 1960s.
    • Fiction from the Furnace: A Hundred Years of Black Country Writing

      McDonald, Paul (Sheffield Hallam University Press, 2002)
    • Firing: Philosophies within contemporary ceramics practice

      Jones, David (Wiltshire: Crowood Press, 2007)
      This book builds on work begun in “Raku – Investigations into Fire”, published in 2000. In “Firing” Jones interrogates the latest ideas, processes and conceptual frameworks that inform the use of fire in artmaking; within a contemporary aesthetic related to ceramics.
    • Fundamentals of Animation 2nd ed

      Moore, Samantha; Wells, Paul (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016-08-11)
      Packed with examples from classic and contemporary films, The Fundamentals of Animation presents each stage of the animation production process in an engaging visual style, whilst providing an historical and critical context for four core disciplines: drawn/cel; 2D/3D stop-motion; computer generated; and experimental animation. With insightful commentary from leading animators, Wells and Moore also introduce you to the many different career paths open to aspiring animators, from storyboard artist or character designer to VFX artist or writer and director. They also provide you with key tips on producing engaging portfolios and show reels. - Illustrated with over 300 images, including preliminary sketches, frame-by-frame analyses and shots of animators at work. - Now explores the animated documentary genre and the role of visual effects and gaming in contemporary animation. - Features more than 20 interviews with a range of international practitioners including Pete Docter, Director, Monsters, Inc. (2001), Up (2009) and Inside Out (2015).
    • Got Up Late the Other Day

      Rooney, Paul (Colchester: Firstsite, 2006)
      The first comprehensive overview of Rooney’s practice, the book surveys twenty-two works made between 1998-2005, and includes critical essays by writer and critic Michael Bracewell and Claire Doherty, University of the West of England. The book includes stills from videos and soundtrack scripts and lyrics, and focuses upon the importance of language to Rooney's work.
    • Layout: Making it fit, finding the right balance between content and space

      Glaser, Jessica; Knight, Carolyn (USA: Rockport Publishers, 2003)
      The research examines how graphic designers find the right balance between content and space within the two challenging page environments. The research also asks if graphic designers use composition to significantly influence the visual message, in terms of tone of voice, target market and audience appeal, and what linguistic structures can be applied to visual structures in visual communication, in order to analyse and appreciate message and meaning. Dialogue with international designers was the primary source of data to inform, support and illustrate this book, which is both written and designed by the authors to ensure control over verbal and visual interpretation. The researchers work within the area of 2D/visual communications. Glaser’s contribution is based on her experience as a design practitioner and senior lecturer in graphic design and layout. Knight’s individual contribution stems from her post graduate study in linguistics.
    • New Opportunities for Artistic Practice in Virtual Worlds

      Doyle, Denise (IGI Global, Hershey, Pennyslvania, 2015)
      lthough virtual worlds continue to grow in popularity, a substantial amount of research is needed to determine best practices in virtual spaces. The artistic community is one field where virtual worlds can be utilized to the greatest effect. New Opportunities for Artistic Practice in Virtual Worlds provides a coherent account of artistic practices in virtual worlds and considers the contribution the Second Life platform has made in a historical, theoretical, and critical context within the fields of art and technology. This volume is intended for both artists and scholars in the areas of digital art, art and technology, media arts history, virtual worlds, and games studies, as well as a broader academic audience who are interested in the philosophical implications of virtual spaces.
    • Philosophizing the Everyday: Revolutionary Praxis and the Fate of Cultural Theory

      Roberts, John (London: Pluto Press, 2006)
      This book develops a genealogical critique of the cultural concept of the “everyday” from Freud and the Russian revolution (where it became crucial to notions of revolutionary cultural change) through Lukács, Benjamin and Lefebvre to Barthes, the Situationists and de Certeau.
    • Photography and Its Violations

      Roberts, John (Columbia University Press, 2014-10-21)
    • Play time: Gender, anti-semitism and temporality in medieval biblical drama

      Black, Daisy (Manchester University Press, 2020-08-01)
    • Portraiture and Critical Reflections on Being

      Altintzoglou, Evripidis (Routledge (Taylor & Francis), 2018)
      This book analyzes the philosophical origins of dualism in portraiture in Western culture during the Classical period, through to contemporary modes of portraiture in order to define the increasing philosophical crisis of this dualism, and the possibility of a non-dualist portraiture. Dualism – the separation of mind from body - plays a central part in portraiture, given that it supplies the fundamental framework for portraiture’s determining problem and justification: the visual construction of the subjectivity of the sitter, which is invariably accounted for as ineffable entity or spirit, that the artist magically captures. Every artist that has engaged with portraiture has had to deal with these issues and, therefore, with the question of being and identity.
    • Reading Jean Toomer's Cane

      Carlin, Gerry (Humanities-Ebooks, 2014-03-29)